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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Juha Rintanen

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Bringing up the Finland front is Juha Rintanen and there was a lot of buzz surrounding him thanks to winning some of the biggest championships in European drifting; he was a Finnish Drift Champion, NEZ Drift Champion, and Drift Allstars European Drift Championship and his driving was impressive to boot. However, his first year in Formula Drift didn’t quite go to plan when he didn’t qualify at Wall Speedway and Evergreen Speedway, losing to Chris Forsberg at Texas Motor Speedway, and not qualifying again at Irwindale. He was then relegated to Pro2 for the 2015 season and many fans are hoping that the 2014 season was just a development year and he can finally prove himself as he has in Europe since 2007. Juha’s car is more than capable as his Nissan S14 is powered by a 2JZ producing 850-horsepower with a Garrett Turbo and suspension duties controlled by a Wisefab and BC Racing combo.

-by Justin Banner

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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Kelsey Rowlings

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Looking to be the first girl in Formula Drift Pro Drifting since Hiromi Kajikuma in 2006 to qualify in Top 16 competition, Kelsey Rowlings finished in fourth place in the Streetwise Drift Series in 2014. However, it’s her performance in the Three Palms Drift Series that caught everyone’s attention as she came in second place to earn her Formula Drift Pro license. The “DriftChick” and her pink, Mazworx-built SR20 powered S14 look good in testing and we can’t wait to see what she does in Pro2. We’re pretty sure she’ll have a better start than Nikolett Szanto, who has yet to qualify but it is her first year in the US. If Kelsey can repeat her performance from Pro Am, we’re going to see big things from her in 2015.

-by Justin Banner

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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

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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Tommy Van Cleef

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The Streetwise Drift Champion, Tommy Van Cleef looks to make his 2015 Formula Drift Pro2 debut but his car got an early start thanks to Chelsea Denofa. Well, until Chelsea broke it. However, before the disaster struck at Round 2 of Road Atlanta, Tommy’s vintage liveried Toyota Mk III Supra looked good not only in a visual sense but a performance sense as the car was able to get Chelsea qualified. Tommy didn’t get his start in drifting but instead started at the very tender age of 7 in the World Karting Association. He was fast from that start as he won 6 Nationals and campaigned professionally in karts until 2006. He earned an invite to the Skip Barber Racing Scholarship Shootout, raced in the SCCA Show Room Stock C, and instructs at the BMW Performance Driving School. It was in 2011 that Tommy got his start in drifting with the Supra Turbo with its 7M-GTE until 2013 and replaced it with a 1JZ. Now, for 2015 the Mark III is powered by a 2JZ boosted by a Garrett Turbo to over 700-horsepower. Will his racing experience and sweet livery translate into an “Ironman” performance?

-by Justin Banner

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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Alex Youe

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Alex Youe is a guy who isn’t afraid to throw a car around, as his reverse entry at Virginia International Raceway should prove. He and his twin-Garrett turbo LS-V8 Nissan S14 come from Villa Rica, Georgia and while his sponsors have helped him get his car off the ground, it seems that he’s gone the Danny George route for further funding by crowd sourcing on GoFundMe.com.

-by Justin Banner

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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Cameron Moore

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Cameron Moore from Battle Field, Washington was another driver that decided that just doing one Formula Drift Pro Am wasn’t enough as he drove in both Vegas Drift and Evergreen Drift. He earned his license in the latter but also placed high enough that he could have earned it in Vegas as well! His SC300 is powered by a 2JZ engine built by VIP Performance in Portland. In Vegas Drift he was a consistent threat to win an event and took home the Evergreen Drift Pro Am championship with a win in the final round. His bright green SC300 won’t be hard to miss on the Pro2 field in 2015 but we expect his performance to be his actual highlight.

-by Justin Banner

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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Ryan Litteral

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Another favorite driver among the old school drift fans in SoCal, Lake Elsinore, California’s Ryan Litteral brings style and function with his S14 powered by an RB25 and deep lipped JDM wheels. This is Ryan’s second year in Pro2 after he earned his license in 2013 in Just Drift’s Top Drift, which was a rather controversial season. Last year he finished in seventeenth place in the Pro2 standings and he’s looking for a bigger push with bigger power and more speed. From his most recent test at Willow Springs, we’d have to say he’s found it and could be a dark horse in 2016.

-by Justin Banner

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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Kevin Lawrence

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Enjuku Racing employee now turning Pro2 driver for 2015, Kevin Lawrence looks to use his speed shop knowledge to make sure his Right-Hand Drive S13.4 will run hard and consistent. He earned his license from the new Three Palms Drift Pro Am series, where drivers who placed in the Top 3 of the series also gained cash sponsorships from Three Palms. Looks like he’s already put that money to good use on his S13 by building up a rather impressive looking RB25. Hopefully he’ll have better luck with the legendary Nissan engine than Dan Brockett had last year. Part of that longevity will come from using a Nissan 350Z CD009 six-speed transmission rather than the KA24 or SR20 FS5W71C five-speed. If you’ve never looked at a CD009, it’s massive for the S13 chassis but will take the abuse better than the FS5 transmission. He’s also going for massive lock with a Wisefab kit on the front end while ISIS Performance arms are used on the rear with BC Racing ER-Type coilovers controlling everything.

-by Justin Banner

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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Dan Brockett

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If it wasn’t for bad luck, “Officer Dan” Brockett wouldn’t have any luck in 2014. His debut year was hampered by engine failures, car issues, or just a lack of performance. However, that didn’t stop him from continuing to create buzz around himself and keeping himself relevant with the “Drift” series of videos he’s created with Icon, the motorcycle helmet and gear manufacturer, and his own Whiskey Garage Chronicles produced by JWood Media. It also helps that he carries a positive attitude no matter what happens to him at the track and helps create a fan friendly persona that can overcome back luck and performance he had last year. Despite the issues, Dan is bringing back his “Old Faithful”, the Raw Brokerage Nissan S14 with an RB28 under hood and Hankook Tires around the wheels, however Motiva Performance will be doing his tuning and providing track support for Pro2.

-by Justin Banner

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Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Preview – Chris Jeanneret

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While it may be a very popular car to drive on the road course or mountain passes, the Honda S2000 has not had the greatest reputation in the world of drifting. However, that repute and a year of setbacks aren’t stopping Chris Jeanneret from brining the S2000 back for 2015 in Pro2 Competition. This is also not his first difficult rodeo as he flipped his STR Racing Wheels S14 in 2013 at Irwindale Speedway. If anything, it is obstacles like these that make him keep coming back to prove that both he and the S2000 are a force to be reckoned with. Chris first earned his Pro license in 2011 through the Evergreen Drift Pro Am but before that he was a part of import drag racing in 2001. In 2006 he came on board with Falken Tire as a crew chief before becoming a driver. His Vibrant Performance Honda S2000 uses a Speedfactory built K24 Honda engine, which before last year seen use in John Russakoff’s AE86 Corolla when he was a part of Megan Racing. The combination of the 2.4-liter Honda and Garrett Turbo puts out 860-horespower, so we’ll have to see if it will be enough for the 2015 Pro2 field.

 

-by Justin Banner

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