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Nankang Tire Set for 2015 Formula Drift Arrival? [RUMORMILL]

A big buzz is going around during this off-season that Nankang Tire is set to arrive in the USA for 2015 in a big way with a dive into Formula Drift. The rumor has been soaring around teams and others involved in the drifting series. It is strange that we cannot pinpoint any direct teams they seem to be talking with for 2015 but the rumor seems to be pretty consistent across the paddock.

In 2014 Nankang made a huge press release launching a large amount of drivers across Europe so the expansion does make sense. What does everyone know or think about the tires and how are they as far as a performance tire against the new blood in Formula Drift such as Achilles and GT Radial remains to be seen.

A Sit Down with Nate Hamilton After His Second Formula Drift Season

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Joey Redmond – What did you learn being a second season Formula Drift driver?
Nate Hamilton: Well, I think that round one thru round seven, every track and every lap, things happen so quickly. Formula Drift is a very fast pace sport. My skateboarding mind wants to describe it as a stair set with not much run up. ha You have to be focused. Then when you think your focused there is always room to improve. The most important lesson I took home from the 2014 season would simply be, to run each lap “my way” and not compare myself to everyone and get caught up in everyone else’s driving. I think its easy to ruin a practice session by not being focused, by that time you effect qualifying and before you know it the event is over. Stay Focused.

JR – Can you tell us about your engine package/setup in the Nissan 240sx?
NH: 2014 I ran a 490hp LS motor, built in Texas. It was extra difficult to keep up with the grip and smoke levels Formula Drift Demands. Looking forwards our chassis is on the way to Enjuku Racing for some REAL power. I will keep Wrecked updated!
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JR- Why have you opted to stick with the Nissan 240sx chassis platform in Formula Drift?
NH: Honestly, I would love to drive another chassis. I think a 350/370 or even a FRS would be exciting to pull up to the line. Formula Drift will force you to account for every dollar and every penny spent. This is simply the nature of a competitive sport. As a young guy in the sport building a program with my Dad, we simple don’t have the resources to move away from our Nissan package at the moment. Until we reach the next level I enjoy tossing a S13 around. Its CLASSIC.

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Shinji Minowa Shows Off Nissan 370z for D1GP [RUMORMILL]

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A tip we got shows off a potential new D1 Grand Prix build for HEYMAN driver Shinji Minowa for a new season. This came in to the website as a tip and we haven’t been able to 100% confirm the build but it does look pretty exciting. Minowa has been known to drift Toyota Corolla AE86 chassis in the past and is has some awesome unique drift videos of him tearing up the streets in one all over YouTube. He is carrying some big support from Nismo, Bridgestone, Greddy, and Prodrive for the new season if this is his new build.

2014/5 Three Palms Drift Pro Am Round 1 [RESULTS]

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The newest Formula Drift Pro Am series kicked off today in southwestern Florida which will help get the last Pro 2 licenses issued for the 2015 season. Familiar names such as Pat Goodin and Brian Eggert were in attendance to help make the first event happen. Here is the podium finish:

1. Fello Ambivero
2. Kelsey Rowlings
3. Brandon McDowell

2014 Redbull Drift Shifters Is Car Pinball [RECAP]

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The event fired up at local time 4:30pm here in California and seemingly ran smoother than any drift event I have seen. The event packed a star studded cast into the heart of Auckland, New Zealand for a Great 8 that was aired on Redbull TV. The format saw every driver make a pass and the bottom four scores were eliminated from competition. Then out of the Final Four, the top two drivers moved into a final which saw another.

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2015 Just Drift – Southern California [SCHEDULE]

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The 2015 Just Drift schedule has arrived just before the holiday season! The schedule packs events every single month of the year to keep Southern California Pro Am and drift fans/drivers entertained. All the events take place at Willow Springs but offers a variety of courses to finish off the year. Below is a complete schedule:

 

2015 Just Drift/Top Drift Schedule
FEB 21-22 – JUSTDRIFT Clinic – Saturday Balcony and Saturday/Sunday Horse Thief Mile
MAR 28-29 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 1 – Balcony Saturday/Sunday
APR 25-26 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 1 – Balcony
MAY 23-24 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 2 – HTM Saturday/Sunday
JUN 13-14 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 2 – HTM
JUN – 19-20 TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 3 – Walt James Oval
JUL 17-18 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 3 – Willow Speedway Night
AUG 9 – MEGAN RACING/JUSTDRIFT ATTACK! – Streets of Willow
AUG 28-29 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 4 – Willow Speedway Night Drift
SEP 26-27 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC Balcony Saturday/Sunday – Horse Thief Mile
OCT 17-18 – All-Star Bash 15 Streets of Willow + Horse Thief Mile Saturday/Sunday
NOV 21-22 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC/TOYDRIFT 1 Balcony
DEC 12-13 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC/TOYDRIFT 2 Balcony

30 Second GoPro Commercial with Tyler McQuarrie and Chris Forsberg [VIDEO]

The GoPro TV commercial scientist team has released a 30 second video with Chris Forsberg and Tyler McQuarrie in tandem. The clip is a little throwback it appears from when Formula Drift ran at PBIR. Keep an eye out for this GoPro clip on television in a home near you.

Redbull Drift Shifters is Live on Redbull TV Friday

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Sit back and get ready to tune into Redbull Drift Shifters tomorrow while you should be working. It appears December 5th at 4:30pm PST and 7:30pm EST will be the local air times to tune into the show in Auckland. The event is packed with a ton of professional drifters you will be familiar with including Mad Mike Whiddett, Tyler McQuarrie, Chris Forsberg, Daigo Saito, and Ken Nomura. The best news of the weekend in NZ is that Matt Powers has made a drift return to defend his championship title at this event.

 

Watch Live: http://www.redbull.tv/live/

Ryan Tuerck Takes on Eastern Europe [VIDEO]

Ryan Tuerck has a blast in Latvia and Estonia running the Failcrew S13 at Drift All-Stars. Sit back and watch the fun happen as the Tuerck’d team takes on Eastern Europe! The region happens to be pretty wild about drifting as well with some solid events coming out of Drift All-Stars and other sanctioning bodies.

Three Palms Drift – New Formula Drift Pro Am Kicks Off Next Week

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The newest Pro Am sanctioning body and series found in Southeastern Florida is set to start next weekend in-between the big holidays. The pro class payout is set at $10,000 for first and works its way down to $1,000 for fourth. This Pro Am series will be issuing licenses for Pro 2 after the March 21st round closing out this winter drift season so check it out if you are a driver looking to step up into Pro 2 in the southeast. All events take place at Three Palms Raceway.