Posts Tagged "Justin Pawlak"

Matt Powers Show Off his International Demo Car – Fatlace and Nitto Tire

Matt Powers took to Instagram showing off his international demo S14 Nissan 240sx. The rumros of his Fatlace partnership seem to be confirmed looking over his car heading to Panama. The car is title sponsored by Nitto Tire and Fatlace which overall looks similar to one of his old FD liveries. What do you think he was putting together for the 2013 season in Formula Drift?  The Panama International event will see him joined by Justin Pawlak, Odi Bakchis, and Joon Maeng.

Shreeve Films Presents Formula Drift 2012 [VIDEO]

Justin Shreeve visited every event in 2012 so he could pack this season review highlight reel together from all seven events. From Long Beach all the way back to Irwindale he followed the crazy championship run of Daigo Saito which we didn’t see coming when we first started up. I love the music, love the fact you can hear engine sounds/tires burning, and he just nailed the filmography of the whole thing.

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Joshua Herron Presents 2012 Formula Drift [VIDEO]

A well put together 2012 season review from the hobo Joshua Herron with a big focus on the ASD drivers, Chris Forsberg, and Daigo Saito roaming through the 2012 season. The video walks in order through all seven rounds leading up to the championship victory of Daigo Saito at Irwindale Speedway.

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Information on the Inaugural 2013 Formula D Super Drift Challenge

The Formula D Superdrift series will take place over the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend that happens just one week after the first round of Formula D. The $25,000 in cash will be on the line for a huge event on Saturday using the traditional Formula Drift track on turns nine, ten, and eleven. On Friday the drivers will be running practice and qualifying like a traditional Formula Drift event. Saturday the cash is on the line running the traditional Formula Drift course.

Seating for the Super Drift Challenge will be in Grandstands 16, 18, 24, 25 and 26 on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $28 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $130 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. On Saturday the event kicks off at 7:00pm and will feature a Top 16 of the best drivers in the series. As an added bonus the Super Drift Challenge cars will drift the entire race circuit after the featured IZOD IndyCar Series race.

Here is the Drivers List: 
Daigo Saito
Daijiro Yoshihara
Frederic Aasbo
Aurimas Bakchis
Michael Essa
Conrad Grunewald
Ken Gushi
Tyler McQuarrie
Robbie Nishida
Justin Pawlak
Matt Powers
*Others will be announced soon

Formula Drift Raises Money for Charity at Irwindale Speedway with Ride-Alongs [BUY NOW]

On Thursday night December 13th you can visit Irwindale Speedway and come free of charge to see a group of Formula Drift drivers (drivers list below) give ride-alongs all evening. The event kicks off at 6:00pm and will wrap up at 9:00pm. If you want a VIP ride-along with a random driver from the list below it will cost $150 or you can select the specific driver you would like at a cost of $250 for a ride. Raffle tickets will also be on-sale at the event for a chance to win great prizes from Formula DRIFT partners including Sparco, Fatlace, Yoshihara Design, Nitto, Alpinestars, ACT Clutches, Motegi Racing, Discount Tire, EBC Brakes, Falken, K&N and more.

Here is the Drivers List:
Daijiro Yoshihara
Justin Pawlak
Odi Bakchis
Kyle Mohan
Jeff Jones
Danny George

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Justin Pawlak’s 2013 Formula Drift Team Managed by Former ASD Employees [RUMORMILL]

Justin Pawlak

While we lack quite a ton of details we heard over and over again at SEMA that two former ASD employees are settung up a shop to maintain, build, and run the 2013 Ford Mustang RTR program. It appears the guys at SPD Metal Works (who run the Dai Yoshihara and now Darren McNamara program) did not wind up with the third team to manage for 2013. Not 100% confirmation on what employees are coming together for the build but that should help put JTP in good hands for the new season. Can he take a great third run at a championship in 2013 after learning from his mistakes over the last two seasons? Only time will tell with his new old crew/team.

Justin Pawlak Wins Triple Crown Made Official by Formula Drift PR

Formula Drift finally released a PR announcing Justin Pawlak as the 2012 Champion instead of Vaughn Gittin Jr. who received the trophy and check at Irwindale. We caught this on the 14th just after Irwindale Speedway came to a close in a story “ONE BIG MISTAKE – 2012 TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION IS ACTUALLY JUSTIN PAWLAK” breaking the news to many in the industry. What a crazy mixup that happened but has been remedied now by Formula Drift. We should have more news coming up making this last round of Formula Drift even crazier. This photo we found on Instgram from lex_king_24.

Joey Redmond is on MotoIQ Radio Tonight at 8:30pm PST

Tonight in less than 30 minutes our head editor Joey Redmond will be on MotoIQ radio with Justin Banner and one gorgeous time attacker Kerryann De La Cruz as they talk about the end of the 2012 season and the previews of the 2013 season. The three of them are going to talk about some exclusive hints on the new season and what will be announced at the 2012 Formula Drift SEMA press conference. Here is MotoIQ talking about coming on air:

8:30pm PST - Finally, Joey Redmond of Wrecked Magazine will be on with us to discuss the 2012 season. We’ll also get his views on judging for this year and Daigo Saito winning the 2012 Formula Drift Championship in his first year. Finally, we’ll look into his crystal ball and see what he sees coming in the 2013 Formula Drift Season.


ONE BIG MISTAKE – 2012 Triple Crown Champion is ACTUALLY Justin Pawlak

I am going to guess Justin Pawlak was having a horrible weekend after missing out on a championship chance and crashing his 2013 Ford Mustang GT in the finals against his season rival Daigo Saito. Well the good news the $10,000 check and sweet Triple Crown Trophy they handed Vaughn Gittin Jr. in one huge ceremony at Irwindale is actually going to Justin Pawlak. In case you missed the award ceremony after the final round of Formula Drift at Irwindale Speedway we watched them award the trophy to Vaughn Gittin Jr. who actually finished in 3rd place.

Since Justin Pawlak finished in second place scoring 88 points and Daigo Saito scored 100 points this makes them move ahead of the man we awarded the championship, Vaughn Gittin Jr., who is sadly not a champion. I have felt we need to make the championship point structure easier like NASCAR did. We shouldn’t need Excel sheets and scientific calculators to determine who has won a championship but a simple point structure with a system like 100 / 95 / 90 or 100 / 90 or whatever they can come up with would be much better.

What a tough break for Justin Pawlak after being screwed at Evergreen Speedway in the Top 32 with a bad call of “two tires off” and now he didn’t even get to celebrate his victory. I really hope they don’t take away the $10,000 they awarded Vaughn Gittin Jr. and hand that out to Justin. Sounds like someone should find another $10,000 check to hand over to the real winner? Man…. I sure didn’t see this one coming last night when I went to sleep after a crazy Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway. What do you think should happen?

Ford is an Official Formula Drift Partner Starting in 2013

Just before Irwindale Speedway this weekend the Detroit auto maker Ford has announced it will become an official Formula Drift partner in 2013. The brand has been involved with Formula Drift since 2005 and took home a championship with Vaughn Gittin Jr. in 2010. If all goes well this weekend they will be putting away a second championship for the car maker.

Even Wrecked Magazine purchased a Ford this year for a project collaboration with ACT Clutch and Fuelculture . This 2013 Ford Mustang RTR might be the most fun car money can buy on the market right now and we just cannot get enough of our project car which will be at the 2012 SEMA show next month with Energy Suspension. Ford is the second car marker to work with Formula Drift at an official level and we cannot wait to see what this partnership will bring the sport next year.