The season opener of Formula Drift (FD) was insane – bigger and badder. Round 1 of FD kicks off at the unforgiving course of Long Beach, lined with concrete walls, its known to gather victims.
Here is a video of the crash. you can see us in the green at the end of the tire barrier. via. GTChannel
Long Beach is also the home of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the IndyCar series which is held a week after FD. FD, however didn’t disappoint, as the sold out crowd cheered for their favorite driver(s) while squished like sardines, the fans didn’t mind and filled the grandstands and any available standing space – even pinned up to the fencing.
Ken Gushi debuts the GReddy Scion FR-S,
and 19 Rookies took the pavement of Long Beach in their quest to become the next big name in drift. A couple highlighted rookies were Jhonnatha Castro, a Dominican Republic Champion, and the hyped Diago Saito, a 2010 Japanese D1 Grand Prix champion.
Mauricio’s story leading up to Formula Drift was compelling and described the hard work it took just to get the S14 to tech inspection – then competition. You can read his story here. Mauricio’s busted axle took him out of the top 32, but we know he will be back in round 2 even stronger.
The Scion Racing team qualified all 3 cars and 2 was able to reach the top 16. (Here is the media event for SR)
Fredric Aasbo finished 12th,
Here is Vaughn Gittin Jr. losing his tail end.
With the little break from the track, there was a little time to snap some shots. We will have more later on the paddock and the Slammed Society show, but here are a few preview snaps.
Our other HQ was Fontana Nissan, where Mauricio‘s S13 and Scott’s Project Shart Racing was repping, along with the beautiful Marissa Hiroko. If anyone is in town the weekend of May 6th, be sure to stop by the Fontana Nissan’s Cuatro Meeto.
DaYUUM’s Paul Dabao was hanging around HPI Racing‘s booth all day, offering some good advice about HPI cars.
We also spotted Mikey Dang from PVR Motorsports doing what he does best with the videos.
Here is an awesome video put together by Mikey Dang of PVR Motorsports
Stay tuned for part two of our coverage with the Slammed Society and paddock. Also be sure to check out ShopFD.com and get your Formula Drift swag!