Essa Autosport Welcomes SLP Camaro To 2015 Formula Drift Program

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DKAR-4467Essa Autosport is excited to announce a new partnership with SLP for the 2015 Formula Drift season. Michael Essa will be piloting a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS generously provided by SLP, stepping away from the BMW platform the team has popularized in Formula Drift since Essa’s early professional drifting career. Together with SLP and parent company Roush, Essa Autosport will be teaming up with friend Justin Pawlak, making for an interesting Chevy/Ford conglomeration in the Formula Drift paddocks.

DKAR-4470With the first round of Formula Drift quickly approaching on April 10-11 in Long Beach, the Essa Autosport team has their work cut out for them. The Camaro is currently in the tear down stage for upgrades such as Formula Drift legal cage and restraints, drivetrain upgrades such as transmission and differential, and several steering and suspension upgrades to make the car handle Essa’s extreme angle driving style. The full tear down, weight reduction, and power adding process will be extremely limited due to budget and time restrictions. Essa Autosport expects an interesting 6-7 weeks of building the car and sourcing parts.

DKAR-4486Testing is expected to be done nearing the car’s debut in Long Beach. Cutting it close to the big event ensures that no corners will be cut in the build in order to make early testing days. Essa Autosport has high expectations for the addition of the Camaro to their professional drift program. The first year in a chassis is tough, but Essa’s team is excited and motivated to work through the shake down and tuning process to earn results and podium appearances they strive for.

The 2015 Formula Drift season opens on April 10-11 in Long Beach, one week before the world renowned Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Words and photos by David Karey – AmDrift.com – david@amdrift.com

Round 2: Qualifying Results

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Driver: Car # Score:

1 C. Grunewald #79 96.2
2 R. Tuerck #44 94.4
3 J. Maeng #51 94.4
4 D.Yoshihara #9 93.3
5 T. McQuarrie #17 91.1
6 K. Gushi #33 90.9
7 M. Powers #665 89.8
8 C. Forsberg #64 88.4
9 K. Mohan #99 87.8
10 D. McNamara #8 87.6
11 M Essa #101 80.8
12 V. Gittin #1 80.6
13 F. Aasbo #151 79.3
14 T. Yoshioka #21 77.8
15 J. Pawlak #13 77.3
16 M. Waldin #23 77
17 K. Moen #76 76.2
18 D. Mertzanis #323 73.3
19 R. Petty #808 72.5
20 P. Cyr #68 71
21 O. Bachis #723 70.5
22 P. Mordaunt #90 70.3
23 M. Feiock #222 69.9
24 E. O’Sullivan 66.6
25 C. Martinez #951 66.5
26 M Field #777 65.5
27 C. Ng #84 65.4
28 D. Kearney #43 64.9
29 J. Jones #29 64.3
30 W. Wilkerson #95 63.8
31 T. Aono #86 59.8
32 J. Russakoff #87 58.6