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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Ford’s Return to Formula DRIFT Features Elite Mustang Teams, Bigger ‘Drift with Ford’ Sweepstakes and New Track Action

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LONG BEACH, Calif., April 1, 2015 – Ford Motor Company’s return to Formula DRIFT will be bigger and bolder in 2015. In its third year as official sponsor of the series, Ford will support Mustang drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Justin Pawlak, while ramping up its “Drift with Ford” sweepstakes giveaway and track activities at all seven Formula DRIFT events. The custom Focus ST giveaway kicks off April 10-12 at the season opener in Long Beach, California.

“Ford and Formula DRIFT fans share a deep passion for performance, making the series the perfect venue for demonstrating the capabilities of our vehicles,” said Steve Ling, Ford North America car marketing manager. “We had a strong response with last year’s ‘Drift with Ford’ sweepstakes when we gave away a custom EcoBoost-powered Fiesta ST. This year we’re bringing back the sweepstakes with the hot Focus ST, and expanding our trackside presence with displays and activities at every Formula DRIFT event in North America.”

Following a successful 2014 season, Ford is stepping up the “Drift with Ford” sweepstakes, giving away to one lucky fan a custom EcoBoost®-powered Focus ST. Fans can enter the sweepstakes at any Formula DRIFT event or through the Formula DRIFT website.

“Fans love to watch teams fielding V8-powered Ford Mustangs battling for the top spot in Formula DRIFT,” said Mickey Matus, Ford Racing marketing communications manager. “Vaughn and Justin are both elite drivers who have proven they know what it takes to win. We believe they’re poised for great success in Ford Mustang, and can’t wait for the season to get under way.”

Ford has been part of the Formula DRIFT scene since 2005, when the series triggered a successful Ford Racing performance parts engine development program for a supercharged 4.6-liter V8 crate engine. Ford has increased its support and involvement each year, earning the respect and attention of series fans.

“I am pumped for the 2015 Formula DRIFT season to kick off in Long Beach as the action at this event is always epic,” said former champion Gittin. “My team and I have been working hard in the off-season, and I can’t wait to hit the track, scrape walls, and run door-to-door with my opponents from behind the wheel of my Ford Mustang RTR.”

The enthusiastic response from Formula DRIFT fans has encouraged Ford to step up its involvement this year. Fans can visit the Ford display at each event to experience the latest lineup of Ford performance vehicles including the all-new Mustang, which is similar to the cars driven by Gittin for the Monster Energy team and Pawlak for the Falken team.

“I’m extremely excited to get back into my Ford Mustang for the 2015 Formula DRIFT season,” said two-time Long Beach winner Pawlak. “I look forward, as it’s a proven platform for drifting. Both Vaughn and I have earned great success with it over the past few years.”

The first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT takes motorsports to the extreme, attracting enthusiasts from all walks of life. Highly skilled drivers maneuver high-powered cars into controlled slides at high speeds through a marked course. Judged on speed, execution and style, drifting is often compared to the freestyle nature of skateboarding and motocross.

“We are so excited to have Ford back on as a major sponsor of the series,” said Ryan Sage, vice president and cofounder, Formula DRIFT. “With the success of last year’s vehicle giveaway, Ford has graciously doubled down, returning with another massive sweepstakes. The brand totally gets this audience and because of that, fans of the sport benefit in unique and creative ways.”

For the first round of the championship series, Formula DRIFT slides its way on one of two street courses used for professional drifting – the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The two-day event is one week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and uses turns nine, 10 and 11 of the street course. With a high-speed entry and very tight spacing between cars and walls, there’s no room for error, making the first round of Formula DRIFT one of the most exciting series events of the year.

For more information, visit the Formula DRIFT website or Facebook.

No purchase necessary, Open to licensed drivers 18 and older. Ends 10/10/2015. See http://www.driftwithford.com/ for full details.

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About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 187,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

CGR Partners with Replay XD and Always Evolving for 2015 Formula DRIFT Season

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Press Release: CGR Partners with Replay XD and Always Evolving for 2015 Formula DRIFT Season

 

Long Beach, CA – March 19, 2015 – Conrad Grunewald Racing is set to enter the 2015 Formula DRIFT Championship season with the announcement of a new partnership for the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro with Replay XD and Always Evolving.

“I couldn’t be more excited about this Formula DRIFT season getting started,” said Conrad Grunewald. “We have been working tirelessly during the winter to put this program together and I can’t thank everyone enough. We have exciting new partners, a fresh look for the team and now it’s time for me to focus on Long Beach and the season ahead.”

“As we continue to develop our Motorsports platform, we couldn’t be more pleased to be associated with Conrad and Formula DRIFT,” said Erik Davis, Chairman Always Evolving. “The platform is exciting and targets the millennial audience which is our target market for both of our brands – AE and Replay XD. We look forward to continuing to develop this relationship with Conrad and the series bringing a unique experience to the fans though our technology suite.”

The ReplayXD/Always Evolving Camaro will be signed up to compete on GT Radial tires for the 2015 season. The CGR team is confident about the performance and reliability package that GT Radial provides.

“I am very excited to welcome CGR to the GT Radial formula drift team for 2015,” said Mike Meeiem, Motorsports Marketing Manager, Giti Tire USA. “We were very comfortable with signing on the veteran driver. We are looking to make an impact in the series this year using our Champiro SX2 tire.”

Conrad Grunewald Racing has unveiled a project build drift car with Chevrolet Performance and Scoggin Dickey Parts Center. With support from BRE Motorsports, the Chevrolet Camaro features a twin-turbo with an LSX 376. This second car will be used for media and event appearances and will be on display at all seven of the Formula DRIFT events at the CGR paddock.

The highly anticipated season will kick-off on the Streets of Long Beach on April 11 and will visit six other venues nationwide, including Road Atlanta, Orlando Speedworld, Wall Speedway New Jersey, Evergreen Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the big finale at Irwindale Speedway on October 10.

Formula DRIFT has announced a television agreement with CBS Sports Network for 20 half-hour programs throughout the year. The fast paced action featuring bracketed head-to-head match-ups will anchor the coverage and be featured across 13 episodes. Coverage also includes an additional seven shows featuring a brand new behind-the-scenes program, Formula DRIFT Insider.

Conrad Grunewald Racing is also proud to continue partnerships with Megan Racing, Top 1 Oil and MAHLE. For more information on CGR please visit www.conradgrunewald.com and follow @ConradGrunewald on Twitter and Facebook.

About Replay XD:
Replay XD was designed by a group of racing professionals with over 50 years of experience in the high performance racing industry. The development team forever revolutionized Action Cameras, creating the smallest, lightest, ultra-rugged, and most versatile cameras. Replay XD Action Cameras endure and capture never before seen video from human and machine in the most extreme environments on Earth. We create the finest Action Cameras on the Planet. For more information visit, www.replayxd.com.

About Always Evolving:
Always Evolving Enterprises (AE) is the next generation digital broadcast media company for the hyper-connected world. As an iconic lifestyle brand with deep roots in entertainments and motorsports, Always Evolving has been featured in major motion pictures; broadcast television programming, leading print sources and numerous news articles since 2007. Building on this early success, Always Evolving has developed into a multifaceted provider of hardware, software and data infrastructure solutions that is actively changing the way live events are captured and shared. For more information please visit, www.alwaysevolving.com.

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THURSDAY NIGHTS GO “SLIDEWAYS” at IRWINDALE Speedway April 2, 2015

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Thursday night April 2,  Irwindale’s own Formula DRIFT open practice sessions will resume on the course that the entire civilized world now knows as the legendary “House of Drift” … aka: Irwindale Speedway right at the top of the 605 freeway.

2015’s action-packed Thursday night under-the-lights practices will be held monthly with events now set for:

  • April 2
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 19
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 1
  • November 12
  • December 10

Each of the Thursday night sessions will start with a (public invited) technical inspection for the competition vehicles at 4PM and drift practice will run flat out from 5 to 8PM. The fan gates open at 4PM and there’s plenty of close-free parking.

 Open to the public (fans can watch from the stands and visit the pits as well) admission is only $10 per person. These will be nights when fans can see some of the best of the best getting tuned-up for the 2015 season as well as catching the acts of some of new, upcoming Drift talent as they test their driving skills and machines against the established pros.

 Anyone can run their properly-equipped* car for $75 and they can register right at the track on Thursday night.

Thursday Night Drift Requirements

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 Group C Requirements:

  • Helmet: No open face, SA2010, SA2005
  • No loose items: Interior, trunk
  • Fire Extinguisher: secure mount, 2lb min
  • Fluid Leaks: No Fluid Leaks
  • Catch cans: Coolant, Oil if non OEM
  • Gas Cap: Present and sealed
  • Fuel line: check hose clamps and fittings
  • Battery: Secure mount, positive covered
  • Brake light: Min 2 functioning
  • Brake pedal: good feel maintain pressure
  • Key or Master cutoff operation, location marked
  • Lug nuts: Present and secure
  • Steering: Smooth, no binding
  • Tow hooks: Front and rear (OEM at own risk)
  • Hood and Trunk: Securely latched
  • Windshield: OEM or Lexan secure mounting
  • Seat: OEM with stock belts or FIA with harness

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Group B Requirements: plus listed above

  • Suspension: Coilovers or Non OEM suspension
  • Differential: Welded or clutch type
  • E-Brake: Functioning, cable or hydro

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Group A Requirements: plus listed above

  • 6 point roll cage: 5”x0.095 DOM
  • Door Bars: Nascar or X on both doors
  • Harness bar and Diagonal
  • Seat belts: 5 point minimum required
  • Fire Suit: SFI 3-2A/5 with fire resistant gloves and shoes

For Technical Inquiries: Kevin@formulad.com

 

Formula DRIFT Powered by Fast & Furious 7 Panama Demo next weekend

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Formula DRIFT Powered by Fast & Furious 7 will be held at the Figali Convention Center, Panama on March 28-29, 2015.

Panama has a growing car culture of enthusiasts and a large fan base for drifting, who first saw professional action 4 years ago.  The drift demo held by professional Formula DRIFT drivers is held to help continue the promotion of the sport within the region with the goal to hold a professional event at a racetrack.  Panama is a major focal point for commerce around the globe with over 14,000 ships, carrying over 300 million tons of cargo through the canal each year.

Formula DRIFT drivers that will be participating include Joon Maeng, Corey Hosford, Chelsea Denofa, & Jeremy Lowe.