Michael Essa

Where Is Formula Drift Taking You in Florida for 2014?

The 2014 Formula Drift schedule was released last week at the 2013 SEMA Show and Florida was given the name Florida without an announced track. I’ve spoken with a ton of locals in the drift community today and they helped me all but ruleout Orlando Speedworld and CFRC as viable options for Formula Drift. This leaves in my opinion Daytona International Speedway infield, Sebring, Homestead, and a return to PBIR.

Daytona seems like a too disconnected from real Florida or any big markets and Sebring is flat out in the middle of no where. However, I think they could build some great tracks/courses off Sebring and have quite a Road Atlanta type vibe going for the course. This really leaves Homestead International down in Miami as a new course. We put this track in our 7 Tracks Formula Drift should visit so it probably is going to get our vote. Where will Formula Drift be in 2014 in the sunshine state?

Michael Essa Title Sponsored by Bilstein Suspension in 2014? [SEMA RUMORMILL]

A rumor going around the pre SEMA parties last night was that Bilstein will be stepping up with GSR Autosport and Michael Essa in 2014 for a possible title sponsorship. They just did collaborate on a BMW 335i giveaway build and Michael Essa brought them a championship early in their relationship. This could be something huge to boost the GSR Autosport team in 2014 as I have heard they are on the hunt for new sponsorships. What do you guys think of this possible partnership?

Michael Essa and GSR Autosport build a BMW 335i for the SEMA Show [VIDEO]

Michael Essa and GSR Autosport built this BMW 335i with Bilstein to be unveiled and giveaway the 2013 SEMA Show. Check out the build video of them coming together on this cool video project. The Bilstein BMW 335 has some M performance upgrades, Brembo brakes, HRE wheels, and  some performance modifications to build an ultimate street car.

Formula D: Title Fight by State of Stance [VIDEO]

Check out State of Stance’s video highlighting some of the most action-packed moments at Formula Drift’s Title Fight in Irwindale. They were able to capture some pretty cool runs such as the close tandem battles with Daigo Saito  going against Falken drivers Justin Pawlak and Pat Goodin and previous years’ champions Chris Forseberg and Daijiro Yoshihara going head to head.  In the video you’ll be able to see Ryan Kado and Corey Hosford and their aggressive, nearly wall-scraping performances. Lastly, you can see a few high-angled, smokey runs featuring Mike Essa, ending with him being awarded the 2013 series champ.

AWFilms Brings Us Formula Drift Irwindale Speedway [VIDEO]

Abbitt Wilkerson (AWFilms) put together an awesome montage from Irwindale Speedway. What might be the last ever event at Irwindale Speedway this video put it into a fun perspective. Some of the wall ride clips with Chirs Forsberg and Michael Essa are world class insane.

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.