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2016 FORMULA DRIFT PRO 2 – ROUND 4 PHOENIX [RESULTS]

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Formula Drift capped off their third Pro 2 season with a standalone event in Phoenix, Arizona at Wildhorse Pass Raceway. The event featured a layout somewhat similar to Irwindale, just on a flat road course instead of a banked track. Canadian Marc Landreville capped off a perfect weekend, qualifying first and taking the top position on the podium for the second time this season, having previously pulled off the feat in Orlando.

Here are the results from Formula D Pro 2 Round 4 in Phoenix:

1st – Marc Landreville
2nd – Nate Hamilton
3rd – Dirk Stratton
4th – Dan Burkett

Landreville strung together three event wins and a second place finish en route to the Pro 2 championship and nearly strung together a perfect season. Landreville was unable to compete in the final round in Atlanta due to a collision in the Final 4 that pushed him out of competition, the lone podium finish on the season away from the top step.

The top 8 finishers in the Pro 2 class have earned an invite to compete in the Pro class. Here are the final Pro 2 standings:

1 – Marc Landreville
2 – Jeff Jones
3 – Andrew Lewis
4 – Dirk Stratton
5 – Dan Burkett
6 – Ryan Litteral
7 – Nate Hamilton
8 – Matt Madrigali

2016 Southwest Drift Series – Round 4 [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift ProAm Series capped off their season at the Formula Drift Pro 2 Finals in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend. This was the first stand-alone event for the Formula Drift Pro 2 class, which gave a rare opportunity for a ProAm series to showcase their talent in front of a fairly large crowd. Blake Olsen capped off a perfect event by taking both top qualifier and the overall event win. Olsen defeated Bear Rzesnowiecky in the final round to take the event win, and both Olsen and Rzesnowiecky earned their Pro 2 licenses by finishing in the top three points for the series.

Here’s a look at the results from Southwest Drift Round 4:
1st – Blake Olsen
2nd – Bear Rzesnowiecky
3rd – Andy Hateley

Overall, Andy Hately took home the series championship and will make his return to the Pro 2 class for the 2017 season along with Olsen and Rzesnowiecky.

Southwest Drift Final Standings:

Series Champion: Andy Hateley
2nd overall: Blake Olsen
3rd overall: Bear Rzesnowiecky

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2016 Irish Drift Championships Round 5 – Mondello [RESULTS]

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Irish Drift Championships wrapped up their series with a packed house at Mondello, which is the most well-known track in Irish drifting history. Duane McKeever rose above the fierce field of competitors to take home not just the first place trophy from the event but the 2016 Irish Drift Championship trophy as well. His closest championship competitor, Jack Shanahan, had mechanical issues in qualifying that left him on the outside of the tandem elimination bracket.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 6:

1st – Duane McKeever
2nd – Richard Bradley
3rd – Nigel Colfer
4th – Shane O’Sullivan

Here’s a look at the top 5 final championship standings:

1st Duane McKeever 227 points
2nd Jack Shanahan 171 points
3rd Shane O’Sullivan  164 points
T-4th Mike Fitz 151 points
T-4th Tomas Kiely 151 points

Street Driven Tour Atlanta X SOUTRHFRESH [VIDEO]

The Street Driven Tour invaded Atlanta last month and saw some great drifting from local teams such as Top Garage along with some ride-a-long trains from some top pro drivers. Geoff Stoneback (purple S14), Matt Powers (Infiniti M45), Dirk Stratton (Corvette), and Kelsey Rowlings (pink S14) all tore it up giving fans rides for the day at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

A Look at Nitrous in Drifting and Chris Forsberg’s 370z Setup

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Nitrous Oxide brings up images of hot rods, drag strips, and 200-mile-per-hour runs, but the history of its use is long in the drifting world as well. From the D1 Grand Prix to Formula Drift, nitrous use is well known and used in turbocharger setups to overcome boost lag as well as a nearly instantaneous boost in power for naturally aspirated setups. Chris Forsberg also knows nitrous and it’s more than just the name of the energy drink he’s associated with. His pro-car uses a very unique setup and his consistency shows that it’s rather reliable if tuned right and utilized in the right situation.

Even in the earliest days of professional drifting in Japan, nitrous oxide was used in cars where extra power was needed but a turbocharger wasn’t necessarily the right choice in power adder. In the early days, turbocharger and supercharger technology wasn’t as sophisticated as it is now so boost lag, where the turbocharger wasn’t being driven fast enough to produce boost, was a big concern and superchargers weren’t a great choice because they aren’t exactly an easy bolt on as installing a turbo with a log manifold. Nitrous, on the other hand, is nearly instant as soon as you hit the button to activate it, easy to install since all you are doing is plumbing it and the fuel system, and tuning nitrous for power is as simple installing a jet. Ok, that’s still making it too simple but you get the rough idea on why it’s looked to as the go-to for power adding.

NOS: Not Just for The Fast and the Furious

Nitrous is really good for naturally aspirated setups in a world of turbos and superchargers. Many of you may be familiar with the Droo-P Toyota Corolla AE86 once driven by Toshiki Yoshioka. The car made 300-horsepower with individual throttle bodies in a 1.8-liter displacement but without a turbo. That was thanks to a “twin-shot” “dry” nitrous setup by Nitrous Oxide Systems (NOS), “dry” meaning no additional fuel was injected with the nitrous when activated. The opposite, a “wet” setup, injects fuel and nitrous at the same time. We’ll touch on how nitrous works in a moment but it shows the power you can get out of such a simple setup. Just imagine what kind of power you can get out of something with a bigger displacement, more cylinders, or a second type of power adder and you can see how this could start to make sanctioning bodies weary of it.

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The D1GP/JAF Ban

That’s exactly what happened with the D1 Grand Prix and why you don’t see it used anymore. Prior to the prohibition of its use in competition in 2014, the D1GP and its sanctioning body the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) were already considering banning it. Not only was it expensive to use but Japan was looking into regulating nitrous oxide by making it labeled as a scheduled drug. This would have meant that use outside of medical purposes would be prohibited nationwide. What pushed the ban over the edge was an incident at the 2013 Tokyo Drift where Akinori Utsumi and Naoto Suenaga made impact and Suenaga’s car went airborne. That was all it took – the D1GP and JAF banned nitrous from use in their sanctioned events in 2014 and on. However, use in non-JAF events hasn’t been banned and is why you will still see it used when allowed in Japan. It’s still very expensive to purchase bottles and refills of it, though.

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How It Works

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10 Things I Learned at Formula Drift Texas

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10. Great Layout and Formula Drift Texas Gets A-
I liked the layout this year and the how the event ran/flowed as a whole. Formula Drift gets tons of criticism from all angles so when they do something really well I want to stop and take the oppurtunity to give them credit. The judging was pretty spot on with the exception of Ryan L. once who picked Aasbo when their was no scenario on earth he won but we cannot all be perfect. Texas has been an event with protests, drama, delays, and bad accidents in years past so it seems like they finally got this layout to work and I am looking forward to it next season.

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9. Looking Ahead to a Possible Lackluster Irwindale?
Chris Forsberg finished second at Texas after beating Aasbo in the Great 8 which kind of puts a damper on the Formula Drift Irwindale drama. With a podium or finishing two places about Aasbo at Irwindale Forsberg will lock down his third championship. Considering he has hopped on the podium the last six events in a row it seems like it could happen again. Vaughn is eliminated if Forsberg lands in the Great 8 so really it’s a repeat of last year at Irwindale with a larger points gap.
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8. Where Did It All Go Wrong for Chelsea DeNofa?
Chelsea DeNofa made some serious efforts to run this weekend in Texas by loaning a local Pro Am car and giving it hell but you have to wonder where it all went wrong. Just six months ago we watched DeNofa win his first career event and establish himself as a championship player. Two events later he was removed from grid for having glue on his tires and now after seven rounds he finds himself in 15th place and 288 points behind Chris Forsberg. Talk about the highs and lows of a Formula Drift season.

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7. Has Kenneth Moen Thrown in the Towel?
Kenneth Moen missed another round of Formula Drift and currently sits 29th in the championship points standings. In a realistic world, if the grid was more complete he would be relegated to Pro 2 for next season with a points score of 136 points through seven rounds. His style is so awesome it will be a shame if he doesn’t return for 2017.

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2016 Formula Drift Round 7 in Texas [RESULTS]

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Round 7 is in the books under the Texas heat and what an event it was. Some of the best tandem I have seen in all of my memories. Matt Field found a victory and Forsberg goes six events in a row on the podium. Alec Hohnadell scores his second career podium. Our Twitter feed has some good recaps/reactions form the event. Here is how it finished:

1. Matt Field
2. Chris Forsberg
3. Alec Hohnadell
4. Kristaps Bluss

2016 Formula Drift Round 7 in Texas – Qualifying [RESULTS]

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The qualifying session today was pretty insane with several drivers scoring a 96 and then down the chart tons of drivers matched scores as well putting the second qualifying run into play as a tie-breaker. The track flows well in qualifying but I will be interested to see how it plays out in tandem. Here is qualifying results.

1. Vaughn Gittin Jr. 96 (93)
2. Ryan Tuerck 96 (91)
3. Fredric Aasbo 96 (90)
4. Ken Gushi 96 (85)
5. Odi Bakchis 94
6. Chris Forsberg 92 (92)
7. Tyler McQuarrie 92 (91)
8. Dai Yoshihara 92 (0)
9. Forrest Wang 91 (84)
10. Mad Mike Whiddett 91 (84)
11. Justin Pawlak 91 (84)
12. Matt Coffman 91 (84)
13. Jeff Jones 90 (84)
14. Geoff Stoneback 90 (83)
15. Charles Ng 88
16. Matt Field 87 (86)
17. Tanner Foust 87 (78)
18. Alec Hohnadell 87 (0)
19. Alex Heilbrunn 86 (84)
20. Kristaps Bluss 86 (83)
21. Michael Essa 86 (80)
22. Pat Goodin 84 (83)
23. Cameron Moore 84 (0)
24. J Castro 81
25. Juha Rintanen 80 (80)
26. Dean Kearney 80 (71)
27. Pat Mordaunt 78 (72)
28. Chelsea DeNofa 78 (71)
29. Andrew Gray 75
30. Faruk Kugay 71
31. Kyle Mohan 70
32. Robbie Nishida 0

Right Bracket
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. BYE
Matt Field vs. Tanner Foust
Dai Yoshihara vs. Juha Rintanen
Forrest Wang vs. J Castro
Ken Gushi vs. Andrew Gray
Jeff Jones vs. Kristaps Bluss
Odi Bakchis vs. Chelsea DeNofa
Matt Coffman vs. Michael Essa

Left Bracket
Ryan Tuerck vs. Kyle Mohan
Charles Ng vs. Alec Hohnadell
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Dean Kearney
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Cameron Moore
Fredric Aasbo vs. Faruk Kugay
Geoff Stoneback vs. Alex Heilbrunn
Chris Forsberg vs. Pat Mordaunt
Justin Pawlak vs. Pat Goodin

2016 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 3 in Texas [RESULTS]

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Marc Landerville takes home top honors at Texas Motor Speedway in a pretty poor performance for the Pro 2 ranks this weekend. Tons of off course runs, a tandem battle that racked up six zero scores in a row, and mechanical failures plagued the night. This battle summed up the event for me (video). Here is how they finished up:

1. Marc Landerville
2. Trenton Beechum
3. Andrew Lewis
4. Dirk Stratton

Gas Monkey Energy Drink Sponsors Dean Kearney for Texas

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Dean Kearney and Bridges Racing announced a new co-title partnership with Gas Monkey Energy Drink for the Texas round of Formula Drift, taking place this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The Gas Monkey brand has grown rapidly in the past few years behind the popularity of the TV Show “Fast n Loud”, and the brand has gotten more involved with racing over the past few years. Gas Monkey also has worked on several high profile Dodge / Mopar builds, which goes hand-in-hand with the lone Dodge Viper on the Formula Drift grid.

The partnership will expand the number of energy drinks involved with Formula Drift drivers up to five as Gas Monkey Energy joins Monster Energy, Rockstar Energy, Red Bull, and NOS Energy Drink as title or co-title sponsors on the current Formula Drift grid. The newly-revealed livery looks fantastic!

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