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Toyota to Carry on Formula Drift and Chase Back to Back Championship

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The former Scion brand and Ken Gushi has taken to the Internet and announced that they will be racing in 2016. It will be interesting to see if this corporate restructure takes a hit on budget and limits the programs of Aasbo or Gushi. Ken Gushi did confirm that he will still receive support for Formula Drift in 2016 with his Tweet posted below. I think Aasbo is set for a repeat championship or Gushi could easily land his first Formula Drift championship under the big caveat of what will change with each program and the money coming into it.

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Scion Wins Championship and Goes Out of Business

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I was just told the news tonight that Scion (under Toyota) in America has closed its doors for the last time. The struggling “youth” brand failed to really deliver a car the consumers wanted and after 13 years it has left the market. This hits home in Formula Drift in a big way as the championship team was a factory backed Scion program. Drivers such as Ken Gushi and Fredric Aasbo could find a big hit to the budget coming into 2017.

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Scion will be remembered for brilliant marketing strategies much more than its subpar car offering. The 2015 season brought 56,167 total car sales in for the whole brand. Without the Scion FR-S under its umbrella – I imagine the brand would be in much worse shape numbers wise. If Toyota wants to continue marketing inside Formula Drift I suggest they should look more towards how Ford has pushed into the market.

Source: CarBuzzard

Scion Racing recaps from Irwindale [VIDEO]

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Entering Saturday’s Top 32 tandem day at Irwindale, it was known that one of the two Scion Racing cars would take home the championship. Aasbo went on to take home both the event win and the championship win, but not without Ken Gushi putting up a big fight. After the event, it became known that Gushi went through several engines during the weekend. These videos from Scion Racing are a great documentation of what went on in both pits.

2015 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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The 2015 championship is a wrap! Fredric Aasbo followed up his second place finish last year with a championship in 2015. Ken Gushi was right on his heels the whole way in what wound up a Scion dominated season. The Scion brand finished 1,2, and 4 during this Formula Drift season which is unparalleled by any OEM in this sports history. Chris Forsberg took his Nissan 370z with a respectable 3rd place season finish to follow up with his 14 championship run. Here is how the Top 20 finished up for 2015 –

1. Fredric Aasbo – 530
2. Ken Gushi – 431
3. Chris Forsberg – 382
4. Ryan Tuerck – 367
5. Odi Bakchis – 363
6. Masashi Yokoi – 324
7. Justin Pawlak – 287
8. Forrest Wang – 285
9. Matt Field – 282
10. Alec Hohnadell – 272
11. Kenneth Moen – 247
12. Daigo Saito – 238
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr – 226
14. Dean Kearney – 220
15. Chelsea DeNofa – 212
15. Tyler McQuarrie – 212
17. Pat Mordaunt – 211
18. Pat Goodin – 207
19. Mad Mike Whiddett – 192
20. Charles Ng – 191

2015 Formula Drift Canada Round 1 [RESULTS]

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The 2015 Formula Drift Canada season is underway and the first round is completed. The series is separate from Formula Drift as you know it but it does host a round of the world championship later this year. Complicated I know but it didn’t stop the series from kicking off and some solid door banging in tandem drifting. Here is how they finished Round 1-

1. Pat Cyr
2. Francis Tasse
3. Jeff LaFlamme

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 3 at Orlando Speed World

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10. The Weekend Just Lacked Any Positive Narratives 

You know in sports when some miracle happens and they use that tacky cliche “you couldn’t even script this or write this…”? Well, I do hate that cliche because people can write about aliens, unicorns, and flying cars so putting together a compelling sports narrative with a shocking finish does’t seem that far fetched. This weekend of Formula Drift was the opposite of all that hype and lacked any real positive narratives.

The rain made drifting so slow and robbed us of smoke that we would of been just as entertained watching drivers draw straws to get a win. The home grown hero who cut his teeth at Orlando Speed World known as Pat Goodin couldn’t even qualify due to some car troubles giving this weekend the final nail in a miserable coffin.

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9. Pro 2 Has Promise for 2015

Even with the bad weather conditions and a track that seemed hell bent on preventing good tandem drifting I saw that the Pro 2 ranks were far more entertaining than last season. I won’t make a bold proclamation about the Pro 2 season until I see them run at Seattle, but I do really like the builds and some drivers that have come out of the wood work for Pro 2 in 2015. The whole operation seems far more professional and relevant than its first season which I enjoy and shows potential for Pro 2 in the future.

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8. Yokoi and his Car Are Growing into Formula Drift

Yokoi and his S15 Silvia look like night and day compared from his driving in Long Beach to Orlando. If it wasn’t for the wild fire coming out of his fuel system (more on that down at  #4) in a battle versus Ryan Tuerck I think he could of won that battle and possibly became the event winner.  Before going out in the Great 8 he managed to beat #1 in points Odi Bakchis in a Road Atlanta rematch. He also made pretty easy work of potential champion Fredric Aasbo in Top 32.

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2015 Formula D Round 3 Orlando – OEM Manufacturers Championship [STANDINGS]

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With two more drivers on the podium, repeating their two-podium effort in Long Beach, Scion extends their lead in the OEM championship and is already starting to run away with the championship. Three of the top five drivers in the championship are piloting Scion vehicles, proving that this could be the year for Scion to win not only the OEM Championship (for the second consecutive year) but the Formula Drift championship as well.

Here are the standings in the OEM Manufacturer championship after 3 of 7 rounds:

1. Scion  – 468 points
2. Nissan – 260 points
3. Ford – 234 points
4. Chevy – 179 points
5. Mazda – 125 Points
6. Infiniti – 122 points
7. Dodge– 70 Points
8. BMW – 52 points
9. Lexus – 51 points
10. Toyota – 37 points

Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Jeff Wolfson

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His rookie year in Formula Drift Pro or Pro2 season didn’t work out quite like he wanted, but Jeff Wolfson is back for Pro2 in 2015. Wolfson wasn’t able to qualify in Pro and was only able to muster a 16th place finish in Pro2, but it’s enough to allow him to retain his license from last year. Before the season finale at Irwindale, Jeff slammed his FR-S into the wall at the House of Drift during the Thursday Night Drift before Round 7 and it just didn’t act the same since. His FR-S is powered by a stroked out 2JZ built and tuned by Portland Speed Industries with a Garrett GTX4088R and nitrous when he needs it. He’s also using a four-speed dox box transmission and a quick change rear. Unlike many coming up from Pro Am, Jeff is sticking with his Powered by Max Pro Coilovers and Angle Kit to control the motions and getting big angle. We haven’t heard much from Jeff over the off season, so hopefully we’ll see a much better performance and see him come back to Pro competition.

-by Justin Banner

Check out his driving:

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Fredric Aasbo Lands with Rockstar Energy but Stuck in a Scion tC Another Year

One could hope that with an influx of marketing dollars the FWD RWD Scion tC would be retired for something a little more exciting for the new season. Great news for Aasbo his this is by far the best his car has ever looked since he came to the States. I also personally think Aasbo is around a 3.1 favorite to win the championship this season. That tC seems to progress a little bit each year under Papadakis Racing and much of his competition made huge overhauls to their programs. His biggest competition will probably be Forsberg again but for Forsberg to perform at that high of a level to win across 14 rounds is a tall order.

Pat Cyr Shows Off His Scion FR-S for 2015

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Pat Cyr debuted his new FR-S at the Montreal Autoshow up in Canada today. The car has a transformation to orange with a large title sponsorship with Eneos Oil. Pat continues to carry some big name sponsors such as Garrett Turbo and Yokohama for the new season. What do you think about his new unveiling?