Round 3: The Gauntlet Top 32 Qualifying


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Today’s Top 32 Qualifying was very exciting. Both Ken Gushi and Tyler McQuarrie tied with the same top score, but Ken had a higher speed so he earns the top spot. The biggest upset of the day comes with current Formula DRIFT champion Tanner Foust spinning in both his qualifying runs and failing to qualify into the Top 32 competition.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Formula DRIFT Blog and Twitter for live updates throughout the day.

Ken Gushi
Ken Gushi

Tyler McQuarrie
Tyler McQuarrie

Qualifying Drivers – Top 32

Driver: Car #: Score:

1 K. Gushi 5 95.9
2 T. McQuarrie 17 95.9
3 R. Millen 6 94.6
4 D. McNamara 8 93.9
5 S. Hubinette 77 93
6 V. Gittin 25 89.6
7 J. Pawlak 13 89.5
8 D. Yoshihara 9 88
9 P. Mordaunt 90 87.1
10 C. Forsberg 64 86.2
11 R. Tuerck 44 84.7
12 S. Verdier 12 84.4
13 R. Miki 26 84.1
14 R. Nishida 31 82.9
15 K. Yamanaka 7 80
16 R. Petty 808 77.9
17 C. Canul 30 77.7
18 M. Waldin 24 77.6
19 K. Mohan 99 76
20 M. Takatori 23 75.9
21 T. Brakohiapa 18 74.9
22 J. Maeng 51 74.1
23 D. VanDenBrink 19 72.6
24 E. O’Sullivan 35 70.6
25 T. Aono 86 70.4
26 C. Wan 3 66
27 T. Suell 777 63.8
28 J. Wagner 412 55.2
29 J. Jones 29 52.6
30 R. Ewerth 27 49
31 C. Kregorian 14 46
32 G. Lang 68 28

Tanner Foust Testing Video at Formula DRIFT Road Atlanta


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Here is a Formula DRIFT premiere video of the Rockstar / Scion Racing Scion TC and 2-time Formula DRIFT champion Tanner Foust during today’s testing at Round 2: Proving Ground at Road Atlanta.  Tanner looks to repeat his podium finish with his new vehicle at this weekend’s event.

Be sure to check out all exciting Formula DRIFT action this weekend and stay tuned to the FD Blog for more!

FD Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results


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Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Results;
Tuerck Takes the Season Opening Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – April 14, 2009 – Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach kicks off their 6th championship season to a sell-out crowd. Ryan Tuerck and the Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice took home the victory and leads the 2009 Professional Championship Point Standings.

The Long Beach Grand Prix Street Course hosted the season opening event to a standing room only crowd. The infamous track is the only course that is held on actual city streets making it one of the more unique drifting courses in the world. The 2009 season included the addition of the veteran driver, Tony Angelo, as a new judge to the series. It also marked the first 2-day event structure of the season and the change of competition formats. This season will be the first time a 32 car head-to-head format will be utilized in the Pro Championship series creating more head-to-head competition rounds and more action for the fans.

“I think this weekend in Long Beach proved that regardless of the current economic state Formula DRIFT is something that is truly embraced by fans and it showed with a huge attendance on Friday and standing room only on Saturday,” said Ryan Sage, vice president of marketing and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Without the support of the fans, teams, and sponsors Formula DRIFT would not have been able to pull off this amazing event and I personally cannot wait to get on a plane to Atlanta and get back to where Formula DRIFT held its first event.”

The event showcased some of the most exciting drifting to date and the introduction of the Top 32 competition format brought a new element to the event and more action. The season opening event unveiled a few highly anticipated vehicles including Rhys Millen and the Red Bull / RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the 2010 Falken Tire Ford Mustang GT, and returning champion Tanner Foust in the Rockstar Scion Racing tC, who finished in third place after a very intense and close battle with Robbie Nishida in the Hankook Tire / Dynamic Autosport Nissan 350Z in the consolation round. The finals pitted 2-time Formula DRIFT champion, Samuel Hubinette in the NuFormz Racing / Mopar Dodge Viper against Ryan Tuerck and the Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice. Tuerck edged out Hubinette with very consistent driving throughout the event taking the first victory of the season.

“It’s an amazing feeling starting the season off on top,” stated Ryan Tuerck, Round 1: Streets of Long Beach winner and driver of the Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice. “This isn’t a one man show and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of the Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice team. It’s very satisfying to stand at the top of such a talented field of competitors.”

The 2009 Formula DRIFT season continues on May 8-9 in Braselton, GA at Road Atlanta for Round 2: Proving Ground. Tickets are on-sale now.

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2009 Point Standings
1. Tuerck, Ryan Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 102 Points
2. Hubinete, Samuel NuFormz Racing / Mopar Dodge Viper 90 Points
3. Foust, Tanner Rockstar / Scion Racing tC 84 Points
4. Nishida, Robbie Hankook Tires / Dynamic Autosports Nissan 350Z 72 Points
5. Aono, Taka Technosquare Toyota AE86 Corolla 65 Points
6. Brakohiapa, Tony Cooper Tire Ford Mustang 62 Points
6. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Maxxis Tire Nissan 350Z 62 Points
6. Gittin, Vaughn Falken Tire Ford Racing Mustang GT 62 Points
6. Verdier, Stephan Cooper Tire / Crawford Performance Subaru STI 62 Points
10. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire / Sears Saturn Sky 61 Points
11. Pawlak, Justin Mazda USA / Cooper 58 Points
12. Grunewald, Conrad Tanaka Racing Chevy Corvette 57 Points
13. Ly, Quoc Driftspeed Nissan S14 56 Points
14. Ueo, Katsuhiro Driftspeed Nissan S15 55 Points
15. Jeff Jones Comp. Turbo / K&N Filters Nissan S13 54.50 Points
16. Kondo, Yasu KAAZ USA Toyota AE86 Corolla 54.25 Points

Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Event Results
1. Tuerck, Ryan Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 102 Points
2. Hubinete, Samuel NuFormz Racing / Mopar Dodge Viper 90 Points
3. Foust, Tanner Rockstar / Scion Racing tC 84 Points

Full official standings available on:

Formula DRIFT Tech Day at UTI LIVE


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We’re here live at the Rancho Cucamonga UTI (Universal Technical Institute) campus for the Formula DRIFT Tech and Preview Day. The event is today until 4PM, so if you’re in the area make sure to stop by. We have food vendors, FD Apparel, car show, FD cars on display, and of the unveiling of brand new competition vehicles including the debut of Tanner Foust’s Scion tC!


More photos after the jump!
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