2014 Formula Drift Long Beach [RESULTS]

Chris Forsberg Formula Drift Long Beach

Round 1 of Formula Drift kicked off this weekend in Long Beach and ended with Chris Forsberg taking home the 1st place trophy.

1st Place –  Chris Forsberg
2nd Place –  Kenneth Moen
3rd Place –  Michael Essa (Qualified 1st)
4th Place – Justin Pawlak (Qualified 6th)

Formula Drift Long Beach Practice/Qualifying [GALLERY]



Formula Drift Long Beach kicks off this weekend. Check out the rest of the gallery:

Joon Maeng’s Huge Crash from Qualifying [VIDEO]

Check out this awesome capture I got of Joon Maeng’s qualifying accident. The car crumbled into pieces as it made contact with the wall on Joon Maeng’s first qualifying pass. The video has a full speed look at his whole qualifying run followed by a slow motion version of the huge impact with the Long Beach krail.

Formula Drift Round 1 Bracket Breakdown with Tandem Battles


Here are the Top 32 brackets and we grouped together the potential Top 16 pairings as well. Sit back and get ready for an insane Round 1 of Formula Drift with the new season officially underway. Here is how they are set:


1 Michael Essa vs. 32 Jeremy Richter
16 Patrick Mordaunt vs. 17 Mats Baribeau

8 Chelsea DeNofa vs. 25 Dennis Mertzanis
9 Forrest Wang vs. 24 Carl Rydquist

4 Kenneth Moen vs. 29 Geoff Stoneback
13 Kyle Mohan vs. 20 Robbie Nishida

5 Fredric Aasbo vs. 28 Marc Landerville
12 Conrad Grunewald vs. 21 Jhonnathan Castro


2 Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. 30 Dave Briggs
15 Darren McNamara vs. 18 Dean Kearney

7 Chris Forsberg vs. 25 Daijiro Yoshihara
10 Pat Goodin vs. 23 Daigo Saito

3 Tyler McQuarrie vs. 30 Tony Angelo
14 Odi Bakchis vs. 19 Ken Gushi

6 Justin Pawlak vs. 27 Jeff Jones
12 Ryan Tuerck vs. 22 Alec Hohnadell

Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 Qualifying [RESULTS]


1. Michael Essa
2. Vaughn Gittin
3. Tyler McQuarrie
4. Kenneth Moen
5. Fredric Aasbo
6. Justin Pawlak
7.Chris Forsberg
8. Chelesa Denofa
9. Forrest Wang
10. Pat Goodin
11. Ryan Tuerck
12. Conrad Gruenwald
13. Kyle Mohna
14. Odi Bakchis
15. Darren McNamara
16. Pat Mordaunt
17. Mats Baribeau
18. Dean Kearney
19. Ken Gushi
20. Robbie Nishida
21. Jhonnattan Castro
22. Alec Hohnadell
23. Daigo Saito
24. Carl Rydquist
25. Dennis Mertzanis
26. Dai Yoshihara
27. Jeff Jones
28. Marc Landreville
29. Geoff Stoneback
30. Tony Angelo
31. Dave Briggs
32. Jeremy Richter

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Corey Hosford and Luke Pakula Announce No Plans to Run in 2014

Corey Hosford and Luke Pakula both took this week to announce and confirm a lack of presence for both of them in 2014. Luke Pakula announed on Facebook his plans for Pro 2 in 2015 with a new S14 while Corey release a video seen above. Its a shame to lose both drivers for this season but we have a ton of 2014 rookies ready to fill shoes of these two for the new drift season.


Luke Pakula via Facebook:
Dear family, friends, fans and sponsors … alot of you have been messaging me in the past few weeks asking about my 2014 Formula D plans … well I apologize about not keeping you all posted but I will not be competing in Formula D this season. I have begun to part out my AE86 with hopes to finish up my S14 that I feel will be more suitable to my driving style and will be capable of taking me further. I plan to return to compete in Formula D Pro 2 in 2015. I hope you all continue to follow me through because I assure you that this is not the end of me! The mark in 2013 has been made and I can’t wait to come back out with another bang!

Tyler Wolfson – Wrecked Weekly Episode #20 [VIDEO]

This weeks Wrecked Weekly gets us a sit down with Tyler Wolfson, a rookie heading into Formula Drift for the first time. Tyler has a Mazda RX-7 which he has retained the 1.3L rotary engine which is pushing out just over 600hp for the 2014 season. Tyler is bringing a large group of sponsors into the series for 2014 including Hawk Brake Pads and Konig Wheels. His title sponsorship comes from the tire company GT Radial who is also a rookie in Formula Drift where they are set to debut their new SX2 tire.

Chris Jeanneret releases final livery rendering and title sponsorship


Chris Jeanneret’s S2000 is getting closer to debut this weekend at Formula D Long Beach, and just today he released both his final rendering which includes a title sponsorship from Vibrant Performance. We caught some teaser shots of the rendering earlier, but this complete rendering looks pretty solid. Last we heard from Chris, the car was still getting aero and chassis fabrication and still had a long ways to go until it was completed. A lot of people are looking forward to the debut of this car, so we’ll keep a close eye on it this weekend.

Dai Yoshihara testing his Subaru BR-Z at Fontana [VIDEO]

While Dai Yoshihara first showed of his new livery last weekend at the Illest OC store, he’s been testing a few times this week to dial in his 800hp+ (we’ve heard numbers that are a bit higher than that) Subaru BR-Z. Crew Member Mike Kojima has posted on Facebook that despite having a rather large frame turbo, Dai reports no noticeable lag, just a steady power curve. The team at Falken Tire always is on top of their prep, and Yoshihara is the defending winner of the Long Beach event, a feat he accomplished with longtime suspension partner KW Suspension. Yoshihara and the Falken team look ready for success at this weekend’s first event of the 11th season of Formula D.