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Sikky team sits out 2016 Formula Drift season

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Sikky Manufacturing also took to social media this week to announce that they will forego supporting their Formula Drift team of James Evans and “Rapper” Dan Savage for the 2016 season to focus on their V8 swap kit business instead. Savage was the 2014 Pro 2 Champion, while Evans finished fifth in 2014 and second in 2015 in the Pro 2 ranks. Both drivers competed in the Pro class for the entire 2015 season, with Savage finishing 25th and Evans finishing in 34th. Sikky will continue to have a presence on the Formula Drift grid as they sponsor several drivers including 2015 Pro 2 champion Alex Heilbrunn. Savage tells us he will be spotting for a Pro 2 driver this season, so he will still be available at a few events if fans are seeking autographs.

Sad to see the 2014 Pro 2 champion join the 2015 Pro class Rookie of the Year Masashi Yokoi on the sidelines for the 2016 season.

New Formula Drift Texas Layout with POV Footage

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Here is the new Round 6 layout for Texas Motor Speedway’s Formula Drift event. The track could have used a course fix after the two pretty terrible rounds we had seen at Texas Motor Speedway in the past. This layout looks interesting but somewhat runs against the other layout style of Formula Drift which tends to focus on max speed at entry and slowing down around course. Luckily for all of you, XDC ran this exact same course in 2012 so here is an in car video of Rapper Dan Savage running the course in a 400whp machine.

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.

A Look at the Sikky Sub Frame for Your Drift Car

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As I was wandering around Long Beach something caught my eye in the Sikky pit area. On display was a highly modded S13 subframe with a massive rear that looked like something you would see in a MAC truck. I had to learn what it was all about. James Evans was there to fill me in on the details. He explained to me that this was one of Sikky’s Quick Change Rear and Subframe setups.

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The whole concept behind having a quick change rear on your drift car is that all tracks are different and depending on the course layout you can find yourself in a situation where your gearing is far from ideal. The quick change rear will allow you to make changes to your gear ratio in less than five minutes. There is a limited amount of time to set the car up for each track and the quicker you can get back out on course the better. Changing an entire rear out just doesn’t make sense when there is an option like this. Now Sikky wasn’t the first to start putting these rears into drift cars but they have definitely refined it to a new level and made it into a production part. Having them ready to go on the shelf instead of a custom made to order. What separates the Sikky sub frame and rear set-up from the competitors is the technology and process they use to both develop and manufacture the product. There is a lot of time and effort in the R&D stage to locate the ideal position for the rear. Using the FARO arm they scan the underside of the car, sub frame, mounting points and then create a complete CAD drawing of the back half of each car model they develop a kit for. Then using that info they position the rear perfectly in this 3d precision environment. The end result is optimal angles and clearance of all CV joints, driveshaft’s, and axles as well as perfect placement and alignment. All of this maximizing strength and reliability of their product.

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There is much more to properly setting up the rear end than just welding it in place using a tape measure or ruler. Their methods allow the guys at Sikky to get accuracy down to +/- .005 of an inch when placing the rear into the sub frame. The product is engineered and tested to withstand the most rigorous conditions. Sikky sub frame and rear set-ups will take the abuse time and time again which they have shown by running the product in their Formula Drift cars. If you’re looking to gain an edge over the competition then I am convinced the Sikky IRS Sub Frame Kit is what you need! They do offer the quick change rear complete with sub frame and axles as well as separately if you just want to buy the diff or the sub frame on its own. The kit is clearly Formula Drift legal and comes for several car applications. Read the details below for what you get and what car you can place this in.

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Kit Info:
– Formula Drift Legal
– Precise placement using our FARO 3D Scanning Arm
– No Sub Frame Core Required
– CAD designed and CNC Machined Mounting Brackets
– Black Powder Coated
– Includes all Necessary Hardware
– Sub Frame available with Sikky Winters IRS Rear or without
– Fuel Cell or Fuel Tank Relocation Required in most applications

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Available options:
– Sikky Solid CNC Aluminum Sub Frame Bushings
– Sikky Differential Skid Plate
– Sikky Driveshaft
– Heavy Duty Axles

Currently Available For:
– Nissan S13, S14, and S15
– Nissan 350z and Infiniti G35
– Mazda RX8
– BMW E36
– Toyota FRS/Subaru BRZ
More coming soon!

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

2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Final Points & Promotion [STANDINGS]

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Congratulations to Dan Savage for winning the inaugural Formula D Pro 2 championship! While we posted about how the qualifying points don’t matter in Pro 1, Savage solely won the Pro 2 championship based on his qualifying scores, particularly his top qualifier position on Thursday.  Both Stoneback and Savage tied with exactly 260 tandem points, and the extra 5.5 points that Savage earned on Thursday via qualifying are what put him over the edge. Had Savage qualified anywhere from 4th through 8th position, he would have earned exactly 4.5 points in qualifying alongside Stoneback and the championship would have been tied. Hopefully Formula Drift changes the points structure in future seasons to avoid this sort of scenario.

Alongside Savage, a huge congratulations goes out to all 8 drivers who have earned or retained their Pro 1 license through the new ‘Promotion’ system:

Promoted Drivers:

Dan Savage
Geoff Stoneback
Jeremy Lowe
Jeff JOnes
James Evans
Nate Hamilton
Matt Coffman
Brandon Wicknick

Drivers who earned at least 64 points will be allowed to continue in Pro 2 (unless they remain in the top 32 in Pro 1, in which case they can keep their Pro 1 license). This list includes:
Will Parsons
Tony Cisneros
Carl Rydquist
Juha Rintanen
Eric Hill
Dennis Mertzanis
Andy Hately
Jeff Wolfson
Ryan Litteral
Rob Primozich
Ron Ewerth
Hiro Sumida

All other drivers will be relegated to ProAm.

2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 at Irwindale Speedway [RESULTS]

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Pro 2 is wrapped up for the 2014 season after a wild one at Irwindale Speedway! Jeff Jones drove like a wild man and took home the win after Rapper Dan Savage crashed on the big bank in the finals. Rapper Dan Savage has to scramble and fix his car for Pro tomorrow now:

1. Jeff Jones
2. Rapper Dan Savage
3. Brandon Wicknick

What it takes to win: Formula D Pro 2 Championship [ANALYSIS]

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With qualifying wrapped up, the chase is mathematically down to 5 drivers. With all remaining drivers earning at least 32 points for their top 16 appearance and an event win worth 100 points, only drivers who are within 68 points of current leader Geoff Stoneback have a chance at the title. Here’s the top 10 points standings entering tomorrow’s final Pro 2 competition of the season:

Rank Driver Name Points Pts Behind
1 Stoneback 233
2 Savage 206.5 26.5
3 Lowe 195 38
4 Evans 178 55
5 Hamilton 172 61
6 Coffman 150 83
7 Jones 146 87
8 Parsons 125.5 107.5
9 Rydquist 109 124
9 Wicknick 109 124

Drivers in Green still have a shot at the title, drivers in Red are mathematically eliminated. These points include the qualifying points from yesterday’s qualifying session, but don’t include the guaranteed 32 points for making top 16. Since Rydquist did not make a qualifying pass and will not be driving in the Irwindale main event, Wicknick is guaranteed to finish ahead of him and would be driving with the hopes of earning his Pro 1 license promotion by passing either Parsons or Jones. Here’s how the points break down for each round of tandem competition:

Top 16 finish – 32 points
Top 8 Finish – 48 points (+ 16 points from top 16)
Top 4 finish – 64 points (+ 32 points from top 16)
2nd place – 80 points (+ 48 points from top 16)
1st place – 100 points (+ 68 points from top 16)

For Stoneback, the answer is simple. Finish ahead of the competition and you’re good. Knowing he’s in a borrowed car, that may be too much to ask. An early top 16 finish and a top 4 appearance by Savage would give Savage the upper hand. If Stoneback makes top 8, and Savage makes the final round, Savage will again jump Stoneback. If Stoneback makes the final 4, then only a win by Savage gives him enough points to take over the lead. A final round appearance from Stoneback guarantees the championship. Even with Savage gaining the upper hand in some of these scenarios, the other three drivers still have a shot in some cases.

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2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Irwindale Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Pro 2 Qualifying at the House of Drift went smoothly, and the championship race got a little tighter due to the results. Rapper Dan Savage laid down an awesome run that likely would have qualified him in the top 5 or 6 positions of Pro 1, and was rewarded with a nice 85 point score from the judges. As we highlighted earlier, Pro 2 leader Geoff Stoneback is driving a borrowed S13, and broke an axle towards the end of practice. The team was able to source a new one and get it swapped out before his qualifying run. Here’s how it all shook out:

1. Dan Savage – 85 pts
2. Jeff Jones – 82 pts
3. Brandon Wicknick – 79 pts
4. Matt Coffman – 77 pts
5. Juha Rintanen – 75 pts
6. James Evans – 70 pts
7. Geoff Stoneback – 69 pts
8. Rob Primozich – 67 pts
9. Nate Hamilton – 65 pts
10. Hiro Sumida – 65 pts
11. Will Parsons – 64 pts
12. Ryan Litteral – 64 pts
13. Jeremy Lowe – 63 pts
14. Dennis Mertzanis – 61 pts
15. Tony Cisneros – 61 pts
16. Eric Hill – 59 pts

Here’s a look at how the tandem matchups will work:

Left Bracket
Dan Savage vs. Eric Hill
Rob Primozich vs. Nate Hamilton
Matt Coffman vs. Jeremy Lowe
Juha Rintanen vs. Ryan Litteral

Right Bracket
Jeff Jones vs. Tony Cisneros
Geoff Stoneback vs. Hiro Sumida
Brandon Wicknick vs. Dennis Mertzanis
James Evans vs. Will Parsons

2014 Formula D Pro 2 Championship – After Round 3 Texas [STANDINGS]

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Despite earning 4th place by way of a lower qualifying position behind James Evans, Geoff Stoneback maintains his lead in the first ever Formula D Pro 2 championship. Fellow Sikky Manufacturing driver Dan Savage sits in second place, with Evans closely behind in 4th place. Jeremy Lowe’s Rotary-powered FC RX7 is the highest ranking non-V8 powered car in third place overall, with Nate Hamilton rounding out the top 5.

Here’s how the standings shape up after 3 of 4 rounds, with 7 drivers still having a statistical shot at the championship.

1. Geoff Stoneback          228.5 Points
2. Dan Savage                 196.5 Points
3. Jeremy Lowe               192 Points
4. James Evans               173.5 Points
5. Nate Hamilton            169 Points
6. Matt Coffman             145.5 Points
7. Jeff Jones                    138.5 Points
8. Will Parsons               122.5 Points
9. Carl Rydquist             109 Points
10. Brandon Wicknick   103 Points
11. Andy Hately               87.5 Points
12. Jeff Wolfson              86 Points
12. Tony Cisneros           86 Points
14. Eric Hill                      74.5 Points
15. Juha Rintanen           73 Points
16. Dennis Mertzanis     71.5 Points
17. Ron Ewerth                70 Points
18. Brad Heyl                   52.5 Points
19. Dave Briggs                 51 Points
20. Rob Primozich          38 points
21. Victor Moore              35 Points
21.  Doug VanDenBrink   35 Points
21. Ryan Litteral              35 Points
21. Mike Phillips              35 Points
21. Mike Pollard               35 Points
21. Hiro Sumida              35 Points

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