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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Indy Car Hype: Iowa Corn Indy 300 Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 07.14.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Here we are again.  Its Monday and in your whirlwind of a weekend you spaced on the Indy Car race and have no idea what happened, who won, who crashed, who got out of their car in the middle of the race to pee, nothing!  Tsk tsk!  Oh well, I will fill you in on the winners and even show you some highlights from the race.  Its all below!

 

WARNING!! SPOILERS BELOW!!!!

 

1st: Ryan Hunter-Reay
2nd: Josef Newgarden
3rd: Tony Kanaan

 

Race highlights:

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Indy Car Hype: Pocono 500 Race Results (With Video)

Posted on 07.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you miss the race at the great triangle of Pocono?  Figures! Its ok though I won’t get upset but I will tell you that you missed one heck of a race!  There was plenty of slicing, dicing, and drama but you can see all of that in the highlight video below.  If you just want a quick rundown of the podium scroll down!

 

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

 

1st: Juan Pablo Montoya
2nd: Helio Castroneves
3rd: Carlos Munoz

Race Highlights:

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Hype App: Subaru Motorsports Releases App That Allows 360 Degree HD Video Playback

Posted on 07.01.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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With hyper intelligence of smartphones, the endless integration of social media, and innovative devices like GoPro cameras, media is in a whole new era than where it used to be.  Those who stay on the bleeding edge usually reap the rewards and Subaru seems to be among those trying to stay ahead of the curve.  Today they released a new app for their Motorsports division that allows for its users to not only keep up with the Subaru Motorsports team through out all their events but it allows for 360 degree HD video playback so that fans can watch Travis Pastrana tackle a hairpin corner from literally all angles!  Its definitely a cool way to consume motorsport media but time will tell if it will catch on.  The awesome news is that the app is free and is available for both Android and iOS!  So download it now and let us know how you like it.

[Source: Subaru]

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Motorsports Hype: Ken Gushi To Wheel Scion FR-S Up Pikes Peak

Posted on 06.24.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ever since Ken Gushi joined the Toyota/Scion family they have picked the young driver as their pilot for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  For the last few years Gushi has wheeled a specially prepped Lexus IS-F up the hill but this year it has been announced that Ken will drive an FR-S built by GReddy Performance in the Time Attack 1 Division.  I am unsure if the FR-S in question is Gushi’s Formula Drift FR-S re-purposed or perhaps Gushi’s first FR-S with the flat boxster engine.  Either way,  It is definitely an FR-S that is going up the hill with a new suspension package and with an engine tuned to 500hp and 480ft-lbs of torque!  Will “The Gush” and his FR-S have what it takes to break some records at the infamous peak this year? We will find out this coming weekend!  In the meantime scroll down for pics and the official press release from Scion.

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Press Release:

TORRANCE, Calif., (June 23, 2014) – Veteran racer Ken Gushi knows the Scion FR-S. He also knows the demanding 156-turn race course that climbs Pikes Peak. Gushi will bring his experiences together driving the GReddy Racing Scion FR-S in the 92nd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 29. Best known as a top drifting competitor, Gushi won the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Exhibition Auto Class driving a Lexus ISF CCS-R. This year he’ll drive a 2013 FR-S in the Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This is the second appearance of the FR-S at the event.“No race on earth is quite like the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and I can’t wait to conquer it in a car I love: the Scion FR-S,” Gushi said. “Every turn of this course requires the best performance out of the driver and vehicle, and racing fans will love what they see.”The 12.42-mile race in the Colorado Rocky Mountains finishes at the 14,115-foot summit, where drivers and vehicles contend with thin air and high winds. To prepare for the course, the GReddy Racing team has retuned the suspension of the FR-S race car and added new performance and safety components. As modified, the engine produces 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.“The highly competitive Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will showcase Ken Gushi’s renowned racing skills and the enhanced performance capabilities of the FR-S,” said Landy Joe, Scion auto shows and special events manager. “Scion Racing is thrilled to compete in this iconic event again this year and let our fans experience a ‘Race to the Clouds’ with the FR-S.”For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, visit www.ppihc.com. For videos and interviews with Gushi after the race, visit www.scionracing.com.

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F1 Hype: Austrian Grand Prix Quick Result (With Video)

Posted on 06.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you get so busy watching the World Cup this weekend that you completely forgot about Formula One in Austria?  We forgive you, because we did the same thing.  How about that Korea vs Algeria match huh?!  Anyhow, chances are you probably forgot to DVR the race as well so if you need the results they are below as well as a race highlight reel which nicely recaps all the craziness from the weekend.

 

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!

 

1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Valtteri Bottas

 

Race Highlights:

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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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News: Michael Schumacher Has Come Out Of Coma And Left French Hospital

Posted on 06.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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In a great bit of news this morning it has been reported that after nearly 7 months in a coma due to a skiing accident, Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has awoken from the coma and has checked out of the French hospital where he was receiving care for his injuries.  It is not known exactly when the champ left or what his current condition is now but his family asked for privacy during what is likely to be a long road to a full recovery.  We are definitely glad to hear that he is making progress!

[Source: ESPN F1]

[Photo: AFP]

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