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1000hp Hyundai Genesis Goes Up in Flames Mid Drift [VIDEO]

This amazing 1000hp Hyundai Genesis driven by Matt Haugen went up in a huge blaze during a practice recently. The Street Standard Genesis was first spotted by us at Street Driven Tour Las Vegas where he was throwing down some wild runs. The Street Standard guys told us the car was an issue with over filling the fuel cell. The car is okay along with the driver from this little incident.

Justin Pawlak Talks About 2016 Formula Drift [VIDEO]

Justin Pawlak is caught at SEMA by Mark Gearhart to chat about the new 2016 Formula Drift season. He unveiled his new S550 Ford Mustang for the 2016 season and it looks great. He carries his title sponsor Roush for the new season and tune into the video above for more news and info about his new year.

Rolando Alfaro 2015 Season [VIDEO]

One of my favorite Formula Drift Pro Am drivers is named Rolando Alfaro and he has an amazing Nissan 350z and Nissan 240sx drift car. I got to see him in person at Street Driven Tour St. Louis and LS Fest this season. His video recap takes him to the Street of Detroit and other midwest events in 2015.

2016 Street Driven Tour is Here [SCHEDULE]

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The Street Driven Tour just released a solid 2016 schedule found above and below. The series attracted some of the best drifters in America over 2015 including Vaughn Gittin Jr., Ryan Tuerck, Chris Forsberg, Matt Powers, Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, Geoff Stoneback and many more! The four venues are VIRginia International Raceway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to round out the new season. Below is a video of Street Driven Las Vegas!

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Drifting Tips with Odi Bakchis and a Hyundai Genesis Coupe [VIDEO]

Odi Bakchis shows how to counter-streer in a car and do some fancy drift entries in this quick tutorial video. He took out a SEMA show prepped Hyundai Genesis that will be at the show next week. Luckily he didn’t make any mistakes so the car should be looking good at SEMA next week in Las Vegas.

D1 Grand Prix Binge Monday Thanks to YouTube [VIDEO]

A big thanks to Blaze1 for finding this YT link and posting it up in our comments of the other D1GP post. This 2 hour+ video walks you through the complete D1GP Round 6 weekend at Odaiba. Vaughn Gittin Jr. made it to the Top 16 and lost to Team Orange member Naoto Suenaga after making contact with him. Vaughn took to FB to accuse Naoto Suenaga of stoping suddenly and then once he received contact for overselling it to the judges instead of drifting on in tandem. It sounds like the games and tactics of Formula Drift aren’t just limited to the American series if you believe Vaughn Gittin’s rant on FB. Sit back, watch the round, and enjoy this unique D1GP event for yourself.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Takes on D1GP and Beats Ken Nomura in Top 32

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Years ago Vaughn Gittin Jr. made his name in drifting by winning the D1GP vs. The World event at the famous Irwindale Speedway. This event made several careers including the big thrust of Mad Mike Whiddett into the public spotlight. Vaughn packed his 2015 Mustang RTR into a shipping container and sent it to Tokyo so he could compete at D1GP Odaiba!
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It has caused me to do a double take looking at him drifting around Japan and with the D1 Grand Prix series. Part of watching this happen makes me wish drifting had more of a Formula 1 structure that took the series around the world. Our super small budget at Wrecked Magazine wouldn’t like the worldwide travel I am afraid. We will hear more about Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s adventures from Japan soon but we wanted to push out a quick update. After qualifying he drew Ken Nomura in the Top 32 tandem battle.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. managed to beat the Japanese drifting legend Ken Nomura in his R34 Skyline to stay alive in the event. In other news from D1GP Odaiba, Daigo Saito took out his Lamborghini drift car for some demos and did tandem with Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his Mustang. He also lost in Top 32 with the Lamborghini for its big event debut. It sure looks like the fans in Tokyo are getting quite a treat this event.

Street Driven Tour Invades Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Here is the official event video from Street Driven Tour Las Vegas. It featured one of the strongest drivers lists of the season and some of the best tandem trains of the year at Street Driven by far. Sit back and watch the Street Driven Tour X StanceWars Las Vegas event wrapped up in one great video. Chris Forsberg even brought out the old K-Sport Nissan 350z with a new flat black look and Voodoo 13 sponsorship.

10 Things I learned From Formula Drift Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway

10. Daigo Saito’s Perfect Irwindale Record Comes to An End at 16 Wins

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Part of me was starting to think that Daigo Saito would retire before losing at Iwindale Speedway. Sadly, a Top 16 battle with champion Fredric Aasbo after a riveting OMT battle saw Daigo Saito finally fall at the House of Drift. This puts his career track record for Irwindale Speedway at a whopping 16-1. Never has one driver been so dominate in Formula Drift history at one track and I hated to watch his undefeated record come to an end.

9. Mad Mike Whiddett Nailed It This Weekend

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Mad Mike Whiddett looked pretty solid at Irwindale this weekend. His return to Formula Drift in general had much more impact than his first season and I hope he returns for 2016. He made quite a run this weekend at Irwindale Speedway finally losing to the champion in the Great 8. He easily disposed of Ryan Tuerck and James Evans putting him firmly in 19th for the championship. Not a bad result considering he missed Long Beach and New Jersey.

8. Struggling Drivers Don’t Rise to Occassion at Irwindale

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The bottom of the Pro list is where a ton of drivers needed to put down big performances to stay in the Pro series or at least put up points to prove they have what it takes still to compete. Dave Briggs suffered a malfunction and was eliminated early, Joon Maeng couldn’t get a score good enough to place in the Top 32 for qualifying, and Nikolett Szanto didn’t even turn a wheel. A pretty sad showing that was amplified by Mats Baribeau who crashed during qualifying and didn’t make the Top 32 as well. It will be sad to not see some of these guys in the Pro ranks for 2016, especially since I think most issues they had were mechanical.

7. Irwindale Speedway Might Not Be Going Away

Nobody really wanted to speak either way 100% but from what I gathered it is a high probability (over 50%) that Irwindale Speedway will host Formula Drift next year and possibly a few years after that with some luck. Either way, we took on a special project at Wrecked Magazine to pay tribute to the House of Drift which will come out later this month. We talked to drivers and fans about their personal favorite moment from the tracks history.

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Keep Drifting Fun Invades Final Bout 2 [VIDEO]

Keep Drifting Fun produced a mini documentary on Final Bout 2. We have a Media Thread to cover everything we found content wise from Final Bout 2 found here. This short documentary by KDF shows where the teams came from, how the event came about, and the personal style reflected in all these builds.