2015 KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge – Results

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 KMC Super Drift Challenge Results;

Conrad Grunewald Takes the Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – April 19, 2015 – Formula DRIFT hosted the KMC Super Drift Challenge during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Conrad Grunewald in the Always Evolving / Replay Camera Chevrolet Camaro takes the victory.

The KMC Super Drift Challenge for the third consecutive year brought motorsports action under the lights during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a filled capacity within Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the famous street course. Sixteen of the top Formula DRIFT drivers competed for a $25,000 prize purse.

“We were excited to be able to showcase competition drifting under the lights on the streets of Long Beach,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Then to see a capacity turn out for the fierce competition capped off an eventful Saturday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.”

The action under the lights along created a unique and competitive environment for the drivers. Number one qualifier, Forrest Wang in Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan S14 finishes in third place for the second consecutive year. Conrad Grunewald met Robbie Nishida in the Achilles Motorsport / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 in the finals. Grunewald outmatched Nishida to take the event victory.

“I’d like to start off by thanking my partners because without them I wouldn’t be here. I couldn’t be happier with wining tonight,” said Conrad Grunewald, winner of the KMC Super Drift Challenge. “It’s almost surreal to be running at night in Long Beach. It’s an honor to walk away with a win amongst such great competitors.”

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 8-9, 2015. Tickets are available and can be purchased via www.formuladrift.com.

Super Drift Bracket

Geoff Stoneback – The Future of Formula Drift

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Geoff Stoneback’s S14 is one of my favorite cars in Formula Drift. It really screams the spirit of drifting. Which has us pumped to be working with Geoff this Formula Drift season.

Geoff built this car himself with the help of R/T Tuning, who also provided tuning and alignment. Based on his Top 16 finish this past weekend at Formula Drift, they did a damn good job.

Of course it’s performance that matters most, but a classic Japanese inspired livery always helps to seal the deal. Graphics where done by D-Magic.

Geoff switched over to Enkei for wheels this season. These are the Enkei Tenjin Tuning Series MAT wheels. Unfortunately, they are not offered in white. I was a bit worried they would not match the look of the car but they turned out pretty amazing. Fronts are 17×9 and rears are 18×9.5 wrapped with Achilles Radial Atr Sport 2s and 123s. According to Geoff, these providing amazing traction on the field.

The chassis fabrication was done by Nate Dog Creations out of PA and sits on BC Racing NA ER type coilers with Powered By Max limit break front angle kit, rear arms and knuckles.

Let’s pop the hood shall we?

It has a RHS LSX block with All Pro LS7 heads, putting out 650WHP NA, it was built by Lon M.  At Compeition Engine Services in North Carolina.  It is paired up with a G-force four speed dog box and a Winters Quick Change differential from MA motorsports. 650WHP is under the norm in professional drifting these days but with Geoff’s aggressive driving style, it was enough to take out FD veteran Ken Gushi and landing him in top 16 after a one more time battle.

Stoneback was last season’s Rookie of The Year and also finished 2nd in Pro2 (only missing 1st by 6 points).

At last year’s round 3 in Miami, when Geoff finished in the Great 8, Bryan (FD’s Co-Founder) called him the future of Formula Drift.

We believed it then, and after a great 1st round in the streets of Long Beach, we believe it now. Best of luck this season man!

Geoff Stoneback and his team have dedicated this season to his good friend Mark Lenardon and his family. To donate, please visit Mark Lenardon’s Family Fund on GoFundMe. – Alex

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KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge – Event Info and Drivers List

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The KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge, which will take place both nights on the eastern end of the race circuit – turns 9, 10 and 11 – will feature 13 of the sport’s top cars and drivers.

Friday’s action will include practice and qualifying runs, while Saturday will see the teams compete for a $25,000 prize purse. On Sunday, the Super Drift Challenge cars will drift the entire race circuit after the featured IndyCar Series race.

Grand Prix fans that purchase any admission ticket for Friday or Saturday racing activities will be able to see that night’s KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge. Seating for the Super Drift Challenge will be in Grandstands 16, 18, 24, 25 and 26 on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Drivers List
Odi Bakchis
Joon Maeng
Mike Essa
Robbie Nishida
Dean Kearney
Brandon Wicknick
Forrest Wang
Conrad Grunewald
Charles Ng
Jeff Jones
Alec Hohnadell
Kyle Mohan
Justin Pawlak

Friday, April 17             

7:00 AM          Gates Open
7:45 AM          TUDOR Championship Practice
8:00 AM          Lifestyle Expo Opens
10:45 AM        Pirelli World Challenge Practice
11:45 AM        Pro/Celebrity Race Practice
12:30 PM        Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
1:30 PM          Indy Lights Practice
2:00 PM          Verizon IndyCar All Driver Autograph Session in INDYCAR Paddock (open to all spectators)
3:00 PM          Pro/Celebrity Qualifying
3:45 PM          Verizon IndyCar Practice
4:45 PM          TUDOR Championship Qualifying
6:00 PM          Lifestyle Expo Closes
6:45 PM          Tecate Light Fiesta Concert (Concert Stage)
7:00 PM          KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge Practice (Turns 9-10-11)
7:45 PM          KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge Qualifying

Saturday, April 18

7:00 AM          Gates Open
7:55 AM          SPEED Energy Off-Road Series Practice & Qualifying
8:00 AM          Lifestyle Expo Opens
8:30 AM          Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying
9:15 AM          Indy Lights Practice
10:00 AM        Verizon IndyCar Practice
11:40 AM        Pro/Celebrity Race
12:55 PM        Indy Lights Qualifying
2:00 PM          Verizon IndyCar Qualifying & Firestone Fast 6
3:30 PM          TUDOR Championship Pre-Race
4:05 PM          Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase (Race #3 of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – 100 min)
6:00 PM          Lifestyle Expo Closes
6:45 PM          Rock-N-Roar Concert Starring Vince Neil of Motley Crue (Concert Stage)
7:00 PM          KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge Finals (Turns 9-10-11)

 

Sunday, April 19                                                                                                        

7:00 AM          Gates Open
7:20 AM          SPEED Energy Off-Road Race #1
8:00 AM          Lifestyle Expo Opens
8:38 AM          Indy Lights “Drivers Start Your Engines”
8:45 AM          Indy Lights Race
10:00 AM        Verizon IndyCar Warm Up
11:20 AM        Mothers Exotic Car Parade
11:50 AM        SPEED Energy Off-Road Race #2
1:30 PM          Verizon IndyCar “Drivers Start Your Engines”
1:37 PM          TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH (Race #3 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series)
3:55 PM          Drifting Demonstration
4:30 PM          Pirelli World Challenge Race  (1 hour)
5:30 PM          Lifestyle Expo Closes

*Schedule subject to change without notice

CLICK HERE for more information about the entire Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.