Clipping Point: Dean “Karnage” Kearney

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For the past 2 years we have had the honor of being able to assist Dean “Karnage” Kearney with helping  to grow his fan base here and abroad. We have done many a “Clipping Point” interviews but never with our man Dean. So we got the chance to do so earlier this year, so we can run it right before the finals to help get him some more needed exposure. Check out what he had to say about the Viper and what drives him. 

EverythingDrift: What do you love about drifting?

Dean Kearney: I love that each car and each driver is so different. As opposed to like WRC or NASCAR, it’s all like, FIA sanctioned that you all have to have the same size restrictor, the same size tire, and all. With Formula D there’s such a variance of chassis, tires, horsepower, engines–V8s, V10s, 4 bangers, it’s just crazy man.

ED: Back in Ireland what do you drive?

DK: I drive daily a van just like any normal person, But on track I don’t have anything really. Just what we do over here in the States.


2016 Achilles Radial Drift Driver Announcement

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2016 Achilles Radial Drift Driver Announcement

SANTA CLARITA, CALIF., March 24, 2016 – Achilles Radial will expand on existing motorsports programs in 2016, with Formula DRIFT remaining as the cornerstone of their global effort. Achilles Motorsports is dedicated to providing top quality product to racers from the grassroots to professional level. This commitment to the racing community is the focus of the marketing efforts for the brand in North America.


Achilles Radial is proud to announce the roster of talented drivers that will compete on Achilles Radial 123S and ATR Sport 2 tires in Formula DRIFT USA during the 2015 season. Anchored by Formula DRIFT veteran Robbie Nishida, fan favorite Dean Kearney and 2013 Champion Michael Essa, the team includes returning drivers and new faces, both within the PRO and PRO2 ranks.

The drivers that will be competing on Achilles Radial tires for the 2016 season are listed below:

PRO Series

Robbie Nishida, Dean Kearney, Andrew Gray, Kristaps Bluss, Brody Goble, Marc Landreville, Michael Essa, Kenny Moen, Charles Ng, Juha Rintanen and Faruk Kugay

PRO2 Series

Joe Tardiff, Chris Filippi, Ethan Hunter, Dirk Stratton, Doug VanDenBrink, Riley Sexsmith, Sheng Nian, Austin Meeks, Rafello Ambivero, Donovan Brockaway and Aaron Day

You can see Team Achilles PRO compete at the 2016 Formula DRIFT season opener in Long Beach, California on April 8th and 9th and PRO2 at Formula DRIFT Atlanta on May 6th and 7th. For more information on Formula DRIFT, visit

European Drift

Achilles Radial will support several drift teams in Europe for the 2016 season. We are pleased to partner with Steven Donnelly / Team Diemax as well as the HGK Racing team as they compete in various drift events throughout Europe in 2016.

For more information on HGK Racing, please visit
For more information on Team Diemax, please visit


Achilles Motorsports offers a racer support program to drivers in all Formula DRIFT sanctioned pro/am series in the US and Canada. Drivers who are interested in taking part in the racer support program should visit

The program offers discounted pricing to qualified drivers and contingency programs within many of the race series in the US.

Formula Drift Pro/Am Contingency Program

Drivers who actively take part in the AMS Racer Support Program and compete in an approved US and Canada Formula DRIFT licensing series are eligible for the following contingency payout for the 2016 season:

1st Place: $200.00 Achilles Bucks

2nd Place: $100.00 Achilles Bucks

3rd Place: $50.00 Achilles Bucks

Achilles bucks can be used to purchase tires and promotional items from Achilles Motorsports.

Drivers who take part in the AMS Racer Support Program and receive their Formula DRIFT PRO2 license will automatically have a place in the Achilles PRO2 program.

Please contact Cheralyn Hale, Director of Marketing, at with any questions about the racer support program and to receive guidelines for the contingency program.

For more information about Achilles Radial, please visit and like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @achillestire.