Formula DRIFT Japan Results;
Masao Suenaga Takes Event Victory
Long Beach, Calif. – July 10, 2014 – Formula DRIFT entered Fuji Speedway for the first Formula DRIFT Japan event for Round 2 of the Formula DRIFT Asia Championship. Japan’s own Masao Suenaga takes the inaugural event victory.
Formula DRIFT continued global expansion into the land of the rising sun holding the first ever Formula DRIFT Japan event at Fuji Speedway this past weekend. The event embarks on a three-year deal between the Series and MSC Co, Ltd.
The event had sixty-nine entries in which fourteen of those were Formula DRIFT Asia regulars. Six of the fourteen finished in the Top 16. Participating drivers represented eight countries.
“In 2003, I was here to announce that professional drifting was venturing outside of Japan for the first time,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Today, we came back to the birthplace of this sport to stage the first ever Formula DRIFT competition. To top it all off, the competition was awesome!”
Formula DRIFT featured ancillary events including: the Offset Kings car show, World Time Attack exhibition, Mazda Fest, 180 & Silvia Meet, FMX demos and Supermoto racing. Over 150,000 viewers watched the event worldwide via the Driftstream.
Formula DRIFT Results:
Winner = Masao Suenaga
2nd Place = Masashi Yokoi
3rd Place = Fredric Aasbo
The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway on July 18-19. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaD.
For all Formula DRIFT fans with access to J SPORTS, here is the 2013 broadcast schedule.
The widely popular Japanese tuning magazine, Option 2, will contain a special feature on Formula DRIFT in their upcoming August issue. This issue will also include an edited feature recapping the 2010 Formula DRIFT season as part of their DVD insert. Look for it at a Japanese book store near you.
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Relief For Japan – Supporting the People of Japan
In the recent tragic 9.0 earthquake that caused massive tsunamis in Japan on March 11, 2011, thousands of lives had been lost with thousands more losing their homes. The official death toll to date has been estimated to be more than 12,000 with 160,000 people currently living in shelters. In an effort to help those in need, Japanese born and Formula DRIFT driver Dai Yoshihara, created a donation website that will be selling stickers and t-shirts.
“My goal with this website is to be able to help the people of Japan,” explains Dai. “I am hoping to raise money to support the relief efforts in Japan.” The new website, Relief For Japan at www.rfjp.org, will have for sale custom designed ‘support Japan’ stickers and t-shirts. “Through the stickers and t-shirts, I hope it’ll help promote to others to continue to support Japan.” All proceeds from the website will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. Visitors will also have the option to donate additional money to support the relief efforts.
To learn more about Relief For Japan and how you can help support the relief efforts, please visit www.rfjp.org.
For more information about Dai Yoshihara, please visit www.daiyoshihara.com