Rumors/Gossip

D1GP to Push Back Round 1/2 Texas Dates to September or Later [RUMORMILL]

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!

Fredric Aasbo Set to Drift this Weekend at Formula Drift Seattle with way more HP!

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.

5 Things We Know Will Happen at Formula Drift Seattle This Weekend

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.

Two Cars Make Deubt at Formula Drift Round 3 – Wall Speedway

Ryuji Miki - Lexus SC430

Patrick Mordaunt - Nissan 350z

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 Mordaunt with no 350z Yet [ROAD ATLANTA UPDATE]

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.

Forrest Wang Set to Run Drift Emporium Orange G35 for Streets of Long Beach

Forrest Wang

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.

Charles Ng Driving Mazda Rx-7 with LS6 as a Privateer for 2010 Formula Drift

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.

Ryan Tuerck is on Redbull Energy Drink for 2010 [SPYSHOTS/RUMORMILL]

Ryan Tuerck on Redbull Energy Drink

Ryan Tuerck on Redbull Energy Drink

We just found the gold mine on Facebook today. We found Ryan Tuerck at the new Redbull Stadium with his own custom Redbull jersey and hat. After doing some digging we are pretty sure Ryan Tuerck is on Redbull for the new 2010 Formula Drift season. This comes as great news and we are glad to see Redbull Energy Drink with some proper involvement in drifting. More details on this soon since Long Beach is right around the corner.

Matt Powers is Second EA Game Driver for 2010

The second driver running Formula Drift under EA Games this season we are told will be Matt Powers. Like we said earlier they are a publicly traded entity on the NASDAQ: ERTS which own the Need for Speed game series and the website Speedhunters. Last month we also reported he picked up tire sponsorship with Nitto Tires. Looks like a great season is ahead for this privateer.

Mad Mike Coming to Formula Drift 2010 – EA Games and Falken Tire are Sponsors

Mad Mike

Well this week just seems to be packed with bombshells and finally we have uncovered the myth about “Mad Mike” Whiddett’s 2010 Formula Drift season. A great and reliable source close to us informed me that Mad Mike will carry two major sponsors that he was aware of into the 2010 Formula D season.

Electronic Arts which is a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ: ERTS and has really suffered over the past year compared to the last decade. Enough about financial talk as you are more familiar with them in our industry due to the Need for Speed racing series and the website Speedhunters.

His tire sponsor is going to be Falken Tire  for the new season. It was pretty safe to assume that Goodyear Tire was not coming on board with his program so we are glad to see he has tire support.

We will be announcing another driver sponsored by Electronic Arts tomorrow.