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Stephan Verdier’s Formula D / Rallycross STI is for sale

Stephan Verdier’s Subaru STI chassis that he used for several seasons in Formula D before converting it to Rallycross spec is available for sale. Steph has the car listed at $45k, but I’m sure is negotiable as it has been sitting for a little while. Verdier’s Subaru was very competitive both in FD and GRC, and brought Verdier a win at the Formula D Sonoma event in 2009. The car has a new Crawford engine and refreshed TEIN rally suspension on it, and made 500 WHP, 580 FPT on a 45 mm restrictor on E-85 ethanol fuel (which was required for the GRC series). Ever since this car was retired in 2011 and Eric O’Sullivan’s STI was parked after the 2010 season, Formula D has been without a Subaru in the series.

The car is currently painted all white, and comes with a slew of spare parts and wheels. It would be great to see this car resurrected and brought back to the series! More photos are available on Stephan’s Facebook Page

You can email Stephan Verdier HERE – Don’t forget to tell him you heard about his car on Wrecked!

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East Coast Bash video by Chelsea Lupkin [VIDEO]

East Coast Bash has become one of the biggest grassroots events in the states, with 150+ drivers and more than 3,000 fans in the grandstands. Chelsea Lupkin put together this great video, showcasing the drivers who made East Coast Bash awesome both on and off the track. If you missed our gallery from Dan Jenkins earlier, here’s your opportunity to relive the event!

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Rhys Millen isn’t racing at Global RallyCross in NH

This tweet (which was re-tweeted by the official GRC twitter account) announced that Millen would not be racing in the event, which happens today (Saturday) in New Hampshire. Rhys is currently sitting in third place overall, and the only driver between him and points leader Tanner Foust, is Marcus Gronholm who is sitting this weekend out to recover from injuries sustained during X Games. Formula D alumni and Rhys Millen’s Hyundai teammate Steph Verdier qualified 4th overall, while former FD Champion Sam Hubinette qualified 6th overall.

Millen missed last year’s Formula D event in New Jersey in favor of running the GRC event at Pikes Peak. During the Pikes Peak GRC TV coverage, Mention mentioned that perhaps he had made the wrong decision for the weekend, implying that he might have been better off staying in NJ and making a bigger run at the championship. Millen finished the championship 9th place overall, 119 points behind Dai Yoshihara. The FD NJ event is the only event he has ever not attended (he failed to qualify for FD Long Beach in 2008 due to mechanical failure in the Pontiac Solstice but was at the event working on the car in the pits up thru qualifying). With all the safety issues in GRC lately, perhaps he is making a bigger commitment to Formula D overall.

The New Hampshire Global Rallycross race is being televised today at 4p PST / 7p EST on ESPN, or on

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Dean Kearney confirms his return to Formula D at Evergreen Speedway [CONFIRMED]

Unlike Mitsuru Haraguchi, Dean Kearney will actually be driving in Seattle, marking his return to the series since the 2011 season finale at Irwindale. Kearney will be piloting the Achilles Tire S13.5 that Robbie Nishida drove in Long Beach. Kearney arrived in Long Beach ready to drive, but had to watch as Nishida drove the car then eventually crashed it in top 32 when leading against Conrad Grunewald. Although Kearney finished 2011 ranked higher, Nishida was a higher priority on the Achilles team due to his involvement both in the US and Asia as well as his previous relationship with Bridges Racing. We look forward to having another Irishman behind the wheel!

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Formula Drift Insider Episode 6 [VIDEO]

Formula Drift Insider is Formula D’s behind-the-scenes web series, and this week’s episode dives into the controversy behind FD New Jersey. Ryan Sage helps explain some of the controversial decisions, including the Tyler McQuarrie vs Chelsea Denofa top 16 matchup as well as the Daigo Saito vs Conrad Grunewald Top 8 matchup. Interesting to note that Ryan Sage suggests that perhaps the amount of allowable mistakes in the interest of proximity needs to be clarified more since all three judges decisions. Realizing that Ryan Sage is the Vice President and co-founder of the series, this is a pretty powerful statement. Watch the episode, let us know what you think about the driving errors vs proximity.

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Fredric Aasbo with his NEW Toyota FT-86 [SNAPSHOTS]

A visit to Gatebil this weekend for Fredric Aasbo marks the late nights they spent to build this Toyota FT-86 which is powered by a 2JZ-GTE engine. Fans at the huge event this weekend will be going nuts over this build that we really hope will wind up in Formula Drift for 2013. We also know Mad Mike has brought a car out for huge weekend. Who is ready to see this thing in action?

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Mitsuru Haraguchi returns to Seattle [CONFIRMED]

Mitsuru Haraguchi hasn’t driven in Seattle since the 2007 season, the same season he won the Formula D Long Beach event in the Falken Tire / Silk Road S13.5 built and operated by Intec Racing. Unfortunately, Haraguchi’s return to Seattle won’t be to drive a car but to promote his company 326 Power. Rookie Peter Funatake’s S13 will be in the 326 Power booth, and Haraguchi will be there to meet and greet his fans as well as answer questions about his products.

We decided to take a look back at Haraguchi in 2006 and 2007, before Wrecked Magazine was online:

This podium photo was from the Formula D Long Beach event in 2007, when Haraguchi defeated Tanner Foust in the finals to win the event in only his third career FD event (the same number of events that Daigo took to win). This podium shot makes us reminisce of the good old years, when Tanner Foust still drove in FD and Dai was driving in the PacRim S13 sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. This was the year Tanner won his first of back-to-back championships, in the AEM 350Z.

Haraguchi’s first Formula D event was the Seattle 2006 event, when the Intec Racing / Silk Road S13.5 was still bronze colored. Back before the top 32 tandem format was introduced, Haraguchi was the top qualifier in the Friday ‘unseeded qualifying’ session, but ran into engine problems during Saturday’s Top 16 qualifying. 2006 was also the first time Formula D ventured to Seattle, meaning that this season’s event will be the seventh visit to Evergreen Speedway.

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SullyLife Brings Us Ksport USA at Formula Drift Palm Beach [VIDEO]

David Sullivan just put together Ksport USA’s first video of the year. Kicking things off from Round 3 at Palm Beach with the K-Sport Nissan 350z which was unable to turn a wheel at Round 1 due to technical issues. The team has recovered and got an awesome SullyLife production that features the man with a mustache Corey Hosford.

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Apex’i Lexus SC430 is now twin turbocharged in time for Seattle [SNAPSHOT]

An Apex’i employee posted this shot of the engine bay, complete with a pair of turbochargers to boost the 3UZ engine. While there’s no word on power (it looks like there’s still some plumbing to finish up), it should be a much more competitive platform. Pat Mordaunt has struggled with the car being a little underpowered, particularly compared to Daigo Saito’s 1000hp+ monster, but is looking forward to FD Seattle which is only 9 days away. Any predictions for where Patrick Mordaunt will place in Seattle?

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