Awesome video from Mark over at Makeshift Films……..this guys is really killing it in the video world. Every next video is better than the last.
And of course the MOST amazing video of the event…even if I only have 1 cameo in it. Whatever, its awesome.
Great video from the guys over at Konig showcasing me and Deane Karney in the FD series at Wall, NJ. Enjoy
To explain, FormulaD Vegas is in August……I am guessing that the temps outside will be sweltering seeing as the Thursday practice is from 9pm until 1am……….the writing is on the wall. Forecast calls for HOT HOT HOT!!!!
Flex-a-lite fans that move 4700CFM, which is 2300CFM more than the last set of fans. Should be alright now after all the modifications to get it installed. Also, I did a heater box/misc hoses delete, so the engine bay is cleaned up a bit.
Oil-air cooler is installed because I had to remove the oil-water factory oil cooler, with guard btw.
Oil Cooler sandwich plate for the Nissan 350Z which requires a different filter by the way (PH3950) unless you get the sandwich plate without the thermostat, then you can run the factory filter. I had the thermostat one, but I gutted the thermostat.
another view of the cooler. I am very happy with the cooler. It was a bit pricey piecing it together like I did, but well worth it I think.
The goal is to keep the water temps down in vegas, so we will see how all this works. bye for now
June 5th, 2010 – Wall Township, NJ
Formula Drift Round 3 was at the beautiful Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey. My drift weekend officially began on Thursday at the County Line Body Shop run by Gary Gardella’s brother, Richie. The car had collected a broken windshield the weekend before at East Coast Bash and Gary offered to help me replace it before Round 3 FormulaD. I left Wednesday after work and drove all night to get out to New Jersey to pick up my car. It was really a pleasure to meet Gary’s dad and believe me when I say that he is a trip. After speaking with him, you could really understand how proud he was of his sons’ accomplishments.
After loading up the car, we headed out the venue. Our first agenda for the day was to raise the suspension on the car a bit due to the roughness of the track surface and the transition from the banking to the infield. I have heard horror stories and losing my car to a rough track was not an option. After playing with alignment settings, I set the tire pressures and went out to practice. The car felt amazing with strong grip and great tire wear. We were putting out a lot of tire smoke and the Kenda tires really put down traction. This course was not an easy course to learn. A lot of people have said that the course is not that great but I am thinking the opposite as I had a ton of fun driving there.
Here’s a quick run-down of the course:
You start out on the bank, having the throttle pinned in 3rd gear and carrying it out all around the banking. The banking tightens up a bit at the end so you have to remember to stay off the wall as you shoot down off the bank and into the first transition. Coming off the banking and into the infield is very harsh if you don’t hit it just right. After you get off the bank, you slip past the first clipping point and transition hard to the opposite direction into the start of the figure-eight, a right hand turn. Coming out of the right hander, you have to commit the throttle, stretching it out, to get to the left hander. This brings us to one of the harder parts of the track; it is so bumpy the car actually gets airborne during the transition. While you’re in the air, it can be tricky to figure out where you are going to end up. The course concludes itself with a left hander and that is the run.
I felt good about the Friday practice and qualifying. My strategy was to do a somewhat conservative first run to get some points and then really go hard on the second run. I took off for my first run and it was pretty good, decent height on the bank and I was hitting my clipping points. I went into the last left hand turn a bit too fast and hit one of the outside clipping zone cones. I was deducted points for this but I had to get focused on the second run. I went out for my second run and worked to really make it count. I rode high on the bank and the transition off the bank was awesome. I really nailed the clipping point and setup a quick transition into the right hander. I went flying into the corner a bit too fast and slid up the bank to earn a zero on my second qualifying run. Man, what a let down! I like to say that I take pride in my consistency, even if I am not the best guy out there. Once again with a qualifying position of 31, I picked the 2nd qualifier of the day, Darren McNamara, in his Falken/ASD prepared Saturn Sky.
Darren had won this event the year before so I knew that my chances were slim. However, I was going to throw everything I had into it. Running him was a lot of fun and he continued into the Top 16.
All in all, I have got to say that this weekend was a blast! Once again we did well and had a great showing for Team Kenda / Mertzanis.
Thanks to Kenda Tire, Strack Inc, Konig Wheels, Extreme Dimensions, Competition Clutch and M&R Products for the support this year.
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There are reasons why I still feel attached to E-town like I do. Is it Petty’s craziness, or Tim’s? is it the beer? is it the wonderful new jersey skyline? the drifting maybe? The tattoos? Its all these things and more. I may claim the ATL as my home and the place where I started to drift, but E-town I where I became a man. I love going back. I havnt been back since I left nearly 2 years ago and the drivers have really stepped it up. I am seriously impressed with the quality of drivers and cars in the area.
Enough said, THIS is why I love Club Loose events
Love ya petty
May 19th, 2010
Team Kenda/Mertzanis has announced the operational breakdown for the organization.
We are still a small and growing team so all members will have crossover and hybrid roles in order for the team to function efficiently and effectively. We are also very lucky to have the support of our sponsors, fans, friends, and families.
For the 2010 season, the team members consist of:
• Driver - Dennis Mertzanis
• Manager - Eugene Chou
• Crew Chief – Jelani Winston
• Photographer - JC Robinson
• Videographer - Mark Lenardon
• Spotter – HaterDan Bailey
• Interim support : Brooks Church, Thomas Hammer, Jonathan Strack
Current 2010 sponsors include:
• Kenda Tires – http://www.kendausa.com
• Strack Inc – http://www.strackinc.com
• Konig Wheels – http://konigwheels.com
• Competition Clutch -http://competitionclutch.com
• Extreme Dimensions -http://www.extremedimensions.com
Thanks again to our sponsors and we hope to see all of our fans during the 2010 Formula D season!
May 17th, 2010
Team Kenda/Mertzanis has announced Eugene Chou as Team Manager for the 2010 season. As Team Manager, he will be directing the public relations and marketing aspects of the team as well as the operational activities and strategic long-term goals of Team Kenda/Mertzanis. Eugene, Team Manager said, “I am very excited to be working with Team Kenda/Mertzanis for the 2010 Formula D campaign; My goal is to ensure that the team has the resources and direction it needs to operate smoothly throughout the entire season as well as preparing for the upcoming season. “
Eugene has a background in import/drift/show scene beginning in the mid 1990s’ and is currently involved in drift event promotions/operation (.:driftmechaniks:./DMGGMASD) in addition to being a Southeast Drift Formula D Pro-Am judge in the South Eastern US region for the 2010.
First of all, Thanks to JerseyStreets.TV for the love.
This run was my best qualifying run, but later on during practice I started staying in 3rd gear longer to avoid the rev-limiter action shown in the video. I learned a TON that weekend and I cant wait to go back next year.
And this is me getting schooled my Mr. Tuerck, good for him. Hes a great driver but he dosent listen. I told him to go easy on me and look and this…..BLASTED YOU SIR, I WILL HAVE MY REVENGE!!!!!!!
Just kidding, this guy is awesome, super nice and his driving is good too.
May 6th, 2010 – Braselton, Georgia.
The second round of the Formula D champion race hosted at the famous Road Atlanta road course was a homecoming of sorts for Team Kenda/Mertzanis. Atlanta being the hometown of freshman driver, Dennis Mertzanis, excitement as well as anticipation of a strong performance were high.
In the weeks before the event, the team picked up another new sponsor, Strack, Inc., a pipeline contractor based out of Atlanta, Ga. The principals of Strack, Inc. are huge supporters of the automotive racing and sport culture. They generously provided additional equipment and logistical support to ensure that the team has everything they need to continue to perform the rest of the 2010 season.
Thursday began with the Formula D practice and Media day. This was the 2nd time that the Team Kenda Nissan 240sx and Dennis Mertzanis has drifted this track (previous year as Pro-Am) so the day was positive with no incidents. Practice went smoothly, the team rested up for the practice and Top 32 qualifying to come on Friday.
Arriving early Friday morning, the crew checked over the car and all related equipment to ensure performance. The afternoon practice session was a scorcher due to the Atlanta heat and humidity; it did not go without rewards though, the team was able to make some important adjustments to the car setup so that Dennis could perform well during qualifying. Laying down two consistent runs with scores of 60.6 and 62 points; Dennis was able to secure the 31st qualifying spot in the Top 32, earning him a spot for the main event.
The day of the main event, it was apparent that many of the fans came out to cheer for their hometown driver. The Driftmechaniks and Team Rowdy had a large and ‘rowdy’ cheering section equipped with homemade signs to cheer on their favorite drivers. The afternoon practice session went smoothly until an unexpected failure of a suspension component put the Team Kenda 240sx on a tow truck back to the pits right before the Top 32 competition. “Coming down on the rumble strips going backwards on the track and down towards turn 10b is the same effect as hitting curbs at a high rate of speed. That is definitely what caused our right rear upright to break”, said Dennis. Upon reaching the pit space, the crew swarmed around the car and with replacement upright from Matt Powers and assistance from Matt Foerst of Foerst Motorwerks; the car was repaired in a short period of time and ushered back onto the racetrack to the cheer and applause from fans.
Dennis’ qualifying position on Friday matched him against the 2nd place qualifier and friend, Ryan Tuerck. Tuerck was a seasoned driver of the FormulaD series and his Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice was a formidable competitor. This was not going to be an easy battle, but Team Kenda was upbeat and positive. After two rounds, Ryan Tuerck continued on into the Top 16 competition, completing an exciting the weekend for Dennis and the Team Kenda 240sx.
This homecoming weekend ended up being a very important and exciting weekend for Team Kenda/Mertzanis. The team was able to show that top level drivers do come out of Atlanta, Ga., put on a good show for all the local fans, and promote their sponsors. Thanks to all the sponsors, Kenda Tires, Strack, Inc., Konig, Competition Clutch, Extreme Dimensions, and M&R Products, for helping make this season happen.
Team Kenda/Mertzanis is looking forwards to another strong performance in round three of the Formula D championship at Wall Speedway in New Jersey on June 4th and 5th.
For all our fans and followers, keep it sideways!