Formula DRIFT Round 5: After Dark Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 5: After Dark Results;
Tyler McQuarrie Takes the Victory and Team Falken Tire Sweep the Podium

Long Beach, Calif. – August 22, 2010 – Formula DRIFT returned to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Round 5: After Dark. Tyler McQuarrie piloting the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z found the top of the podium alongside his Falken Tire teammates for their 2nd ever sweep.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted the event to a sell out crowd under the stars and lights in the Nevada desert. Round 5: After Dark featured the Vegas Pro Am finals, Fatlace One of One Showcase car show, Monster truck demonstration, Drag Races, and was highlighted with the Formula DRIFT championship competition. The competition heats up with only two events remaining in the 2010 Championship season.

“This event in Las Vegas is challenging for everyone involved with Formula DRIFT including the staff, teams, and sponsors, but at the end of the day the event exceeded all expectations with a sell-out crowd, amazing competition, and a tightening chase for the Championship heading into Sonoma,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The level of competition is at an all-time high and teams are setting the bar for the sport of drifting worldwide.”

The action filled weekend came down to a battle of the V8’s. Making the Top 4 for his first time, Tony Brakohiapa in the Cooper Tire / BSP Tuskegee Airmen Mustang went against point leader, Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang for third place. Gittin gained the victory and maintains the championship points lead. The final battle pitted Falken teammates Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 against Tyler McQuarrie in the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z. Mechanical problems forced Yoshihara to forfeit from the competition giving McQuarrie his first ever victory and moves him up the rankings into 9th place overall.

“The Falken Tire Nissan 350Z was unreal in every practice and through qualifying. It was one of those events where I could just feel it,” said Tyler McQuarrie, winner of Round 5: After Dark. “To get my first career victory here in Las Vegas feels incredible and for the Falken Tire team to get the second ever sweep in history is a milestone for the team.”

McQuarrie will carry the momentum of the victory to the next stop of the Formula DRIFT championship at his hometown track for Round 6: Point of Impact on September 10-11. This is the last event before the Finals in October and the drivers will be sure to put it all on the line for a chance at the title. Tickets are available on-line.

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2010 Point Standings – Top 16
1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang 439 Points
2. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 417 Points
3. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy Scion TC 386 Points
4. Tuerck, Ryan Mobil 1 / Maxxis Tire / Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice 361 Points
5. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Saturn Sky 342 Points
6. Hubinette, Samuel SHR-Dodge / BF Goodrich Dodge Challenger 304 Points
7. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / CFR Nissan 350Z 296 Points
8. Millen, Rhys RMR / Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe 291.75 Points
9. McQuarrie, Tyler Falken Tire Nissan 350Z 275.50 Points
10. Pawlak, Justin Ford Racing / Falken Tire Ford Mustang 267.50 Points
11. Takatori, Michihiro BF Goodrich / Exedy Nissan S13 239.50 Points
12. Ng, Charles Charles Ng Racing Mazda RX-7 228.50 Points
13. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro 213 Points
14. Gushi, Ken Scion Racing / RS*R Scion TC 203.50 Points
15. Maeng, Joon Full Tilt Poker / Nitto Tire Mazda RX-8 190.25 Points
16. Petty, Ross Falken Tire / Garage Boso Nissan S15 186 Points

Round 5: After Dark Event Results
1. McQuarrie, Tyler Falken Tire Nissan 350Z 1st Place
2. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 2nd Place
3. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang 3rd Place Triple Crown – Event 2 of 3
1. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy Scion TC 169 Points
2. Tuerck, Ryan Mobil 1 / Maxxis Tire / Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice 167 Points
3. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 162 Points

Formula DRIFT Announces Content Partnership with

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 17, 2010 – Formula DRIFT has announced a partnership with Streetfire will host all of the drifting sanctioning body’s archived television programs and provide an interface for viewing the content on the Formula DRIFT website via the All Access section.

“ will bring Formula DRIFT content to millions of users globally and extends the reach of the Series outside the drifting community and into the mainstream automotive world,” said Ryan Sage, vice-president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We are also excited to bring all of this content directly to the Formula DRIFT fans via the website’s All Access section.”

The partnership will feature past archived footage of Formula DRIFT programs along with exclusive content from around the globe. This includes international coverage where Formula DRIFT has had a presence. has also designed an interface for viewing all of the content through the Formula DRIFT All Access page of the website

“We are happy to be working with Formula DRIFT to distribute their exciting drift series to the millions of StreetFire users around the world while also powering the video experience on the Formula DRIFT website,” said Glenn Rogers, CEO of CarDomain Network. “StreetFire is part of the CarDomain Network, the largest auto enthusiast network in the world reaching over 5 million car fanatics every month. Formula DRIFT is the premier organizer of Drift events in the US and we are very pleased to be in partnership with them.”

Formula DRIFT continues the 2010 season with Round 5: After Dark on August 20-21, 2010 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information, visit

Formula DRIFT 2010 Round 4: Throwdown Results

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Formula DRIFT 2010 Round 4: Throwdown Results;
Tanner Foust Takes the Victory and the Lead in the Triple Crown

Long Beach, Calif. – July 10, 2010 – Formula DRIFT entered Evergreen Speedway for Round 4: Throwdown in Monroe, Washington. Tanner Foust takes the victory and moves into second place overall in the Pro Championship standings, while taking the lead in the chase for the Triple Crown.

Evergreen Speedway hosted Round 4: Throwdown to a packed stadium. Fans gathered to watch the exciting competition under the clear skies and warm sun. Attendance increased from past seasons proving the growth and popularity of the sport in the Pacific Northwest is as strong as ever.

“The drifting fans in the Pacific Northwest prove to be some of the most diehard and enthusiastic in the nation,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The drifting market is thriving in the area as was evident by the increased attendance from last season, despite two major sporting events occurring simultaneously.”

Round 4: Throwdown brought exciting drifting action back to the Pacific Northwest with Tanner Foust in the Rockstar Energy Scion TC taking his first victory of the season moving him into second place overall in the Pro Championship standings. Foust also takes the lead in the second event of the Triple Crown with the win. The final battle paired Foust with Ryan Tuerck in the Mobil 1 / Maxxis Tires Pontiac Solstice, Tuerck crashed into the wall coming off the banking on the second run giving Foust the victory. The consolation run showcased Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Saturn Sky against Michihiro Takatori piloting the Drift Emporium / BF Goodrich Nissan S13. McNamara edged out Takatori to take third place.

“This was an epic event and took a lot of work to get this victory,” said Tanner Foust, winner of Round 4: Throwdown. “After running multiple “One More Time” battles we almost ran out of Hankook tires, but to advance against competitors that put on such clean tandem battles made this victory even more sweet.”

Round 3: The Gauntlet Results

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Long Beach, Calif. – June 6, 2010 – Formula DRIFT continued the season at Wall Stadium for Round 3: The Gauntlet. Daijiro Yoshihara wins his second event in a row, while Vaughn Gittin, Jr. podiums for the third straight event and retains the Pro Championship leader

Wall Stadium hosted Round 3: The Gauntlet to a packed venue. Fans were treated to clear weather and an action-packed weekend. The level of competition has increased forcing multiple “One More Time” calls from the judges, which gave the fans more head to head action.

“The seventh season continues to be unbelievably strong with the depth and skill of the driver pool,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We want to give it up the drivers for putting on another great show and to the fans for their continued support.”

Round 3: The Gauntlet showcased exciting tandem action that had Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 take his second consecutive victory by beating out Falken teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tires Ford Mustang in the Finals for the second time in a row. Gittin has now found the podium in each of the 3 events this season with a victory at Round 1 and two second place finishes at Round 2 and Round 3 and retains the Pro Championship points lead. The consolation round placed last season’s winner Darren McNamara in the Falken Tires Saturn Sky against 2-time Formula DRIFT champion Tanner Foust in the Rockstar Energy Drink Scion tC with Foust edging it out for third place at the event.

“I’ve got my mojo back!,” said Daijiro Yoshihara, winner of Round 3: The Gauntlet. “This feels incredible to win back to back events and I could not have done it without the help of my team and sponsors.”

The season continues on July 9-10, 2010 for Round 4: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway. Tickets are available on-line. For more information and details visit the Formula DRIFT website at:

Over 238,500 Unique Viewers Tune-In for DriftStream’s coverage of Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship

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Long Beach, Calif. – May 13, 2010 – Formula DRIFT continued the new DriftStream with at Round 2: Road to the Championship registering a massive 238,500 unique viewers watching the event live. Formula DRIFT and partner with to distribute the live stream. Over 128 countries tuned in to watch the action at Road Atlanta.

“The first live stream had over 78,000 unique IP’s, this one registered 238,500 unique IP’s. These numbers are absolutely ground-breaking,” said Ryan Sage, co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We are talking about a minimum of 238,000 people that chose to watch the broadcast, and not just random clicks. These numbers don’t even take into account anyone else in the room of the specific IP registered. If we were using Nielson TV ratings, these numbers would be closer to 500,000 individual viewers. This is a massive home run.”

Formula DRIFT and have partnered with, the easiest way to share live video, to help feed the DriftStream across multiple channels. specializes in live streaming and helps engage with the live audience.

“ is very excited about the partnership with Formula DRIFT. Formula D’s content is a perfect use case of our platform – great, professionally created content that needs an outlet to reach its global fanbase,” said Kevin Lin, COO of “The test broadcast of the Road to the Championship event in Atlanta on drew over 200,000 unique viewers in the first day. Clearly there are drift fans out there anxious to get access to these live events, and is going to be that source for them.”

“After just two events the future of the DriftStream is looking bright! We were able to deal with some pretty difficult technology challenges and with the help of our DriftStream chat audience we were able to fine tune the stream each day,” said Tom Masiero, co-founder of “This event we implemented a new feature that that included the behind the scenes audio from the Official Radio chatter that received rave reviews. This event would not have been possible without our sponsors Royal Purple, Mishimoto, Need for Speed, and Belle-1 Communications. We are looking forward to Round 3: The Gauntlet in Wall, NJ with some great new features for the Formula Drift Fan base!”

The Drift Stream will continue at Round 3: The Gauntlet on June 4-5 in Wall, NJ when Formula DRIFT returns to Wall Speedway.