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 Seattle #FDSEA (LIVE) by driftstream
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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]
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 couldnt 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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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Got his second Formula Drift win in a row (this season) over the weekend at Formula Drift Miami. He went toe-to-toe against the likes of Danny George, Jhonnattan Castro, Fredric Aasbo, and Kenny Moen to get to the final battle where he faced off against his good friend, championship points leader, and Drift Alliance brother, Chris Forsberg. He managed to get the better of Forsberg in the final battle to get the win but due to Forsberg’s consistent appearances on the podium he still leads in overall points but has only a small 10 point margin over Vaughn. The season is just about reaching its halfway point and its already looking like it will be a tight Drift Alliance battle for the top spot. Forsberg will really need to get more wins under his belt to keep Vaughn Gittin Jr. at bay. All Vaughn needs to do is stay consistent (which he is more than capable of doing) and wait for Forsberg to make a mistake and he could easily own the championship fight.
Next up is round 4 in New Jersey at the famous Wall Speedway. This is a car-killing track where just about anything can happen. Will Vaughn be able to pull ahead in the points or will Chris hold on? Will another challenger upset the points battle by getting the best of both of them? We will find out in about three weeks or so!
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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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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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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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The 2014 Formula Drift season kicks off tomorrow and as I played the “silly season” game with my friends I had Chris Forsberg as a strong championship contender this year. He was just shy of it last year and he isn’t switching things up with a new car so he has experience and consistency on his side. Although I had to wonder, why not switch to a new platform? Also, what was up with the new “carbon fiber ninja” livery? I posed these questions to the man himself at the Formula Drift Long Beach media day. To hear it all from “The Force” just scroll down below and watch!
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The 2014 Formula Drift season kicks off this weekend in downtown Long Beach and one of the favorite things for my fellow journalists and other colleagues to do is hang around at media day and BS about things like who we think will win the title before the season starts, liveries that we like, liveries that we hate, and we usually end up going off on some other motorsport tangent like F1. As you can imagine this is a pretty fun activity, but its beyond fun when Wrecked Magazine creator/editor in chief Joey Redmond joins in. Seriously, this dude’s filter is seriously clogged and its marvelous. Despite knowing him for a while I am still surprised by some of the things that come out of his mouth so this year I figured I needed to get some of this on film. So, below we present to you “Drift Opinions” with Joey Redmond… DISCLAIMER: The opinions reflected in the video below do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MotorworldHype and its affiliates (if we had any) also we had some audio problems so the background noise is a little loud, blah blah blah… Ok scroll down and watch then commence flaming!
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