Posts Tagged "Patrick Mordaunt"

Formula Drift Round 1 Bracket Breakdown with Tandem Battles


Here are the Top 32 brackets and we grouped together the potential Top 16 pairings as well. Sit back and get ready for an insane Round 1 of Formula Drift with the new season officially underway. Here is how they are set:


1 Michael Essa vs. 32 Jeremy Richter
16 Patrick Mordaunt vs. 17 Mats Baribeau

8 Chelsea DeNofa vs. 25 Dennis Mertzanis
9 Forrest Wang vs. 24 Carl Rydquist

4 Kenneth Moen vs. 29 Geoff Stoneback
13 Kyle Mohan vs. 20 Robbie Nishida

5 Fredric Aasbo vs. 28 Marc Landerville
12 Conrad Grunewald vs. 21 Jhonnathan Castro


2 Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. 30 Dave Briggs
15 Darren McNamara vs. 18 Dean Kearney

7 Chris Forsberg vs. 25 Daijiro Yoshihara
10 Pat Goodin vs. 23 Daigo Saito

3 Tyler McQuarrie vs. 30 Tony Angelo
14 Odi Bakchis vs. 19 Ken Gushi

6 Justin Pawlak vs. 27 Jeff Jones
12 Ryan Tuerck vs. 22 Alec Hohnadell

ARK Performance Unveils Both Hyundai Genesis Before Tech Day



ARK Performance threw a party to show off the cars of Patrick Mordaunt and Dennis Mertzanis for 2014 Formula Drift. Patrick Mordaunt was first to unveil his Hyundai Genesis. The two cars look similar on the exterior but are built differently on the inside.HyundaiGenesis.V6turbo.Engine HyundaiGenesis.V6turbo

Patrick’s Genesis coupe retained the factory V6 LAMBDA and is actually using the same chassis that Dennis Mertzanis drove in 2013 for Formula Drift but it has a complete refresh. The motor package is a 3.8L V6 bored to a  4.0L Hyundai Lambda V6 turbocharged that makes 700hp/700ft. lbs of torque. This is adding an insane amount of torque from the build last year. Parts by Max has taken care of all the suspension on this car.



Dennis Mertzanis built a new ground up Hyundai Genesis for the 2014 season. The ground up build comes with a Winters Quick Change, dog box, and a Vortech Supercharged LS7 engine that is making 1000hp. His build also features Powered by Max suspension and with a build he told me is very close to his perfect vision of a drift car. This seems to add  pressure for him to preform  at an all time high this season.



A glance at the interior features a SPARCO wheel and Takata Seat/Harness inside the chassis of Dennis Mertzanis. Pat has some slightly different products featuring inside his interior. The cars look good and will be attending Tech Day later today to start the approval process for the season. Neither car is 100% just yet and they will be testing shortly. I interviewed Patrick Mordaunt and Dennis Mertzanis on these builds and the new season over at Wrecked Weekly which you can give a list by clicking here.


Patrick Mordaunt and Dennis Mertzanis – ARK Performance Team – Wrecked Weekly Episode #15 [VIDEO]

Our Wrecked Weekly Episode #15 is coming out a day late due to travel but has a good double punch of drivers for the week. We grab Patrick Mordaunt and Dennis Mertzanis to talk about how they are going to face now being partners in the 2014 Formula Drift season. They have never faced each other in competition but do feel they have a similar driving style. Patrick talks about his move Norcal and how he feels about protests in Formula Drift. These guys seem ready for a big season with the Hyundai Genesis coupe it seems like. Now its time to see if they can perform with the new engine packages and debut at Tech Day in two weeks.



ARK Brings Two Vastly Different Builds to 2014 Formula Drift Team


The guys at ARK are pumping out the PR machine with even more news for the 2014 Formula Drift season. The two car team of Dennis Mertzanis and Patrick Mordaunt will be in matching Hyundai Genesis Legato builds with different engine platforms. Why on earth ARK thinks it is a good idea to field a two car team with vastly different engine platforms is beyond me.

The one common factor is that both engines will be inside a Hyundai Genesis coupe. The first build is a 7.2L GM LS7 engine with a Vortech V-7 YSi Supercharger set to make 1,000hp and 900 ft-lbs. of torque. The second build is a 4.0L Hyundai Lambda V6 turbocharged that makes 700hp/700ft. lbs of torque. From what we understand Dennis will be driving the LS7 car but we will work to confirm that shortly.


Source: Vortech Superchargers

D1GP Japan Driver files for Petition to run Formula Drift in 2014 [RUMORMILL]


While we don’t have many details at this time here is what we do know about a D1GP driver heading into Formula Drift for 2014. A source has told us that a new D1GP driver who has never been in Formula Drift in previous seasons is applying to run in Formula Drift via a petition. D1GP licenses are not recognized by Formula Drift or the FIA so the driver is forced to petition in to Formula Drift based on his merits and experience or face the Pro Am circuits. I can only assume if the rumors are true that Formula Drift will approve the petition.

To take the rumors one more step forward I think it is a good chance he will fill the shoes of the APEX’i Lexus SC430 that Patrick Mordaunt is leaving in 2014. Its an interesting connection someone made and APEX’i has had a history in supporting Japanese drivers. What do you think of the news? Who do you think the D1GP driver could be?


Danny George and Chris Jeanneret – Wrecked Weekly Episode #13

We tried out a new and fun format to Wrecked Weekly where we invited two drivers to come and round table with our writers Jacob Leveton and Joey Redmond.  The round table on topics such as Formula Drift qualifying,  custom kunckles, 2014 engine packages, Honda s2000 chassis, Formula 1 cars, and what tire is Matt Field running in 2014? We looked back on Chris Jeanneret’s crash at Irwindale Speedway and dished about some ways to fix the qualifying format in Formula Drift and more.

Patrick Mordaunt to drive Hyundai Genesis in 2014 [RUMORMILL]


We reported on this breaking story back in January that Patrick would no longer be with APEX’i in the Lexus SC430 for the 2014 Formula Drift season. Our new rumor mill has told us that Patrick Mordaunt has worked out a deal to drive a Hyundai Genesis coupe next year possibly with the ARK team. Dennis Mertzanis in his Wrecked Weekly interview with us told Wrecked that he is building a new Hyundai Genesis chassis for next season.

So theoretically this leaves 2 Genesis coupes for the 2014 Formula Drift season for ARK/Kenda to campaign. Can this team grow into two teams for the new year and get bigger benefits with two Genesis coupes on the grid for 2014? Only time will tell if this rumor is true but we have heard a good buzz from several sources on this one that it is at least in the works.

Patrick Mordaunt Has New Car and Team for 2014 Formula Drift Season [RUMORMILL]


Patrick Mordaunt is set to join a new team for the 2014 Formula Drift season which we can confirm but we don’t quite know many details. He still has a good relationship with APEX’i but they are not providing the title sponsorship and full support from the Lexus for the new season.

Some very good sources have confirmed he is in the works with a new team/program for 2014 but we haven’t quite unraveled all the details just yet. He has been taking to Facebook and social media posting a good bit of content with his old Nissan 350z he ran in 2011 (see image above) so perhaps that is making a grand return for the new year?

2013 Formula Drift / Drifting Year in Review with Wrecked Magazine Staff [VIDEO]

We gathered the Wrecked Magazine staff (Jacob Leveton and Rathyna Gomer) for a Google+ Hangout with some special guests to look back at the whole 2013 season of drifting. We brought on two special guests for the episode including Justin Banner ( / Mackin Industries) and Brian Eggert (Formula Drift Judge / US Drift Founder / Pro Am Founder) for the show. In just over one hour we cover the big 6 topics below along with giving some inside scoops on potential Formula Drift formatting changes and analyzing the Pro 2 series. The following drivers all got rewards/mentions in our video: Vaughn Gittin Jr., Danny George, Pat Goodin, Chelsea DeNofa, Darren McNamara, Chris Forsberg, Michael Essa, Conrad Grunewald, Walker Wilkerson, Corey Hosford, Patrick Mordaunt, Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Nate Hamilton, Geoff Stoneback, Rapper Dan Savage, Mike Pollard, and Dan Brockett. Here are the six categories we focused on:

Most Improved in 2013
Most memorable tandem battle 2013
Biggest letdown/disappointment of 2013
Driver of the Year 2013
Best Up and Comer for 2014
Hopes for 2014

Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Wrecked Weekly Episode 4 [VIDEO]

I got to sit down with Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Ford Media Center for right around 30 minutes during the SEMA Show to talk with him about a number of really important topics. We covered his new project Mustang RTR, the state of Formula Drift, World Drift Series China, and his $5,000 fine for illegal suspension. We even got to break down his tandem battle with Patrick Mordaunt from Formula Drift Texas and get his thoughts on the first overturned judging call in the sport which directly impacted his season. Last but not least Vaughn spills the beans on when he will make the debut in a 2015 Ford Mustang!


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