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2012 Formula Drift Irwindale Speedway Practice and Qualifying [GALLERY]

Formula Drift Irwindale qualifying was quite crazy today with Odi Bakchis missing qualifying in his new chassis, Dennis Mertzanis totaling our Project V8240sx, and Zoltan destroyed his S14. A possum even ran out from under Patrick Mordaunt’s Lexus SC430 dash this weekend. With all that said Rhys Millen drove his way to one insane number one qualifying spot this weekend putting him in closer to a potential championship victory this weekend! Our coverage ended a little early yesterday once our project car bite the dust so apologies about that.

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Formula DRIFT 2013 Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale

Formula DRIFT 2013 Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale;
The 10th Season Begins April 12-13, 2013

Long Beach, Calif. – October 12, 2012 – Formula DRIFT has announced the availability of tickets for Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13, 2013 for the 10th season of competition. Tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website,

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach will be held on the famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course for the sixth consecutive year, which is the only street course on the circuit. The season opener will feature the debut of new drivers and cars to the Series along with the action and excitement that Formula DRIFT has become known for.

“We want to thank all the people that have supported the Series through the years,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The 10th anniversary season for Formula DRIFT will be just as exhilarating as any other season. Look for a few special announcements at our annual press conference at SEMA Show later this month.”

Tickets are now available for Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13, including reserved seating, 2-day ticket packages, and VIP tickets. Tickets can be purchased online, Ticketmaster outlets, and the Long Beach Convention Center box office. Ticket prices start at $28 online with reserved tickets available for Saturday’s competition day. 2-day packages are also available along with VIP ticket packages.


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All Access – Round 7 Practice Highlights & Setup

CLICK HERE to see the full gallery of All Access photos from practice and setup of Round 7: Title Fight.

We would also like to remind everyone that if you haven’t already purchased tickets, buying them online is fastest and easiest. CLICK HERE to buy tickets.

It’s highly recommended to carpool with your friends and family due to the high attendance that is expected.

For more information, please visit the Round 7: Title Fight event page.

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Top 7 Championship Cars Get Sent into X-Ray Machine Looking for Illegal Ballast

Ryan Tuerck along with six others (all drivers eligible for the 2012 championship) were sent to a x-ray machine  where scans were conducted of the cars with film. The technical staff led by Kevin Wells is investigating if any of the cars have placed illegal ballast in the car focused mostly on the frame rails themselves. Tomorrow will bring official word if they found anyone running illegal weights.  If weight is found the driver will be disqualified for this weekend at Irwindale Speedway and eliminated from winning the championship.


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Ford is an Official Formula Drift Partner Starting in 2013

Just before Irwindale Speedway this weekend the Detroit auto maker Ford has announced it will become an official Formula Drift partner in 2013. The brand has been involved with Formula Drift since 2005 and took home a championship with Vaughn Gittin Jr. in 2010. If all goes well this weekend they will be putting away a second championship for the car maker.

Even Wrecked Magazine purchased a Ford this year for a project collaboration with ACT Clutch and Fuelculture . This 2013 Ford Mustang RTR might be the most fun car money can buy on the market right now and we just cannot get enough of our project car which will be at the 2012 SEMA show next month with Energy Suspension. Ford is the second car marker to work with Formula Drift at an official level and we cannot wait to see what this partnership will bring the sport next year.


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Formula DRIFT Announces Official Partnership with Ford for the 2013 Pro Championship Season

Long Beach, Calif. – October 11, 2012 – Ford is expanding its involvement in professional drifting competition by becoming an official partner of Formula DRIFT and the 2013 Formula DRIFT championship.

“Our involvement with Formula DRIFT is not new, but we are taking it to the next level with this announcement,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “Enthusiasts can now see our great Mustangs on the track with great drivers like Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and Justin Pawlak, and they’ll get a better chance to interact with our stars as well as our exciting production vehicles off track through consumer outreach at all the events. Formula DRIFT is a major part of our action motorsports program targeting new audiences for Ford.”

Ford has actively supported the professional drifting efforts of Team Falken Tire and drivers including Gittin, Pawlak and others since 2005. Two-time D1 Grand Prix champion Gittin won the 2010 Formula DRIFT championship at the wheel of a Mustang GT and leads the 2012 series going into this weekend’s finale. Pawlak, the 2011 Formula DRIFT series runner-up, won the first two rounds in 2012 and currently sits fourth – 70 points behind Gittin.

Initially popularized by fans of import sport compacts, professional drifting has taken root with a younger, more active audience that’s interested in nontraditional, emerging motorsports. Formula DRIFT estimates 87 percent of its fan base is 18 to 34 years old. Ford involvement in Formula DRIFT is a significant part of the company’s outreach to this group that might consider a Ford vehicle like the Fiesta, Focus, Mustang or Raptor.

Drifting is one of many nontraditional approaches Ford is using to reach new customers including social network conversations, soliciting user-generated content through programs like Fiesta Movement and, cross-platform marketing programs like Random Acts of Fusion, and the Octane Academy experiential program featuring Gittin, Ken Block, Brian Deegan and Tanner Foust.

“Ever since Ford came into the series competitively in 2005, we have seen the power of what a factory-backed effort can do,” said Ryan Sage, co-founder/vice-president, Formula DRIFT. “Now we are even more excited to have them on as an official partner for the final event of the year and into 2013.”

The finale of the 2012 season of the Formula DRIFT championship is taking place this weekend at Irwindale Speedway (east of Los Angeles) on October 12-13, 2012 for the final event of its ninth season. The Mustangs of Gittin and Pawlak are both in contention for the championship. The Formula DRIFT championship event will be broadcast live on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13.

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SPARCO x Dai Yoshihara T-Shirt for sale at Formula D Irwindale [BUY THIS]

A Dai Yoshihara SPARCO shirt is being released this weekend at Formula Drift Irwindale for sale in the SPARCO booth this weekend. The shirt shows off his S13 on the sleeve and features his logo and #9 branding on the front of the black t-shirt . All you Dai Yoshihara fans make sure to pick one up while supplies last.

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Formula DRIFT Signs Takata Racing as a Premier Driftstream Sponsor for the 2012 Pro Championship Finale

Long Beach, Calif. – October 10, 2012 – Formula DRIFT is proud to announce Takata Racing as a premier Driftstream sponsor for Round 7: Title Fight this weekend. Takata Racing will be a premier sponsor of the Driftstream with exclusive naming rights of the final head-to-head battle and Saturday practice session.

“Takata Racing is excited to join Formula DRIFT as a premier Driftstream sponsor for the final season finale at Irwindale Speedway. Takata is a world leader in automotive and motorsport safety and we look forward to working with Formula DRIFT to optimize their safety systems for the teams,” Joe Marko of Takata Racing NA. “We have worked with multiple other motorsport organizations such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula 1 and we see the association with Formula DRIFT as a terrific way to promote safety to the new generation of enthusiasts.”

As a premier sponsor, Takata Racing will be integrated into Formula DRIFT’s Driftstream live webcast during Round 7: Title Fight beginning on Friday, Oct. 12 to Saturday, Oct. 13. For the 2013 season Takata Racing will sponsoring Formula DRIFT driver Ken Gushi in the Greddy / Hankook / Scion Racing FR-S.

“We are excited to have Takata Racing as a new partner in Formula DRIFT,” president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Takata will bring its years of safety and technical knowledge to the Series and the sport of Drifting.”

The Driftstream will air Friday and Saturday, October 12-13 starting at 2PM (PST) during Round 7: Title Fight, which is the conclusion of the 2012 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season. The Driftstream is available on

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Otto Graven Set for 2013 Formula Drift Return [RUMORMILL]

The South African Otto Graven is rumored to be planning a huge comeback to Formula Drift in 2013. Otto missed the complete 2012 season after his debut season in 2011 with this ALMS engine equipped Nissan 350z. The last we really talked about him was in December 2011 when we caught wind of his court case in South Africa about abandonment and some unpaid contracts here in the United States. Now the rumor is Formula Drift is heading to South Africa for an international demo in early 2013. We should have more news on Otto Graven as Long Beach gets closer but it sounds like he will have a whole new build for 2013 that isn’t a Nissan.

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Odi Bakchis Testing his New Nissan 240sx [VIDEO]

After a huge rush to build another chassis before Irwindale Speedway the Backhis Racing team took the new 14 out to Willow Springs with Dennis Mertzanis in the S13.4. Brennan Lang form 702 Graphics shot the video highlighting these guys putting down a test before Round 7 at Irwindale.

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