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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.

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


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]





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.

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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


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


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


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]


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

What it takes to win in 2015: Post Irwindale Qualifying scenarios


Current Formula D USA Championship Standings Post Irwindale Qualifying:

1. Fredric Aasbo 432 Points
2. Ken Gushi 355 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 335 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 334 Points


Current Formula D World Championship Standings (after 8 rounds and Irwindale Qualifying):

1. Fredric Aasbo 595 Points
2. Odi Bakchis 438 Points
3. Matt Field 343 Points
4. Masashi Yokoi 315 Points

The fate of both the Formula Drift USA and Formula Drift World Championships will lie at the tires of Kristaps Bluss.

As the first tandem battle for Fredric Aasbo, Aasbo will clinch both championships if he can move into the top 16. Since Aasbo has earned no fewer than 16 tandem points by making the top 32, the only way for Ken Gushi to makeup the 77 point difference in the USA championship is by earning the full 100 points as an event winner, which is 84 points more than a top 32 exit. In the world championship chase, a loss by Aasbo in top 32 would open the door for Odi Bakchis to take the championship should he win the event as the 100 points Bakchis would earn as event champion would be doubled to 200 points, overcoming the current 157 point difference. Aasbo has already earned 32 tandem points by making the top 16, so even a second place finish for Bakchis wouldn’t be enough (80 points for 2nd x 2 = 160 points earned – 32 points if Aasbo exits in top 32 = 128 points).

Full points structure can be found HERE. Keep in mind that for the World Championship chase, all points at Irwindale are doubled due to the China round being cancelled.

First round tandem matchups:

Fredric Aasbo vs Kristaps Bluss (7th top 32 battle)
Ken Gushi vs Jhonnattan Castro (13th top 32 battle)
Odi Bakchis vs Kyle Mohan (9th top 32 battle)

What it takes to win in 2015: Fredric Aasbo


Current Formula D Championship Standings (after 6 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 428 Points
2. Ken Gushi 348 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 332 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 331 Points

For Fredric Aasbo, the formula is simple – qualify on Friday, and win a tandem battle on Saturday. With all the potential situations that involve others winning the championship, all of them depend on Aasbo to exit early in the competition. Aasbo does have a single top 32 exit earlier this season in Orlando, but his three event wins combined five total top-3 qualifying efforts are more than any of the three other contenders.  Daigo Saito, Geoff Stoneback, and Masashi Yokoi are the only three drivers who have defeated Aasbo in Formula Drift competition, and amazingly enough, Aasbo has also defeated each of them as well. In fact, Aasbo doesn’t hold a losing record on the season against any driver in FD USA competition, having defeated 16 different drivers at least once in tandem this season. Although there’s never a ‘sure thing’ when it comes to drifting, Aasbo taking the championship seems nearly automatic given the information at hand.

There was a lot of talk last season about how Aasbo’s final standings have continually improved. Since taking the Rookie of the Year title in 2010 as the 13th ranked driver, Aasbo has finished in 12th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd overall progressively. It seems as though the toughest thing for Aasbo to think about for next season is how he backs up such an amazing run.

Current Formula D World Championship Standings (after 8 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 587 Points
2. Odi Bakchis 432 Points
3. Matt Field 331 Points
4. Masashi Yokoi 309 Points

With the Formula Drift World Championship being shortened from 10 events to 9 due to the China season finale being cancelled, Aasbo also has the opportunity to wrap up the World Championship simultaneously. Since Irwindale will count for double points, Odi Bakchis will need to make up 155 championship points, which can only be done if Bakchis makes an appearance in the final round. Matt Field is statistically eliminated, as even with a top qualifier / first place sweep, he would only make up 214 of the 256 points he would need to overtake Aasbo.

Should Aasbo make the top 16, the minimum of 34 points he would earn for Irwindale (possibly more pending his qualifying standing) would count as 68 towards the world championship. With first place earning at least 68 points more than a top 16 appearance, Bakchis would not be able to overcome Aasbo. Therefore, the only chance Bakchis has to earn the World Championship requires Aasbo to either not qualify on Friday, or lose in the top 32 on Saturday. In the scenario that Aasbo doesn’t qualify, a final round appearance by Bakchis would be enough to overtake Aasbo. However, should Aasbo qualify on Friday and lose in the top 32 on Saturday, Bakchis would need to win the event to earn the championship.

Overall, the World Championship was a bit of a disappointment, with only 13 drivers  participating in the championship, including only 4 of the current top 10 drivers. In order to qualify for the championship, drivers had to participate in one of the international rounds, one of which was simply a hop across the 49th parallel and didn’t require putting a race car on a boat or a plane. We hope to see an increase in participation next season.

What it takes to win in 2015: Chris Forsberg


Current Formula D Championship Standings (after 6 rounds):

1. Fredric Aasbo 428 Points
2. Ken Gushi 348 Points
3. Ryan Tuerck 332 Points
4. Chris Forsberg 331 Points

Each year, we like to give the fans a quick guide of what to expect entering the final event of the season. This year’s final championship standings are much less interesting than in past seasons, but there is still a chase to discuss due in large part to Aasbo’s Elite 8 exit in Texas.

For current champion Chris Forsberg, sitting 97 points behind Aasbo with only a maximum of 107 points available in an event is not an ideal situation. As soon as Aasbo turns a wheel on a qualifying pass, he will earn 1 point which reduces the potential points available to 106 points. If Aasbo does qualify for Saturday’s Tandem ladder, which he has done in every round since joining the Papadakis Racing team in 2011, Forsberg will be statistically eliminated. Aasbo would earn 18 points for qualifying even in 32nd position (16 for making the top 32, 1 point for making a qualifying pass, and 1 point for qualifying anywhere from 17th to 32nd), and even if Forsberg were to win the event (100 points) and earn top qualifier (6 points for qualifying position + 1 point for making a qualifying pass), he would only make up 89 championship points.

However, this is drifting, and crazier things have happened. Last year, the Papadakis Racing team had to swap a fresh motor into Aasbo’s car as they had issues late in the final practice before qualifying. Should Aasbo have mechanical issues or even crash in his first qualifying pass, the pressure on the second qualifying pass could be quite intimidating.

Even if the unthinkable were to happen and Aasbo misses qualifying for the Top 32 tandem ladder, Forsberg would need to win the event to overtake Aasbo. Anything less than a win would leave him short of overtaking the 97 points he needs to bump Aasbo. If Forsberg were to overcome the miracle, he would become the first three-time Formula Drift champion, and the first back-to-back champion since Tanner Foust in 2008.

As a reminder, here’s a look at how Championship Points are awarded in 2015: Read More…

Formula Drift World Championship Cancels Last Round in China


I have been pretty vocal on how I think the validity of the Formula Drift “World Championship” was kind of a joke or a really low starting point (I get you have to start somewhere) for the premiere drift series in the world. After ignoring Europe and only visiting Canada, Japan, and China it seemed like the World Championship was a lack luster award to pursue. Now due to circumstances out of Formula Drift’s control, China has been canceled.

I did confirm with Ryan Sage that the Formula Drift World Championship final round will now be Irwindale Speedway. It is most likely the World Championship Award Ceremony will also be held there. Looks like Fredric Aasbo can easily take a double championship next weekend. This sure makes the new course layout and the pressure for him to qualify step up a level or two.


Here is the series PR regarding the matter –

Long Beach, Calif. – September 29, 2015 – Formula DRIFT announced today the cancellation of the final round of the World Championship that was originally scheduled for December 2015 in southern China.

The Formula DRIFT team has been working very hard to make this event a new and exciting part of our Series, but unfortunately Irena World and Goldenport Enterprises did not meet their contractual obligations. Our ability to operate events depends on the mutual effort of our partners and without that, we cannot put our sponsors, teams and employees at any unwarranted risk.

Due to the cancellation, Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway will be the final round of the World Championship and will be worth double points for the World Championship contenders. We will also still honor our World Championship prize purse.



2015 Formula Drift World Championship in Canada [GALLERY]






Formula Drift Canada brought most of the big American stars over to compete in the World Championship Round. Jeremy Glover was on the scene for us in Canada capturing the performances of local and international drivers.

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