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


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


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


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.

Street Driven Tour Brings it to Las Vegas Next Week

The Street Driven Tour is coming to invade the west coast in Las Vegas this upcoming weekend on September 26th! A huge roster of professional Formula Drift drivers combined with grassroots drifters from around the southwest and a StanceWars car show will have Las Vegas Motor Speedway going crazy on Saturday!


This big time drivers list includes Juha Rintanen, Andy Hateley, Brandon Wicknick, Alex Heilbrunn, Chris Forsberg, Danny George, Faruk Kugay, Pat Mordaunt, and Forrest Wang! It sounds like it will be truly a fun event and you can purchase discount tickets ahead of time through this tickets link.


The event also includes a big burnout contest dubbed the Tire Massacre to finish off the day and send everyone home covered in tire smoke. Drifting mini-games will also take place that include things such as Drift Soccer seen below.



Drift 4K – Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle [VIDEO]

Go for a ride with Officer Dan Brockett to Mexico and Miami in an odd journey that involves drifting Ford Mustang’s and motorcycles. You will have to see this one to believe it including the guest appearance by Dax Shepard.


Alec Hohnadell vs. Chris Forsberg with Formula Derp Analysis [VIDEO]

Formula Derp posted an interesting analysis of the Alec Hohnadell vs. Chris Forsberg battle from Formula Drift Texas. In my Top 10 Things from Formula Drift Texas I mentioned that Alec clearly lost and I will concede after watching this around six times that I could draw the conclusion of OMT as the most correct call. To his credit, Brian Eggert made the call of OMT which you can see at the end of the video and the other two judges opted for Chris Forsberg.


A point to be made, Chris Forsberg isn’t off here when Derp refers to him as having a “clear tire off.” He is on a concrete patch of the track which was told in the drivers meeting was acceptable and wasn’t faulted for anyone through the whole event. So you are left with Forsberg dropping a tire at the end of his follow run and Alec knocking over a clipping point on the same run which should result in about the same deduction. What do you think after watching the analysis of the run?

Street Driven Tour Atlanta with SOUTHRNFRESH [VIDEO]

WOW, an amazing video from the Atlanta Motor Speedway drift weekend this month which saw a ton of big name drivers have some fun! Chris Forsberg, Ryan Tuerck, Pat Goodin, Alex Youe, AND Tommy Van Cleef rounded out some of the Formula Drift drivers who came out to drive and entertain. The next Street Driven Tour stop is heading to Las Vegas on September 26th w/ Vegas Drift + StanceWars and more. Get your tickets for Las Vegas today –

Justin Pawlak vs. Tyler McQuarrie – New View on Battle of the Year [VIDEO]

The guys at Thirsty Film captured a wild view of the Justin Pawlak vs. Tyler McQuarrie battle from Seattle that we just saw for the first time. Every time we watch this tandem battle we cannot get enough of this American muscle showdown. Let’s hope Texas brings us this same level of entertainment.

New Formula Drift Texas Layout with POV Footage

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Here is the new Round 6 layout for Texas Motor Speedway’s Formula Drift event. The track could have used a course fix after the two pretty terrible rounds we had seen at Texas Motor Speedway in the past. This layout looks interesting but somewhat runs against the other layout style of Formula Drift which tends to focus on max speed at entry and slowing down around course. Luckily for all of you, XDC ran this exact same course in 2012 so here is an in car video of Rapper Dan Savage running the course in a 400whp machine.

JustCause Presents Street Driven Tour x SOUTHRNFRESH 5 [VIDEO]

The guys at JustCause whipped up this brilliant recap of the Street Driven Tour X SOUTHRNFRESH 5 which took over Atlanta Motor Speedway last week. Pat Goodin, Ryan Tuerck, and Chris Forsberg were in attendance giving ride-a-longs and several Pro 2 drivers such as Tommy Van Cleef and Alex Youe also showed up to drift at this awesome event!


Chris Forsberg vs. Ryan Tuerck in Tug-O-War

Last week at Street Driven Tour the likes of Ryan Tuerck and Chris Forsberg did a tug-o-war burnout contest at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hoonigan captured all the mayhem that ensued and put it on the Internet so everyone could enjoy.