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The Nate Hamilton and Carl Rydquist Crash at Seattle [VIDEO]

So someone actually captured this Pro 2 Formula Drift practice incident on video. Nate Hamilton spun and stalled out on course and for whatever reason was unable to get his car fired back up in any quick fashion. During that time the next pair of drivers were sent and Carl Rydquist just drove straight into Nate Hamilton. Clearly with some better flaggers or some more solid communication to the start line the wreck could of been avoided. You can see one flagger trying to get the attention of the drivers by running towards them with a yellow flag. Even though the mistake was made by course workers could the wreck of been easily avoided in the first place? Tons of questions to be asked on this one which effected both cars going into Pro 2 qualifying. A tough break for both drivers regardless of what happened. Who do you think was mostly at fault here?

2014 Formula Drift Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway [RESULTS]

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Qualifying has wrapped up at Evergreen Drift today with a new top qualifier for the season. Darren McNamara took top spot with a new look in his S14. Falken has figured something out this season apparently. Daigo Saito failed to even get a score finishing with a 0 and going home another weekend. Here is how they qualified and Top 32 match ups.

1. Darren McNamara
2. Robbie Nishida
3. Odi Bakchis
4. Chris Forsberg
5. Ryan Tuerck
6. Fredric Aasbo
7. Justin Pawlak
8. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
9. Chelsea DeNofa
10. Conrad Grunewald
11. Jhonnattan Castro
12. Tyler McQuarrie
13. Pat Goodin
14. Forrest Wang
15. Charles Ng
16. Daijiro Yoshihara
17. Geoff Stoneback
18. Dean Kearney
19. Michael Essa
20. Matt Field
21. Ken Gushi
22. Kyle Mohan
23. Ryan Kado
24. Joon Maeng
25. Kenneth Moen
26. Karl Osaki
27. Nate Hamilton
28. Mike Pollard
29. Matt Coffman
30. Carl Rydquist
31. Taka Aono
32. Tony Angelo

Left Bracket-
Darren McNamara vs. Tony Angelo
Daijiro Yoshihara vs. Geoff Stoneback
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Kenneth Moen
Chelsea DeNofa vs. Joon Maeng
Chris Forsberg vs. Matt Coffman
Pat Goodin vs. Matt Field
Ryan Tuerck vs. Mike Pollard
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Ken Gushi

Right Bracket-
Robbie Nishida vs. Taka Aono
Charles Ng vs. Dean Kearney
Justin Pawlak vs. Karl Osaki
Conrad Grunewald vs. Ryan Kado
Odi Bakchis vs. Carl Ryqduist
Forrest Wang vs. Michael Essa
Fredric Aasbo vs. Nate Hamilton
Jhonnattan Castro vs. Kyle Mohan

2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 2 at Evergreen Speedway Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Qualifying was tough with a bunch of drivers grouped in the 55-68 qualifying scores. Here is how Pro 2 finished up yesterday. Scores can be found on our Twitter account /wreckedmagazine. Here is how they finished up and today’s pairings.

1. Jeremy Lowe
2. Rapper Dan Savage
3. James Evans
4. Geoff Stoneback
5. Jeff Jones
6. Juha Rintanen
7. Andy Hateley
8. Dennis Mertzanis
9. Jeff Wolfson
10. Mike Pollard
11. Matt Coffman
12. Victor Moore
13. Will Parsons
14. Eric Hill
15. Mike Phillips
16. Hiro Sumida

(Left Bracket)
1. Jeremy Lowe
16. Hiro Sumida

8. Dennis Mertzanis
9. Jeff Wolfson

4. Geoff Stoneback
13. Will Parsons

5. Jeff Jones
12. Victor Moore

(Right Bracket)
2. Rapper Dan Savage
15. Mike Phillips

7. Andy Hateley
10. Mike Pollard

3. James Evans
14. Eric Hill

6. Juha Rintanen
11. Matt Coffman

Takata Racing Harnesses Shows off Formula Drift Team [VIDEO]

The team at Takata Harness put together a highlight reel video of their team in action at Formula Drift New Jersey. Tons of Formula Drift teams have turned to the product over the last couple seasons in Formula Drift as safety concerns have grown. We even put the classic green Takata Harness setup in our Project V8240sx back in the day!

Formula D Pro 2 Driver Ryan Litteral’s Battle at Round 1 Miami [VIDEO]

The battle ended up being mostly with his RB25 powered S14 sadly over the weekend compared to the drivers on the track. I traveled across the country with Ryan to capture his Pro 2 weekend. Two blown transmissions put him at a major setback where he failed to qualify for Pro 2 after a cross country drive. The team and car will be ready for Round 2 of the Pro 2 series.

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 3 This Weekend

10. Car-​to​-​ Car Contact ​i​​s Becoming More Common
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This is the best car -​to​-​car contact of the season to date! ​Chelsea ​DeNofa just managed to connect with Tyler McQuarrie wheel​-​to​-​ wheel​, throwing him airborne. Do you remember the accident that happened when these guys met at Wall Speedway in 2012? In case you don’t, here is the video. Quite a bit of other car ​-​to​-​car contact happened this weekend​,​ including some nice banging around with Matt Field and Chris Forsberg in the ​F​inal ​F​our. Keep an eye on this to be a theme through 2014.

9. Matt Field Deserves a Tip of the Hat
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I will never forget the day the world discovered Matt Field as a serious American drifter. It was back at Irwindale Speedway when he sent Daigo Saito into a two OMT battle before finally ​losing to Saito. Something interesting I have noticed since then is ​Field does exceptionally​ well at new tracks where all drivers start without data. Look back to 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway and this weekend at Homestead. This tells me​, as he drives these tracks and learns what he needs to make things work​, ​​he will be a championship contender.
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2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 1 @ Miami [RESULTS]

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Carl Ryquist locked in 3rd place once he made the final four due to his number 1 qualifying position. The first ever Pro 2 event was super fun as the drivers drifted into the sunset at Homestead. We really loved some of the battles and car attrition was limited down to two cars. Here is how they finished:

1. Geoff Stoneback
2. Nate Hamilton
3. Carl Ryquist
4. Jeremy Lowe

2014 Lone Star Bash Round 2 [GALLERY]

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Up and Comer: Meet Lone Star Drift Driver Garrett Hoyt

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Texas is the home to a pretty solid group of talented drivers, Garrett Hoyt (though technically being from Arkansas), is definitely no exception. I met Garrett last year when he was finishing up his previous Ls6 car cage build up in Dallas at Autocomp Racecars, and we pretty much became BFF right away. Over that weekend, I believe it was Lone Star Bash, I got to know him pretty well, and also noticed that he was an extremely good driver. He was very aggressive, and even more consistent. Unfortunately for him, at the time anyway, his fully built ls6 motor exploded in a fit of rage just a couple events later.

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Jump ahead to round 1 of the 2014 lone star series this past weekend. Garrett had spent his offseason going full retard on a pretty intense 350z build. After realize how much time and money it was going to take, he decided breaking a few SR’s before even using them was the best option, and finally got a solid motor set in the car. Caught up with him that day at the event and chatted about his new setup, which low and behold, he liked even more than his more powerful v8 motor. HA! turbo forever! Garrett was the number 1 qualifier for the event and I believe finished 6th or 7th over all for the weekend! Heres a little bit of our discussion!

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Q: What do you drive and why (specs and such)?

A: Well lets do this. I drive a 1995 Nissan 240sx, I’m running a red top sr20det with a top mount hybrid turbo. I have ISIS coilovers and arms and I can’t complain they feel really high end actually. Parts Shop Max super angle steering kit, with MCR Factory Knuckles. Also some PSM drop knuckles in the back. The car is perfect right now. Love it

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Q: When did you start drifting and why?

A:  I Started drifting back in 2009. I had my Jeep and yes, I was drifting my jeep wrangler around into people’s yards and shit, then I got my first 240sx. I started drifting because it was just so much fun. It is for sure the most fun you can have with pants on.

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Q: So besides being the pants-less wonder, what are your goals with drifting? Is it all for fun or do you plan to take it all the way to pro level?

A: My goal in drifting is to always have fun. But I am very competitive and I want to go pro, that’s what I’m aiming for.

 

Q: When you aren’t working on your car or driving events, what do you do for fun?

A: When I’m not messing with my racecar or my buddy’s cars. I love to play the guitar. Acoustic of course.

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Q: Who do you look up to both in the drifting world and abroad?

A: Well I really look up to Nate Hamilton. He has been like my coach and we have had a lot of seat time together. And outside of drift it is gonna sound cheesy, but it is my dad. My dad is such an amazing person. Couldn’t ask for anyone better.

 

Q: Not cheesy, admirable! Where are you from and What made you decide to make the travel to drive the Lone star series?

A: ARKANSAS!!! I was born and raised in good ol’ Arkansas. I was drifting up in Memphis but they don’t have the series that lonestar does. NO ONE DOES! I love the lonestar drift series. Great drivers and fast courses plus the amount of tandem that goes on is crazy. Love it down there.

 

Q: At this point in your “career” with drifting, what moment stands out the most for you?

A: The moment that stands out the most to me, well there are moments. 1st one is when I blew the ls6 that I was running last season. I shot two rods through the block. And the second one is coming back from the blown ls6, to a little sr20det and I was first place qualifier with it at round 1. I couldn’t be more happy with how the sr20 feels. Soooo much better then the ls6. True story. #V8hunterReborn

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Q: Any advice for someone looking to get into drifting?

A: If you’re wanting to start drifting. All I can say is GO FOR IT, like I said earlier it is the most fun you can have with your pants on haha. Don’t do it on the streets though. Safety first kids!

 

Photos By: Justin Cunningham, Alex Callaway, and Jason Scott

2014 Lone Star Drift Round 1 [GALLERY]

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Lone Star Bash kicked off its 2014 drift season with a big Round 1 at Gulf Greyhound Park in
La Marque, Texas. The event was plagued with rain and poor weather but the top drivers in Texas still found their way over to the podium. Jason Scott produced all of our photography from the Lone Star weekend!

 

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