Posts Tagged "Justin Pawlak"

Just Drift Presents All Star Bash / Toy Drift at WSIR [VIDEO]

This Vimeo video from Just Drift shows off what fun all these drivers had collecting toys for the holidays. In attendance was BG, Justin Pawlak, Matt Powers, Odi Bakchis, Danny George, Matt Field, Forrest Wang and plenty of other familiar drifting stars from the west coast. Will Roegge made an awesome video with some awesome follow car action.


StateofStance Visits the Get Nutz Lab in Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Here is another video from the Las Vegas shop of Forrest Wang’s Get Nutz Lab from SEMA time. Ryan Tuerck paid a visit to the shop and smashed up a 240sx and now the guys from StateofStance are in attendance as well to make a little video of the amazing course they have built.

Formula D: Title Fight by State of Stance [VIDEO]

Check out State of Stance’s video highlighting some of the most action-packed moments at Formula Drift’s Title Fight in Irwindale. They were able to capture some pretty cool runs such as the close tandem battles with Daigo Saito  going against Falken drivers Justin Pawlak and Pat Goodin and previous years’ champions Chris Forseberg and Daijiro Yoshihara going head to head.  In the video you’ll be able to see Ryan Kado and Corey Hosford and their aggressive, nearly wall-scraping performances. Lastly, you can see a few high-angled, smokey runs featuring Mike Essa, ending with him being awarded the 2013 series champ.

2013 Bash Bangers Part 5 – All-Star Bash [VIDEO]

The fifth installment of Bash Bangers comes from All-Star Bash. Insert 2pac soundtrack and you have quite the recap of the West Coast American drift’s biggest event by far. Put together by the guys from Hoonigan.

On Car Camera Films Shot At All-Star Bash [VIDEO]

Here are two videos shot at All-Star Bash with an on car camera mounted to a Datsun and wheeled by Larry Chen. The videos chase Justin Pawlak and Matt Powers around at All-Star Bash. They are some great clips captured from the big bash weekend.

2013 All Star Bash – Another Look with David Moore [GALLERY]

Another look at All-Star Bash 2013 from photographer David Moore. Some team tandem photographs, Michael Essa’s championship celebration, and tons of drivers from Pro to beginner drifting all around Willow Springs.


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What it takes to win in 2013: Justin Pawlak

Last year, we had a quick series of posts which showed what each of the seven drivers who had a statistical chance to win the championship had to do in order to raise the big Formula D trophy. This year, six drivers are within striking distance.

Current standings:

1. Mike Essa 489.5 Points
2. Chris Forsberg 474 Points
3. Fredric Aasbo 425.5 Points
4. Vaughn Gittin Jr 410 Points
5. Daigo Saito 409.5 Points
6. Justin Pawlak
400.5 Points

First up is Justin Pawlak, a man who was also in the championship chase last season. This season, he’s a bit further out of reach of the cup, but has gotten to this point with consistent finishes and strong qualifying points. With a maximum of 112 points up for grabs and a minimum of 24.25 points available for a top-32 qualification, Pawlak can only finish with a high of 512.5 points and Essa will finish with no less than 513.25 if he qualifies for the top 32. Therefore, it’s very likely that Pawlak will be eliminated from championship contention if Essa qualifies for Saturday’s competition.

Beyond that, should Essa fail to qualify, he would need Chris Forsberg to lose in top 32 (a top 16 finish would earn Forsberg a minimum of 54.25 points and a total of 528.25 points) to still have a chance at the championship. Should Essa fail to qualify and Forsberg lose in top 32 (giving Forsberg anywhere from 498.25 to 510 points depending on qualifying), Pawlak would need no less than a second place effort and a top two qualifying effort, or a win to have a shot. Pawlak has twice been on the podium before at Irwindale (in 2008 as a rookie finishing third, and last season finishing second), so this isn’t completely out of the picture.

If Pawlak were to finish ahead of Saito in the event, it’s very likely he will finish in the top 5 for the third consecutive season, a feat that has only been done previously by Sam Hubinette, Rhys Millen, Dai Yoshihara, and Chris Forsberg. With company like that, it’s clear that Justin Pawlak’s success isn’t just a fluke and should be considered a threat in seasons to come.

2013 Formula Drift Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway Full Press Conference [VIDEO]

Check out the full 15 minute post race press conference featuring Justin Pawlak, Daigo Saito, Matt Field, Michael Essa, Chris Forsberg, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. The video shows questions asked by the press and answered by the various drivers. Matt Field talked about his end of the big protest overturn as he sat on the line waiting to run his battle, Chris Forsberg tells us he wants Jameson as his podium beverage, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. talks openly about being on the receiving end of an overturned judge decision that basically ruined his championship hopes in 2013.

2013 Formula Drift Round 6 at Texas Motor Speedway – Main Event [GALLERY]

This debut visit to Texas Motor Speedway came down to “inches” so to speak with two whole calls being overturned by the judges after the fact and cars running the perfect line right to dropping a tire off course just a few short inches from the perfect line. Pat Mordaunt drove his way to a first ever top 4 and Matt Field finished second for the first time ever. It was a pretty wild event and our photographer Jason Scott caught all the excitement and action.


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2013 Formula D Championship Standings after Texas [STANDINGS]

After taking his second career win by eliminating fellow championship contender Chris Forsberg in the Final 4, Mike Essa slides into first place in the Formula D championship standings. With a maximum of 112 points up for grabs in Irwindale, 6 drivers still have a statistical shot at winning the championship. Here’s a look at how the points stack up after six of seven rounds of competition.

1. Michael Essa                   489.5 points
2. Chris Forsberg                 474 points
3. Fredric Aasbo                  425.5 points
4. Vaughn Gittin Jr          410 points
5. Daigo Saito                      409.5 points
6. Justin Pawlak                400.5 points
7. Matt Field                       350 points
8. Darren McNamara       332.5 points
9. Odi Bakchis                    322 points
10. Robbie Nishida             314.25 points
11. Dai Yoshihara              309.25 points
12. Conrad Grunewald     285 points
13.Chelsea Denofa              266.5 points
14. Kenny Moen                  258.75 points
15. Matt Powers                  257.5 points
16. Ryan Tuerck               229 points