Matt Powers

2012 Formula Drift Seattle Qualifying [RESULTS]

The qualifying scores were delayed  because of a protest by Jeff Jones that he did not have 2 tires go offline. Jeff Jones won the protest, but it did not effect the qualifying score.

1. V. Gittin Jr

2. J. Pawlak
3. T. Yoshioka
4. P. Mordaunt
5. C. Forsberg
6. C. Grunewald
7. F. Aasbo
8. W. Wilkerson
9. M. Powers
10. R. Kado
11. D. McNamara
12. D. Yoshihara
13. M. Field
14. K. Gushi
15. R. Tuerck
16. M. Essa
17. O. Bakchis
18. R. Nishida
19. K. Moen
20. T. Aono
21. D. Mertzanis
22. D. Saito
23. A. Lee
24. K. Pollard
25. C. Denofa
26. P. Goodin
27. T. Brakohiapa
28. R. Millen
29. J. Castro
30. T. Angelo
31. J. Lowe
32. M. Ovcharik


2012 Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall Speedway Main Event [GALLERY]

The smoke finally cleared from New Jersey after a weekend filled with totaled vehicles, controversial calls, and Falken Tire taking back first place at this oval track. Our photographer Dan Jenkins captured tons of images from Top 32 all the way to the podium which saw Vaughn Gittin Jr., Dai Yoshihara, and Chris Forsberg take the stand.

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2012 Formula Drift Round 4 at Wall – Qualifying Order [RESULTS]

The rain came down in qualifying and did mange to mix things up a little bit. Towards the end of the second runs the track did clear up allowing the top 10 powerhouse drivers put down relatively dry passes. Here is how they finished on the day:

1. Odi Bakchis (M7 Japan/Nexen Tire Nissan 240sx)
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr. (Monster Energy Drink 2013 Ford Mustang)
3. Fredric Aasbo (Need for Speed Scion tC)
4. Dai Yoshihara (Discount Tire Nissan 240sx S13)
5. Chelsea DeNofa (BC Racing E36 BMW)
6. Chris Forsberg (NOS Energy Nissan 370z)
7. Kenneth Moen (Lutz Performance Nissan 350z)
8. Conrad Grunewald (Hankook Tires Chevrolet Camaro)
9. Ken Gushi (Greddy Scion FR-S)
10. Darren McNamara (Falken Tire S15 Silvia)
11. Ryan Tuerck (Retaks Nissan 240sx S13)
12. Tyler McQuarrie (Go Pro/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro)
13. Rhys Millen (2013 Hyundai Genesis)
14. Justin Pawlak (2013 Ford Mustang)
15. Robbie Nishida (Achilles Tire Lexus SC300)
16. Luke Lonberger (Hankook Tire Chevrolt Corvette C6)
17. Daigo Saito (Achilles Tire Lexus SC430)
18. Joon Maeng (Nitto Tire Mazda Rx-8)
19. Ryan Kado (Nexen Tire Nissan 350z)
20. Michael Essa (GSR BMW Z4)
21. Dennis Mertzanis (Kenda Tire/ Nissan 240sx S13)
22. Kyle Mohan (Nexen Tire Mazda Rx-8)
23. Matt Powers (Need for Speed Nissan 240sx S14)
24. Patrick Mordaunt (APEX’i Lexus SC430)
25. Chris Ward (S13 Nissan 240sx)
26. Tony Brakohiapa (eBay Motors 2013 Ford Mustang)
27. Danny George ( Mazda Miata)
28. Tony Angelo (Scion Racing Scion tc)
29. Taka Aono (Megan Racing Toyota Corolla AE86)
30. Jhonnattan Castro (Progreso Bank Nissan 350z)
31. Miro Ovcharik (Sikky Engineering Nissan 240sx)
32. Nick D’Alessio (Elite JDM Nissan 240sx)


2012 Formula Drift Round 4 Wall Stadium Drivers List

Here is a complete and tentative list of drivers attending Formula Drift Round 4 at New Jersey. The roster features 50 drivers which might be the biggest field filled at Wall Stadium to date. It looks like they are doing much better than the 32 drivers that ended up being fielded last year. Here is who has signed up:

1. Justin Pawlak
2. Daigo Saito
3. Dai Yoshihara
4. Rhys Millen
5. Ryan Tuerck
6. Chris Forsberg
7. Odi Bakchis
8. Fredric Aasbo
9. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
10. Toshiki Yoshioka
11. Michael Essa
12. Matt Powers
13. Kenneth Moen
14. Ken Gushi1
15. Ryan Kado
16. Kyle Mohan
17. Walker Wilkerson
18. Tyler McQuarrie
19. Joon Maeng
20. Chelsea DeNofa
21. Conrad Grunewald
22. Darren McNamara
23. Tony Angelo
24. Matt Field
25. Robbie Nishida
26. Taka Aono
27. Robbie Nishida
28. Dennis Mertzanis
29. Jeremy Lowe
30. Luke Lonberger
31. Corey Hosford
32. Miroslov Ovcharik
33. Amandio Emmanuel
34. Tony Brakohiapa
35. Patrick Mordaunt
36. Danny George
37. Patrick Goodin
38. Chris Ward
39. Nick D’Alessio
40. Jeff Jones
41. Zoltan Hajdu
42. Jeff Abbott
43. Dave Briggs
44. Andrew Coomes
45. Mauricio Ornelas Jr.
46. Mike Skudlarek
47. Gabe Stone
48. Nick Thomas
49. Jhonnattan Castro
50. Brad Hettinger

Formula Drift 2012 Standings After 3 Rounds

After a fierce battle  at West Palm Beach Justin Pawlak is still if 1st place, but Diago Saito is knocking on the point leads door. The rest of the rankings are below:

1. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 280 Points
2. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 259.50 Points
3. Yoshihara, Daijiro America’s Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 197 Points
4. Millen, Rhys Hankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe 185 Points
5. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks Nissan 240SX 183.50 Points
6. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 183 Points
7. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Motorsports Nissan 240SX S14 177.25 Points
8. Aasbo, Fredric Need for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC 176.50 Points
9. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang 169 Points
10. Yoshioka, Toshiki RS*R Nissan Silvia S15 162.75 Points
11. Essa, Michael GSR Autosport / Nitto BMW ZR4 152.50 Points
12. Powers, Matt Need for Speed / Nitto Nissan S14 151 Points
13. Moen, Kenneth Lutz Performance Nissan 350Z 149.50 Points
14. Gushi, Ken Greddy / Hankook Scion FR-S 140.50 Points
15. Kado, Ryan Ryan Kado Racing Nissan 350Z 138.50 Points
16. Mohan, Kyle Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8 133.75 Points

2012 Formula Drift – West Palm Beach Friday [GALLERY]

Here is our gallery from the 2012 Formula Drift Round 3 event at Palm Beach International Raceway. Some rain came and went but the clouds loomed just about all day keeping track temperatures low. Here is a complete Friday event gallery shot by Joey Redmond featuring the new layout and quick technical turns.

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2012 Formula Drift Qualifying Order [RESULTS]

Vaughn Gittin takes home the top Qualifier spot at Formula Drift West Palm Beach. The rest of the qualifying order follows below:

1. V. Gittin
2. M. Ovcharik
3. T. McQuarrie
4. O. Bakchis
5. D. McNamara
6. R. Millen
7. T. Brakohiapa
8. W. Wilkerson
9. J. Pawlak
10. C. Forsberg
11. R. Tuerck
12. D. Saito
13. T. Angelo
14. D. Yoshihara
15. K. Moen
16. M. Essa
17. F. Aasbo
18. M. Powers
19. C. Ward
20. C. Denofa
21. C. Grunwald
22. T. Aono
23. C. Hosford
24. R. Kado
25. L. Lonberger
26. T. Yoshioka
27. J. Lowe
28. K. Mohan
29. J. Maeng
30. R. Nishida
31. K. Gushi
32. M. Field

World Drift Series Round 1 in Tianjin, China [RESULTS]

With so much drifting going on this weekend we have hardly been able to keep up with all of the results posts. Over in China the World Drift Series had a team drift and traditional tandem drift battle event go down in the city of Tianjn. The three car team drift portion of the event resulted in Team America (Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chris Forsberg, Matt Powers) taking home first place with New Zealand finishing second and China closing it up in third. Here is how the podium finished for the traditional tandem event:

1st – Vaughn Gittin Jr.
2nd – Feng Ren Zhi
3rd – Wang Qi

2012 Formula Drift Championship Points After Round 2 Road Atlanta [STANDINGS]

Here is how the championship stacks up after the first two rounds. Justin Pawlak is setting up himself to sweep up the competition this season with two wins in a row. His season went great last year but lost the championship with mechanical issues in Seattle and Las Vegas which let Dai Yoshihara sneak by. Right now Daigo Saito looks like the only one within reach but plenty of crazy things can happen in the next 5 rounds.

1. Justin Pawlak – 209 points
2. Daigo Saito – 157.50 points
3. Fredric Aasbo – 152 points
4. Rhys Millen – 127 points
5. Matt Powers – 126.50 points
6. Ryan Tuerck – 120.50 points
7. Dai Yoshihara – 118 points
8. Odi Bakchis – 117.25 points
9. Ryan Kado – 114 points
10. Kyle Mohan – 109.50 points
11. Toshiki Yoshioka – 108.50 points
12. Michael Essa – 97.50 points
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 96 points
14. Chris Forsberg – 93 points
15. Tyler McQuarrie – 88.50 points
16. Kennet Moen – 87.50 points
17. Ken Gushi – 86.25 points
17. Joon Maeng – 86.25 points
19. Conrad Grunewald – 85 points
20. Matt Field – 79.25 points
21. Tony Angelo – 78.75 points
22. Walker Wilkerson – 69.50 points
23. Darren McNamara – 50.25 points
24. George Marstanovic – 49.25 points
24. Dennis Mertzanis – 49.25 points

2012 Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta Main Event [GALLERY]

All of the action with well over 1,000+ photos from the Main Event at Formula Drift Road Atlanta. All of the controversy and drama captured in photographs between tandem accidents, close battles, and another victory to Justin Pawlak. Sit back and enjoy a podium for Fredric Aasbo, Daigo Saito and the victory machine this season Justin Pawlak.

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