Mitsuru Haraguchi hasn’t driven in Seattle since the 2007 season, the same season he won the Formula D Long Beach event in the Falken Tire / Silk Road S13.5 built and operated by Intec Racing. Unfortunately, Haraguchi’s return to Seattle won’t be to drive a car but to promote his company 326 Power. Rookie Peter Funatake’s S13 will be in the 326 Power booth, and Haraguchi will be there to meet and greet his fans as well as answer questions about his products.
We decided to take a look back at Haraguchi in 2006 and 2007, before Wrecked Magazine was online:
This podium photo was from the Formula D Long Beach event in 2007, when Haraguchi defeated Tanner Foust in the finals to win the event in only his third career FD event (the same number of events that Daigo took to win). This podium shot makes us reminisce of the good old years, when Tanner Foust still drove in FD and Dai was driving in the PacRim S13 sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. This was the year Tanner won his first of back-to-back championships, in the AEM 350Z.
Haraguchi’s first Formula D event was the Seattle 2006 event, when the Intec Racing / Silk Road S13.5 was still bronze colored. Back before the top 32 tandem format was introduced, Haraguchi was the top qualifier in the Friday ‘unseeded qualifying’ session, but ran into engine problems during Saturday’s Top 16 qualifying. 2006 was also the first time Formula D ventured to Seattle, meaning that this season’s event will be the seventh visit to Evergreen Speedway.