Long Beach, Calif. July 19, 2014 - Formula DRIFT returned to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA for Round 5: Throwdown. Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Nissan S14 takes his first victory of the season.
Round 5: Throwdown held at Evergreen Speedway showcased intense competition throughout the weekend. The weather held up for the capacity crowd as they were entertained by the action on track, the open paddock and Offset Kings car show.
The competition has tightened up with only two events remaining this season, says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. We can expect the final two rounds of the season to be as intense as ever. The drivers will be battling for every point possible.
Number one qualifier, Darren McNamara faced fellow Irishman, Dean Kearney in the Oracle Lighting SRT Viper, in the finals. After a close battle, McNamara was able to take the win for his first victory of the season. This also marks the first podium in Kearneys career. Rounding out the podium in third place was current point leader, Chris Forsberg, in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z, for his fifth consecutive podium of the season.
Its nice to be back. Its been a rough year, said Darren McNamara, winner of Round 5: Throwdown. Weve had a few things to overcome, but were here. Its been a flawless weekend and its hard to believe. Im so happy, especially for the team.
The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues to Round 6: Showdown at Texas Motor Speedway on September 12-13. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladriftand Twitter @FormulaD.
|Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Standings After Five Rounds|
|1. Forsberg, Chris||Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||421.50 Points|
|2. Aasbo, Fredric||Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC||362.50 Points|
|3. Gittin Jr., Vaughn||Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR||308.50 Points|
|4. Moen, Kenneth||Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX||275.50 Points|
|5. McNamara, Darren||Falken Tire Nissan S14||263.00 Points|
|6. Bakchis, Aurimas||Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||243.50 Points|
|7. Pawlak, Justin||Falken Tire Ford Mustang||226.00 Points|
|8. Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper SRT||215.50 Points|
|9. Nishida, Robbie||Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300||191.00 Points|
|10. Wang, Forrest||Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14||183.50 Points|
|11. Grunewald, Conrad||Megan Racing / Top 1 Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro||176.50 Points|
|12. Essa, Michael||Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3||164.50 Points|
|13. Tuerck, Ryan||Retaks Maxxis Tires Air Force PSI Scion FR-S||162.00 Points|
|14. Gushi, Ken||GReddy Performance X Scion Racing Drift FR-S||156.00 Points|
|15. McQuarrie, Tyler||GoPro Mobil 1Chevrolet Camaro||153.50 Points|
|16. Field, Matt||CX Racing / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX||153.00 Points|
|Round 5: Throwdown Event Results|
|1. McNamara, Darren||Falken Tire Nissan S14||Winner|
|2. Kearney, Dean||Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper SRT||2nd Place|
|3. Forsberg, Chris||Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||3rd Place|
|Manufacturers Championship Standings After Five Rounds|
|1. Scion||569.50 Points|
|2. Ford||534.50 Points|
|3. Nissan||529.50 Points|
|4. Chevy||330.00 Points|
|5. BMW||299.00 Points|
|Tire Championship Standings After Five Rounds|
|1. Hankook||784.00 Points|
|2. Nitto||613.00 Points|
|3. Achilles||574.00 Points|
|4. Falken||508.00 Points|
|5. Maxxis||246.50 Points|