Non Drifting

Conrad Grunewald Lapping Circuit of the Americas in a Ferrari Challenge Car [VIDEO]

Conrad Grunewald shows off a video of him racing a Ferrari 458 Challenge car around the Circuit of the Americas course in Austin, Texas. If you tuned into Formula 1 today on NBC you will be familiar with the course Conrad is wheeling on in this video. Conrad ran the course in a blazing 2:12.58 which is about 30 seconds off pace a lap from the Formula 1 cars.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Visits Spain for Gymkhana Grid Finals

Vaughn Gittin Jr. flew out to Spain to run the Gymkhana Grid to hang out with his Monster Energy drink family/friends over in Europe. While doing so he hopped on the track and put down the second fastest RWD time of the weekend 50.2 falling just shy of Luke Fink. His time even ran close to Ken Block who was just 1.44 seconds faster in the AWD category. Vaughn is now traveling to SEMA for the week to provide demos in the Ford Out Front category of the show.

Luke Lonberger’s Old Formula Drift Corvette Burns Down at Texas Mile [VIDEO]

The old Formula Drift C6 Corvette owned by Luke Lonberger saw its final destiny recently with a nitrous accident at the Texas Mile. The owner/driver Buddy Schulz took it to run the mile race with his 625whp engine (no nitrous) went up in flames and just slowly burnt and burnt at the end of this mile track until it could finally be put out. What a sad way to see a Formula Drift chassis come to an end. For those of you who don’t remember the car in drift form here is a picture before its debut on the final season it ran Formula Drift.

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.”

Dai Yoshihara Set to Run Group A Spoon Honda Civic at Honda Day

According to Instagram Dai Yoshihara will be doing exhibition runs on the road course at Englishtown on August 10th. The car is running the traditional Spoon Sports livery and is built to meet the original Group A spec series.

An Airbagged Race Trailer That Every Drifter Needs [VIDEO]

This awesome creation for a race car drivers towing needs is a creation of some guys out in New Zealand with a current price point of just over $12,000 US dollars (converted from NZ dollars). The independent suspension open car trailer will lay flat out to load a car and air up to standard normal towing height almost instantly. The air system is also accessible for connecting air tools or putting air into your tires. The rumor is these guys are bringing this creation to the USA and localizing production which should reduce the US price point of just over $12,000 but this seems like a 2014 or later project. Would you buy one for your race car?

How The Drifters Finished up at the 2013 Pikes Peak Hillclimb

Pikes Peak came and went with the promises of insane weather and even faster driving. Sebastien Loeb has been the talk of the town with his warp speed 8:13.878. Well a former Formula Drift champion was behind him in second place and everyone that attended the event weekend seems convinced that the times will continue to get shaved down. In case you want to glance at the rides they brought out for the race to the clouds you can check out our spotters guide we made in this post. Here is how the drifters finished in order of fast to slow:

1. Rhys Millen – 9:02.192
2. Paul Dallenbach – 9:46.634
3. Rod Millen – 10:24.301
4. James Robinson – 11:45.518
5. Ken Gushi – 12:03.085
6. Toshiki Yoshioka – 12:13.753
7. Andrew Comrie-Picard – 12.39.891

Pikes Peak Guide to Spotting the Drifters

While the automotive world has descended on Colorado Springs, Colorado this weekend we are trying to not pass out back home at the office from this insane heat wave consuming California. Pikes Peak this year has quite the thumbprint of drifting DNA all around the mountain this weekend. While we aren’t attending we figured we could make a quick guide to spot everyone in the drift world flying up the mountain.

1. Rhys Millen – Insane Tube Chassis Hyundai
Here is Rhys Millen trying once again to set the fastest record up the hill. This car looks crazier than ever and he is running in the unlimited class to set an all time record to the top.

2. Paul Dallenbach – RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe
While Paul is not a Formula Drift driver he is piloting the old Formula Drift chassis of Rhys Millen’s up to the summit of Pikes Peak tomorrow which has now been modified for some climb attack. A quick Google search will show you Paul is mostly famous for that insane start line crash into the trees at Pikes Peak more than anything else we could note. According to his website he was a stunt driver in Fast and the Furious 4 along with over 250 car commercials. He held the hill climb record in 1993 and is a six time winner of the mountain.

3. Ken Gushi – 14k Lexus CCS-R
Ken Gushi is piloting this Lexus ISF-CCSR up the mountain tomorrow. Lexus added 14,000 names of fans to the car in a special promotion to help Ken get up the hill. Ken unveiled this car last year and we did a mini feature on the Lexus CCS-R here on the blog.

4. Toshiki Yoshioka – Formula Drift Subaru BRZ
A tough Formula Drift season so far for Yoshioka who is privateering a program with a nice new Subaru BRZ. With the help of Tomei and some other sponsors he is running a Formula Drift / Pikes Peak program for 2013 with a very small crew.

5. Rod Millen – Electric Toyota
Rod Millen is taking to an electric race Toyota to run the mountain this weekend. His 1994 record stood for sometime as the record of fastest up the hill. Rod also holds the oldest Formula Drift driver to enter an event well into his late 50′s campaigning a Mazda Rx-8 (which was sold to Tony Angelo after his retirement).

6. Andrew Comrie-Picard – Scion Racing Scion XA
ACP didn’t have the best performance in Formula Drift history with his Dodge Viper. The 2010 season wasn’t super kind to him where he only managed to rack up 24.25 points across the whole year. ACP moved on to Rally America with this Scion Racing XA above and is now competing at Pikes Peak.

7. James Robinson – HDP Acura NSX
James Robinson competed for a while in drifting with a HDP Honda Element that was just awesome to watch drift around. The car was mostly seen in the NOPI Drift series and was colored bright orange. Now he is taking this Acura NSX with the help of Honda Performance Development.

Ryan Tuerck Takes on Tim O’Neil Rally School with Bucky Lasek [VIDEO]

A new installment of Tuerck’d takes Bucky Lasek and Ryan Tuerck to the Tim O’Neil racing school in New Hampshire for some rally and dually drifting fun. Sit back and find out how good Ryan Tuerck is at driving on snow at this rally school!

Rhys Millen Returns to the Peak with two Hyundai’s

After a few days of being pestered by various people to get this up on the website we have Rhys Millen and his 2013 Pikes Peak unlimited car. It looks like Garrett Turbo and AEM are going along for the ride this year up the hill with him along with a ton of other sponsors I couldn’t quite make out. According to Hyundai Newsroom they are bringing out this car to take on the Unlimited Class along with a Genesis coupe to defend the RWD record. The car above will be making some serious HP, “This powertrain is expected to produce over 900 h.p. and 800 ft. lbs. of torque, while still making significant use of production components including the block, cylinder heads, bearings and engine accessories.”