Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 6: Showdown Results;
Rookie Masashi Yokoi is Victorious

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 23, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Texas Motor Speedway for Round 6: Showdown. Japanese rookie Masashi Yokoi in the D-MAX Nissan S15 earns his first Formula DRIFT victory. The championship will be determined at the Series finale on October 10.

Round 6: Showdown was an action packed event weekend. The new course configuration at Texas Motor Speedway proved to be challenging and highly competitive for the drivers. With only one event remaining in the 2015 season a champion will be crowned at the season finale at Irwindale Speedway.  Over 400,000 fans tuned in live throughout the event weekend on the Driftstream.

“Texas has some of the most diehard fans as they braved the heat to see the action through the weekend and were rewarded with intense drifting action,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “With only one event remaining, the season will come to climatic conclusion to end a remarkable year.”

Points leader and number one qualifier, Fredric Aasbo lost in the Great 8 opening the chase for the championship up to the rest of the field. Aasbo will head into the championship with a considerable lead of 80 points. The semi-finals had Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R face against his close friend Ken Gushi in the GReddy Performance / Hankook Tire Scion FR-S. Gushi was able to outdrive his opponent on his way to his third podium of the season. Yokoi battled Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z. Yokoi beat the former champion to head into the Finals. The Finals were close with the rookie Yokoi being awarded the win by the judges for his first podium and victory in Formula DRIFT. Gushi’s second place finish moves him into second place overall.

“I wanted to come out and show the Japanese style of driving and really worked hard in the tandem battles,” said Masashi Yokoi, winner of Round 6: Showdown. “In the end I wasn’t able to show everything that I wanted, but I’m really happy to get the victory.”

The 2015 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season will conclude at Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 9-10. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Round 6: Showdown Event Results
1. Yokoi, Masashi D-Max Nissan S15 Silvia Winner
2. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S 2nd Place
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 3rd Place
4. Saito, Daigo Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R 4th Place
5. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC 5th Place
6. Moen, Kenny Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14 6th Place
7. Hohnadell, Alec 11 Racing Nissan S14 7th Place
8. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ 8th Place
9. Whiddett, Mike RedBull / Mobil 1 Mazda “Radbul” 9th Place
10. Tuerck, Ryan Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S 10th Place
11. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15 11th Place
12. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting / Achilles Motorsports Dodge Viper 12th Place
13. Bluss, Kristaps HGK Motorsport BMW 3 Series 13th Place
14. Evans, James SIKKY Racing Nissan 350Z 14th Place
15. Ng, Charles Maxxis / Sparkplugs.com / Speedhunters Infiniti G37 15th Place
16. Castro, Jhonnattan E3 / Hankook / Progresso Nissan 350Z 16th Place
2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Six Rounds
1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC 428.00 Points
2. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S 348.00 Points
3. Tuerck, Ryan Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S 332.00 Points
Manufacturers Championship Standings After Six Rounds
1. Scion 924.00 Points
2. Nissan 555.00 Points
3. Ford 447.00 Points
4. Chevrolet 337.00 Points
5. Mazda 248.00 Points
6. Infiniti 211.00 Points
7. Dodge 204.00 Points
8. BMW 157.00 Points
9. Toyota 123.00 Points
Tire Championship Standings After Six Rounds
1. Hankook 905.00 Points
2. Achilles 643.00 Points
3. Nitto 570.00 Points
4. Yokohama 569.00 Points
5. Falken 557.00 Points
6. Maxxis 470.00 Points
7. GT Radial 302.00 Points

Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Texas Motor Speedway Results

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Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Texas Motor Speedway Results;
Alex Heilbrunn Takes the Victory and Secures PRO 2 Championship

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 21, 2015 – Formula DRIFT PRO 2 continued to Texas Motor Speedway for the third of four rounds of competition. Alex Heilbrunn takes the victory and secures the PRO 2 championship heading into the final event of the season.

PRO 2 continued to Fort Worth, TX at Texas Motor Speedway for the third round of the 2015 season. With only one event left in the PRO 2 season, Heilbrunn has taken a dominant point lead to earn the PRO 2 championship by finding the podium in each of three PRO 2 rounds. The competition between second and fourth in the standings is more competitive with only 8 points separating the three drivers. The top eight finishers in PRO 2 will earn their Formula DRIFT Pro license.

“It will be exciting to see the outcome for PRO 2 at Irwindale,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Eight drivers will be eligible for a Formula DRIFT pro license at the end of the season. The 2nd PRO 2 season has proven to be intensely competitive. We are looking forward to having these young drivers enter the Pro Championship next season.”

The final battle had the number one qualifier and PRO 2 points leader, Alex Heilbrunn in the IMR BMW 3-Series faced Cameron Moore in the VIP Performance / Falken Tire Lexus SC300. Heilbrunn out drove his opponent on his way to his third podium of the season. Jeff Jones in the DNA Motoring Nissan S14 finished the event in third place.

“It was a crazy round, but everything worked out,” said Alex Heilbrunn, winner of Round 3 of 4 events of PRO 2 Championship. “The team has been amazing and I can’t thank them enough and we are on the podium again!”

The 2015 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 season will continue to Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway. For more information visit:www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

PRO 2 Round 3 of 4 – Texas Motor Speedway Event Results 
1. Heilbrunn, Alex IMR BMW 3-Series Winner
2. Moore, Cameron VIP Performance / Falken Tire Lexus SC300 2nd Place
3. Jones, Jeff DNA Motoring Nissan S14 3rd Place
4. Kugay, Faruk Bay Shore Supply / Limitless Motorsports Nissan S14 4th Place
5. Goble, Brody Indy Speed Shop V8 240SX 5th Place
6. Cyr, Pat Scion Racing / ENEOS Scion FR-S 6th Place
7. McGuire, Josh Nissan 240SX 7th Place
8. Wicknick, Brandon Chase Bays / RUN2JZ Nissan S13 8th Place
9. Gray, Andy DriftEbisu.com / Achilles Tire Toyota Chaser 9th Place
10. Hull, Taylor Nissan 240SX 10th Place
2015 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Top 3 Standings After Three Events

 

1. Heilbrunn, Alex IMR BMW 3-Series 301.00 Points
2. Evans, James Sikky Racing Nissan 350Z 178.00 Points
3. Grey, Andy DriftEbisu.com / Achilles Tire Toyota Chaser 173.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown Results;
Fredric Aasbo Takes the Victory and the Lead in the Standings

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Long Beach, Calif. – July 25, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Evergreen Speedway for Round 5: Throwdown. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC takes the victory and lead in both the Pro Championship and World Championship standings.

Round 5: Throwdown provided plenty of on-track action and excitement for the capacity crowd at Evergreen Speedway. With shifting weather conditions, the drivers had to make constant adjustments throughout the weekend making for a technical competition. Over 330,000 fans tuned into the Driftstream over the weekend to see the action unfold.

“This was quite an event as we witnessed the consistency of Aasbo to take the victory and see the talents of a young driver in Alec Hohnadell to reach his first podium,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “This event saw a shakeup in the Pro Championship standings, which will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out.”

The semi-finals saw Alec Hohnadell in the 11 Racing Nissan S14 go against veteran Justin Pawlak in the Roush Performance / Car Crafters Ford Mustang. Hohnadell advanced to the Finals with both drivers receiving a double zero on the second run of their battle and having the advantage on the first run. Pat Goodin in the Enjuku Racing / Falken Tire Nissan S13 lost out to the consistent driving of Fredric Aasbo. Pawlak finished in third place with the higher qualifying position than Goodin. The rain began to pour into the Finals and Aasbo proved that he can handle the wet conditions taking his second consecutive victory and his third victory of the season. Aasbo moves into the top position in both the Pro Championship and World Championship standings. Hohnadell earned second place for his first career Pro Championship podium.

“What a wild rollercoaster of an event,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 5: Throwdown. “It was wet, it was dry, it was intermediate and I think growing up on the snowy, frozen lakes of Norway was a huge advantage. We kept it cool and ended up with the win and are exactly where we want to be leading the points championship.”

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 6: Showdown on August 21-22 at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

 

Round 5: Throwdown Event Results

 

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC Winner
2. Hohnadell, Alec 11 Racing Nissan S14 2nd Place
3. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance / Car Crafters Ford Mustang 3rd Place
4. Goodin, Pat Enjuku Racing / Falken Tire Nissan S13 4th Place
5. Field, Matt CX Racing / Yokohama Nissan S14 5th Place
6. Saito, Daigo Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R 6th Place
7. McQuarrie, Tyler Mobile 1 / GoPro Chevrolet Camaro 7th Place
8. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 8th Place
9. Moen, Kenny Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14 9th Place
10. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S 10th Place
11. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 11th Place
12. Denofa, Chelsea BC Racing / Chelsea DeNofa Motorsports / GT Radial BMW 12th Place
13. Essa, Michael SLP Performance / Yokohama Tire Chevy Camaro 13th Place
14. Whiddett, Mike RedBull / Mobil 1 Mazda “Radbul” 14th Place
15. Coffman, Matt Coffman Racing Nissan S13 15th Place
16. Stoneback, Geoff Achilles Radial / Parts Shop Max / Enkei Nissan S14 16th Place
 

2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Five Rounds

 

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC 373.00 Points
2. Tuerck, Ryan Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S 297.00 Points
3. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 293.00 Points
 

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Five Rounds

 

1. Scion 785.00 Points
2. Nissan 417.00 Points
3. Ford 407.00 Points
4. Chevrolet 300.00 Points
5. Mazda 225.00 Points
6. Dodge 170.00 Points
7. Infiniti 159.00 Points
8. BMW 139.00 Points
9. Toyota 105.00 Points
 

Tire Championship Standings After Five Rounds

 

1. Hankook 751.00 Points
2. Nitto 516.00 Points
3. Achilles 510.00 Points
4. Falken 485.00 Points
5. Yokohama 447.00 Points
6. Maxxis 401.00 Points
7. GT Radial 266.00 Points

Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Evergreen Speedway Results

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Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Evergreen Speedway Results;
James Evans is Victorious

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Long Beach, Calif. – July 24, 2015 – Formula DRIFT PRO 2 continued the season at Evergreen Speedway for the second of four rounds of competition. James Evans in the Sikky Racing Nissan 350Z takes the victory.

PRO 2 continued to the Pacific Northwest at Evergreen Speedway for the second round of the 2015 season. The on-track conditions were demanding with many vehicles seeing damage through the course of the event.

“The level of competition in PRO 2 has created an exciting element to the event weekend,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We are only half way through the PRO 2 season and it will be interesting to see how everything unfolds.”

Evans faced off with PRO 2 points leader, Alex Heilbrunn in the IMR BMW 3-Series, in the finals. On the first battle, Heilbrunn went into the wall and was unable to continue giving Evans his second consecutive victory at Evergreen Speedway. Evans moves into second place in the PRO 2 standings, while Heilbrunn maintains his top position. Faruk Kugay in the Bay Shore Supply / Limitless Motorsports Nissan S14 lands in third place for the event and moves into fourth place in the standings.

“It wasn’t the way I wanted to win out there, but I’ll take the win,” said James Evans, winner of Round 2 of 4 events of PRO 2 Championship. “It was a pretty tough battle to get to the finals, but it’s been a good weekend for us.”

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 6: Showdown on August 21-22 at Texas Motor Speedway. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

 

PRO 2 Round 2 of 4 – Evergreen Speedway Event Results

 

1. Evans, James Sikky Racing Nissan 350Z Winner
2. Heilbrunn, Alex IMR BMW 3-Series 2nd Place
3. Kugay, Faruk Bay Shore Supply / Limitless Motorsports Nissan S14 3rd Place
4. Hull, Taylor N/A 4th Place
5. Gray, Andy DriftEbisu.com / Achilles Tire Toyota Chaser 5th Place
6. Litteral, Ryan N/A 6th Place
7. Goble, Brody Indy Speed Shop V8 240SX 7th Place
8. Fournier, Ian N/A 8th Place
9. Wicknick, Brandon Chase Bays / RUN2JZ Nissan S13 9th Place
10. Moore, Cameron N/A 10th Place
 

2015 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Top 3 Standings After Two Events

 

1. Heilbrunn, Alex IMR BMW 3-Series 194.00 Points
2. Evans, James Sikky Racing Nissan 350Z 143.00 Points
3. Gray, Andy DriftEbisu.com / Achilles Tire Toyota Chaser 137.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Round 7: Title Fight Tickets On-Sale, Monday, July 27th

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Formula DRIFT Round 7: Title Fight Tickets On-Sale, Monday, July 27th;
2015 Season Finale to be Held at Irwindale Speedway on October 9-10

Long Beach, Calif. – July 23, 2015 – Tickets for the final event of the 2015 Formula DRIFT Championship season go on sale, Monday, July 27. Round 7: Title Fight on October 9-10, 2015 will be held at Irwindale Speedway. VIP Experience ticket options are available.

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will come to a close on October 9-10, 2015 at Irwindale Speedway, which may be the last event for the series at the “House of Drift,” as the venue may undergo demolition. For the past five seasons the event has sold out and early purchase is highly recommended. Tickets will go on sale Monday and will be available on www.formuladrift.com.

Reserved tickets are available in the main grandstand and trackside grandstand for Friday, Saturday, and Two-Day. New for this season is the option to purchase a Friday only ticket, which will accommodate more fans over the two days of action. VIP Experience tickets are also available and include a reserved seat ticket in either the main grandstand or trackside grandstand, VIP track walk during Saturday’sopening ceremonies, priority line for the driver autograph session held on Friday, express entrance and a collector’s edition credential. Additionally, the main grandstand sky box VIP suite is available to a limited 24 people that will include a seat in the sky box, food and drinks for both Friday and Saturday and the benefits of the VIP Experience.

“Irwindale Speedway has been the season finale since season one and has always been the biggest and most exciting competition all year” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “To ensure that fans do not miss out on the action and reserve the seat they want, we suggest fans to purchase their tickets early as it has been a sold-out event. The last event of the season has always been a remarkable experience with the chase for the championship coming to an end and a champion being crowned.”

Ticketing options include the following:

Main Grandstand Reserved Seating
Friday Only Ticket
Saturday Only Ticket
– Two-Day Ticket
– Includes assigned / reserved seat located in the main grandstand

VIP Experience Main Grandstand Reserved Seating
– Two-Day Ticket
– Includes assigned / reserved seat located in the main grandstand, VIP track walk during opening ceremonies, priority line for autograph signing (Friday), express entrance and collector’s edition credential.

Trackside Reserved Grandstand
Saturday Only Ticket
– Two-Day Ticket
– Includes assigned / reserved seat located on in-field of track, private bathrooms and concessions

VIP Experience Trackside Reserved Grandstand
– Two-Day Ticket
– Includes assigned / reserved seat located on in-field of track, private bathrooms and concessions, VIP track walk during opening ceremonies, priority line for autograph signing (Friday), express entrance and collector’s edition credential.

2-Day Skybox VIP Suite (limited to 24)
– Two-Day Ticket
– Includes sky box seat in air-conditioned sky box above main grandstand, private bathroom, buffet dinner and drinks (Friday andSaturday), Driftstream live feed inside sky box, VIP track walk during opening ceremonies, priority line for autograph signing (Friday), express entrance and collector’s edition credential.

The championship chase continues into Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway this weekend, July 2425, 2015. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For more information about the Irwindale Event Center visit: www.irwindaleeventcenter.com.