Tony Brakohiapa Partners with Top Cover Racing for the 2010 Season

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Tony Brakohiapa Partners with Top Cover Racing For The 2010 Formula DRIFT Championship

Coming off his best season in 2009 as the highest placing privateer, Brakohiapa returns to Formula DRIFT with new partner, Top Cover Racing.

(Tuskegee Airmen WWII P51 “Red Tail Mustang & TCR Ford Mustang “Red Tail” Drift Car Concept)

Top Cover Racing (TCR) was launched in 2005 with the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen as its operational compass. The Tuskegee Airmen are the intrepid group of African-American U.S. Army Air Corps pilots and support personnel who distinguished themselves in World War II. Taking the name of the segregated base in Tuskegee, Alabama, where they trained, they were also known as the “Red Tails” for the distinctive paint scheme of their fighter aircraft. Compiling an exemplary record, they supported ground troops and escorted allied bombers and providing “top cover” on missions over North Africa and Europe. TCR includes direct descendents of the Airmen and the bomber crews they protected, with a number of original Tuskegee Airmen participating as mentors and advisors.

“We’re very happy to have Tony B. in the driver’s seat,” said Weyman Watson, Co-Founder of Top Cover Racing. “He’s a superbly talented and intelligent driver who’s also a fierce competitor.”

“I’m honored to be TCR’s driver and their link to the Formula DRIFT audience. TCR has a diverse motorsports background and brings a wealth of knowledge to this year’s campaign,” said Tony Brakohiapa, Formula DRIFT professional driver. “The Tuskegee Airmen have determination, experience, and wisdom that we can all learn from. They have an amazing story that needs to be told. I look forward to being their “Red Tail” ambassador in motorsports, and bringing home victories in their honor.”

TCR’s motorsports experience covers the American Le Mans (ALMS), Grand-Am, NHRA, Trans-Am and Indy Racing League (IRL) racing series. Following Formula DRIFT for the past few years, TCR recently decided that now is the right time to get in.

“We’ve been fans of Tony and Formula DRIFT since we first saw him compete several years ago,” said Junious Matthews, Co-founder of Top Cover Racing. “He’s an exciting competitor with an appeal that will allow us to engage the audience that we want to reach.”

Brakohiapa will return this season with a modified, supercharged Ford Mustang. It will feature special Tuskegee Airmen “Red Tail” livery to commemorate the P-51 Mustang fighter planes they flew in World War II.

Brakohiapa is pleased to introduce new sponsors for 2010 – Wilwood Brakes, and Sparco. He is happy to continue his relationships with Sam’s Autobody & Paint, Glazier Ironworks, Cooper Tires, Seibon, Eibach, Go Pro, Enkei, Exedy, Livernois Motorsports, Griggs Racing Toi Boy Productions, and Barn Style Performance.

Gardella Racing has joined forces with the automotive industry’s first true wholesale club,

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Gardella Racing has joined forces with the automotive industry’s first true wholesale club,

In 2010, GR and will be joining forces on the quest for a Formula Drift championship. The partnership will have providing parts from their extensive warehouse and GR will provide name exposure on the Pontiac Solstice.

“All of us here at YoParts are stoked about being part of the big things that Gardella Racing will be up to in 2010,” said Tom Masiero of “Our relationship with Gardella Racing goes back to our drag racing roots. We have seen what type of team and organization Gardella Racing is and we think they are on the brink of HUGE success in 2010. The ability for YoParts to provide some key parts for the Solstice and to give Ryan everything he needs to compete makes this relationship a great one!”

For GR this partnership means they will have greater and quicker access to parts for Ryan Tuerck and Steve Angerman to compete in 2010. Without this access the downtime waiting for parts would hinder the team in competing for the Formula drift championship.

“I am glad to have great partnerships like this, because companies like are very energetic and hungry,” team owner Gary Gardella said. “I have seen grow so much through the years and now it seems like everyone is a member. Be sure to check out the site and see how you can become a member so you can save on parts for your drift or drag cars.”

For the GR and Formula Drift fan that cannot make it to an event, has announced that they have partnered with Formula Drift to provide the first ever comprehensive interactive live stream broadcast called DriftStream!. If you are too far from an event, too busy or just don’t have the money to pay for tickets, this means that you can watch the Formula Drift action where ever you are or whatever your excuse. To get more information on this cutting edge technology click here.

This is great news because with this live stream broadcast GR will have a camera in the pit area that will allow our fans to see the team work all weekend long. Watch for more information about this soon.

Make sure to come out and see and GR in Long Beach, Calif., April 9-10 for Round 1, The Streets of Long Beach, of the 2010 Formula Drift season.


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RSVP Event Only. Attic loves rewarding our VIP customers for our VIP only sales. Must text “FD2010″ to 69302. We will be checking your mobile phones for verification texts. NO EXCEPTIONS

DATE: April 3 2010

TIME: 9AM – 5PM (early arrival suggested & individuals will be rewarded)

LOCATION: Attic Buena Park 8010 Beach Blvd. Buena Park CA 90620 (714) 220 3116


The Early Bird DISCOUNT: First 40 CUSTOMERS will receive a special 40% OFF Total Purchase Marker. We remixed the phrase where “the early bird leaves with more cash in his pocket from savings”

Formula D Spirit DISCOUNT: Attic x Crooks & Castles x Formula D: Team Crooks 2010

We will be releasing the Collaboration T in limited runs. These will be available in a black version as well.

The Collaboration T-Shirt will release April 1 2010 at all Attic Retail locations as well as the Attic Online Shop.

*** Wear the Collaboration T-Shirt to the April 3rd Sales Event and receive an additional 10% OFF your total purchase ***

Formula D Pre-Sale Tickets: As we did last year, we will be selling FD tickets at a reduced cost of $25. Your $25 gets you a Reserved Saturday seat and you will also receive a free Friday ticket. In addition, you will also receive a front of the line pass to our Spring Cleaning Sale with your ticket purchase. CASH ONLY

So in conclusion, lets do the math.

The early bird discount of 40% off + the FD Support discount +10% off = total savings of 50% OFF everything in the entire store.

Even if you aren’t lucky enough for the early bird discount, you can still use the additional 10% OFF your total purchase turning your 20% OFF (2 items) & 30% OFF (3 items or more) into 30% OFF and 40% OFF respectively. Purchase a Formula D Long Beach ticket and you can cut to the front of the line and make sure you don’t get the last choices on the blow out sale merchandise!

Mad savings, the Formula D drift cars, Crepes and Spring Weather… Life is great in Southern California

– ceso

Behind the Scenes at Tech Day at UTI

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Formula DRIFT held their annual Tech Day at Universal Technical Institute at their Rancho Cucamonga campus.

This marked the debut of many vehicles for the upcoming season and fresh looks to many of the competition vehicles including the Samuel Hubinette Racing Dodge Challenger, Michael Essa’s BMW 335i powered with an M5 (V10) motor, the BMI Racing 4 rotor Mazda RX-8, Taka Aono’s Nexen Tires AE86 in a candy purple, Ross Petty in an updated “Rasta” livery, Dai Yoshihara’s America’s Tire / Falken Tires Nissan S13 and more. Nitto Tires made announced their 4 car team for the 2010 season which included Alex Pfeiffer in the Tanaka Racing C5 Corvette, Joon Maeng in the Full Tilt Poker Mazda RX-8, Matt Powers in the Nitto Tires Nissan S14, and Michael Essa in the new BMW 335i. Hundreds of fans came out to meet the drivers, see the cars, and find out what it takes to pass inspection to compete in the series.

Check out the photos in the gallery below