It looks like we need to provide an update to our November 23rd, 2009 post The Big 3 Will Be in Formula Drift for 2010 [RUMORMILL] needs some updating. I received an e-mail today from a Monster Energy Drink employee confirming that Vaughn Gittin Jr. has partnered with Monster Energy Drink for the 2010 Formula Drift season. I reached out to Vaughn Gittin’s representation who issued me a quick “no comment,” but trust us, this deal is happening. In what capacity we cannot confirm anything other than they will be involved.
According to a promotional video released by Megan Racing on YouTube it appears they will have two drivers running the full 2010 Formula D season under the Megan Racing banner. Cyrus Martinez who licensed up at the 2009 Pro Am will be running this S13 above along with Taka Aono. Taka will be runing his AE86 perhaps or maybe the Megan Racing Nissan 350z? Glad to see a new team pushing in for a full 2010 season campaign.
This poor gold S13 got smashed into pieces twice at Irwindale Speedway this year. One of those was at the 2009 Formula D Pro Am Finals which you can see here that he smashed it really damn good. From some forum buzz and a tip from a San Diego local we have heard that Tommy purchased Henry Schelly’s old Formula Drift chassis. Henry campaigned in the 2008 season for a good bit and even attended the international demo down in Monterrey, Mexico. The car is apparently in Tommy Roberts hands now and he is prepping it for the 2010 season. Here is what the car looked like when Henry was still running it in Formula Drift.
The drivers in Panama were all sporting some interesting tire company stickers for the international demo. All of the drivers were running Nitto Tire stickers which we assumed and were told had some stuff to do with the demo. So this probably eliminates them having new deals for 2010 but we won’t rule that one out just yet either. Joon Maeng however was seen running a Nexen Tire logo on his front bumper……rumors have been soaring about some new tire entries for 2010, could this possibly be one of them?
Michael Essa has announced that he will be running this motor above. The motor comes from a 2010 BMW M5 which is a high revving V10 engine. It looks like the Dodge Viper won’t be the only V10 in town this season! They ended up selecting this motor after passing on the BMW M3 V8 power plant which I think is an excellent choice. Good luck Michael Essa as he brings the BMW back to Formula Drift.
Well after we announced last week that Forrest Wang will be piloting a Lexus SC430 for Formula Drift 2010 many readers came forward sending us notes that APEXi has one in their possession for Ryuji Miki. In fact, they happen to have a Pebble Beach Edition Lexus SC430 and quite truthfully I have no idea what the difference is from a stock one. Lexus….in case your listening can you please stop sending golf course parking jockeys to our series and give somebody a Lexus IS-F or maybe just shoot for a LF-A. If news like this keeps coming out in the off season it is going to be a mighty interesting 2010 in Formula Drift, that is for sure.
We have put some loose confirmation to these rumors about Forrest Wang driving a Lexus SC430 for next season like the one pictured above. I’ve had some people who have visited the shop and told me a Lexus SC430 is sitting in the shop without an engine along with what looked like a Toyota Tundra V8 sitting next to it. Still trying to place some actual photos of it and a progress note on the car but I would assume if the engine is out and getting ready to go already a Long Beach deadline should be no problem. Forrest Wang also attended the 1 year Adams Kart Track event and was looking top notch in his 240sx so be afraid Formula Drift, very afraid.
A quiet buzz has been going around about the 2010 Redbull World Championship. We have heard that the championship will be leaving the Ports of Long Beach (Insert Sigh of Relief) and heading east for 2010. I found this map randomly on Google and it our information tells us that the event will be in one of the colored states in this map. Where would people like to see the event take place on the east coast?
Even though we announced that Calvin Wan has got the can from Falken Tires and his S15 it looks like he has been sliding around still without worries. His blog mentioned him taking some cars out to Thunderhill for a great time including this Infiniti G37 pictured above. The car looks good sideways and with him putting in some track time during this off season it makes me wonder if we have seen the last of Calvin Wan? I’ve heard some rumors that he might be coming out to campaign himself. Only time will tell I guess.
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According to the Drift Emporium website they will be adding two new teammates to the team for 2010. They have reported in their news section that they have picked up Michihiro Takatori and Forrest Wang. No details yet that I can find on what they will be driving yet but I cannot wait to see some heavy hitters on the Drift Emporium program for 2010. Thanks for the tip Byron Hill.
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