Formula DRIFT Japan Round 2: Ebisu Results

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Formula DRIFT Japan Round 2: Ebisu / Formula DRIFT Round 3: World Championship Results; Mad Mike Whiddett Wins Big In Japan


Long Beach, Calif. – May 25, 2016 – G-Shock presents Formula DRIFT Japan headed to the mountaintops of the famed Ebisu Circuit for the second round of the Formula DRIFT Japan Championship and third round of the Formula DRIFT World Championship. Mike Whiddett takes the victory in a Mazda RX-7.

A capacity crowded at the heralded jewel of Japan drifting came to the Ebisu Circuit to witness world-class competition from the top drivers in the sport.

“What an amazing event! To be here with the Formula DRIFT Japan team to witness this wonderful event and amazing competition was something any fan of drifting could only dream of,” said Ryan Sage, Vice-President of Formula DRIFT. “Today I saw some of the best drifting in the world and I am proud to see all these drivers, from different walks of life, live out their dream at this legendary track.”

The finals saw Mike Whiddett take on famed Japanese drifter, Masashi Yokoi. Both drivers went door-to-door on both runs, but it was Whiddett’s lead run that sealed the victory with a perfectly executed backwards entry. Yokoi lost his positioning as Whiddett accelerated to the final clip, which ended with the judges unanimously favoring Whiddett giving him the victory.

“This is my first Formula DRIFT victory since 2009 in Thailand, but the level now is at an all-time high, so words can’t begin to describe the feeling right now,” said Mike Whiddett, winner of the event. “In drifting you can’t win by pushing 115 percent or by 98 percent. You have to be really focused.”

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 3: Unchartered Territory on June 3-4 at Orlando Speedworld. For more information visit, and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook, Twitter @FormulaD, and snapchat formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Formula DRIFT Japan Round 2: Ebisu Circuit
1. Whiddett, Mike RX-7 FD3S Winner
2. Yokoi, Masashi S15 Silvia 2nd Place
3. Hayashi, Kazuki S15 Silvia 3rd Place
4. Tanaka, Seimi S15 Silvia 4th Place
5. Gray, Andrew JZX100 Chaser 5th Place
6. Oshiro, Daichi JZX100 Mark II 6th Place
7. Kasahara, Masaki S15 Silvia 7th Place
8. Horino, Jin 180 SX 8th Place
9. Imamura, Yoichi Lexus LFA 9th Place
10. Nian, Sheng JZX100 Chaser 10th Place
11. Suenaga, Naoto S15 Silvia 11th Place
12. Yamashita, Koichi JZX100 Mark II 12th Place
13. Yamanaka, Kenji JZX100 Mark II 13th Place
14. Fukada, Tadahiro JZX100 Mark II 14th Place
15. Mekuwa, Kojiro S15 Silvia 15th Place
16. Taguchi, Kazuya S15 Silvia 16th Place

Formula DRIFT World Championship Standings after 3 events
1. Whiddett, Mike 188 Points
2. Field, Matt 101 Points
3. Gray, Andrew 66 Points


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SEMA Ignited is the official SEMA Show after party, where consumers are welcome to join the industry on Friday, Nov. 6, from 3-10 pm. Taking place at the Gold Lot right across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center, the event will include vehicles from the SEMA Show, music, food, demonstrations, entertainment and more. Consumers can purchase tickets and obtain details at

The event gives the public, media, SEMA Show exhibitors, attendees and guests a rare opportunity to collect and share images of hundreds of customized vehicles featuring the newest and most innovative products from the SEMA Show.

To learn more about the event or to purchase consumer tickets, visit

Formula DRIFT Drivers

  • Dai Yoshihara
  • Odi Bakchis
  • Mike Whiddett
  • Mike Essa
  • Alex Heilbrunn
  • Robbie Nishida
  • Daigo Saito
  • Dean Kearney




Top 32 Play-by-Play: Formula Drift Rd 5 Evergreen Speedway By DrivingLine

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Evergreen Speedway sits around 45 minutes Northeast of Seattle in the city of Monroe, and is home to the annual Washington State fair. In years past, Evergreen has awarded the first Formula Drift career podium or event win to more drivers than any other event, continued last season by Dean Kearney earning his first career podium.

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Nitto’s Auto Enthusiast Day is Going Back to Cali

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Nitto’s Auto Enthusiast Day is Going Back to Cali

After a successful event in Texas, Nitto Tire’s Auto Enthusiast Day is returning to Southern California August 1st, 2015 and promises to be the series’ best event yet.

Fast Facts:

  • 2015 marks the third year of the highly successful event series
  •  Event entry is free for all car show participants, vendors and spectators.
  •  Activities include a car show, drifting demos, truck jumping demos, a vendor midway, and raffle


  • Meet Team Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin, Jr., Odi Bakchis, “Mad” Mike Whiddett, and Tanner Foust

    Cypress, Calif. (June 9, 2015) – Southern California is the birthplace of “car culture” as we know it today. Everything from traditional hot rodding to the emergence of the Japanese car culture in the US can trace its origins back to “SoCal.” Celebrating all of this history, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off- road and street performance tires, created the Auto Enthusiast Day event – a free car show designed to bring together every facet of the automotive world in one place. Now in its third year, Auto Enthusiast Day promises to be the biggest one yet when it comes to Angel’s Stadium in Anaheim, California on August 1st.

    Nitto Tire’s Auto Enthusiast Days has become a staple of the Southern California car show season. Since its inception in 2013, it has grown at an explosive rate, bringing in more cars, more vendors, more spectators, and more crowd-pleasing driving demos. Continuing this trend of growth, the 3rd annual event has even more in store for enthusiasts as Nitto pulls out all the stops to create the ultimate automotive experience.

    “We couldn’t be more thrilled with how quickly Auto Enthusiast Day has evolved, as well as all of the positive responses from our fans,” said Harry Kong, Brand Publishing Events and Motorsports for Nitto Tire. “Nitto is proud to be a company Fueled by Enthusiasts and we love being able to give back to the community that has been instrumental in our success. We have some great things planned for our 3rd annual event and cannot wait to see the reactions of the attendees.”

    Auto Enthusiast Day will be full of activities sure to please everyone. Like previous years, there will be a car show for enthusiasts and car clubs to show off their modified and restored vehicles, a Vendor Midway featuring the hottest products in the automotive industry, drifting demonstrations by Team Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin, Jr., Odi Bakchis, “Mad” Mike Whiddett, and Tanner Foust, and raffle giveaways for everything from apparel to ride alongs with one of the Team Nitto drivers. New for 2015 will also feature various drivers from Nitto’s Ultra4 Off-Road motorsports team.

    The event will take place on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at Angel’s Stadium in Anaheim, California and runs from 11am to 7pm. Admission to the event is free for everyone (spectator parking is $10) and the first 500 car show participants will receive a free gift for being part of the show. Vendor space is also free of charge for companies that want to show off their latest products, but space is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets for Auto Enthusiast Day are available online at and interested vendors can reserve their spot by contacting To learn more about Nitto Tire, please visit Join Nitto Tire on Facebook at and on Twitter at @NittoTire.

About Nitto Tire

Nitto Tire ( develops performance tires for all uses, including racing, off-road and street. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities in both Japan and the United States, Nitto provides innovative and high-quality performance tires for the most demanding automotive enthusiasts. For more information about Nitto or its products, visit the company’s web site or contact the company directly. Nitto is a registered trademark of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., located at 5665 Plaza Drive, Ste. 250, Cypress, CA 90630.

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Mad Mike’s Return To Formula Drift by Larry Chen

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I was very excited when Mike told me at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon that he was making a return to Formula Drift, because not only is he a fan favorite, he brings a sense of style unlike anyone else on the grid.

I had a moment to catch up with Mike as soon as he was finished with Thursday practice ahead of this weekend’s FD Atlanta round.


Larry: You just finished open practice – how is your return to Formula Drift going so far?

Mike: It’s insane – seeing the speed of all the cars especially!


Just watching from the outside, you can definitely see the progression. I’ve been away from Formula Drift USA for five years, and the difference in speed from back then until now is ridiculous.


Today is our first time running on a new Nitto Tire NT05 compound, and it feels amazing.


Scott from SPD, who used to be Daijiro Yoshihara’s crew chief, has done a lot with setting up our KW coilovers and the rest of the suspension, so we’re really comfortable with the car now.


It helped that we took a lot of grip out of the car this morning, but since then we’ve just been fine tuning the setup and I’ve been getting used to the track with this layout, as I haven’t driven it before.


As for the speed of RADBUL, it’s pretty scary. I just need to learn the car and get my confidence up – mainly for the initiation and staying on the gas. It’s just that much faster than what we’re used to.


Larry: I noticed that when you are going back up the hill, your car is just pouring out smoke like I have never seen before. It’s so cool.


Mike: Yeah, it’s actually been a bit of a problem and we’ve had to put wind deflectors in to try and blow the smoke out. Because the cabin of the Miata is kind of like the back of a pickup truck, the tire smoke just gathers inside and swirls around.


The deflectors are really working too, because now when I’m on it, it feels like I’m not making any smoke at all. But when I pull back into the pits, my crew is telling me, ‘Man – that’s smokey as!’


I’m just really pumped to be back though. The camaraderie between the teams is amazing – it’s like a big family!


Nothing comes close to Formula Drift, and I’m just really stoked to be back.


I’m not here to break any records on this first season back – we just want to mix it up again, have some fun with the guys out here, and try and learn as much as we can.


As I said, the pace is the biggest thing that I need to get used to. I’m just trying to keep up with these guys because the cars have developed so much in the past five years.

Larry Chen and Mad Mike Whiddett
Instagram: larry_chen_foto

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