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2017 Formula Drift End of Season awards

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Formula Drift announced their annual awards at a special awards banquet over the weekend. Special thanks to Formula D ProAm partner US Drift for posting these on their Facebook page.

Here’s a look at all the awards that were handed out:

PRO2
Fan Favorite Car of the Year: “Chucky” Ola Jaeger
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Dirk Stratton
Ace of the Year: Kevin Lawrence
Rookie of the Year: Travis Reeder

PRO
Fan Favorite Car of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Best Personal Style: Ken Gushi
Best Drifting Style: Chelsea DeNofa
Hard Charger: Jhonnattan Castro
Spotter of the Year: Amy Bakchis (Aurimas Bakchis (Odi))
Spirit of Drifting: Robbie Nishida
Crew of the Year: Worthouse Drift Team (Piotr Więcek / James Deane.)
Crew Chief of the Year: Alex (James Deane)
Team Manager of the Year: Brian Bridges (Bridges Racing)
Most Improved Driver (31st [2016]- 20th [2017]): Jeff Jones
Comeback of the Year: Aurimas Bakchis
Top Qualifier of the Year: James Deane
Ace of the Year (29 wins – 3 losses / 90.6%): James Deane
Rookie of the Year: Piotr Więcek
Most One More Times (7): Odi Bakchis
Automotive Manufacturer Champion: Toyota Racing
Tire Manufacturer Champion: Falken Tire
Third Place Season: Odi Bakchis
Second Place Season: Fredric Aasbø
First Place Season: James Deane

2017 Formula Drift Round 4 in New Jersey [GALLERY]

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Formula Drift Round 4 took on the famous Wall Stadium went in the books last week. Enjoy our great gallery from Andrew Jennings as Odi Bakchis took home an amazing victory in his Nissan 240sx. The event was a long one that went well into the evening providing fans in the northeast some great tandem battles and entertainment.

Check out the Gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wreckedmagazine/albums/72157685058106875

Kelsey Rowlings – Formula Drift Pro 2 [INTERVIEW]

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*Editors Note*: This interview got lost in SPAM so it was delayed and I didn’t find out she filled it out until I was at Road Atlanta. So keep in mind she wrote these answers before starting off her Pro 2 season. Here is the interview in its entirity now before Round 2 in Orlando.

 

1. Who are you and how did you get your Pro 2 license?
I earned my Pro 2 license through the Three Palms Drift Pro Am series where I placed 2nd overall. I also competed in the Streetwise Drift Pro Am series where I placed 4th overall. I also have competed in select XDC and Lone Star Drift Pro Am events.

2. Can you give us a break down of your car and what sponsors you have on board?
We have a great car and a great group of Partners this year. Kaizen Performance helped us swap the supercharged Ford Performance Parts 5.0 Aluminator NA crate engine into our 240sx. Several other companies helped make this build possible: Vibrant Performance, BC racing NA, Haltech ECU, Canton Racing, Deatschwerks, ACT clutch, Traklite wheels, Thunderbolt Racing fuel, Champion Spark Plugs, Enjuku Racing, Wilwood disc brakes, SPL Parts, Fuel Safe, Sparco USA, Mishimoto, Achilles Radial, Sway Gear, Expert Car Care, Mazworx, SPA Technique and Guardian Wraps

3. What track are you most excited about and most nervous to tackle this season?
I’m most excited for Road Atlanta. It was the first formula drift event I ever attended back in 2009 and I have been every year since that first year. I always told myself that I would drive that track someday, and the time has finally arrived!

4. Can you name one drifter you really want to see in a battle in Pro 2 this year?
I’m honestly excited to battle everyone. I really want to see how our new car stacks up with the rest of the competition.

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5. Who is your favorite drifter in the world and who to you derive driving inspiration from?
I’m very indecisive, so I have several favorite drivers. Some include, Frederic Aasbo, Robbie Nishida, and Chelsea DeNofa

6. Who do you think will win the Formula Drift Pro Championship this season?
I feel like Ken Gushi is looking extremely strong this year, but if Chelsea DeNofa can keep his car running well, I think he may also be a contender.

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7. What is one hurdle or headache you ran into during the off-season gearing up for Pro 2?
Building the car was definitely a struggle. It was a lot of R&D and trial and error to complete a new swap in just four months!

8. What advice can you give to the upcoming Pro 2 drivers who are currently in Pro Am?
I would say to double or even triple the budget you have in mind. There will always be the mechanical failures you didn’t count on, or that trailer spare that you were forced to buy on the road because you already blew your last 2 spares. We blew up our dog box in testing and it was definitely a cost we weren’t ready for at the beginning of the season.

Robbie Nishida Set to Miss Formula Drift Atlanta

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The news was broken that Robbie Nishida will be missing Formula Drift Atlanta this weekend for a personal matter. I cannot even remember the last time I was at a pro drift event without Robbie Nishida present! His new looking Infiniti G37 will be put away this weekend but he has confirmed he will be back for Round 3 at Orlando Speed World.

Formula Drift Releases Driver List for SEMA Ignited Demo

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In case you haven’t got a Formula Drift fix in for the 2015 season you can see some pro FD drivers in the Las Veags Convention Center Gold Lot on Friday after SEMA. From what I understand, with a SEMA badge you can walk in free to the show. Military + Student ID is free but you must present at entry. If you cannot get in free with any of these options the promo code FORMULAD50  will give you 50% off and make the ticket $10. Here are the drivers in attendance –
Dai Yoshihara
Odi Bakchis
Mike Whiddett
Mike Essa
Alex Heilbrunn
Robbie Nishida
Daigo Saito
Dean Kearney

2015 Formula Drift Japan Drivers List

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Formula Drift Japan is coming up this weekend and is an official Formula Drift World Championship round. Mad Mike Whiddett is listed to be driving a Mazda RX7, Matt Field is listed in a S14, and a ton of Japanese drivers are throw in the mix. Here is the full drivers list –

1. Yuji Saito
2. Mitsuru Yoshioka
3. Hokuto Matsuyama
4. Chiam Benjamin
5. Kenji Takayama
6. Yoshichika Tamagawa
7. Shinichirou Saito
8. Masataka Hawashima
9. Shunnosuke Mito
10. Daisuke Nakamura
11. Masayoshi Tokita
12. Shinji Minowa
13. Tetsuya Hibino
14. Kawabata Masato
15. Tomokazu Hirota
16. Masao Suenaga
17. Takahiro Imamura
18. Toshiharu Kazama
19. Hirohide Tanaka
20. Tsutomu Fujio
21. Tetsuya Iha
22. Inafuku Ryo
23. Yoshinori Shinozaki
24. Shigehisa Sasayama
25. Yuki Inaoka
26. Keiichirou Kadekaru
27. Noritsugu Totani
28. Tadahiro Fukada
29. Yuji Tanaka
30. Kazumi Takahashi
31. Daichi Oshiro
32. Sheng Nian Ng
33. Kazuya Iizuka
34. Michihiro Takator
35. Kiyotaka Yamazaki
36. Toshimitsu Masuda
37. Atsushi Taniguchi
38. Yoshitatsu Kaneda
39. Koji Yamaguchi
40. Yusuke Kusaba
41. Daisuke Hasegawa
42. Tomohiro Nakamura
43. Kenji Yaminaka
44. Kazaya Taguchi
45. Andrew Gray
46. Manabu Fujinaka
47. Kazuki Hayashi
48. Kuniaki Takahashi
49. Charles Ng
50. Daigo Saito
51. Dean Kearney
52. Mad Mike Whiddett
53. Robbie Nishida
54. Masashi Yokoi
55. Matt Field
56. Fredric Aasbo
57. Odi Bakchis

2015 Irish Drift Championship Round 3 – Mondello [RESULTS]

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How strong are the Irish drivers? Not only was their 11-year unbeaten streak on home soil continued, but the top two drivers aren’t even old enough to earn their drivers license here in the US! 15-year-old Tomas Kiely defeated 15-year-old Jack Shanahan in the all-Irish final, with fellow countryman Dean Kearney taking third place over his Achilles Tire teammate Daigo Saito. For those wondering, Ryan Tuerck was taken out in top 32, and Robbie Nishida was unable to qualify after his initial car was totaled in practice and he jumped into a borrowed ProAm car just moments before qualifying started.

Results:
1st – Tomas Kiely
2nd – Jack Shanahan
3rd – Dean Kearney
4th – Daigo Saito

A replay is available here: http://livestream.com/accounts/2258088/events/4171614

2015 Formula Drift Round 4 New Jersey Main Event [GALLERY]

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The main event coverage has been delivered by Andrew Jennings to show off some of the really close bank battles going down during competition. I love this snap of Justin Pawlak ramming into and going wheel to wheel with Yokoi in this run. Flick through our gallery to see the pits, driver faces, and some tandem battles for Round 4 of Formula Drift at New Jersey.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=455

2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta Round 2 [RESULTS]

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Road Atlanta is always a fun battle ground for the top drifting drivers in the world. Robbie Nishida made a lackluster debut in his Infiniti G37 failing to make a qualifying pass and Dai Yoshihara had issues in his Subaru BRZ and didn’t make a pass either. The bottom of the group was quite close and Matt Field even had to drift his way out of 33rd place on his second pass to stay in the show. Here is how the tandem battles look for today –

Left Bracket
Justin Pawlak vs. Chelsea DeNofa (In Loaner MK3 Supra)
Tyler McQuarrie vs. Pat Goodin
Mad Mike Whiddett vs. Rapper Dan Savage
Forrest Wang vs. Marc Landerville
Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Jeff Jones
Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa
Odi Bakchis vs. Jhonnattan Castro
Masahi Yokoi vs. Matt Coffman

Right Bracket
Fredric Aasbo vs. Daigo Saito
Tanner Foust vs. Geoff Stoneback
Chris Forsberg vs. Kyle Mohan
Ryan Tuerck vs. Pat Mordaunt
Conrad Grunewald vs. Dean Kearney
Charles Ng vs. Matt Field
Ken Gushi vs. Mats Barbieau
Alec Hohnadell vs. Nate Hamilton

Robbie Nishida’s Infiniti G37 is running just in time for Atlanta [VIDEO]

Robbie Nishida posted a video of his VQ-powered Infiniti G37 idling via Instagram yesterday, which he previewed at SEMA last November. This motor is said to be stroked out to around 4.0L, and pushing 1,000hp to the rear wheels. After making the Great 8 in Long Beach, he has a good foundation of points to build on for the rest of the season. Hopefully this new car is actually competition ready for this round, we would hate to see Robbie drop in points due to new car issues.

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