Michael Essa

2013 All Star Bash – Another Look with David Moore [GALLERY]

Another look at All-Star Bash 2013 from photographer David Moore. Some team tandem photographs, Michael Essa’s championship celebration, and tons of drivers from Pro to beginner drifting all around Willow Springs.


Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=374

2013 Just Drift All-Star Bash Drivers List

Check out a drivers list for the 2013 All-Star Bash taking place at Willow Springs. The full 92 drivers registered are listed below for the big bash weekend! Our photographer will be on site over the weekend capturing all the team tandem drift action and drivers across the weekend. Formula Drift drivers Dai Yoshihara, Ken Gushi, Forrest Wang, Matt Field, Matt Powers, and Michael Essa all are signed up and ready to do battle with the west coast drivers. Team drift practice fires up at 8:00pm and competition is at 9:00pm! The hashtag for All-Star Bash weekend is #ASB13.


1 Abraham Cruz 26 Holton Coverdale 51 Kyle Armstrong 76 Sherry Kamiya
2 Alex Hsieh 27 Jairo Jaramillo 52 Kyle Lumm 77 Spencer Reiker
3 Andrew Molina 28 Jason Bostrom 53 Luke Wright 78 Spike Chen
4 Andrew Schulte 29 Jason Kim 54 Mario Partida 79 Stephen Ramil
5 Brad Hornecker 30 Jeff Jones 55 Martin Rauch 80 Taka Aono
6 Calvin Chuen 31 Jeff Le 56 Masashi Motonaga 81 Timothy Foreman
7 Chris Billedo 32 Jeff Wolfson 57 Matt Coffman 82 Tony Cisneros
8 Chris Crick Filippi 33 Jesse Vargas 58 Matt Field 83 Trenton Beechum
9 Christopher Hills 34 Joey Sproul 59 Matt Powers 84 Trevor Dowdall
10 Dai Yoshihara 35 John Lazorack 60 Mickie Frial 85 Tyler Page-Howell
11 Dan Burkett 36 Jonathan Juarez 61 Mike Essa 86 Tyler Wolfson
12 Daniel Giraldo 37 Joseph Tardiff 62 Mikey Mendoza 87 Vladimir Kulahin
13 Daniel Nguyen 38 Josh Cole 63 Mohammad Shariloo 88 Wais samad
14 Darin Burgess 39 Joshua Lind 64 Moises Torres 89 William Rogers
15 David Hankins 40 Julian Jacobs 65 Nan Yu 90 Yun Ki Hong
16 DJ Lloyd 41 Julian Raiden 66 Nathan Von Tuchlinski 91 Zac Farina
17 Donovan Brockway 42 JunWoo Byun 67 Nick Bayati 92 Zenia Amezquita
18 Efrain Diaz 43 Justin Muilenberg 68 Pablo Cabrera 93
19 Ernie Gonzalez 44 Justin Pawlak 69 Palmer Sanderson 94
20 Evan Vhadat 45 Juve Gallegos 70 Ramon Hernandez 95
21 Forrest Wang 46 Karl Osaki 71 Rick Cunanan 96
22 Frank Cundari 47 Kasey King 72 Robbin Webber 97
23 George Marstanovic 48 Ken Gushi 73 Robert Airth 98
24 Hector Diaz 49 Kenneth Voung 74 Ryan Carroll 99
25 Hiro Sumida 50 Kenny Chieu 75 Ryan Jordan 100

Danny George Posts Parody Payoff Check for 2013 Championship

Danny George took to Facebook and shared this on Michael Essa’s FB wall as a $10,00 check written out to Luke Pakula who some people speculate faked a mechanical failure while on the line to let Michael Essa get enough points to win a championship. Danny George found some “evidence” he shared with us. At least we can count on Danny for some great laughs.

Do You Think Luke Pakula Forfeited On Purpose To Allow friend Michael Essa to Win? [VOTE YES/NO]

Everything that determined the championship didn’t happen on the track like the fans hoped this weekend at Irwindale Speedway but took place in the paddock and judges stand with protests. Right now our staff is in communication with Formula Drift officials, Luke Pakula’s team, and Chris Forsberg Racing working on understanding all angles of the situation. We will have a right up soon but based on the facts you have seen on Facebook and information at hand do you think Luke Pakula conceded once on the line to let his good friend and Slide Assassins teammate Michael Essa win a championship?

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2013 Formula Drift Awards – Comeback of the Year: Michael Essa

The comeback of the year was given to Michael Essa. He also took home a championship and team manager of the year for the 2013 Formula Drift awards banquet. Not a bad weekend for his team at all.

2013 Formula Drift Awards – Manager of the Year: Michael Essa

Michael Essa managed his privateer team to a 2013 championship on a new chassis which is quite an impressive feat. He was given team manager of the year for the 2013 season along to compliment the feat of winning a championship. Congrats to Michael Essa for an impressive feat in 2013.

2013 Formula Drift Irwindale Main Event by Justin Kaehler [GALLERY]

Here is some seriously extensive coverage from Justin Kaehler over the course of main event Saturday at Irwindale Speedway. From tandem battles to the very moment Michael Essa learned of his championship. Enjoy this extensive gallery from Justin who captured all the great moments during the most controversial championship in the last 10 years.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=371

2013 Formula D Final Championship Points Standings

Here are the final 2013 points standings, baring any technical violations or other points deductions which may have happened without our knowledge.

1. Michael Essa                   555.5 points
2. Chris Forsberg                 538 points
3. Daigo Saito                       510.5 points
4. Fredric Aasbo                  487 points
5. Vaughn Gittin Jr           481 points
6. Justin Pawlak                425 points
7. Matt Field                        407 points
8. Darren McNamara       388.5 points
9. Robbie Nishida                387.25 points
10. Odi Bakchis                    378 points
11. Dai Yoshihara              333.5 points
12. Conrad Grunewald     309.5 points
13. Chelsea Denofa               291 points
13. Ryan Tuerck                  291 points
15. Tyler McQuarrie          290.5 points
16. Matt Powers                   282 points
17. Forrest Wang                 276.5 points
18. Kenny Moen                   258.75 points
19. Ryan Kado                      239.75 points
20. Danny George                231.5 points

Michael Essa is Officially 2013 Formula Drift Champion [RESULTS]

With Daigo Saito beating Chris Forsberg in the Great 8 we now have an official 2013 championship by privateer Michael Essa. Congrats to him and his working team that put together a E46 BMW with Yokohama, Bilstein, and WiseFab to make a championship out of a local Orange County shop. It wasn’t an easy battle with protests in Palm Beach and his victory over Chris Forsberg with a cone that seemed to fall out of thin air and people speculating a team orders type situation for Top 32 at Irwindale Speedway. We will have more on all these stories and the break down of his insane championship run later this month! Congrats again to GSR and Michael Essa!

Chris Forsberg Has Filed Protest For Strategy Violation Per 6.7 in Rulebook

We are told Chris Forsberg has filed a protest using rule 6.7 – Competition Time Out with speculation that Luke Pakula threw the event to allow Michael Essa to move into the Top 16. Luke was staged on the line for over 2 minutes+ while Essa dealt with his blown motor. Luke then did donuts and pulled off the course claiming a broken transmission (after he drove off course and did donuts). He drove back to the pits and refused to run just moments after driving across the line in video and doing donuts. Chris and team have filed a protest claiming “strategy” which is clearly illegal within the rule posted below.

To maintain safety in the competition, during tandem competition runs only, teams may call for a Competition Timeout to make any necessary repairs. Competition Timeout’s are not allowed for Practice or Qualifying. Competition Timeout’s are not to be used for strategic purposes. Only the designated team representative will be allowed to request the Competition Timeout, and it must be made through a FORMULA DRIFT OFFICIAL. Only the COMPETITION MANAGER may grant a Competition Timeout. Team will not be granted a Competition Timeout if it is believed to be unwarranted. Competition Timeout’s are allowed for a maximum of five (5) minutes and are to be administered by the COMPETITION MANAGER.

Competitors who fail to make the necessary repairs the allotted time limits will be disqualified from the competition and forfeit to the opposing driver.

Teams may only use one (1) Competition Timeout throughout the competition. Additional and concurrent Competition Timeout requests are not allowed unless cited in other sections of these rules.

Competition Timeout repairs must be completed either trackside or in the pre-grid