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Toyota to Carry on Formula Drift and Chase Back to Back Championship

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The former Scion brand and Ken Gushi has taken to the Internet and announced that they will be racing in 2016. It will be interesting to see if this corporate restructure takes a hit on budget and limits the programs of Aasbo or Gushi. Ken Gushi did confirm that he will still receive support for Formula Drift in 2016 with his Tweet posted below. I think Aasbo is set for a repeat championship or Gushi could easily land his first Formula Drift championship under the big caveat of what will change with each program and the money coming into it.

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Scion Wins Championship and Goes Out of Business

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I was just told the news tonight that Scion (under Toyota) in America has closed its doors for the last time. The struggling “youth” brand failed to really deliver a car the consumers wanted and after 13 years it has left the market. This hits home in Formula Drift in a big way as the championship team was a factory backed Scion program. Drivers such as Ken Gushi and Fredric Aasbo could find a big hit to the budget coming into 2017.

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Scion will be remembered for brilliant marketing strategies much more than its subpar car offering. The 2015 season brought 56,167 total car sales in for the whole brand. Without the Scion FR-S under its umbrella – I imagine the brand would be in much worse shape numbers wise. If Toyota wants to continue marketing inside Formula Drift I suggest they should look more towards how Ford has pushed into the market.

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Fredric Aasbo Reflects on his 2016 Championship [VIDEO]

Fredric Aasbo won the championship with the smallest engine in the Formula Drift series. He talks about some tricks with his Borgwarner turbo setup and how he loves drifting. I am starting to think Fredric Aasbo can win a second championship in 2016 if his team is focused and his great setup holds together.

Scion Racing recaps from Irwindale [VIDEO]

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Entering Saturday’s Top 32 tandem day at Irwindale, it was known that one of the two Scion Racing cars would take home the championship. Aasbo went on to take home both the event win and the championship win, but not without Ken Gushi putting up a big fight. After the event, it became known that Gushi went through several engines during the weekend. These videos from Scion Racing are a great documentation of what went on in both pits.

For the Holidays – Buy Someone Jimmy Up Clothing

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The guys at Jimmy Up have some perfect stocking stuffers for you this holiday. The middle shirt is a celebration of Fredric Aasbo winning the championship with a cool unique design and tribute look. If you don’t see what you are looking for quite yet, the website has other cool stuff like a FC RX-7 hoodie, hats, stickers, and much more. Don’t forget about your fellow drift fan as the holiday season approaches.

 

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Wrecked Magazine Issue 35 Is Here

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Issue 35 of Wrecked Magazine has come out! The cover feature is a trip down memory lane with Irwindale Speedway and a great photo by Ryan Lopez. We check out Street Driven Tour in Atlanta, Georgia inside and give you a solid look into a true missile car owned by pro Ryan Tuerck. Vortech Engineering did a solid Q&A with us so you can learn how superchargers will work for you in the sport of drifting.

Read Issue 35: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/issue35/html5/index.html

2015 Formula Drift Awards – Top Qualifier of the Year – Fredric Aasbo

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Fredric Aasbo took home Top Qualifier of the year which just took the highest qualifying percentage of each driver produced from qualifying of seven rounds total. His dominance of the year included qualifying which helped him seal up his first championship. Other drivers with great qualifying runs this year included Forrest Wang but he suffered a bad score in Orlando which most likely knocked him out of the running for this award. Chris Forsberg was also another close mention to take home this prize but was edged out by the 2015 champ.

2015 Formula Drift Irwindale – A Second Look [GALLERY]

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Ryan Lopez grabbed his camera and traveled from Alabama to present us with this dynamite coverage from Formula Drift Irwindale. He really captures a unique and gorgeous perspective of Irwindale Speedway – the House of Drift on the weekend that saw Fredric Aasbo take home a championship.

Check out the Gallery- http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=464

10 Things I learned From Formula Drift Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway

10. Daigo Saito’s Perfect Irwindale Record Comes to An End at 16 Wins

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Part of me was starting to think that Daigo Saito would retire before losing at Iwindale Speedway. Sadly, a Top 16 battle with champion Fredric Aasbo after a riveting OMT battle saw Daigo Saito finally fall at the House of Drift. This puts his career track record for Irwindale Speedway at a whopping 16-1. Never has one driver been so dominate in Formula Drift history at one track and I hated to watch his undefeated record come to an end.

9. Mad Mike Whiddett Nailed It This Weekend

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Mad Mike Whiddett looked pretty solid at Irwindale this weekend. His return to Formula Drift in general had much more impact than his first season and I hope he returns for 2016. He made quite a run this weekend at Irwindale Speedway finally losing to the champion in the Great 8. He easily disposed of Ryan Tuerck and James Evans putting him firmly in 19th for the championship. Not a bad result considering he missed Long Beach and New Jersey.

8. Struggling Drivers Don’t Rise to Occassion at Irwindale

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The bottom of the Pro list is where a ton of drivers needed to put down big performances to stay in the Pro series or at least put up points to prove they have what it takes still to compete. Dave Briggs suffered a malfunction and was eliminated early, Joon Maeng couldn’t get a score good enough to place in the Top 32 for qualifying, and Nikolett Szanto didn’t even turn a wheel. A pretty sad showing that was amplified by Mats Baribeau who crashed during qualifying and didn’t make the Top 32 as well. It will be sad to not see some of these guys in the Pro ranks for 2016, especially since I think most issues they had were mechanical.

7. Irwindale Speedway Might Not Be Going Away

Nobody really wanted to speak either way 100% but from what I gathered it is a high probability (over 50%) that Irwindale Speedway will host Formula Drift next year and possibly a few years after that with some luck. Either way, we took on a special project at Wrecked Magazine to pay tribute to the House of Drift which will come out later this month. We talked to drivers and fans about their personal favorite moment from the tracks history.

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2015 Formula Drift Championship [RESULTS]

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The 2015 championship is a wrap! Fredric Aasbo followed up his second place finish last year with a championship in 2015. Ken Gushi was right on his heels the whole way in what wound up a Scion dominated season. The Scion brand finished 1,2, and 4 during this Formula Drift season which is unparalleled by any OEM in this sports history. Chris Forsberg took his Nissan 370z with a respectable 3rd place season finish to follow up with his 14 championship run. Here is how the Top 20 finished up for 2015 –

1. Fredric Aasbo – 530
2. Ken Gushi – 431
3. Chris Forsberg – 382
4. Ryan Tuerck – 367
5. Odi Bakchis – 363
6. Masashi Yokoi – 324
7. Justin Pawlak – 287
8. Forrest Wang – 285
9. Matt Field – 282
10. Alec Hohnadell – 272
11. Kenneth Moen – 247
12. Daigo Saito – 238
13. Vaughn Gittin Jr – 226
14. Dean Kearney – 220
15. Chelsea DeNofa – 212
15. Tyler McQuarrie – 212
17. Pat Mordaunt – 211
18. Pat Goodin – 207
19. Mad Mike Whiddett – 192
20. Charles Ng – 191