Since most drift fans outside of Seattle were able to watch the event play-by-play on Justin.TV's Formula D Driftstream, Seattle-based MotorMavens sharpshooter Yoshi Shindo and I decided we'd post up photographic highlights from the event, based on our own experiences there! Read more...
Posted by: Antonio Alvendia | Jul 27, 2011 | Categories: Coverage | Tags: 350Z, Alex Lee, Antonio Alvendia, Ashley Valenzuela, Carrissa Rosario, Cellblock D, Cipher Garage, Cresta, d1 grand prix, Dai Yoshihara, Daijiro Yoshihara, Discount Tire, Drift Safari, Evergreen Speedway, Falken, Formula D Seattle, Formula D Seattle 2011, Fredric Aasbo, Hankook, Ian Fournier, Irwindale Speedway, IS350, JZA80, JZX81, Lexus, Lisa Lee, Lucas Perez, MJ Castillo, MotorMavenettes, Nicole Reckers, Olivia Korte, R32, R32 Skyline, Randyl Dawn, Roland Gallagher, Ryan Kado, S13, Samantha Totem, Scion, Scott Dodgion, Skyline, SPD Metalworks, TC, TOYOTA CRESTA, Trent Stromkins, VS-KF, work wheels, Yoshi Shindo, Z33 | 15 Comments »
If you were unable to watch the climactic final battle that pitted Dai against his Falken teammate, Vaughn Gittin Jr, then make sure you scroll to the bottom of the page and watch the video of the tandem battle! Read more...
Posted by: Antonio Alvendia | Jun 07, 2010 | Categories: Newsworthy | Tags: America's Tire, Dai Yoshihara, Daijiro Yoshihara, Discount Tire, Falken, Formula D, Formula Drift, GM, JR, LS1, Mike Kojima, Moto IQ, Mustang, New Jersey, Owen Orrego, S13, Scott Dodgion, SPD Metalworks, V8, Vaughn Gittin Jr, Wall Speedway | 24 Comments »
MotorMavens was never intended to be an online newspaper. Instead of focusing on the results, with Daijiro Yoshihara and the Discount Tire S13 taking the win; Vaughn Gittin Jr's Mustang coming in 2nd Place, and Chris Forsberg's NOS Energy 350Z finishing third; I thought I'd take a minute to focus on the importance of Daijiro Yoshihara's win.
Round Two of the Formula Drift Championship was important to Dai's sponsors, because it marked the first-ever win for his title sponsor, Discount Tire. Those who have been following Formula Drift since its beginning might also recall that it was Discount Tire's first podium since 2004, when Calvin Wan took 3rd Place in Sonoma with his Discount Tire RPS13 240SX. (There should be a party breaking out at Discount Tire's Phoenix, Arizona-based offices!)
Formula D Atlanta was also the second FD event in a row that resulted in a 1st Place finish on Falken Tires, which is huge for the massive teal and blue army! I know everyone involved in the Falken drift team is extremely proud of their drivers; winning both events back to back is no easy feat! On the corporate side, I'm sure these wins help justify the hundreds of thousands of dollars that Falken's been spending on drifting for the past few years!
While these milestones might be important to the corporate sponsorship side of Formula Drift, most fans don't care about that at all. What made Daijiro Yoshihara's First Place win significant to the fans is the fact that it proves that the popular, yet "old and outdated Nissan S13 240SX chassis" is able to remain competitive and WIN in professional level Formula D Competition!
Sponsorships aside, winning First Place at Road Atlanta was a huge win for Dai personally. According to Dai, winning in Atlanta "was huge for me. It was my fourth 1st Place win in Formula D, but actually... for me, [winning Formula D Atlanta] was even bigger than the very first time I got 1st place, at in Irwindale in 2006." Read more...
Posted by: Antonio Alvendia | May 11, 2010 | Categories: Coverage | Tags: Antonio Alvendia, Brett May, Calvin Wan, Chris Forsberg, Daijiro Yoshihara, Discount Tire, drifting, Falken, Formula D Atlanta 2010, Formula Drift, Jonathan McWhorter, Larry Chen, Mike Kojima, Moto IQ, Nismo, OS Giken, Owen Orrego, Pacific Rim, Road Atlanta, S13, Scott Dodgion, SPD Metalworks, TRD, Vaughn Gittin Jr | 30 Comments »