Jhonnattan Castro Joins Papadakis Racing

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Jhonnattan Castro Joins Papadakis Racing

Professional Formula Drift driver teaming up with series leader

Portland, OREGON (March 30 2016) – Jhonnattan Castro has officially announced the move and formation of a satellite team to Papadakis Racing, and with him will bring sponsorship from Nexen Tire and longtime sponsor Gerdau Metaldom, KW and Advan Racing.

As part of the new partnership Jhonnattan Castro Racing will take on an ownership role as a semi-works team to Papadakis Racing, and will be driving the 2016 Scion FR-S alongside current series champion Fredric Aasbo.

“I’m very excited and proud to be forming this strategic partnership with Papadakis Racing, this is the #1 team,” Jhonn shared. “I’m looking forward to taking my career to the next level and I’m grateful for the opportunity from Stephan to race with him and Fredric. Stephan Papadakis is a team owner who keeps winning and keeps surprising people, and always is advancing, and I’ve worked hard to make this a reality and I knew I needed to make a change if I was going to advance. I’m really looking forward to our future together.”

“It is our pleasure at Papadakis Racing to partner with Jhonnattan Castro and Nexen Tire with our organization,” said Stephan Papadakis, owner of Papadakis Racing. “We think Jhonn is a great addition to our team and a dedicated competitor, and we look forward to his success on the track in 2016, we expect this year to be his best season yet. We are also honored to welcome Nexen Tire and Gerdau Metaldom to our team alongside Jhonnattan, and we look forward to working with them and helping them maximize their results on and off the track.”

Jhonnattan Castro is managed by Motorsports Marketing Agency Drive Motorsports International.


For More Information on Papadakis Racing, please visit www.papadakisracing.com, Facebook, and Instagram.


For More Information on Jhonnattan Castro please visit him on www.jcastroracing.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.




Fredric Aasbo and Ken Gushi Gets New Livery for Formula DRIFT 2016

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Last week we dropped a quick snippet of both Aasbo and Gushi’s liveries for 2016 but today we’re unleashing the full renderings for their SR by Toyota competition cars for the Formula Drift series. Both drivers have found amajor tire sponsor with Nexen Tire and are continuing respective partnerships with several companies, including GReddy/TRUST, Rockstar Energy Drink, Garrett, Rocket Bunny, Wisefab, OS Giken and many more.

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ROUSH Performance Partners with Formula Drifter Justin Pawlak for 2016 Season

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PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MICH. (March 29, 2016) — Professional Drifter Justin T. Pawlak is ready to steer his way to the finish line during the 2016 Formula Drift series. Teaming with main sponsor ROUSH Performance, Pawlak will drive a 2016 ROUSH Supercharged Mustang with a Ford Performance Aluminator crate engine.

Pawlak, who began his drifting career in 2005, secured first place finishes at Los Angeles NOPI Drift and the first round of 2011 Formula Drift. He has been a consistent top-7 performer in Formula D since 2011.

“I know what it takes to win, but ROUSH Performance’s support in 2016 is a huge advantage in competing for a Formula D title,” said Justin Pawlak, who is based in Covina, California. “I can’t wait to get on the track, push the limit and start shaking down.”

For the 2016 drifting season, Pawlak built a brand new S550-chassis Mustang that features the ROUSH 2.3-liter TVS supercharger, which pushes out almost 1,000 horsepower and 831 lb-ft of torque. “It’s a really solid platform using factory components, and gives me the power I need to compete,” Pawlak said.

A hands-on driver, Pawlak does his own mechanical, fabrication and suspension design. He also welds his own roll cages, and is one of the highest-ranked drivers that does his own vehicle work. 

“When we first looked at getting involved with Formula Drift, Justin immediately became our top pick,” said Jack Roush Jr., brand manager for ROUSH Performance. “Justin is a great driver, and he knows a lot about Mustangs. He is also a very down-to-earth guy, and he’s built his program from the ground-up with his own hard work.”

When Pawlak isn’t in the shop or on the track, he’s mentoring other youth drivers, volunteering at his church with youth community activities, or attending meets, shows and charity events in the automotive industry.

About ROUSH Performance: ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, performance crate engines, and marine engine superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. Based in Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush. Visit us at ROUSHperformance.com or call 800.59.ROUSH.

2016 Achilles Radial Drift Driver Announcement

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2016 Achilles Radial Drift Driver Announcement

SANTA CLARITA, CALIF., March 24, 2016 – Achilles Radial will expand on existing motorsports programs in 2016, with Formula DRIFT remaining as the cornerstone of their global effort. Achilles Motorsports is dedicated to providing top quality product to racers from the grassroots to professional level. This commitment to the racing community is the focus of the marketing efforts for the brand in North America.


Achilles Radial is proud to announce the roster of talented drivers that will compete on Achilles Radial 123S and ATR Sport 2 tires in Formula DRIFT USA during the 2015 season. Anchored by Formula DRIFT veteran Robbie Nishida, fan favorite Dean Kearney and 2013 Champion Michael Essa, the team includes returning drivers and new faces, both within the PRO and PRO2 ranks.

The drivers that will be competing on Achilles Radial tires for the 2016 season are listed below:

PRO Series

Robbie Nishida, Dean Kearney, Andrew Gray, Kristaps Bluss, Brody Goble, Marc Landreville, Michael Essa, Kenny Moen, Charles Ng, Juha Rintanen and Faruk Kugay

PRO2 Series

Joe Tardiff, Chris Filippi, Ethan Hunter, Dirk Stratton, Doug VanDenBrink, Riley Sexsmith, Sheng Nian, Austin Meeks, Rafello Ambivero, Donovan Brockaway and Aaron Day

You can see Team Achilles PRO compete at the 2016 Formula DRIFT season opener in Long Beach, California on April 8th and 9th and PRO2 at Formula DRIFT Atlanta on May 6th and 7th. For more information on Formula DRIFT, visit www.formulad.com.

European Drift

Achilles Radial will support several drift teams in Europe for the 2016 season. We are pleased to partner with Steven Donnelly / Team Diemax as well as the HGK Racing team as they compete in various drift events throughout Europe in 2016.

For more information on HGK Racing, please visit www.hgkracing.com.
For more information on Team Diemax, please visit www.facebook.com/stevendonnellybdc


Achilles Motorsports offers a racer support program to drivers in all Formula DRIFT sanctioned pro/am series in the US and Canada. Drivers who are interested in taking part in the racer support program should visit http://www.achillesmotorsportsllc.com/racer-support-program.html

The program offers discounted pricing to qualified drivers and contingency programs within many of the race series in the US.

Formula Drift Pro/Am Contingency Program

Drivers who actively take part in the AMS Racer Support Program and compete in an approved US and Canada Formula DRIFT licensing series are eligible for the following contingency payout for the 2016 season:

1st Place: $200.00 Achilles Bucks

2nd Place: $100.00 Achilles Bucks

3rd Place: $50.00 Achilles Bucks

Achilles bucks can be used to purchase tires and promotional items from Achilles Motorsports.

Drivers who take part in the AMS Racer Support Program and receive their Formula DRIFT PRO2 license will automatically have a place in the Achilles PRO2 program.

Please contact Cheralyn Hale, Director of Marketing, at [email protected] with any questions about the racer support program and to receive guidelines for the contingency program.

For more information about Achilles Radial, please visit www.achillestiresusa.com and like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/achillestire or follow us on Instagram @achillestire.

Tanner Foust returns to Formula Drift with Nexen Tire

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March 22, 2016

Tanner Foust joins Nexen Tire

Multi-time champion returns to Formula Drift for select events in 2016

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (March 22, 2016) – Rockstar Energy Drink driver Tanner Foust has a new tire partner onboard for his return to three Formula Drift rounds in 2016. Nexen Tire will back Foust and supply tires for the Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Volkswagen Passat for the select Formula Drift season.

“The cars on the Formula Drift circuit are some of the wildest motorsport builds on the planet right now and maximizing grip is a critical part of having the right package,” said Foust, who will compete in the Atlanta, Seattle and Texas rounds this year. “I’m excited to be working with Nexen in 2016 with a very competitive tire.”

The driver made his first appearance under the new partnership at the Leadfoot Festival, a special invitational celebration of cars and speed hosted annually in New Zealand by celebrated rally champion Rod Millen. 

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