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Formula Drift Top Livery

Formula Drift opener is always exciting to see the new cars and its liverys. This year, chrome is in. We took the liberty to pick out some of our favorites.

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Toyota FR-S, GReddy Performance, Nexen Tires

Chelsea DeNofa

Ford Mustang RTR, BC Racing, Nitto Tire

Alex Heilbrunn

BMW E46 M3, Nitto Tire

Alec Hohnadell

Nissan S14, Fix Our Fuel.com, Nexen Tire

Cameron Moore

Toyota FR-S, Nameless Performance, Nexen Tire

Matt Coffman

Nissan S13, Nexen Tire

Justin Pawlak

Ford Mustang, ROUSH Racing, Falken Tire

Who was your favorite?

Words: Denny H.

Photos: Denny H. / Justin P.

Formula D 2016 – Round 1 Streets of Long Beach

Words and Photos by Gilbert

Another year kicks off with the Formula D 2016 season at the Streets of Long Beach. Things were a bit different this year as due to rainy conditions, the qualifiers from the first day were cancelled and instead drivers were given practice time for the day instead. Following that into the second day competition, they went with a seeded order based on 2015 rankings to start the competitions.

Another thing that was different was the car show usually held by Illest and titled Offset Kings has been replaced by a Toyota sponsored auto gallery.

 

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As usual, there are plenty of umbrella girls and models present representing their brands and teams.

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Jess Harbour, Erica Nagashima and Kay Vee for Nexen Tire

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L’amour Niggle for McLeod Racing

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Darlene May for Moto IQ

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Charlene Lo for JDM Sport

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Arley Elizabeth for Achilles

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Nicole Marie Reckers for Achilles

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Sarah Top for Hankook Tires

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Courtney Riggs and Janey B for Nitto Tires

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Caitlyn Nordby and Danielle Lo for Monster Energy

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Formula Drift / Offset Kings – 2014 – Coverage

Formula Drift’s season opener in Long Beach, California was exciting for drift fans as it was for us. Fatlace’s Offset Kings, which is the combination of their previous HellaFlush and Slammed Society events was part of the attraction at Formula Drift. Formula Drift / Offset Kings was also our debut and the start of our collaboration with Tjin Edition.

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OffsetKings-9359In the past, we collaborated together, but never in a fashion that we are branding ourselves together. Offset Kings was our first event of the year utilizing a footprint of 60’x30’ to house our 24’ trailer, tow vehicle, secondary vehicle, and our displays. Not only are we fortunate enough to collaborate with Tjin Edition but we also partnered up with selected companies such as, Universal Technical Institute, Royal Purple, Glow Shift, LED Glow, Baer Brakes, Falken Tire, Escort Radars, AccuAir, Forgestar, IForged, Magnaflow, Meguiars, Paxton Superchargers, Vortech Superchargers, Guppy House, Daley Visual, and Viair. together we formed Tjin Edition x DaYUUM RoadShow. The roadshow will consists of 18-22 events throughout California and Arizona, from San Diego to San Francisco and Phoenix, Arizona. The RoadShow has taken 11 months for it to materialize since the idea first was tossed around. Since then, it’s been non-stop working behind-the-scenes while we continued to attend events throughout 2013.

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fdlb2014-0455In our booth was our slammed F-150 with custom air suspension controlled by AccuAir, fabricated by Unique Fabrication. We also had Christian Coujin’s FR-S customized by Phantasy Kolors in Washington.

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Here is a video recap by John Quidilla (@dayuumjquilla)

In vendor the section, Jae and Gilbert ran into some of our favorites in the scene.

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Before top 16 began, I ran into long time friend Randyl Dawn. 2014 is Randyl’s 6 year with Falken Tire. I’m glad to see her continue with such a great company, you can catch her at selected Falken Tire events throughout the United States.

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Im outs! @dayuumden

Ain’t No Party like a Scion SEMA Media Preview Party

‘Cause a Scion SEMA Media Preview Party don’t stop!

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In our first write-up, Denny (@dayuumden) focused on the three contestants of the Scion Tuner Challenge for this years SEMA 2013. Now I wanted to give you all a little taste of the rest of the happenings and why it’s always so fun attending these things. Major thanks to Scion for putting this and other like-events together every year!
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Formula Drift 2013 – Irwindale – Title Fight

I want to start of by saying thanks to Formula Drift for giving us the opportunity to cover the season opener in Long Beach and TItle Fight this year in Irwindale. It’s always exciting to be close to the action and hearing the drivers blip their throttle to maintain or keep the proximity close. 2013 was also the first year there was a tire and manufacturer standings.

Leading up to the final round of Formula Drift, Michael Essa was ahead in points by 15.50 points. Essa has laid down consistent runs utilizing every bit of the track and hitting the clipping cones on point. Impressing judges time and time again, Essa gained an extra 12 points by posting an insane run and scored 96.6 to qualify first at Irwindale. 2012 champion Daigo Saito sat in an uncomfortable 5th place 80 points back.

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FDIRW_2013-9596In top 32, Michael was up against 32 qualifier, Luke Pakula. During the lead run, Essa’s motor took a turn for the worse and called 5 minutes. But at the same time, Pakula had also called 5 mins with mechanical issues. The controversy lies with who called it quits first? Essa or Pakula? Who cares right? Second place Forsberg does. If Essa advances, it would push Forsberg further back in the points race. After much delay, Essa advances to the top 16.

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FDIRW_2013-9658Second place Forsberg came out strong and put the heat on Dai Yoshihara. Forsberg would then continue to top 16.

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Other top 32 battles included,

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FDIRW_2013-0272During intermission, I was able to run into a few people. Our friends at Nissan Raceshop, Spocom, HPI Racing, Dstroyer, and Rehv Clothing.

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FDIRW_2013-0319During the National Anthem, 3 skydivers jumped from a copter and glided gracefully to land.

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FDIRW_2013-0400Shortly after the top 16 drivers introductions, fireworks lit the sky! Sad on my portion in trying to capture it, but I did capture a few umbrella girls

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Top 16 was quickly on its way.

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FDIRW_2013-1173A close watch was with the battle of Chris Forsberg and Daigo Saito. If Forsberg was to lose this match, Essa would become 2013 Formula Drift Champion.

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Top 4 was an interesting match up. 3 of 4 drivers were on Achilles Radials while McQuarrie was on Hankook.

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I’ve observed Wang as he would launch hard off the light, usually leading the lead car and fall back to a comfortable spot. He did that time and time again, but the 2JZ powered S14 sounded so fresh.

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FDIRW_2013-1544Forrest battles with Nishida. In a one-more-time battle, Nishida would hit the wall and ultimately finishing fourth thus putting Forrest on the podium for the first time in his pro debut.

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FDIRW_2013-1736I was surprised on how well the umbrella girls were composed while spray of champaign was flying around, until Tyler doused his girl. Forrest had trouble popping bottles so his girl stayed relatively dry. Ha.

It’s always exciting when championships are determined at the last round and FD brought that. What a great way to end 10 years of American Drifting. We wish FD future successes and hope to cover them for you.

Until next time… DaYUUMDen

Scion Racing Drift Day – Daily Drift-en

Whether you’re power sliding in Mario Kart, in the midst of an Initial D marathon, or indulging in the guilty pleasure movie of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift; most of you have probably tried to imagine what it would be like to be taking a corner with the car angled and laying a thick smoke behind you. Well for a few individuals, this is their day job.

We’d first like to thank Craig Taguchi and Scion Racing for inviting us to step into Mr. Gushi’s and Mr. Aasbo’s sideways office to get an up close peek of what drifting is all about. With the 2013 Formula DRIFT season about a week away, Scion Racing was at Irwindale Speedway, aka the House of Drift, to allow their drivers to get some more track time in.

Ken Gushi with his GReddy Performance X Scion Racing Drift FR-S and Fredric Aasbo with his Papadakis Racing Drift Scion tC were both there with their crews, dialing everything in, while giving the media a nice show.

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There is just something about drifting that is both elegant and powerful. It takes skill, practice, and a protected track to be able to do the things these drivers do. So it’s not like I should have to remind you all to not try this at home! With that said, it’s clear that both drivers have a feel for their cars and how it wants to cruise through the track, sideways. Going around cones or drifting right up against the wall, it was like witnessing controlled chaos on four wheels.

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New for the 2013 season, Ken Gushi’s Drift FR-S was given a refresher with wild new livery and a Rocket Bunny aero kit.

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With great looks comes great power…or something like that. GReddy Racing was able to add about an additional 50-hp to Ken’s turbocharged Drift FR-S.

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It wasn’t a hot day, but with the amount of power the cars were putting out and the heat from the tires; the cars and their drivers needed to take some breaks during the day. Which was good since it gave them the opportunity to talk with their crew as well as the media. While both Ken and Fredric would be considered celebrities in the sport of drifting, they are both generally down to earth, great guys.

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Not to be out done, Fredric Aasbo’s Drift tC got its own little make over prior to the start of the season. With Scion recently unveiling a new facelift for the 2014 Scion tC, Papadakis Racing immediately outfitted Fredric’s Drift tC with the completely new front end, which includes new headlights, hood, and front bumper cover with a much wider grill (to allow more air to the intercooler).

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Lucky us, we also the opportunity to ride shotgun with these awesome drivers! Nilo (@dayuumnilo13) asked me after if his girly screams could be heard through the thick padded helmet. Personally, it was an experience of a lifetime to ride along with Fredric Aasbo, who races a beefed up, RWD version of my daily driver. When you’re looking through the lens, it seems like the cars quickly blaze by each turn, but when you’re inside the car, it’s almost as if everything slows down. I remember when we were about to go up against the wall, I looked to my side and could clearly see all the other media people shooting away. As we took the turn, I could have easily pointed out to Fredric who each photographer was shooting for, that’s how much time I felt I had during that single moment. It’s just crazy how calm the entire drift session was; despite the screeching tires, thick smoke, quick turns, and all the other obstacles. And these’s guys basically do it daily; I tip my hat to them for honing in their talents on the track.

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I guess the only downside of being so close to the track was that each time the drivers took the wall, the smoke would occasionally seep out passed the barrier, heading right at us. And unless I wanted them to get extra smokey, I needed to make sure I covered up my sausage and balls…

Seoul Sausage that is! Chris and Anthony form Seoul Sausage were catering the event and served their famous Spicy Pork and Galbi/Beef Sausages and deep fried Osaka Balls. They were preparing the food with their Scion xB, modified with its own grill by our good friends at MV Designz. It’s always a treat to have them at events, cause of course, drifting makes you hungry. They will also be at round one of Formula DRIFT held at Long Beach with their delicious creations to grub on.

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It was a good day, a really good day, and we just want to thank the entire Scion Racing team for the experience. Best of luck to Ken Gushi, Fredric Aasbo, and Tony Angelo in the first round of Formula DRIFT coming to the Streets of Long Beach! Peace!

-This JustIn (@justdayuum)

Formula D – Title Fight – Irwindale 2012

Title FIght is Formula Drift’s last round of the year. Typically it boils down to a few drivers fighting for the title and this year was no different. With seven drivers in the battle (mathematically) it put a lot of pressure on the field. Amongst the seven were Frederic Aasbo, Justin Pawlak, rookie – Daigo Saito, Rhys Millen, Ryan Tuerck, Daijiro Yoshihara, and Vaughn Gittin Jr; but realistically, the battle was between the top three: Vaughn, Daigo, and Rhys. As motorsports go, you never know what will happen till the end.

In between runs and rounds, there are many many vendors and Fatlace’s Slammed Society to pass time.

Marissa Hiroko was on deck with Fontana Nissan as well as Maurico’s S14 while Ashley Clark was chilling with the guys at Whiteline.

We also spotted Autofashion and HPI Racing with Falken

Kevin from Autofashion can be seen here with his FR-S cleaning up HRE’s newest flow mold wheels.

In stylish fashion Scion Racing had their interactive display out

And special thanks to WIlwood for letting us use their trailer to house our equipment.

To keep the spectators amused there were some fresh cars on display at the Slammed Society

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Royal Orgin made it out.

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Super cherry RHD CRX

That was just a glimpse of the paddock and Slammed Society. Here is Tony Brakohiapa’s Vortech Supercharged Mustang.

We have more pictures on our Facebook.

Mid-afternoon was time for a little practice.

You can see Aasbo and Daigo lining up.

Here is 18 year old Pat with his APEXi SC430

eBay Motors, Vortech Supercharged Mustang driven by Tony Brakohiapa

Rhys Millen and his Hankook Hyundai.

Always a crowd favorite is Justin Pawlak

And Falken Tire teammate Darren McNamara

Ken Gushi and his GReddy Sponsored Scion FR-S

Gushi’s Scion Racing teammate Tony Angelo rocking Gushi’s previous tC.

Completing the Scion Racing Trio is Fredric Aasbo from Need for Speed.

Discount Tire / Falken driver Daijiro Yoshihara

Here is a close flight between Dai and Vaughn.

Here is a battle between Forsberg and Diago during practice.

This This was a tight battle between Gushi and RS*R Toshiki Yoshioka, Ken eventually would edge out Toshiki to advance to Top 16.

The House of Drift brought many crashes, here was Forsberg and Grunewald duking it out when Forsberg tapped the wall ending his day. Grunewald would advance to Top 16.

The top 32 battle with Aasbo and McNamara. Aasbo would advance to face Robbie Nishida.

Night quicky fell and there was a nice break between the rounds, but top 16 was heating up!

Here comes the Top 16!

Nexen – Kyle Mohan

Achilles Tire – Daigo Saito

GReddy Racing / Scion Racing / Hankook Tire – Ken Gushi

Need For Speed / Nitto Tire – Matt Powers

Need For Speed / Scion Racing / Hankook Tire – Fredric Aasbo

CX Racing / Maxxis Tire – Matt Field

Red Bull / Hyundai / Hankook – Rhys Millen

eBay Motors / Yokohama – Tony Brakohipa

APEXi / Yokohama – Pat Mordaunt

And his umbrella dude?

Retakes / Maxxis – Ryan Tuerck

Mobil 1 / Yokohama – Tyler McQuarrie

Falken Tire / Monster Energy Drinks – Vaughn Gittin Jr.

Scion Racing / Hankook – Tony Angelo

Falken Tire – Justin Pawlak

Hankook – Conrad Grunewald

And, somehow I missed Robbie Nishida

The Top 16 rolls out!

Right off the bat, 18 year old Pat Mordaunt edged out Gittin and knocked him out early in the top 16 when Gittin spun out on his chase run.

Here is Matt Field chasing the Gush

Matt Field getting a big jump on Gushi –  Matt Fields would bump Gushi out of the top 16 and advances to the top 8

Tony was no match for the concrete walls at House of Drift as it took another victim. Justin Pawlak would advance to the top 8 with Tony’s crash.

I wasn’t joking when I said House of Drift took a lot of victims…

Tony Brakohiapa hits it hard.

Aasbo and Nishida took center stage when Aasbo’s chase run ended his season by this spinout, almost identical to what happend to Gittin.

During the top 8, the biggest battle of the evening was between Matt Field and Daigo Saito, with one-more-times on cue, they had the tightest battle on the track. Daigo eventually took the win and advance to the top 4 to face Rhys Millen – but without controversy.

Perhaps the biggest turning point of the evening was when Rhys Millen and his turbo-charged V6 tapped the wall and ended his 2012 season, thus handing the 2012 championship to rookie Daigo Saito.

Here was Gitten congratulating Saito-san.

With the result of Rhys crash Ryan Tureck went on to take 3rd in Irwindale.

 In the final, it was Justin Pawlak and Daigo Saito and with the battle well into the night; Pawlak tapped the wall and ended his season with a wrecked car and a 2nd place, giving rookie Daigo Saito the win in Irwindale and the 2012 Formula D Championship.

What an exciting night at the House of Drift and a great season. Thanks FD for the hospitality and can’t wait to see what 2013 brings. If you want any gear visit, shopfd.com

Good bye.

Mauricio Ornelas Jr. – Up Close and Personal with Formula Drift Pro Driver

For us, Fontana is a love hate relationship. We love it because of the people we have met, like Scott Vanderheide and Kerryann De La Cruz. But, the hate… Ok hate is a strong word, but we don’t get along.

The first outing was to our one-on-one with Kerryann, we were challenged with arctic like temperatures and threatening thunderclouds – we conquered.  DaYUUM-1, Fontana-0

The second time, we were lucky enough to have an one-on-one with Nissan RaceShops’ Mauricio Ornelas Jr. This time, there was tornado like winds with clashing bay doors and flying debris. We stuck through it – its a draw: DaYUUM-1, Fontana-0, Draw-1

During our trip, drifter John Jimison sat down with Mauricio Ornelas Jr., a self-funded pro driver for Formula Drift, to speak about his career. Mauricio is debuting as a rookie this year for Formula D. Having already been drifting for 8 years, Mauricio drifted competitively for two. Impressive, yes. in the short two years he was able to obtain his Formula Drift license to compete with seasoned drivers such as Dai Yoshihara, Ken Gushi, and Vaughn Jr., just to name a few.

Mauricio speaks about music, his favorite cologne, down to his dream umbrella girl. We wont spoil the ending for you so check out the clip. But, excuse the clatter and some slight sound technicalities. We hope you enjoy it, its one of our longest to date, but well worth it.

You can also catch Mauricio during the first round of Formula Drift in Long Beach on April 6th and 7th or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/95Green14 and www.facebook.com/MauricioOrnelasJr

Thank you Mauricio, Scott at Fontana Nissan / Nissan RaceShop for all the time given. PVR Motorsports, John Jimison, and of course our crew!

Special Shout-outs to:

Fontana Nissan
www.FontanaNissan.com

Nissan RaceShop
www.NissanRaceShop.com

Bardabe Performance
www.Bardabe.com

Borracho Racing

BC Brian Crower
www.BrianCrower.com

Clutch Masters
www.ClutchMasters.com

CX Racing
www.CXRacing.com

Falken Tire
www.FalkenTire.com

Garrett Turbo
www.TurboByGarrett.com

Import Performance Shop
www.ImportPerformanceShop.com

OSR Dyno Shop
www.OSRdyno.com

Raw Brokerage
www.RawBrokerage.com

Turbosmart
www.TurbosmartOnline.com

Whiteline Flatout
www.whiteline.com.au

VIS Racing
www.VISRacing.com

John Jimison
twiiter @pessimistedisco

Scott VanderHeide

MIkey Dang

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