Michael Essa

Wrecked Magazine Commenters the New Stars of NetworkA’s Off-Track [VIDEO]

The world famous Wrecked Magazine trouble makers/anonymous commenters  get some limelight over on NetworkA’s Off-Track. Danger Andy took his favorite and most controversial comments and made the Formula Drift drivers read the comments about themselves. They got quite the hilarious looks and responses from some of the drivers. You can jump to our section with this link “Network A Off-Track – Texas Motor Speedway” in case you don’t want to watch the first four and a half minutes. Here are some screen grabs we loved from the video:

2013 Formula Drift Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway Full Press Conference [VIDEO]

Check out the full 15 minute post race press conference featuring Justin Pawlak, Daigo Saito, Matt Field, Michael Essa, Chris Forsberg, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. The video shows questions asked by the press and answered by the various drivers. Matt Field talked about his end of the big protest overturn as he sat on the line waiting to run his battle, Chris Forsberg tells us he wants Jameson as his podium beverage, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. talks openly about being on the receiving end of an overturned judge decision that basically ruined his championship hopes in 2013.

2013 Formula D Championship Standings after Texas [STANDINGS]

After taking his second career win by eliminating fellow championship contender Chris Forsberg in the Final 4, Mike Essa slides into first place in the Formula D championship standings. With a maximum of 112 points up for grabs in Irwindale, 6 drivers still have a statistical shot at winning the championship. Here’s a look at how the points stack up after six of seven rounds of competition.

1. Michael Essa                   489.5 points
2. Chris Forsberg                 474 points
3. Fredric Aasbo                  425.5 points
4. Vaughn Gittin Jr          410 points
5. Daigo Saito                      409.5 points
6. Justin Pawlak                400.5 points
7. Matt Field                       350 points
8. Darren McNamara       332.5 points
9. Odi Bakchis                    322 points
10. Robbie Nishida             314.25 points
11. Dai Yoshihara              309.25 points
12. Conrad Grunewald     285 points
13.Chelsea Denofa              266.5 points
14. Kenny Moen                  258.75 points
15. Matt Powers                  257.5 points
16. Ryan Tuerck               229 points

2013 Formula Drift Round 6 Texas Motor Speedway [RESULTS]

After an event that had more protests than any other Formula Drift event, Michael Essa takes home 1st place.

1. Michael Essa
2. Matt Field
3. Chris Forsberg

2013 Formula Drift Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway Qualifying [RESULTS]

In the 1st Formula Drift event at Texas Motor Speedway Vaughn Gittin Jr takes home the top qualifying spot. The rest of the qualifying results and Top 32 match ups are below.

1. V. Gittin
2. F. Aasbo
3. C. Forsberg
4. F. Wang
5. O. Bakchis
6. D. Yoshihara
7. M. Essa
8. P. Mordaunt
9. C. Denofa
10. T. Yoshioka
11. M. Powers
12. K. Gushi
13. M. Field
14. J. Pawlak
15. M. Baribeau
16. T. Aono
17. C. Grunewald
18. M. Ovcharik
19. P. Goodin
20. W. Parsons
21. D. George
22. D. Saito
23. R. Primozich
24. R. Kado
25. D. Kearney
26. J. Maeng
27. K. Moen
28. R. Nishida
29. T. Angelo
30. J. Lowe
31. C. Jeaneret
32. G. Stone

 

Top 32 Match Battles

V. Gittin vs G. Stone
T. Aono vs C. Grunewald
P. Mordaunt vs D. Kearney
C. Denofa vs R. Kado
F. Wang vs T. Angelo
M. Field vs W. Parsons
O. Bakchis vs R. Nishida
K. Gushi vs D. George
F. Aasbo vs C. Jeaneret
M. Baribeau vs M. Ovcharik
M. Essa vs J. Maeng
T. Yoshioka vs R. Promozich
C. Forsberg vs J. Lowe
J. Paklak vs P. Goodin
D. Yoshihara vs K. Moen
M. Powers vs D. Saito

Formula Drift Invades Circuit of The Americas for Demo During ALMS

Next weekend in Austin, Texas during the ALMS race some Formula Drift drivers will be doing a demo around the Observation Tower of turns 12-15. This is a first for Formula Drift at this gorgeous race track tucked just outside Austin, Texas. Here is what the PR mentions with drivers and events happening over the WES/ALMS weekend:

Tyler McQuarrie, Conrad Grunewald and Michael Essa are all crossover drivers with road racing background, while Justin Pawlak is part of Team Falken Tire that will also be fielding a team in ALMS’s GT Class over the weekend. The drift demonstration will take place during the race weekend for the ALMS and WEC Series.

“We are proud to showcase drifting to the ALMS and WEC fans at Circuit of The Americas and be part of a motorsport filled weekend,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “It is going to be a fantastic sight seeing the guys drift through turns 12-15 and around the iconic observation tower.”

Michael Essa Shows Off Nitrous Kit Before Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway

Michael Essa showed off his new addition to the GSR Autosport BMW for the weekend. The new addition to his car for the championship run is a nitrous kit giving him some more horsepower on this championship run. After winning Palm Beach Michael Essa has held serious championship contention, however most people haven’t been talking about him like the other championship front runners. Could nitrous give him the extra edge on this high speed entry to pass Chris Forsberg and take the lead in the championship before Irwindale Speedway in October? Do you like the idea of them adding nitrous this late into the season?

 

Darren McNamara is the best qualifying driver through 5 rounds of 2013 [STANDINGS]

With the long layoff between Seattle and Texas, we have to do something to keep us entertained. After last week’s look at the rookie standings, we decided to dive into the qualifying points as we did last year around this time.

For the first time in years, Darren McNamara is atop the charts. McNamara has been known as a driver who tends to drive better in tandem than in qualifying, but this year seems to be quite different. As the only driver who has been one of the top two qualifiers in three of the five rounds (1st in Seattle, 2nd in Long Beach and New Jersey), McNamara has stood out in the new qualifying format. His Falken Tire teammate Justin Pawlak is 2nd with two top qualifier awards (Palm Beach and New Jersey), while Aasbo has a top qualifier position (Atlanta), 2nd qualifier (Seattle) and a 3rd qualifier (New Jersey) that put him in third in the overall qualifying standings.

The other driver to earn a top qualifier position is Dai Yoshihara, who hit the top spot in Long Beach but has struggled since, qualifying 6th in Palm Beach but outside of the top 10 in all other rounds. Last year’s leader at this time was Vaughn Gittin Jr, who has dropped to 9th in this year’s standings. Comparing this list to the overall points standings after 5 rounds, there’s quite a substantial difference, showing that qualifying is less important than in years past. Forsberg, who is currently leading the championship race, is only the ninth-best qualifier.

Here’s a look at the top 20 of the qualifying standings according to our points table. NOTE: This is based on the number of qualifying points earned, not the average qualifying position.

UPDATED on August 21st to reflect qualifying penalties for Tuerck and Saito

LB Qual ATL Qual PB Qual NJ Qual SEA Qual Total
1 McNamara 10 4 0.5 10 12 36.5
2 Pawlak 0.5 8 12 12 2 34.5
3 Aasbo 2 12 0.5 8 10 32.5
4 Essa 8 10 0.5 1 2 21.5
5 Saito 3 4 8 4 0 19
6 Yoshihara 12 1 4 0.25 1 18.25
7 Moen 4 1 10 2 0.5 17.5
8 Forsberg 1 2 6 6 2 17
8 Gittin 4 2 3 2 6 17
10 DeNofa 6 6 1 2 0.5 15.5
11 Field 0.5 3 2 0.5 8 14
12 Bakchis 2 2 0.5 0.5 4 9
13 Powers 1 3 0 0.5 4 8.5
14 Grunewald 0 0.5 2 3 2 7.5
15 McQuarrie 0.25 0 0.25 4 1 5.5
16 Aono 2 0.5 2 0.25 0.5
5.25
18 Tuerck 3 0.5 1 0.5 0 5
18 Nishida 0.5 0.5 0.5 3 0.5 5
19 Kado 1 0 0.25 0.5 3 4.75
20 Wang 2 2 0.5 0 0 4.5

Tuerck’d – Live Free or Die with Michael Essa and Matt Powers [VIDEO]

While we don’t think the tourism board of New Hampshire will be promoting this video it shows off the wild time you can have in the northern state of New Hampshire. With Michael Essa and Matt Powers following along they go explore the great outdoors and then hit the NASCAR track New Hampshire Motor Speedway for some good times at the top of 4th gear drifting around the roads of the course. You can even see a cameo from the Takata Harness Scion FR-S as a camera car in the video.

Tuerck’d Has Special Guests Michael Essa and Matt Powers [PREVIEW]

In case you are rattled with a huge case of the Monday’s then we have something to get you fired up for tomorrow. Ryan Tuerck has dropped us this leak of the new episode including a photograph of the three drivers in their respective Formula Drift cars running tandem at New Hampshire Motorsports Park, hitting local swim spots, and missile car drifting at the Tuerck house. Get ready!