Dean Kearney set to compete at Formula DRIFT Finals

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Dean “Karnage” Kearney the 2009 Prodrift Super Series champion is confirmed to compete for Round 7: Judgment Day at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on October 16 – 17, 2009.

Team Karnage will be driving the ex-Falken Nissan S14 which was driven by Mitsuru Haruguchi in the 2007 Formula DRIFT Season. Which will be provided by Intec Racing based out of Kent, Washington. Also Team Karnage will be continuing to use its Maxxis MAZ1 drift tire for Irwindale, which was used in the Prodrift Series.

To read the official Press Release: http://deankearney.com/dean-karnage-confirmed-for-formula-d-finale-at-irwindale.html

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– ceso

Fredric Aasbo heads to the US and Formula DRIFT Finals

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It’s official, Fredric Asabo is set to compete for Round 7: Judgment Day at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on October 16 – 17, 2009. Fredric will be driving the Team Japan Auto Supra which will be running on Falken AZENIS tires, which you may have seen from last year’s Red Bull Drifting World Championship.


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APR Performance Display cars at Round 7: Judgment Day

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Come check the APR Performance Booth at Round 7: Judgment Day at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale on October 16 – 17, 2009. APR will be bringing 4 feature cars that have been seen on the covers of Import Tuner, Super Street, and the infamous APR Wide Body Evo from Fast and Furious 3: Tokyo Drift!


2008 Front Cover of Import Tuner Magazine


Time Attack Lotus Elise


APR Widebody EVO, feature in FF3 movie, Front Cover Import Tuner Magazine


Front cover of 5.0 Mustang Magazine 2009 Oct issue.

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SpeedTV Article w/ Chris Forsberg and IndyCar’s Dan Wheldon

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SpeedTV.com journalist Marshall Pruett wrote a great article in his “Triple Stint” column.  The article features NOS Energy Teammates Formula DRIFT’s Chris Forsberg and IndyCar’s Dan Wheldon.  The two drivers got together during the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend / Formula DRIFT Round 6: Locked and Loaded event.

Driftin’ Dan

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Dan Wheldon loves driving anything…open-wheel…sportscar…and drifting?

“Dorifto Dan” connected with fellow NOS-sponsored driver Chris Forsberg in the FormulaD paddock at Infineon last month, and while he didn’t get a chance to spend time at right angles in Forsberg’s V-8-powered Nissan 350Z. Once the IndyCar season winds down, all that could change, Wheldon says.

“We’ve definitely had some conversations about setting it up where I could drive Chris’ car and try some drifting. Those guys are talented and it’s really entertaining to watch in person. If you’re drifting in an IndyCar it’s never really a good thing! I know driving the NOS car is something I would enjoy, and it’s always good fun when you’re fortunate enough to get the opportunity to drive a racecar from a different discipline. A few years ago I competed in the Race of Champions and was able to try to rally, and that was fun as well. We’ve had the same conversations with Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. about swapping out our National Guard cars for a test, but we’ve all got busy schedules and it’s always difficult to pull off, but hopefully that’s something we can work out. The off-season in IndyCar is really long, and I’m not the type of person that can go too long outside of a racecar.”

For Forsberg, he’s a rare character. Unlike most of the other FormulaD competitors, he comes to the sport with an empty resume. The Doylestown, PA-native is leading the 2009 FD standings with one round to go, and if he winds up with the title, he’ll be looking to expand his reach beyond Formula D.

“I have no other motorsports experience other than drifting, but after watching the precision driving and the abilities of the IndyCar drivers — to have control their cars at such high rates of speed – it’s really fascinating. Karting seems to be an easy transition for most drivers to get that type of experience and I would love to get more seat time behind a kart and expand my skills. I don’t know if Dan’s ready to put me in the National Guard car quite yet…but I’m up for the swap if he is!”

To my surprise, I learned another British IndyCar driver has some ties to drifting.

“I did it once back in England when I was driving for Jaguar in F1,” Justin Wilson told me. “They had a drift car — I can’t remember what it was called – some XKR-R – which wasn’t really set up for drifting! They had a competition going on at Silverstone and all different people there with different road cars. Some setup for drifting, some not. And people just went out and played. And that’s when it kind of first started to come across the UK. Jaguar just gave me this car…we had a bit of fun, but it was more of a race car. It’s a little snappy as opposed to a nice, fluid drift car.

Wilson could hold the distinction of being the only F1 driver-turned drifter-turned IndyCar driver, and given the opportunity, he wouldn’t mind giving it another go. Next time, he’d want a serious machine to drive.

“Yeah, that Jag was fun; we did a run through a couple of corners at Silverstone, but I’d want a proper car next time. It was more like I was fighting an ill-handling GT car than actually getting to grips with a well-balanced drift car.”

Wilson pulled off an impromptu drifting session at the final corner at Sonoma when an aggressive pass attempt left his Z-Line Designs IndyCar in a lurid broadslide. Bad Ass quickly gathered it up and left a haze of Firestone rubber hanging in the air. And how did he rate his Infineon performance?

“It was average…I could have done more tire smoke but it’s always a trade-off between style and speed. We’ll see what the judges think of me next time!”

Formula D – you guys taking notes?

Formula D Programming Starts this Weekend on VERSUS

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For Immediate Release

August 27, 2009

Formula DRIFT Programming Starts this Weekend on VERSUS

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – August 27, 2009 – Formula DRIFT will debut the start of their comprehensive programming schedule on VERSUS this weekend. Formula DRIFT content will be made available in more than 75 million U.S. homes. The seven-stop Formula DRIFT Championship Series programs will air over fourteen Sundays during the 2 PM (EST) / 11 AM (PST) time slot beginning this Sunday, August 30.

The first episode features a comprehensive overview of the sport and drivers. Viewers will then experience Round 1 “The Streets of Long Beach” and all of the events leading up to the final episode showcasing the Formula DRIFT Championship Finale from Irwindale, California on November 29. Each episode will showcase all the on- and off-track action as the world’s top drift drivers battle for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion.

The Formula DRIFT Pro Championship Series will be featured in HiDef and will focus on all the head-to-head action, technology, equipment and the personalities and behind-the-scenes drama. Check your local listings or visit the Formula DRIFT website at www.formuladrift.com for more information.

“We are excited to showcase Formula DRIFT and the sport of drifting on VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country,” says Ryan Sage, VP of Marketing and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT. “On VERSUS, we are able to showcase our teams and drivers on a weekly basis, at a consistent time slot; all on a network in more than 75 million homes.”

Formula DRIFT is also viewed worldwide through international syndication to an additional 200 million homes. All this combined with several new broadband and internet media strategies; Formula DRIFT continues to be the most watched drifting property in the world.