Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship Results;
Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis Takes His First Victory Moves into First Place in the Standings

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Long Beach, Calif. – May 9, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro returned to Road Atlanta for Round 2: Road to the Championship. Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis in the Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Tire Nissan 240 SX takes the victory for his first Formula DRIFT win of his career and rises to the top of the standings.

Round 2: Road to the Championship was a night of upsets as the top qualifiers failed to move past the early rounds of the competition. The action packed event provided the fans with a competitive atmosphere that kept them on their feet throughout the night. 240,000 fans tuned in to watch the competition unfold on the Livestream broadcast during the event weekend.

“This season thus far has been very competitive,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The competition is as tough as ever as can be proven by all the upsets tonight. It will be exciting to watch how the season unfolds especially as we head into a brand new venue at Orlando Speedworld for the next round.”

The semi-finals were a challenge for both defending champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z and Ken Gushi in the GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S as their battles were too close to determine a definitive winner by the judges, leading to multiple one more time battles. During their third battle, Gushi edged out Forsberg with his close proximity on his chase run giving him the win, while Forsberg inches his way up the rankings to third place. The Finals pitted Gushi and Bakchis. Bakchis’ speed was too much for Gushi as he took an early lead in his lead run, which lead to his first Formula DRIFT victory and moves him into first place in the standings. Gushi found the podium for the first time since the 2009 season and moves into fifth place overall. “It feels great to get my first win,” said Aurimas Bakchis, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “Road Atlanta is my favorite venue and I’m super stoked to continue the momentum I set in Long Beach. Currently sitting in first for the Championship and it feels amazing!”

The 2015 Formula DRIFT season will continue to Round 3: Uncharted Territory on June 5-6 and for the first time be held at Orlando Speedworld. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results
1. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 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. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15 4th Place
5. Moen, Kenny Bridges Racing / Achilles / Gatebil Nissan S14 5th Place
6. Ng, Charles Maxxis / Sparkplugs.com Infiniti G37 6th Place
7. Goodin, Pat Enjuku Racing / Falken Tire Nissan S13 7th Place
8. Stoneback, Geoff Geoff Stoneback Racing Nissan S14 8th Place
9. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Car Crafters Ford Mustang 9th Place
10. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC 10th Place
11. Grunewald, Conrad Always Evolving / Replay / GT Radial Chevy Camaro 11th Place
12. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 12th Place
13. Whiddett, Mike Red Bull Mazda MX-5 13th Place
14. Tuerck, Ryan Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Scion FR-S 14th Place
15. Hohnadell, Alec 11 Racing Nissan S14 15th Place
16. Yokoi, Masashi D-Max Nissan S15 16th Place

2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After Two Events
1. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 187.00 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC 143.00 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 106.00 Points

Manufacturers Championship Standings After Two Rounds
1. Scion 295.00 Points
2. Ford 163.00 Points
3. Nissan 143.00 Points
4. Chevrolet 125.00 Points
5. Toyota 87.00 Points
6. Infiniti 85.00 Points
7. Mazda 72.00 Points
8. Dodge 36.00 Points
9. BMW 34.00 Points

Tire Championship Standings After Two Rounds

1. Hankook 295.00 Points
2. Nitto 275.00 Points
3. Falken 190.00 Points
4. Maxxis 188.00 Points
5. Achilles 187.00 Points
6. Yokohama 139.00 Points
7. GT Radial 107.00 Points

Jhonnattan Castro Signs E3 Spark Plugs as Co-Primary Sponsor for Formula Drift

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Long Beach, CA (April 7th, 2015) – Jhonnattan Castro is proud to be officially announcing his Co-Primary Sponsorship with E3 Spark Plugs for the 2015 Formula Drift season.

Jhonnattan Castro, 31, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is a multi-winning Dominican Drift Champion and part of Chris Forsberg’s powerhouse Nissan 370Z team—and a major up-and-comer in the Formula Drift scene.

“I am very happy and thankful to have such a strong partnership with E3 Spark Plugs and to finally announce our relationship. They offer the best product on the marketplace and their company values are at the highest levels,” said Jhonnattan Castro. “I’m honored that they see the value in me and my racing program and Formula Drift as a series—it shows how far we have really come. We are really looking forward to our future with E3 and are very eager and excited to compete for wins!”

“The demanding environment of the Formula Drift Series is the perfect fit for our patented DiamondFire design,” said Steve Joiner, Vice President of Sales/Marketing for E3 Spark Plugs. “We are thrilled to be involved with Jhonnattan Castro’s team.”

The deal was overseen and brokered by Motorsports Marketing Agency, Drive Motorsports International.

ABOUT E3 SPARK PLUGS
E3 Spark Plugs has long been known for the performance enhancements of its patented DiamondFire ground electrode, now incorporated into the company’s race line. E3 Spark Plugs is the official spark plug of NHRA, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series and the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League. E3 spark plugs are available for most automotive, small-engine, and powersports applications at automotive and home-improvement retail stores nationwide. For more information and complete test results, log onto www.e3sparkplugs.com.

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

Air Force Renews Sponsorship with Formula DRIFT

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Long Beach, Calif. – April 15, 2015 – Formula DRIFT has renewed their sponsorship with the Air Force. This marks the sixth consecutive season with the Series.

“We’re pleased to partner with the team at Formula Drift for our sixth consecutive season,” said Maj. Jacob L. Chisolm IV, chief of the National Events Branch at Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service. “Our involvement helps us reach out to a sector of our target audience, while inspiring and building awareness about who we are as a service. It’s win-win for both of us.”

“We are honored to have our military represented at Formula Drift,” said Ryan Sage, Vice President and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT. “The Air Force has a high standard for recruiting and the fact they’ve chosen to partner with Formula Drift for the last 6 years speaks highly of our fans and the series.”

In addition to the Formula DRIFT sponsorship, the Air Force will continue to support driver, Ryan Tuerck. Beginning at Round 2 at Road Atlanta, the Air Force will support the series with either the Vapor or X1 super car mobile tour on display in the Formula Drift paddock area. Fans attending Round 3 at Orlando Speedway and Round 4 at Wall Speedway will have the chance to experience the Air Force Rapid Strike Flight Simulator.

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 8-9, 2015. Tickets are available and can be purchased via www.formuladrift.com.

Formula DRIFT 2015 Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results

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Long Beach, Calif. – April 12, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro kicked-off the first event of the 2015 World Championship season with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach to a sold out crowd. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC takes the victory and the lead in the chase for the championship.

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach started off the twelfth season of Formula DRIFT to a sell out crowd. Over 20,000 fans experienced the action and excitement at the Streets of Long Beach Grand Prix Street Course through the weekend. The Dailymotion Livestream partnership saw over 300,000 unique viewers watch the Driftstream over the event weekend.

“The season kicked off in fantastic fashion,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Each year I’m amazed at the diversity and growth of the Series in more intense competition. We had seven different tire manufacturers competing, nine vehicle manufacturers, various corporate brands, and eight past champions including the return of the only back-to-back champion Tanner Foust in the competition.”

After coming a few points short of his first title last season, Fredric Aasbo, kept the momentum that he gained through the second half of the 2014 season going and took the top spot on the podium after a few close battles. Ryan Tuerck in the Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Tires Scion FR-S was unable to make the necessary mechanical change within the five minute allotment which forced him out of the competition to land in third place. The final battle saw Aasbo and Aurimas Bakchis in the Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Tire Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Aasbo edged out Bakchis to take the event victory.

“This is exactly how we want to start the season,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 1: Streets of Long Beach. “With a win here in Long Beach we are leading the World Championship and the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship. This being the hometown of Rockstar Energy, Scion, and Hankook it couldn’t have been any better.”

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Event Results

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC Winner
2. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Hyundai Genesis 2nd Place
3. Tuerck, Ryan Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Tires Scion FR-S 3rd Place
4. Field, Matt CX Racing / Yokohama Tire Nissan S14 4th Place Place
5. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 5th Place
6. McQuarrie, Tyler GoPro Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 6th Place
7. Nishida, Robbie Achilles Radial Lexus SC300 7th Place
8. Mordaunt, Patrick DriftPaddock.com Nissan 350Z 8th Place
9. Forsberg, Chris Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 9th Place
10. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Car Crafters Ford Mustang 10th Place
11. Yoshihara, Dai Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ 11th Place
12. Savage, Dan SIKKY Racing Mazda RX-8 12th Place
13. Stoneback, Geoff Achilles Radial / Parts Shop Max Nissan S14 13th Place
14. Ng, Charles Maxxis / Sparkplugs.com Infiniti G37 14th Place
15. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing / Chelsea DeNofa Motorsports BMW 3 Series 15th Place
16. Coffman, Matt Coffman Racing Nissan S13 16th Place

2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Standings After One Event

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC 105.00 Points
2. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Hyundai Genesis 83.00 Points
3. Tuerck, Ryan Ryan Tuerck Racing / Retaks / Maxxis Tires Scion FR-S 68.00 Points

Manufacturers Championship Standings After One Round

1. Scion 173.00 Points
2. Ford 88.00 Points
3. Chevrolet 69.00 Points
4. Nissan 57.00 Points
5. Toyota 51.00 Points
6. BMW 34.00 Points
7. Infiniti 34.00 Points
8. Dodge 18.00 Points
8. Mazda 18.00 Points

Tire Championship Standings After One Round

1. Hankook 143.00 Points
2. Nitto 135.00 Points
3. Maxxis 102.00 Points
4. Falken 101.00 Points
5. Yokohama 86.00 Points
5. Achilles 86.00 Points
7. GT Radial 52.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Announces Gumout Sponsorship for 2015 Season

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Long Beach, Calif. – April 3, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro has announced a sponsorship with Gumout for the 2015 Pro Championship season. Gumout to launch, “You Get My Drift,” sweepstakes at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach.

“Formula Drift did a really nice job helping us get our program with Vaughn out there to the enormous drift demo and really opened our eyes as to how big drifting has become,” said Rusty Waples, General Brand Manager at ITW. “We’re all about car culture at Gumout and Black Magic – we want people’s cars to run and look their absolute best. So we’re going bigger this year to support FD’s car scene and are really excited about the partnership and what we can do together.”

Gumout supports the 2010 Formula DRIFT champion, Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and will increase their presence on Gittin’s Ford Mustang RTR.

“We are proud to add Gumout to the list of partners of the Series,” said Ryan Sage, Vice President and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT. “Their line-up of products helps vehicles perform to their full potential on and off the track.”

During Round 1: Streets of Long Beach, Gumout will launch a sweepstakes titled, “You Get My Drift,” with a winner to take home a brand new custom 2015 Ford Mustang RTR. For more information on how to enter the contest visit: www.yougetmydrift.com.