Over the last few weeks several team owners and other drivers in the series have mentioned to me that they have been looking at picking up Robbie Nishida for the 2011 season. He did remain in the United States we were told to speak with other teams possibly for getting on board for the 2011 season. Right now it seems like just a small buzz going around the pits but many team owners expressed interest in picking him up to me. One even told me he is a top five driver with a different program behind him.
It looks like James Deane will finally be returning to Formula Drift at Las Vegas Motor Speedway here in a few weeks. It appears he will be returning to the Falken S15 for the last three round of Formula Drift. After a great performance at Streets of Long Beach he has been absent from Road Atlanta to Seattle. Remember to pick him up out of the free agent pool in your Fantasy Drift rosters if your looking to collect some quick points.
D1GP USA just announced that in fact, no 2010 season will be happening this year at all. This doesn’t come as a shock to us after the unreliability of this series and it’s owners in the past. The real question I have is…. why even try to come back in 2011? You have already wasted our resources and time this season so what is the point in doing it again next year?
I am sure the D1GP PR machine is going to hop on here soon and tell you how great the new series is going to be in 2011 and how awesome the television show is but nobody here cares. Hopefully this is the final nail in the coffin to a pipe dream of Japanese fanboys that no one in America can seem to make a reality. On the bright side of things happening in American drifting we do have Formula Drift Las Vegas coming up this month and it actually will be happening.
Rumor we have gotten from several sources this week is that D1GP USA will already be moving there Round1/2 double round weekend at Texas Motor Speedway back to September. The original date was set for August 14th/15th which is about three weeks out from now. The series has produced no rulebook, no information on judges or structure, and no word on what (if any) Japanese drivers will be coming to participate in the series.
I have heard a rumor that they are working with some all new spiffy “drift box” as part of their judging structure but no real word on what makes it better than the old ones that never seemed to quite work at D1GP USA’s last go around. We will keep an eye out for the official event date change but as for now, don’t buy your bus tickets to Texas in August just yet!
Some sources confirmed to us that Fredric Aasbo is in the United States and bringing his Toyota Supra to Formula D Seattle for competition. Rumor has it he added almost 200 horsepower to the 2JZ engine to really be competition ready here in Formula Drift. He made quite an impression at Formula D Long Beach along with James Deane (who will be abesent from FD Seattle) and is now back to stake his name in the Rookie of the Year record books. Due to missing the last two rounds he has fallen in the points to 28th place but a good performance in Seattle will bring him back in the running for a ROY run. The big question is was his performance a Long Beach beginners luck or is he just that talented? Only time will tell this weekend if he will perform and he MIGHT be a guy you want to pick up in Fantasy Drift, if one of your players is lacking performance numbers, and you want to take a gamble with a possible big pay off.
Last year I made some predictions for Seattle found at “5 Things We Know Will Happen This Weekend at Formula D” where I listed the same events in this post and got most of them right. The only one I don’t remember happening last year is #4 which was a pleasant surprise.
Eric O’Sullivan landed second place on the podium for his first time in his Formula D career making #5 happen. #3 happened with a little sprinkle during qualifying if I remember right, this also happens and the locals are unfazed but some of the drivers I feel get on tilt making the whole event interesting. #2 happened because this Seattle crowd is one of the best in the series. #1 was none other than Falken Tire driver Daijiro Yoshihara and his huge wreck into the bank entry “Daijiro Yoshihara Crash [SNAPSHOT]” which you can see at this snapshot. The Lexus was totaled and never returned to competition. This is what lead Daijiro Yoshihara into his S13 which appears to be a blessing in disguise. So now it’s just a matter of who will make my predictions come true this year……
5.Someone will podium for the first time in their Formula D career.
4. We will smell horse manure.
3. It will rain.
2. The crowd will stay and go insane no matter what weather conditions.
1. We will have huge accidents.
Normally the East Coat leg of Formula Drift rarely gets to see the debut of a new drift car due to it’s distance from Los Angeles, California. The way the series has been ordered with Atlanta then New Jersey it’s practically unthinkable you would see a car switch within the east coast leg of Formula Drift.
This year according to the GruppeS twitter account Ryuji Miki will be debuting the Lexus SC430 which we unveiled a few days ago on the blog. I also spoke to Patrick Mordaunt quickly last night who is in route to New Jersey with his Nissan 350z picture above. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain his Top 10 rank after switching chassis mid season. Wall Speedway will be in for a treat with the premiere of these two new Formula D cars.
Patrick’s Nissan 350z is still not with us in the Formula Drift series. He brought back his S14 for this weekend I just had confirmed by some people at the track. This is most likely a good thing for everyone who has him on their Fantasy Drift team. He always seems to do well in that car so keep an eye out for him over the weekend.
We got word that Drift Emporium will be putting Forrest Wang in the Orange Infiniti G35 that use to be run by Ron Ewerth. He drove this car after Thanksgiving at a local event in Atlanta, Georgia taking home first place. His Lexus SC430 is not ready yet so this will be his car for round 1 Streets of Long Beach.
It looks like Charles Ng has made some last minute changes for his 2010 Formula Drift season. He took to his Facebook to announce he would be running Michael Essa’s old FC Mazda Rx-7 with a Chevrolet LS6 engine as privateer and no sponsors. Previously he was known to be driving for BMI Racing in a four rotor Mazda Rx-8 but it looks like things have changed. This could be an interesting campaign for 2010 Formula Drift especially since this car is dialed in for competition.
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