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Kansas City, Mo. – Formula Drift champion Michael Essa will compete during the 2016 season using 18”x10” Corsair Hybrid wheels from CCW Forged Performance, a WELD brand. Essa returns to the E46 BMW M3 chassis in which he captured the Formula Drift championship in 2013.
“We are excited to work with Michael as he returns to Formula Drift in his CCW equipped M3,” said Keith Kern, general manager of CCW Forged Performance. “Michael is a proven champion that we proudly support with our performance wheels. We extend him best wishes for the upcoming season.”
Kern says the Hybrid series of wheels are specifically designed for use on track and is the wheel of choice for top performance builders. Each Corsair wheel has passed a punishing 3,000 pound (per wheel) cornering fatigue test load at 300,000 cycles, which is approximately 20 percent more cornering load and double the cycles that original equipment wheels are tested to. Continue reading
Cypress, Calif. (March 30, 2016) – Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, announced its 2016 Formula Drift lineup today. Returning for 2016 are Formula DRIFT champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. and international drift celebrity “Mad Mike” Whiddett who are both debuting new rides this year. Alongside these Team Nitto veterans is Alex Heilbrunn, one of the biggest up-and-coming drivers in the sport. Not only will Nitto will be providing these drivers with NT05 tires throughout the season, but they will also be giving them on-site technical support to make sure their cars are always performing at their best.
“We are really excited for what the 2016 Formula DRIFT season holds,” said Harry Kong, Nitto Tire U.S.A.’s Events and Motorsports Manager. “Team Nitto now has three of the most talented drivers on the circuit with three of the most recognizable and unique cars in the sport. Everyone at Nitto can’t wait to see how Vaughn and Mad Mike will do with their new cars and how Alex will do now that his car is equipped with the venerable Nitto NT05 tire.” Continue reading
PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, MICH. (March 29, 2016) — Professional Drifter Justin T. Pawlak is ready to steer his way to the finish line during the 2016 Formula Drift series. Teaming with main sponsor ROUSH Performance, Pawlak will drive a 2016 ROUSH Supercharged Mustang with a Ford Performance Aluminator crate engine.
Pawlak, who began his drifting career in 2005, secured first place finishes at Los Angeles NOPI Drift and the first round of 2011 Formula Drift. He has been a consistent top-7 performer in Formula D since 2011.
“I know what it takes to win, but ROUSH Performance’s support in 2016 is a huge advantage in competing for a Formula D title,” said Justin Pawlak, who is based in Covina, California. “I can’t wait to get on the track, push the limit and start shaking down.” Continue reading