Kyle Mohan and Nexen Tire Partner for 2010 Formula Drift Season

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March 8, 2010 (Signal Hill, Calif.) — Kyle Mohan is proud to announce that his team will have a new identity and a new look for the 2010 season. Mohan will partner with Formula Drift’s newest tire sponsor, Nexen Tire, and will compete in the No.99 Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8 in the Formula Drift Pro Championship.

Mohan, also known for the rotary engines that he builds at Mazdatrix that power drift, race, and street cars around the country, has emerged as a leading Mazda driver in Formula Drift since he first competed in a Mazda RX-7 FC3S in 2006.

Coming off of a breakout 2008 season, where he finished a career-best fourth at the Streets of Long Beach and qualified 10th at the Red Bull Drifting World Championship, Mohan debuted a brand-new Mazda RX-8 at the beginning of the 2009 season. After a full season of development, that RX-8 has been developed extensively in the off season, and will be arriving at the Streets of Long Beach with more power, more noise – and a new tires, courtesy of Nexen Tire USA.

“This is really great news for my team, and for all of the sponsors and partners that have supported us over the past four seasons,” said Mohan. “Adding Nexen Tire as our title sponsor will help us elevate our program and give us what we need to continue to compete in Formula Drift. We have already tested their tires and were very impressed with the grip and wear that we got out of them, so I am really looking forward to getting back on track this season.”

Nexen Tire is new to Formula Drift, but has competed in Ireland’s ProDrift championship, and have become large supporters of grassroots drifting in the United States.

“We are very excited to become a part of Kyle’s Formula Drift program,” said Michael Meeiem, Motorsports Marketing Rep. for Nexen Tire USA. “We have had our eye on becoming involved in Formula Drift for a while, and as long as we’ve been talking about it we have had our eye on Kyle. His performances at the end of 2010, and the fact that he and his small team have competed in their RX-8 at such a high level led us to select KMR to be our flagship team.”

The new-look Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8 will debut at round 1 at the Streets of Long Beach on April 8-9.

Jeff Jones FD3S Formula DRIFT Car Build

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Formula DRIFT driver Jeff Jones posted on about his new vehicle for the season. Check it out.

Formula D 2010 season is just around the corner and I have been given the opportunity to once again rejoin my fellow rotary enthusiasts. Not long ago I decided to leave my always-favored FC3S for a 240 SX to use in competition for Formula D. This was not an ordinary SR-powered S13 but one with a 1JZ transplant. The 2009 season was an exhilarating and a new experience for me but it was time to “Go Big”…

This year has already shows better promise as Rotary Works has offered to build my team, Jeff Jones Racing, a monster drift machine to compete in for the 2010 season. We have chosen the FD3S chassis to build up and make custom to our needs. It wasn’t enough to leave the factory 13BREW engine in it to build on so we opted for the maximum cool factor… a Turbo charged 20B engine that we expect will make over 500+ WHP and deliver when put to challenge. Only days into our build, Rene Franco, engineer and fabricator of Rotary Works and founder of RMS (Rene’s Motorsports), began designing a tube-chassis style front end from scratch nonetheless.

The purpose of this thread is to share my personal experience in building a car capable of competing against factory-backed cars in the world of pro drifting that is Formula D. This is all possible with the help of my sponsors which include Rotary Works, CX Racing, EBC brakes, Clutch Net, Comp Turbo, K&N, to name a few. With all that being said I have decided to share some pictures of progress and will continue to do so until Rd.1 in Long Beach where I hope to meet some of my supporters and fans.

I will be putting out a official press release soon of all my 2010 sponsors.

(It always begins with a car on a trailer making its way to a tuner garage)

Read more and see photos HERE

(Announcement) Join Bergenholtz Racing This Friday at Smooths

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Come join Bergenholtz Racing this Friday at Smooth’s in downtown Long Beach as team announces a new marketing partner/sponsor and the unveiling of the new paint scheme for the Bergenholtz Racing Mazda RX-8. In addition, Formula D will be selling specially priced Round 1: Streets of Long Beach tickets, buy a Saturday reserved ticket and receive a free Friday GA ticket for only $27 (no TicketMaster surcharges will be applied). Cash & Credit Card payments only. Ticket quantities are limited.

When: February 12, 2010
Time: 12:15 P.M.
Where: Smooth’s Restaurant
144 Pine Ave. Long Beach CA 90802

Media Inquiries Contact:

– ceso

K1 Speed and Formula DRIFT Tonight

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Meet and Greet on Oct. 14

K1 Speed & Formula DRIFT
“Meet and Greet”

Date: Wednesday Oct. 14th
Time: 6pm-11pm
Location: K1 Speed Anaheim
1000 N. Edward Ct.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone: (714) 632-6999

6pm-8pm – Open racing for general public
8:30pm-9pm – Drift Drivers and Media Races
9pm-9:30pm – Autograph/Photo session
9pm-11pm – Open racing for general public

– ceso

Conrad Grunewald and Michael Essa on Team Drift

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Veteran Formula DRIFT driver Conrad Grunewald and rookie Michael Essa talk about the Team Drift competition this weekend. Grunewald had the Corvette put back together in 4 days after his crash at the Round 1: Streets of Long Beach event. Essa and Grunewald have something similar in common, both run on Corvette engines, but Essa’s lies inside the body of a Mazda RX-7!

Today is the Team Drift Finals at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach at 11:05 AM. Don’t miss out!