Q&A with Super Autobac’s Michihiro Takatori

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Do you enjoy the challenge of Formula DRIFT?
Yes, this year I'm the rookie. I was really excited to test my skills in Formula D
and I'm having a lot of fun this year so far.

What are your goals for Formula DRIFT 2008? Or the years to come?
I believe first impressions are very important and this is my first year to make
an impact in Formula D. Of course my main goal is and always will remain to become
series champion.

How do you enjoy the competition here in US as a Formula DRIFT driver vs 
competing in Japan?
Winning is difficult, regardless of series. If I drive well, I feel I can be
successful no matter where I am.

Second place at Round 02 Atlanta, first time in Atlanta, how does it feel
to join the podium after just the 2nd round?
I was really happy to find success so quickly. After making it to the great 8,
I was already satisfied...I believed the next round would be nothing but
practice...but I took each of the next rounds one at a time and did my best.
I was really surprised to make it that far that fast!

What's your exercise regime over a race weekend? Does it vary according to the race
location, demands of the circuit etc?
Unfortunately I've got nothing impressive going on here. I smoke too much, drink
beer every night, and in a place like Vegas, the only exercise I'm getting is pushing
buttons on the slot machines.

Do you have a lucky charm?
I don't have a lucky charm but the larger and louder the crowd is, the more likely
you are to see some amazing runs from me.

What do you do to stay calm as you're sat on the grid awaiting the formation?
At this point in my Formula D career I'm not worried about small details as much as
I am about just driving. Because I can't speak English, usually the only thing going
through my head is, "I wish I knew what all these people were saying to me!"

On Round 03 (Englishtown Raceway) You went off track while tandem drifting behind
Grunewald, can you tell us what went wrong?
That V8 is fast!! Going into that run I was already down by 2 points so I knew I had
to be right on him to tie or push it to a one more time. Conrad was only going to be
caught on the corners and the straightway in front of the judges stand was what concerned
me. I basically decided to go 150% and not even brake coming out of the first
corner...unfortunately this was too much and the speed and angle took me for an off course rally.

Can you tell us about your ride? ER34 Skyline specs?
Approx. 600hp Tomei 2.8L RB Engine, OS Giken T88 Sequential Transmission, OS Giken
Super Lock Rear Differential, Koyo Radiator, Koyo Intercooler, Kakimoto Titanium Muffler,
Work S1 Meister Wheels, Toyo Proxy Tires

Is there any track that you are looking forward to? Why?
I've never driven any of the tracks other than Irwindale but I'm looking forward to
driving all of them. I like challenging my skills on new tracks.

Who do you think is your biggest competition in Formula D? (Drivers?)
I don't try to make any assumptions about any drivers. Sometimes the least expected
drivers come out an dominate. I think it's best to take the approach of one run at a time.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
I am going to do my best to show this series the extent of my talent and skills.

Team Manager: Roo Arebalo
Team Mechanic: Satoru Kawamura

Blake Fuller Unveils New G35

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Blake Fuller and Braille Battery has recently unveiled his new Infiniti G35 that will be ready for competition by the end of the season according to Fuller. An official press release will be sent out shortly by Fuller and will be posted on the Formula DRIFT website. Stay tuned for more.

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Round 4: High Stakes Results Press Release

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Formula DRIFT Round 4: High Stakes;

Toshiki Yoshioka Takes Win at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Long Beach, Calif. – July 15, 2008 – Formula DRIFT entered Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time for Round 4: High Stakes and rookie Toshiki Yoshioka took home the victory. This event also marked the 2nd event of the Tires.com Triple Crown bonus prize with Rhys Millen holding the lead over teammate Daijiro Yoshihara.

Entering Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time the Formula DRIFT Championship came back to the West Coast. The course became the fastest on the circuit with multiple drivers topping the high 90 mph range with their initial drift through the challenging track. The competition was as tough as ever with many new faces and vehicles entering the competition.

The event showcased one of the most diverse fields in Formula DRIFT history with the world’s best drivers from around the world participating at the event. Drivers such as Toshiki Yoshioka from Japan, Christian Pickering from Australia, JT Wharerau from New Zealand, and world renowned Japanese champion Manabu Orido made his Formula DRIFT debut. Japan came out on top with both Daijiro Yoshihara in his Bridgestone / RMR Pontiac Solstice GXP and Toshiki Yoshioka in his ASpec / Works Bell Toyota Sprinter Trueno making it to the finals. After a hard fought battle, Formula DRIFT rookie, Toshiki Yoshioka took home top honors in only his 2nd Formula DRIFT appearance.

The diversity of the series was proven with drivers coming from around the world to compete in Formula DRIFT competition,” said Jim Liaw, President and Co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “You never know who will come out on top as proven with 3 Toyota Corollas making it to the head to head round and upsetting some of the higher horsepower vehicles.”

At the halfway point of the season the competition for the Castrol SYNTEC Power Cup is as tight as ever with 2007 Formula DRIFT Champion Tanner Foust and his Rockstar / AEM Nissan 350Z leading the way and with less than 15 points separating Foust from 2-time Formula DRIFT champion Samuel Hubinette in his Nuformz Racing / Mopar Dodge Viper SRT10 in 2nd place and contender Daijiro Yoshihara in his Bridgestone / RMR Pontiac GTO following in 3rd, it will be a hard fought battle to the end. This event also marked the 2nd event for the Tires.com Triple Crown bonus prize and previous winner Rhys Millen leads the way by 4 points over teammate Daijiro Yoshihara. Formula DRIFT action continues on August 9 at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA.