BLOG

Maxxis Tire Rolls Out Racer Pricing Program for MA-Z1 Tire

MattCoffman

The guys over at Maxxis Tire have opened up a grassroots racer program to help put people driving on the MA-Z1 Maxxis Tire. Sizing and details are in the PR below. The program will be executed by City Tire located in Southern California. Contact info for City Tire is attached at the bottom of the PR below! They join the ranks of GT Radial, Falken Tire, Achilles Radial and Kenda Tire all managing various racer programs for drivers.

Maxxis is offering their high-quality MA-Z1 Drift tires to grassroots drifters at a substantial discount. Eligible drivers must affix Maxxis decals to their vehicles, and can purchase the MA-Z1 Drift, prized by drifters for its durability, extra smokiness and superior traction, directly from City Tire.

“We’re always glad to have an opportunity to support grassroots drivers, and so we’re very pleased that we can work with our friends at City Tire to offer our MA-Z1 Drift tires through this discount program,” said Ritche Tay of Maxxis.

Available sizes are listed below:
245/40R17
235/40R18
255/35R18
265/35R18
275/35R18

For more information, please call 1-888-977-TIRE. City Tire Online is located at 9501 Atlantic Ave., South Gate, California, 90280.

Kyle Mohan’s Big Top 32 Crash with the Wall [VIDEO]

The crash from Kyle Mohan wasn’t easy to capture since he was following behind Robbie Nishida putting out big smoke from his Achilles Radial tire. Regardless, you can clearly see Kyle make big contact with the wall and his wheel spokes shatter with contact at the wall. The wheel ring stayed in tact and the GT Radial SX2 tire didn’t even come dismounted from it!

A Complete Review of Just Drift’s Top Drift Round 1

1

The Top Drift Pro Am 2014 season kicked off this past weekend, March 30, on the balcony of Willow Springs in Rosamond, California. The morning of the main event was cloudy outside with icy winds. Many of us were expecting some rain, but it just didn’t happen. The clouds moved out pretty quickly, while the drivers set off for practice in the first three hours of the day.
2
After lunch, qualifying began, with somewhere around 60 drivers competing for the top podium. After a few hours of qualifying (there were a lot of drivers), the Top 16 was set.
The first battle starred Alex Heilbrunn and Darin Burgess. Alex took the win in his forrest green s13 coupe.

3
Eric Martinez went up against Mike Bolanos in the second battle. Martinez managed to take victory over Bolanos’ red s13.
Donovan Brockway faced off with Adam Knapik in the third battle. They stuck fairly close to each other, but Brockway managed to walk away with the win.

In the fourth battle, Daniel Giraldo faced Tyler Page-Howell. Giraldo kept a small gap on his lead run, and stuck close on the follow. He had a great line through both runs and won the match.

4

Battle five featured Spike Chen, who has been on the podium twice up to this point in the 2014 season, versus Kyle Lumm, the Socal Sidewayz 350Z driver from San Diego. Kyle dirt dropped on the second run, and Spike Chen moved on to the Great 8.

5

7
Jason Kim and Cody Sarem battled it out on the tarmac in the sixth face-off. Jason Kim took the win over Cody Sarem, who spun first on the entry during the lead run, and then going into turn 2 on the follow run, spun again.

8

Dan Burkett faces Drew Ostrowski in the seventh round. On the first run, Ostrowski hit the cones upon entry in his Lexus SC300. Burkett took the win in his FC RX7.
9

The final battle of the Top 16 came down to Adam Levi and Joe Tardiff. This battle was especially tough to decide a victor. After two “One More Time’s”, Adam Levi took victory over the black sc300. Tardiff spun right at the entry behind the green building.

11

The tournament moved right into the Great 8 from there. First up was Alex Heilbrunn versus Eric Martinez. They had a good run, but Heilbrunn took the win, and ended the competition for the SC300.

12

Next up was Daniel Giraldo in his white AE86 versus Donovan Brockway. Daniel pulled away with the better flow and took the win over Brockway’s E30.

13

Spike Chen went up against Jason Kim in the third Great 8 battle. Both had solid runs, but it seems like Spike Chen was just a little cleaner with way more power and took the win.

14

Dan Burkett and Adam Levi had the final bout of the Great 8. The two stuck together and were unbelievably close during both runs, but Dan Burkett managed to gain victory over Levi.

111

17

The final 4 began. First off were Spike Chen and Dan Burkett. Dan spun into the dirt in the second turn and Chen took the win, assuring him his third podium finish of the season.

112

113

Alex Heilbrunn went up against Daniel Giraldo, but both cars experienced difficulty and they both took a 5 minute break. It was a race to see who could finish their car. Miraculously both cars were good enough to race within the 5 minutes. Heilbrunn had lost 3rd gear and Daniel Giraldo broke his shifter lever. Alex Heilbrunn took the win against the Hachi Roku.

114

Next up, Daniel Giraldo and Dan Burkett duked it out for 3rd place. Giraldo took the win for that, which left us with the undecided factor of the 1st place finisher.
115

Alex Heilbrunn and Spike Chen, two extremely aggressive drivers, lined up for the winner’s race. It was a heated run, with both drivers choosing aggressive lines; they did an amazing job at staying glued to each other’s doors. When the time for podium came, it was decided that the winner is Alex Heilbrunn! Spike Chen came in second, and Danny Giraldo in third place.

1111

1113

It was amazing to see all of the drivers efforts in the top 16 and qualifying. There was so much smoke being made (mostly by Heilbrunn and Chen), and it was a hot, long weekend. The battles got really aggressive, and it is quite impressive for Alex Heilbrunn to take the win with a missing 3rd gear, as well as for Daniel Giraldo to come back after flux welding his shifter to take 3rd place. I was blown away by the hard work and dedication of the drivers and I can’t wait to see what Round 2 will bring us!

1114

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=382&page=1

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 1 This Weekend

FDLB

This weekend marked the start of the 11th season of Formula Drift and my 10th year anniversary covering the sport. To celebrate my tenth season I put together 10 things I learned from the start of the 2014 Formula Drift season.

10. The Fanfare of a “D1GP” Driver Coming to Formula Drift is OverTakahashi

The Japanese drivers movement in Formula Drift just isn’t what it used to be. Kuniaki Takahashi arrived this weekend with little to no fanfare or “buzz” from the respective crowd. The fact that other drives are vanishing, like Toshiki Yoshioka, also shows that sponsors don’t  want to throw money at them either. Take it for good or bad but simply having D1GP credentials isn’t getting you very far in 2014. You have to perform on the track to get noticed.

9. The Canadian Drivers Deserve More RespectMarcLanderville

No one in America seems to respect Canadian drifting very much for some reason. The series’ instability probably doesn’t help but the Canadian contingent in Formula Drift is really holding its own these days. Marc Landerville did fantastic this weekend in his Standard Suspension 240sx and probably would of won ROTY if he ran all 7 rounds in 2013. Dave Briggs just gets better every single year and gave Vaughn Gittin Jr. a run for his money in Top 32 this weekend! Then Mats Baribeau took Michael Essa to battle (that after rewatching the Livestream today I am convinced he really won and the judges overlooked a huge correction/straighten from Michael Essa).

Regardless they took home ROTY in 2013 and clearly have the cars and driving skill to go blow for blow with American drift drivers as they have shown in 2013 and are continuing through 2014. Later this year, Formula Drift even has a demo going on in Montreal.

8. The Mandatory HANS Device was a Brilliant Safety Addition JoonMaeng

Personally, I have witnessed a ton of insane drifting accidents. I laid my eyes on Chris Cook launch his Dodge Viper into the air at NOPI LA, saw Dennis Mertzanis split his 240sx on a uneven stacked k-rail, and watched Chris Jeanerret flip over at Irwindale last season. One thing all of these accidents had in common was the huge movement of the drivers’ heads as the car battled with gravity and physics before coming to a stop.

The image I posted above of Joon Maeng’s 240sx shows it flying into the wall and his head is clear as day, sitting properly in the back of the seat. In fact, you can look at our gallery images of the wreck or our video to see that his head didn’t really move at all. This is a huge safety addition that Formula Drift has implemented before anything awful has happened to a driver in one of these wrecks. 

7. The old ARK Hyundai Genesis is Still Crap. Pat Mordaunt Deserves BetterPatMordaunt

During the preseason this was already a move that had me scratching my head. In case you didn’t realize, this weekend Pat Mordaunt and Dennis Mertzanis campaigned twin identical cars from the outside with different colored seats and vastly different engine packages. The one Pat Mordaunt is campaigning is actually the white Genesis coupe that Dennis drove last year. Last year that car was a pile of crap and suffered a ton of vehicle malfunctions keeping Dennis out of competition.

Pat sitting on the sidelines with a blown engine right out of the gate really shows this car wasn’t actually made much better in the long off-season. Pat deserves much better and I feel the only way they should remedy this situation is throwing away the LAMBDA V6 Hyundai motor and giving him a 1000hp Vortech Supercharged LS7 engine like Dennis Mertzanis (who made into the Top 16). Oh yeah, did I mention the motor that popped this weekend was already the backup motor since the original blew up in testing?

6. If Chelsea DeNofa Could Only Overcome Mechanical Issues….ChelseaDeNofa

Chelsea DeNofa is one of the most exciting tandem drivers on the grid with an out-of-this-world tandem style. His BMW is quite possibly his biggest opponent in the series. He went out in 2013 due to mechanical failures more than defeat by other drivers. This problem seems like it is going to continue in 2014. If Chelsea could ever sort out this car 100%, he could easily finish the season in the Top 5.

5. Alec Hohnadell and Geoff Stoneback Are the Future of this SportAlecHohnadel

I singled out both of these drivers mainly because they qualified for Top 32 on their first try and didn’t look “out of place”. Geoff Stoneback made his first pass ever in the car right at qualifying and still drove the car into the main show. These guys have style and have cool enough heads to perform when it counts, so watch out for these two in the very immediate future. They both led me to believe they can be 2014 Rookie of the Year.

4. Michael Essa Was Not a Fluke ChampionMichaleEssa.2014

The championship last year was won in less than desirable conditions for Michael Essa and his team. With a blown engine he sat on the sideline and hoped that Forsberg couldn’t finish high enough in the points to bump him into second. His real challenge in the off-season was leaving GSR Autosport and running his own program for the 2014 season. Well, he answered the critics’ questions pretty loudly with a top qualifying spot and third place finish.

3. Kenneth Moen Could Contend for the 14 Championship and More Europeans Are ComingKennethMoen

Kenneth Moen finally got out of that beat-to-hell Nissan 350z chassis and dominated the competition in this Nissan 240sx. The way he attacked the Turn 10 wall was just mind boggling. His second qualifying run, after crashing in practice, slotted him with a qualifying run in the 90s! Kenneth Moen is going to contend for a championship in 2014 pending some huge disaster. Quite a few top European drivers were roaming around the paddock this weekend and some of them told me flat out they are working on a way to come compete in Formula Drift.

2. Chris Forsberg is Serious About a Championship and Hyper FocusedChrisForsberg

Chris Forsberg is a changed man in 2014. He has this intense focus I have never seen from him since I first met him in 2005. His car going “to the dark side” just seems like a mirror image of how he is taking on the season. He looked like he was going to win Round 1 on Friday morning and saw it through by facing one of the hardest brackets of the weekend and finishing first. Chris isn’t going to feel redemption for 2013 unless he wins the 2014 championship and that is clearly what he is thinking about 24/7.

1. The New Format Is Brilliant but 3rd Place Battle Elimination was an Over StepFordMustang.Drift

In my 10 years of attending Formula Drift as a fan, reporter, and photographer, this was the best run event I have attended. The judging fixes were spot on and many “first timers” in the audience I spoke with were entertained throughout the weekend. The event ran so smoothly that it ended almost one hour before the city imposed sound curfew. So my only thing is – since the events are running so well and ahead of schedule, can we just go ahead and get the third place battle back please?

First off, I would have loved to see Michael Essa and Justin Pawlak do battle for a spot on the podium. The fact that Michael Essa won his Top 8 battle and secured a place on the podium didn’t sit well with me. He could of parked it (not run his Top 4 battle) and stood up on the podium. So a top qualifier could win three tandem battles and take a podium spot under this new system just seems all too easy for that many championship points.

2014 Formula Drift Round 1 Main Gallery Part 1 [GALLERY]

VaughnGittinJr
GeoffStoneback.KennethMoen
KyleMohan.GTRadialRX8

Check out the first set of images from our Round 1 main event at Long Beach shot by Justin Kaehler. He captured a ton of the excitement going on to kick off the 11th season of Formula Drift on track and in the paddock. Check out all of his images!

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=386

Tyler McQuarrie’s Helmet and GoPro’s Stolen from Truck Last Night

TylerMcQuarrie.StuffStolen

Tyler McQuarrie had his truck broken into right after Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach from the Westin Hotel parking garage. They made off with 10 GoPro cameras, 20 Spy Sunglasses, 50 team hats, 30 team shirts, and a ton of GoPro accessories. They also walked off with his helmet and race suit! Please help if you have any information on this items. They can be returned to the Formula Drift office on Pine Avenue with no questions asked! Please help Tyler recover all the items that are his.

2014 Formula D Round 1 – OEM Manufacturer Championship [STANDINGS]

Chris Forsberg Formula Drift Long Beach

Chris Forsberg’s win has pushed Nissan to an early lead in the OEM Manufacturer standings, with Ford close behind in 2nd thanks to Justin Pawlak and Vaughn Gittin Jr, and BMW in third behind Michael Essa and Chelsea Denofa. Last year’s OEM Championship winner Lexus currently sits in 6th overall. Remember that the engine must match the chassis manufacturer in order to qualify, so Chevy-powered non-Chevy cars will not count towards this championship.

Here are the current standings:

1. Nissan – 122 Points
2. Ford – 108 Points
3. BMW – 94.5 Points
4. Scion – 87.5 Points
5. Chevy – 73 Points
6. (tie) Lexus – 35 Points
6. (tie) Mazda – 35 Points
8. Toyota – 33.5 Points
9. Hyundai – 19 Points
10. Dodge – 17.5 Points

2014 Formula D Round 1 – Tire Manufacturer Championship [STANDINGS]

2014-Hankook-Aasbo

With a win from Chris Forsberg and a top-8 finish from Fredric Aasbo, Hankook Tire has jumped out to an early lead in the Tire Championship standings. Falken sits in second place with a fourth place finish from Pawlak and a top-8 finish from Darren McNamara, while Achilles sits within striking distance thanks to Kenny Moen’s 2nd place finish and top-32 finishes from 5 other drivers who could all count equally.

Here are the current standings:

1. Hankook Tire – 157 Points
2. Falken Tire – 119.5 Points
3. Achilles Tire – 102 Points
4. Nitto Tire – 90.5 Points
5. Yokohama Tire – 74 Points
6. Kenda Tire – 52.5 Points
7. (tie) GT Radial – 35 Points
7. (tie) Maxxis Tire – 35 Points

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]

1I2B9037

1I2B9172

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

http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=385