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Bergenholtz Racing Mazda RX-8 [FOR SALE]

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The Bergenholtz Racing Mazda RX-8 was driven by some of the biggest names in Formula Drift and built by a NHRA winning pedigree team. The car is a turn key Formula Drift build with a price tag of $85,000. The car was last driven by Chelsea DeNofa in Formula Drift at Irwindale Speedway in 2011.

The engine found inside the car is a Mazdatrix 3-Rotor with a dry sump system and a Garrett GTX GT42 Turbo to top it all off. If you are interested in the build or want more details on how this build came together head over to the Bergenholtz site where they have a complete page and write up on the build that is up for sale.

Source: http://rx8drift.bergenholtzracing.com/

2015 Holley LS Fest [GALLERY]

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This year Holley LS Fest had the most heavy hitters this event has ever seen! Alex Heilbrun came all the way from California in his 1000hp E46 BMW joined by Joon Maeng who made the trip in his Nissan 240sx. Nate Hamilton traveled up with Pat Goodin and the winner Josh McGuire made the trip out from Texas. So many quality builds and big horsepower LS drift machines converged on Kentucky last weekend. Huge thanks to Chad Lunn for the hard work at taking photos!

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=467

2015 Holley Performance LS Fest in Kentucky [RESULTS]

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WOW guys! The atmosphere and 10,000+ people at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky was electric this weekend. This is my third LS Fest and it was by far the strongest drivers list the event has had since its inception years ago. Joon Maeng took over the event and had the best qualifying run I had seen put down at LS Fest. Here is how qualifying wrapped up –

1. Joon Maeng
2. Pat Goodin
3. Josh McGuire
4. Dirk Stratton
5. Nate Hamilton
6. Ricky Adams
7. Rob Carlson
8. Steve Topping
9. Nick Thomas
10. Devin Callahan
11. Alex Heilbrunn
12. Eric Loomis
13. Bryan Broberg
14. Rolando Alfaro
15. Shane Whalley
16. Hooman Rahimi

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The grandstands were completely packed out at Holley’s LS Fest for the Top 16. The Formula Drift drivers slowly fell out of the competition one by one including a tough exit for Pat Goodin who lost an AN line and sprayed coolant everywhere in his Final Four battle. This made him miss the 3rd place battle all together and wound up sitting in fourth. Here is how the podium wound up and we have more coverage on the way –

1st. Josh McGuire
2nd. Nick Thomas
3rd. Bryan Broberg
4th. Pat Goodin

2015 LS Fest has an Awesome Drivers List for September Drifting Fun

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Wrecked Magazine has been proud partners with LS Fest for years and we just got sent the drivers list for 2015! It is the strongest drivers list we have seen to date. Several pro drivers including Joon Maeng, Nate Hamilton and Pat Goodin will be in attendance to entertain the huge amount of fans. A strong list of Pro 2 drivers and talented LS powered drivers around the country are rolling into Kentucky (more info)- Check out the drivers list below.

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Gearing Up and Getting Excited For LS Fest 2015

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Holley shared these awesome trophies being handed out for the LS Fest Drift Challenge this year and you will ALSO notice that Wrecked Magazine is on the trophies. If you haven’t been to the best weekend for LS engines worldwide then I suggest you mark your calendar and make some plans. Formula Drift drivers normally appear to compete as well including in the past Nate Hamilton, Rapper Dan Savage, Geoff Stoneback, Joon Maeng, and more!

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If you are a driver looking to complete in the event, please visit LSFest.com to learn about rules, requirements, and the big cash prizes getting thrown down! If you want to see some old LS Fest coverage here is the Drift Cars of LS Fest piece and the My First Trip to LS Fest write up. If you are just a fan in the area come on out to NCM Motorsports Park in Kentucky for a wild weekend that also includes drag racing, road racing, and LS engines shoved into everything you can think of and more.

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey

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10. Dean Kearney – Irish Future with an American V10
In my opinion, if you could throw Dean Kearney in one of these Top 10 Formula Drift builds he could make a run at the championship. He has a car I would argue probably struggles to fall in the Top 20 Formula Drift builds. Now that Darren McNamara has exited stage right it feels Dean Kearney has taken the torch as the top Irish drifter in America. He fell just short of a victory which I feel the weather played a big impact. Since the runs went out of order, he did his Top 4 run in the dry where Aasbo got to run his Top 4 battle in the rain in addition to the Finals. Looking forward, Dean Kearney is in 11th place but is headed to Seattle where he got his first podium in the past.

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9. Vaughn Gittin Jr. Needs to Give Up on Season and Debut 2015 Mustang RTR
Vaughn Gittin Jr. hasn’t had a stellar season by his standards at all. While he is only 117 points behind Ryan Tuerck in the lead, I find that with three rounds left he isn’t going to make up the gap at 39 points an event on Tuerck or Bakchis. With that said, I would rather him just retire the old S197 Mustang chassis and debut his S550 (2015 Mustang RTR). I got to see the car drift in person at Street Driven Tour VIR and the car looks and sounds way better than his old chassis. Let’s get the new 2015 on the track competing in Formula Drift!

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8. Joon Maeng is the Only Driver to Not Qualify Under New Structure
Joon Maeng had an up and down 2014 season but nothing has prepared him for the disaster that is 2015 with his BMW Z4. With a 39 driver grid this season he is the only driver left to not qualify for an event yet. One good event could bring him safely into the Top 32 since he is only 51 points behind 32nd place as we stand so he still has some hope. He needs to invest in some serious testing time before these next rounds and start getting some points on the board. I would suggest diving in Pro 2 for the next three rounds to try and either defend his Pro position or at least snag some extra practice laps.

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Achilles Radial Supports 25 Drivers for 2015 Formula Drift Season

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The 2015 Achilles Radial team is huge at 25 drivers and features a ton of heavy hitters in the drift series. The 25 drivers are split between Pro and Pro 2 and Achilles is showing clear intention of winning another championship for 2015. Several other tire brands seem to be divesting from the sport but Achilles is heading full throttle into the thick of it for the new year.

Formula Drift Roster
Daigo Saito
Robbie Nishida
Dean Kearney
Kenny Moen
Alec Hohnadell
Joon Maeng
Brandon Wicknick
Kristaps Bluss
“Rapper” Dan Savage
Marc Landerville
Geoff Stoneback
Nikolett Szanto
James Evans

Formula Drift Pro 2 Roster
Andrew Grey
Faruk Kugay
Alex Youe
Jeff Wolfson
Brody Goble
Juha Rintanen
Dewayne Ramsey
Mike Pollard
Doug Van Den Brink
Sergey Karbargain
Eric Hill
Tommy Van Cleef

Joon Maeng Set with 2JZ Powered BMW Z4 for 2015 Formula Drift Season

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I finally caught up with Joon Maeng tonight and learned some cool facts about his new 2015 Formula Drift program. That street driven BMW Z4 you have seen him post photos of is still in tact as a daly driver/practice drift car. He has a new chassis that Design Craft is doing the fabrication on and Duttweiler Racing has taken the task of building an insane 2JZ engine for the official Formula Drift build. Lucas Oil, MAV TV, and Protect the Harvest are his three title sponsors for the 2015 season. His last surprise of the new season is he is moving to Achilles Radial.

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Joon Maeng has even revamped his 240sx for the new 2015 season which will be used for demos, charity events, LS Fest, and perhaps some drag racing. You probably know we are huge fans and drifting sponsors of LS Fest which happens every September in Kentucky. The car has kept its huge V8 power plant and got a bump in horsepower up to 1125! It sounds like Joon has a new and strong 2015 season planned with two purpose built drift cars.

Run a Lap with Joon Maeng and his 1000hp+ Vortech Supercharged 240sx

Joon Maeng has one insane Chevrolet V8 build featuring a Vortech Supercharger to make his build a 1000hp+ monster. Odds are neither of us will ever drive a 1000hp Nissan 240sx so this video gives you a great POV of what it must feel like in a tin foil rocket ship around Irwindale Speedway.

10 Things I Learned from Formula Drift Round 6 This Weekend

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10. Delays Delays Delays
You win some and you lose some which is the natural order of how the world works. I would chalk this weekend up to a loss for Formula Drift. The delays at Texas were back, just like last year, but for new and annoying reasons. Will Parsons Top 32 crash was a bad sign when nobody seemed to be in a rush to fix the course after his AE86 smashed into the krail moving them out of place. Top 16 then almost took 3 hours (good thing we got rid of 3rd place or it might of been four hours!) which is just unacceptable in my eyes. If I wanted to spend five hours on the weekend to consume one hour of entertainment I would just watch football. This whole season has been fantastic until this weekend in Texas that it just really highlighted the mistakes and issues here that I thought we left behind in the last decade of Formula Drift.

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9. CHELSEA DENOFA!
If you are going to watch anything from this weekend you should go pull up DailyMotion.com and find DeNofa’s Top 32 tandem follow. I think Chelsea could of easily won this event if it wasn’t for more car problems. The worst part about his car issues is they happened in his battle against his friend and Florida native Pat Goodin. We really got robbed of an insane tandem battle between these two friends.

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8. Hankook Tire Has Won Its First Championship
I know, Hankook Tire has been in this sport a long time but they just keep missing the championship year after year. The good news for the Hankook team, they are 100% guaranteed to win a first championship at Irwindale Speedway with either Fredric Aasbo or Chris Forsberg.

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