Hype Video: Falken Tire Says Goodbye To Formula Drift In Latest GTChannel “Controlled Chaos” Episode

Posted on 11.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

 

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Starting in 2015 Falken Tire will no longer be a team owner in Formula Drift which effectively disbands “Team Falken” in the sport.  This ends a relationship with Formula Drift that has pretty much spanned the series existence.  Falken intends to remain a part of drifting through sponsorships but that will be the extent of their involvement.  In the latest episode of “Controlled Chaos” from GT Channel, members of Team Falken reflect on their time in the sport, how Falken and drifting changed their lives, and their plans for the future.  The episode provides some rare insight into the personal lives of some of the Team Falken drivers and sheds a light of realism on just how hard it is to make it in this sport and how important it is to them.

In the case of Justin “JTP” Pawlak, he explains that before drifting he wasn’t on the best path in his life and was involved in things that got him into trouble.  Once he fell in love with drifting and then went on to join Team Falken his life changed completely.  He went from getting into trouble to now owning a house and having his own family.  Dai Yoshihara explains that he has some serious decisions to make as he was recently married and is himself an expectant father.  Dai says that drifting/driving is the only thing he feels he knows how to do well so he will do what he can to remain involved in the sport but at the same time has to make sure he makes the best choices for his family.

This is a very real, honest, compelling look at just how much Falken has influenced the sport, their drivers, and their team.  You may need a tissue for this one!  Watch the full episode below.

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Hype Video: Dai Yoshihara Answering Fan Questions Is Delightfully Awkward

Posted on 10.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In a new feature just posted on the GT Channel YouTube page, Falken Tire driver and Formula Drift veteran Dai Yoshihara is given questions from his fans and some of his answers are pretty funny.  Ever wanted to know who Dai’s favorite teammate is? What about what Dai would want to do if he wasn’t drifting?  What about his favorite chassis to drift or what motorsport other than drifting he is interested in?  His answers may surprise you!  Check out the Q&A below and enjoy!

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Hype Video: BMW Tapps Chris Forsberg To “Initiate” M4 Coupe To The M Family With Drifting

Posted on 08.26.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The M4 is the newest edition to the M family and is taking a prominent role by replacing the M3 coupe.  That is a tall order for a new car with such a rich heritage!  If previous generation M3’s were real people they might be a bit skeptical of this new edition.  BMW, being empathetic to this decided it would introduce the M4 coupe to its M3 coupe predecessors in style.  How? By tapping Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg to drift around them!  Scroll down for two minutes of German-engineered sideways action!

 

WARNING: RANDOM SPECULATION BELOW!

Ok that was a cool video right? Yet, it made me think about something… Why was Chris Forsberg chosen to be the driver for this video? Granted he is definitely a skilled driver but a company like BMW could have grabbed any Hollywood stunt driver for this.  Perhaps there is more here than meets the eye…  Could Chris Forsberg be in negotiations with BMW for the 2015 Formula Drift season?  This isn’t the first video put out by BMW this year which features drifting so they obviously have an interest in it and if trends continue Chris Forsberg is on track to be the 2014 Formula Drift champion.  So, If BMW were to make a foray into Formula Drift it is likely they would want to do it with the reigning champion.  Of course all of this is pure speculation and there is no hard evidence to support this theory, but its fun to imagine!

What do you think?  Will Chris Forsberg leave Nissan for BMW?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Formula Drift: Darren McNamara Wins Round 5 In Seattle!

Posted on 07.21.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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At the same time the Indy Cars were in the great north, Formula Drift returned to Evergreen Speedway for round 5 of the 2014 championship season.  It was one heck of a round which all ended in an Irish vs Irish battle with Darren McNamara going up against his fellow countryman Dean “Karnage” Karney who was driving like a man possessed all weekend!  Although in the end it was Darren who came out with the win.  What about third place?  I am glad  you asked!  Third place was occupied by none other than Chris Forsberg which makes him 5 for 5 in podium appearances this season.  If he keeps this up he will all but clench his second Formula Drift Championship!  If Fredric Aasbo or Vaughn Gittin Jr want to stop Forsberg they need to act fast as there are only two rounds remaining.  I am looking forward to seeing how it all shakes out!

Once again here is the final podium:

1st: Darren McNamara
2nd: Dean Karney
3rd: Chris Forsberg

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Formula Drift Hype: Watch Formula D Round 5 LIVE Right Now! Like…NOW

Posted on 07.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Can’t make it out to Washington for Formula Drift? No worries!  Watch it right now below! Thank us later!


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Hype News: Formula Drift Announces Venue Contract Extensions

Posted on 07.17.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A big part of the fun of Formula Drift is their locations.  The competition and fandom are great but it can easily be argued that part of the experience is visiting the cool venues that Formula Drift stops at along their season.  Given the fact that currently Formula Drift only makes 7 stops in the US, any changes of venue are a pretty big deal.  Some locations get swapped out for others for various reasons and such things typically have a pretty polarizing effect on the fan base.  Today, rather than announcing any controversial changes Formula Drift assured us that some of the favorite stops on the calendar will remain for at least the near future.

Long Beach will be for 2015, while another fan favorite Road Atlanta is on board through 2016.  Evergreen Speedway (which coincidentally is coming up this weekend) is also signed up through 2016 as well.  While this is pretty good news for the fans of those venues, we are still not sure what other venues will or won’t re-up with Formula Drift; notably Irwindale Speedway AKA “The House Of Drift”.  However, in the release it states that more venues “are expected to sign contracts soon” so hopefully we will know the fates of other stops like Wall Speedway in NJ, Texas, Miami, and the rest.

As soon as we know we will let you know!  For the minute details of this announcement check out the official press release below!

[Source: Formula Drift]

Press Release:

Formula DRIFT Announces Contract Extensions for Venues

Long Beach, Calif. – July 17, 2014 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro has extended contracts with Road Atlanta and Evergreen Speedway through the 2016 season. The Streets of Long Beach venue partnership will continue in 2015. “

The growth of Drift Atlanta over the past 11 years has been phenomenal,” stated Road Atlanta President and General Manager Geoff Lee. “We are pleased to extend our relationship with Formula DRIFT through 2016, and continue to build on the momentum that has made Drift Atlanta one of the largest and most renowned drifting events in North America.”

In an effort to plan for the future of the Series with established long running relationships with venues, Formula DRIFT has committed to the following tracks for the 2015 – 2016 season, Road Atlanta, Evergreen Speedway and the Streets of Long Beach for 2015. More venues are expected to sign contracts soon. “

“Eleven years ago we were the last on the list to get dates locked in for some of the venues,”” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT.“  “Now here we are eleven years later and are towards the top of the list for venues across the country. We are proud of the growth of the sport and it couldn’t have been done without the relationships that we have with these top venues and we look forward to continuing the relationships for years to come.”

”Formula DRIFT is mid-way through the 2014 Pro Championship season and returns to Evergreen Speedway this weekend. This will mark the ninth year consecutive year of competition at this venue for the Series. “

“Evergreen Speedway is excited and proud to announce a three year contract extension with Formula DRIFT through to the 2016 season”,” said Doug Hobbs, president and CEO.“  “Formula DRIFT is by far, the most exciting and single largest motorsport event each and every year at Evergreen Speedway. Having such a marquee world stage series in the Seattle market is also a boost to tourism with a major economic impact. The best part for me is seeing thousands of fans smiling and having fun watching some of the most talented drivers in the world wow the crowd.””

The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway on July 18-19. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaD.

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Formula Drift Hype: Fredric Aasbo Wins Round 4 In New Jersey. Chris Forsberg Stacks Points Lead.

Posted on 06.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Formula Drift made its return to the Garden State over the weekend and filled Wall Speedway with plumes of smoke and the carcasses of slayed tires.  Despite its Irwindale-esque looks and layout Wall Speedway can be very tough on cars, mostly because of its harsh transition from the bank on to the very flat infield section of the course; the impact of which have killed many-a-suspension.  Because of this, the Wall Speedway round has earned the nickname “The Gauntlet”.  So, who better to conquer the Gauntlet than Fredric “The Norwegian Hammer” Aasbo?!

Yes, Fredric earned the first Formula Drift win of his career over the weekend by taking down the likes of Tony Angelo, Forrest Wang, Darren McNamara, Charles Ng, and finally Chris “The Force” Forsberg in the final battle.  Although despite being defeated by Aasbo, Chris Forsberg was all smiles because his second place finish combined with Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s defeat at the hands of Dean Kearney in the Top 16 means that Chris has taken a commanding lead in the championship points battle.  Vaughn Gittin now sits in third place 65 points back from Forsberg’s 353 point total.  Aasbo, on the other hand has climbed to second place in the points but is still a distant 59 points back from Forsberg.

With three rounds left All Chris Forsberg needs to do is remain consistent, keep getting on the podium, and he has a very good chance of becoming a 2 time Formula Drift Champion.  If Vaughn Gittin Jr or Fredric Aasbo want a shot at the title they will need to get some wins or at the very least make sure they finish ahead of Forsberg for the remainder of the season.  Considering Chris’ performance thus far, that will be a tall order!  I can’t wait to see how it all shakes out!

Again here is your Formula Drift New Jersey Podium:

1st: Fredric Aasbo
2nd: Chris Forsberg
3rd: Aurimas AKA “Odi” Bakchis

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Formula Drift Hype: Vaughn Gittin Jr. FTW In The ATL (That Means He Won In Atlanta…)

Posted on 05.12.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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For the 10th year in a row Formula Drift returned to Road Atlanta to the delight of thousands of fans who found a grassy spot to kick back and watch all the sideways action.  The weekend started off with rain during qualifying.  However, if you know anything about drifting you know that rain won’t stop it from happening, in fact it only makes things better because it really separates the good drivers from the not so good.  Although, Formula Drift officials still wanted the drivers to be sure they could run safely so they were allowed one “test lap” before their judged run.  Despite the rain and super slippery track it was privateer Forrest Wang who won the top qualifying spot and Tyler McQuarrie grabbing the second spot.

On Saturday the weather cleared up and the asphalt was ripe for battle.  There were some pretty big shockers a long the way as well such as 2013 Champion Michael Essa being taken out in the Top 32 by Odi Bakchis and Daigo Saito not advancing past the great 8 due to mechanical issues.  The four standouts of the round were Fredric Aasbo, Chris Forsberg, Robbie Nishida, and of course Vaughn Gittin Jr.  All of those drivers charged through their competition until it came down to the finals.  Aasbo defeated Forsberg and Gittin took down Nishida which lead to a re-match of sorts between Gittin and Aasbo.  These two have a history…of running over each other.  Although this time no such contact was made and Vaughn Gittin Jr. took the overall win.  Chris Forsberg’s 5th place qualifying spot earned him his second podium in a row which kept him on top of the points battle with a nice cushion between him and Vaughn Gittin Jr.  You can check out the points standing below.  The next round will be at the end of the month in Miami so stay tuned!

Top 5 Formula Drift 2014 Points Standings:

1. Chris Forsberg – 173 points
2. Vaughn Gittin Jr. – 145.5 points
3. Fredric Aasbo – 137 points
4. Kenny Moen – 135.5 points
5. Justin Pawlak – 103.5 points

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Formula Drift Hype: Round 1 Streets Of Long Beach Action Gallery

Posted on 04.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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We’ve been promising it all week and it is finally here. All of our (best) pictures from the on track action from Formula Drift round one on the streets of Long Beach last weekend.  In the gallery below we have 200 pictures of sideways cars with smoke around them!  What more could you want!  We hope you enjoy these pictures as much as we enjoyed shooting them.  Although deleting all the bad pictures was kind of a pain.  We seriously took over 1,000 pictures! 1,000!  That’s a lot of shots!  Anyhow I am starting to get off track here, just scroll down for the embedded facebook gallery and check out all of our shots.  We hope you like them!

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Formula Drift: Chris Forsberg Wins Round 1 On The Streets Of Long Beach (Video)

Posted on 04.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The 2014 Formula Drift season has officially started and it started with a bang, or perhaps more of a high pitched wail of tires scrubbing asphalt.  The first round saw the debut of new cars, new liveries, and new rules including the controversial removal of the third place battle.  Instead, third place is now determined by the higher qualifier among the two semi-finalists.  Which pretty much means if you are the number one qualifier at an event and you make it to the final four you are guaranteed a podium spot.  Which is exactly how it shook out for 2013 Formula Drift champion Michael Essa.  Meanwhile Chris Forsberg (who lost NOS Energy Drink as a main sponsor but retains them as an associate sponsor) took on Kenny Moen who drove like a man possessed all weekend.  However, Chris Forsberg turned out to be the exorcist and put Moen to rest, going on to win the first event of the season.  I could describe all the craziness that went down but I figured it would be better to show you.  So if you have a spare two hours and missed the event over the weekend just scroll down and you can watch the whole event from the Top 16 on thanks to the DriftStream!  Also stay tuned for tons of pics from the track action and the Offset Kings car showcase!


Top 16 to Finals – Formula Drift Long Beach 2014 by driftstream

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