Recently Tony Brakohiapa set Texas on fire with his drifting at an IRL race back in 2011 which you can see more photos of here. Well by checking out some Formula Drift partner sites both Global Time Attack and Fatlace Car Show have registration pages open and available for the Texas Motor Speedway event with a day labeled September 14th. If we had to take a guess this seems like far more than a coincidence. So go ahead and tentatively mark your calendars (in pencil for now) that September 14th might be the magic day Formula Drift returns to Texas since 2006.
Global Time Attack: http://www.globaltimeattack.com/event/texas-motor-speedway-formula-drift/
Fatlace Car Show: http://fatlace.com/2012/12/slammed-society-2013-event-schedule/
So this is complete speculation/guessing at this point but we have a good feeling that Ryan Tuerck will also be in a Scion FRS for the 2013 season. He is following after Otto Graven, Toshiki Yoshioka, and Tony Angelo who are all bringing BRZ/FRS to the track for new cars in 2013 but his comes with a big twist! The Scion FRS driven by Ryan Tuerck will be Chevrolet LS powered.
The second half of this rumor is that Retaks is being teamed up with Air Force to run Tuerck’s sponsorship for the 2013 season. A pretty large pickup for Ryan Tuerck who has lacked major corporate backing for 2012 while continuing to be a top performer. Ryan Tuerck wouldn’t confirm any of this so we could be all wrong but only time will tell!
We have some solid confirmations from several sources that the Bergenholtz Racing program will not continue into the 2013 season. The program as of now hasn’t been green lite with sponsors for the season and it seems like they will be gone at this point in time for 2013. Our sources tell us that Chelsea DeNofa will be making his team announcement this week! This is chalking up to be one crazy off-season out of no where.
Tyler McQuarrie is rumored to be leaving Yokohama Tire after the 2012 season relationship he had. Tyler McQuarrie has a long standing relationship with Hankook Tires which is our prediction of where he will wind up for 2013. This is all just rumors/speculation at this point but a buzz has been generated around the paddock that Tyler is set to make this move. What do you think about Tyler McQuarrie making the move back to Hankook Tires?
The KSport Nissan 350z driven by Corey Hosford will be managed, transported, and maintained by Chris Forsberg Racing for the 2013 season. Professional stunt driver Corey Hosford plans to gain a competitive edge in the new season by teaming up with the most successful Z driver and team owner in drifting history. This two team program should be pretty interesting with an orange 370z and orange 350z teamed up on the grid with each other who both will be running Hankook Tires to complete the new upcoming season. We here the car is on its way to MA Motorsports/CFR right now for some 2013 preparations. We hear more information will be coming out later this week!
The guys over at GTchannel and the buzz over in Japan is Nissan is working away at a new Silvia (240sx). The speculation is they want the car to compete with the Scion FRS/Subaru BRZ but Nissan will have quite a task pegging a good price point and not cannibalizing some 370z sales in my opinion. It seems a safe assumption is the car will be a 4-cylinder 1.6L turbo motor either from a Nissan Juke or perhaps the Mercedes C180 1.8L since these brands now have an engine partnership. What do you think of this initial rendering of the Nissan 240sx?
The rumors around this Vaughn Gittin Jr. program come to us in the time span of about three day. The first big announcement came when the Falken Tire Motorsport PR lacked the name of Vaughn Gittin Jr. on the first day of the 2012 SEMA Show. Coming off the SEMA show we heard several rumors that a deal had been resigned with Falken Tire but now at best that seems to be up in the air.
Recently the guys at ASD and Vaughn Gittin Jr. have been testing Nitto Tires with his 2013 Ford Mustang. We did hear this from several reliable sources but it is unclear if a deal has been struck with Nitto and Vaughn Gittin Jr. yet. It sounds like the new program has quite a few things to work out but who knows what tire company we will see Vaughn on in 2013 at this point.
We all watched Round 7 of Formula Drift which turned the world on its head and allowed Daigo Saito to drive his way into a championship after Rhys Millen crashed out of competition (see above) and Vaughn Gittin Jr. took an early defeat to regin Daigo in the 2012 Formula Drift champion. Will this open the floodgates of D1GP drivers and other internationals looking to arrive in America to make a championship run and cash in on larger opportunities for sponsorship and endorsements? Some rumors have already been floating around at SEMA about some internationals petitioning for a license in 2013.
While we lack quite a ton of details we heard over and over again at SEMA that two former ASD employees are settung up a shop to maintain, build, and run the 2013 Ford Mustang RTR program. It appears the guys at SPD Metal Works (who run the Dai Yoshihara and now Darren McNamara program) did not wind up with the third team to manage for 2013. Not 100% confirmation on what employees are coming together for the build but that should help put JTP in good hands for the new season. Can he take a great third run at a championship in 2013 after learning from his mistakes over the last two seasons? Only time will tell with his new old crew/team.
Falken’s motorsport PR released information about the 2013 campaign and mentioned a team of three drivers which didn’t include 2010 champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. at all. The list noted Justin Pawlak in a 2013 Ford Mustang, Darren McNamara in his V8 S14, and Dai Yoshihara developing a BRZ for 2014. We will work right away to find out what is going on with the Vaughn Gittin Jr. camp but sources have mentioned to me no plan is signed for 2013. We heard since being at the 2012 SEMA Show he has been in talks with other tire companies. Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Falken Tire seperating would and should leave me scratching heads as he truly is in my opinion the driving force behind the brand marketing wise.
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