Pikes Peak 2014 – Drift Edition


Another summer has arrived and more drifters are set to tackle the big mountain this week! So this weekend is Drift Week in Colorado where at Pikes Peak International Raceway drivers will get $10k in prizes (Matt Field won last year). The big show is happening just up the mountain for the world’s most famous HillClimb weekend. Here is who we have found attending related to drift. Keep an eye out for these guys on the Pikes Peak Livestream! Former Formula Drift driver Tony Brakohiapa was on the list but won’t be in attendance due to vehicle issues with his Ford Mustang.

Danny George – Formula Drift Mazda Miata

Ken Gushi – Greddy Scion FR-S
Toshiki Yoshioka – GTNet Subaru BRZ

Formula Drift Nation Premiere Episode LIVE on Air Tonight at 8pm PST

In case reading me type out my Top 10 Things of Formula Drift New Jersey wasn’t enough content for you this week you can catch me tonight dig into some deeper analysis on Round 4, the sport, and the 2014 season. I will be on the show with Justin Banner (who does some amazing magazine writing for us) and co-founder of Formula Drift Ryan Sage. Come check us out on DailyMotion or use this neat box above!


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Chris Forsberg Shows In Car Footage versus Odi Bakchis [VIDEO]

The Internet, and more importantly, our Instagram and Facebook page seemed to fire up quite a debate on weather or not Odi Bakchis and Chris Forsberg made contact in the Final Four battle at Formula Drift New Jersey. Wow, that wheel just gets ripped out of his hands once the two cars make wheel to wheel contact! Chris was pretty luck to not break his hand on that one. Below we have an image sequence of the tandem run and contact before they touch and a recap of what was shown on the Livestream.


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2014 Formula Drift Pro Am – Evergreen Drift Round 3 [RESULTS]


Evergreen Drift Round 3 got in the books over the weekend. Cameron Moore dominated the competition with a first place qualifying and first place finish to round off the weekend. Here is how the podium finished up at Evergreen Speedway just north of Seattle:

1st- Cameron Moore
2nd- Aaron Day
3rd- Cody Ross

Fredric Aasbo In Car POV with Engine Data [VIDEO]

A very cool and unique look at Fredric Aasbo’s Scion tC taking on Wall Speedway. You can see nitrous engage, revs, and his throttle modulation all around the course. The video shows him in tandem with Vaughn Gittin Jr. as he attempts to perform the perfect follow run. Enjoy this unique data set of a drift run.

2014 Formula Drift Round 4 – Main Event [GALLERY]

FredricAasbo.Tandem DennisMertzanis.VaughnGittinJr MattFIeld.OdiBakchis Dan Jenkins stepped up and delivered a gallery from what many are dubbing the best Formula Drift event in history! So many close tandem battles through the weekend helped him put together almost 800 amazing photos from the big Round 4 weekend. Follow the link below and enjoy  drift overload.   Check out Gallery:

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 4 This Weekend

10. All the Rookies Dropped the Ball
Up until this weekend the ROTY race has been beyond entertaining but no rookie qualified for the big show at Wall. This track is challenging and difficult but ROTY leader Geoff Stoneback should be the happiest of everyone when it came to nobody qualifying. He barely missed the cut off which gave all the other drives a huge opportunity to gain on the Rookie race but they all failed to qualify as well. Even European pro Juha Rintanen made his career debut this weekend form Europe crashed on his second practice lap and then couldn’t put it together for qualifying. Alec Hohnadell had a huge chance to capitalize on the Rookie championship but ran into car issues after crashing into the wall early on and his car didn’t seem 100% for his qualifying runs. It looks like this battle will move on to Seattle being very very close still.

9. Tyler Wolfson Reminded Us How UnForgiving This Track Can Be
This qualifying round crash with Tyler Wolfson was borderline unwatchable. His FD Mazda Rx-7 enters the track and according to him a knuckle broke on the car and just steered him right into the bank wall. We have video of the incident on our Instagram if you can stomach it (VIDEO HERE). At Long Beach I touched on how incredible the HANS device was and I think this is another incident we can thank for this amazing safety feature. Tyler’s car literally came to an abrupt stop from decent speed on entry. Thankfully he walked away from this tragic event.

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2014 Formula Drift Round at Wall – Practice/Qualifying [GALLERY]

Dan Jenkins collected some amazing photography from practice/qualifying over the Formula Drift New Jersey race weekend. These photographs are collected from Friday’s practice and qualifying so sit back and enjoy as Chris Forsberg drove his way to the #1 qualifying spot.

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2014 Formula D Round 4 New Jersey – OEM Manufacturers Championship [STANDINGS]


While the Tire Championship got a bit less contentious after this weekend, the OEM Championship got much more contentious. Ford remains in first place behind a pair of top 16 appearances from Vaughn Gittin Jr and Justin Pawlak, but Scion jumped Nissan into second place behind Fredric Aasbo’s first win and a top 16 appearance from Ryan Tuerck. Nissan’s points were accrued by Chris Forsberg’s second place finish and Jhonnattan Castro’s top-32 finish. BMW broke their tie with Lexus via a pair of top-32 exits combined with high qualifications from both Chelsea Denofa and Michael Essa, while Lexus’s points were accrued by Daigo Saito and Robbie Nishida, who both exited in top-32 and had lower qualifying results than the BMW’s.

Here’s how the OEM championship shapes up after four of seven rounds:

1. Ford – 461.5 points
2. Scion  – 447 points
3. Nissan – 432 points
4. Chevy – 276 points
5. BMW – 246.5 points
6. Lexus – 237.5 points
7. Dodge – 134 points
8. Mazda – 90.5 points
9. Toyota – 68.5 Points
10. Hyundai – 19 Points

2014 Formula D Round 4 New Jersey– Tire Manufacturer Championship [STANDINGS]


A 1-2 sweep for Hankook Tire with Chris Forsberg and Fredric Aasbo taking the top two spots in New Jersey has helped extend their lead from 30.5 points after Miami to 107 points after New Jersey. Nitto Tire remains in second place with a third place finish from Odi Bakchis and a top-16 finish from Vaughn Gittin Jr, while Achilles Tire is still solidly in third place behind a top-4 finish from Charles Ng and a top-8 finish from Dean Kearney. Falken Tire, Yokohama Tire, Maxxis Tire, Kenda Tire, and GT Radial all remain in fourth through eighth place respectively.

Here’s how the Tire Championship standings look after 4 of 7 rounds:

1. Hankook Tire – 632.5 Points
2. Nitto Tire – 525.5 Points
3. Achilles Tire – 453 Points
4. Falken Tire – 345.5 Points
5. Yokohama Tire – 167.5 Points
6. Maxxis Tire – 160.5 Points
7. Kenda Tire – 160.5 Points
8. GT Radial – 90.5 Points