ROUSH and JTP a winning combination
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MICH. (March 29, 2016) — Professional Drifter Justin T. Pawlak is ready to steer his way to the finish line during the 2016 Formula Drift series. Teaming with main sponsor ROUSH Performance, Pawlak will drive a 2016 ROUSH Supercharged Mustang with a Ford Performance Aluminator crate engine.
Pawlak, who began his drifting career in 2005, secured first place finishes at Los Angeles NOPI Drift and the first round of 2011 Formula Drift. He has been a consistent top-7 performer in Formula D since 2011.
“I know what it takes to win, but ROUSH Performance’s support in 2016 is a huge advantage in competing for a Formula D title,” said Justin Pawlak, who is based in Covina, California. “I can’t wait to get on the track, push the limit and start shaking down.”
For the 2016 drifting season, Pawlak built a brand new S550-chassis Mustang that features the ROUSH 2.3-liter TVS supercharger, which pushes out almost 1,000 horsepower and 831 lb-ft of torque. “It’s a really solid platform using factory components, and gives me the power I need to compete,” Pawlak said.
A hands-on driver, Pawlak does his own mechanical, fabrication and suspension design. He also welds his own roll cages, and is one of the highest-ranked drivers that does his own vehicle work.
“When we first looked at getting involved with Formula Drift, Justin immediately became our top pick,” said Jack Roush Jr., brand manager for ROUSH Performance. “Justin is a great driver, and he knows a lot about Mustangs. He is also a very down-to-earth guy, and he’s built his program from the ground-up with his own hard work.”
When Pawlak isn’t in the shop or on the track, he’s mentoring other youth drivers, volunteering at his church with youth community activities, or attending meets, shows and charity events in the automotive industry.
About ROUSH Performance: ROUSH Performance, a division of Roush Enterprises, designs, engineers and manufactures completely assembled pre-titled vehicles, aftermarket performance parts, performance crate engines, and marine engine superchargers for the global performance enthusiast market. Based in Plymouth Township, Michigan, ROUSH Performance was founded in 1995 by motorsports legend Jack Roush. Visit us at ROUSHperformance.com or call 800.59.ROUSH.
(Ontario, CA) – Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis has announced his racing platform for the 2016 drifting season. He will be exclusively driving the Ark Performance Hyundai Genesis in the Formula Drift championship series. Bakchis placed second overall in the 2015 Formula Drift world championship by piloting both the Ark Performance Hyundai Genesis and the Feal Suspension Nissan 240SX, and will be focusing solely on driving the Genesis in 2016.
Bakchis has also announced a partnership with Falken Tires for the 2016 season. Bakchis indicated that he is “excited about the opportunity to represent one of the most iconic drifting brands this season – Falken Tire. Falken has proven to be a successful tire with multiple championships and I am looking forward to demonstrating what I can add to their roster. I am confident in this next step in my drifting career and am eager to see what 2016 has in store.”
The Ark Performance Hyundai Genesis proved successful by earning two second-place finishes for Bakchis in 2015. The Genesis will be powered by an LS7 engine built by CBM Motorsports with a Vortech supercharger. Bakchis will continue to use Feal Suspension 441 coilovers that he has customized for the tracks of the Formula Drift circuit.
With the freshly prepared Ark Performance Hyundai Genesis on Falken tires and Feal Suspension coilovers, 2016 promises to be exciting for Bakchis and his team. The 2016 season kicks off on April 8-9, 2016 in Long Beach, California.