Formula DRIFT Announces 2016 Global Schedule

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Formula DRIFT Announces 2016 Global Schedule


Long Beach, Calif. – November 4, 2015 – Formula DRIFT has announced the 2016 schedule of events. The schedule includes World Championship, Pro Championship, and PRO 2 events. In addition, both Formula DRIFT Japan and the inaugural Formula DRIFT Canada will have their own respective four event schedules.

Entering the thirteenth year of competition, Formula DRIFT will expand the Pro Championship to eight rounds of competition by including the Montreal round. This is the first event outside of the United States to be included in the Pro Championship in the history of the Series. The World Championship will consist of eight Pro Championship rounds and two Japan rounds of competition. The PRO 2 Series will consist of four rounds of competition with a new stand-alone PRO 2 and Pro Am event announced on September 30October 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“With the continued success of our international presence, we look forward to growing the Sport domestically and internationally this upcoming season,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “In 2015, Formula DRIFT continued to be the global leader in millennial motorsports with 29 competitions held under the Formula DRIFT brand that resulted in 3 billion media impressions.”

In 2016, the Pro Series will continue to be broadcasted on CBS Sports and distributed globally by IMG Media with a reach of 360 million homes. Formula DRIFT Japan will be broadcasted on JSports. Each of the Series will be live streamed globally and was viewed by over 2 million people internationally in 2015.

For more information on Formula DRIFT Canada and Formula DRIFT Japan please visit:

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2016 Formula DRIFT Schedule
April 8-9 World Championship + Pro Championship Long Beach, CA
April 15-16 Invitational Long Beach, CA
May 6-7 World Championship + Pro Championship + PRO 2 Atlanta, GA
May / June World Championship + Japan Championship Ebisu, Japan
June 3-4 World Championship + Pro Championship + PRO 2 Orlando, FL
June 17-18 World Championship + Pro Championship Wall, NJ
July 15-16 World Championship + Pro Championship Montreal, Canada
August 5-6 World Championship + Pro Championship Monroe, WA
September 9-10 World Championship + Pro Championship + PRO 2 Fort Worth, TX
September World Championship + Japan Championship Okayama, Japan
September 30 – October 1 PRO 2 + Pro Am Phoenix, AZ
October 7-8 World Championship + Pro Championship Irwindale, CA


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Formula DRIFT Drivers

  • Dai Yoshihara
  • Odi Bakchis
  • Mike Whiddett
  • Mike Essa
  • Alex Heilbrunn
  • Robbie Nishida
  • Daigo Saito
  • Dean Kearney




2015 Formula DRIFT Awards

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2015 World Championship Awards

World Champion: Fredric Aasbo

2nd in World Championship: Aurimas Bakchis

3rd in World Championship: Matt Field


2015 Pro Championship Awards

Pro Champion: Fredric Aasbo

2nd in Pro Championship: Ken Gushi

3rd in Pro Championship: Chris Forsberg


Voted on by Fans

– Fan Favorite Driver : Mike Whiddett

– Fan Favorite Car: Daigo Saito’s Nissan Skyline GT-R (R35)


Voted on by Peers (other drivers/team members):

– Best Looking Suit: Forrest Wang

– Spirit of Drifting: Ken Gushi

– Crew Member of the Year: Nathan Tasukon (GReddy Racing)

– Crew Chief of the Year: Garrett Nikolich (Get Nuts Lab)

– Team Manager of the Year: Kenji Sumino (GReddy Racing)


Results are Stats Based:

– Most Improved Driver of the Year (2014 ranking to 2015 ranking): Alex Hohnadell (Ranked 31 in 2014, Ranked 10 in 2015)

– Comeback of the Year (Qualifying rank to finishing position; biggest jump): Dean Kearney (Qualified 21st, Finished 2nd)

– Top Qualifier of the Year (Highest qualifying percentage): Fredric Aasbo

– Top Gun (Highest head to head win percentage): Fredric Aasbo

– Ace (Most head to head wins): Fredric Aasbo

– Rookie of the Year: Masashi Yokoi

– Auto Manufacturer Champion: Scion

– Tire Manufacturer Champion: Hankook


2015 Pro 2 Championship Awards

– Pro2 Champion: Alex Heilbrunn

– 2nd in Pro2 Championship: James Evans

– 3rd in Pro2 Championship: Juha Rintanen

– Rookie of the Year: Alex Heilbrunn

Formula DRIFT Round 7: Final Fight Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 7: Final Fight Results;
Fredric Aasbo Takes the Event Victory and Wins the Overall Pro and World Championship


Long Beach, Calif. – October 11, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro finished the 2015 Pro Championship and World Championship season at Irwindale Speedway. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC had a successful evening winning the final event of the season, while taking both the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship and inaugural World Championship.

Round 7: Final Fight showcased tremendous action to a sold out crowd at Irwindale Speedway. Drivers had to adjust to a new course configuration which created a new dynamic to the competition. Close to 400,000 viewers tuned into the Driftstream to watch the Finals weekend.

“History was made tonight with the crowning of the first World Champion,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Having the PRO 2, Pro, and World Championship all come to a climatic finish at Irwindale Speedway made for a very special weekend. The fan base continues to grow each and every year and the sell out crowd was treated to a very entertaining event.”

Aasbo entered the event with a significant lead in the points standings, yet was able to keep his cool and drive consistent throughout the night. As the event unfolded, he was able to clinch the Pro and World Championship by moving on to the Top 16 competition creating a significant point margin that could not be overcome. Aasbo met with Hankook and Scion Racing teammate, Ken Gushi, who sat in second place in the standings, in the Finals. Aasbo edged out Gushi to take the win and make a clean sweep for the weekend. Gushi finishes the season in second place overall, his highest finish in his career. Number one qualifier, Forrest Wang, in the Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15 rounded out the podium with a third place finish. Two-time Formula DRIFT champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z finishes the season in third place overall.

The night was successful for Scion and Hankook as they finish with the Manufacturer and Tire Manufacturer season championship. Scion also finished one and two in the event and overall for the season. Hankook finished successfully with a first, second, and third place finish in both the event and overall championship, making for the first podium sweep for the tire manufacturer in their Formula DRIFT history.

“What an incredible night. Winning the event and clinching the Formula DRIFT U.S. Championship and the first World Championship, you couldn’t have scripted a better story,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 7: Final Fight. “It’s been a rollercoaster and we’ve had ups and downs over the past five years, but the team has stayed on top of everything helping to grow to a championship contender and I couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved this season.”

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Round 7: Final Fight Event Results

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC Winner
2. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S 2nd Place
3. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15 3rd Place
4. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance / Car Crafters Ford Mustang 4th Place
5. Whiddett, Mike Red Bull / Mobil 1 / Mazda “Radbul” 5th Place
6. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 6th Place
7. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 7th Place
8. Ng, Charles Maxxis / / Speedhunters Infiniti G37 8th Place
9. Field, Matt CX Racing / Yokohama Nissan S14 9th Place
10. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing / GT Radial BMW 3-Series 10th Place
11. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy / Nitto Tire Volkswagen Passat 15th Place
12. Tuerck, Ryan Retaks / Maxxis / Nameless Performance Scion FR-S 12th Place
13. Yokoi, Masashi D-Max Nissan S15 Silvia 13th Place
14. Essa, Michael SLP Performance / Yokohama Chevy Camaro 14th Place
15. Saito, Daigo Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R 15th Place
16. Mordaunt, Pat / Falken Tire Nissan 350Z 16th Place

2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Final Standings

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC 530.00 Points
2. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S 431.00 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 382.00 Points

2015 Formula DRIFT World Championship Top 3 Final Standings

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC 793.00 Points
2. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 534 Points
3. Field, Matt CX Racing / Yokohama Nissan S14 407 Points

2015 Manufacturers Championship Final Standings

1. Scion 1113.00 Points
2. Nissan 640.00 Points
3. Ford 515.00 Points
4. Chevrolet 390.00 Points
5. Mazda 318.00 Points
6. Infiniti 229.00 Points
7. Dodge 222.00 Points
8. BMW 193.00 Points
9. Toyota 123.00 Points

2015 Tire Championship Final Standings

1. Hankook 1094.00 Points
2. Achilles 696.00 Points
3. Nitto 673.00 Points
4. Falken 659.00 Points
5. Yokohama 642.00 Points
6. Maxxis 555.00 Points
7. GT Radial 356.00 Points