For Immediate Release – April 15, 2013
Torrance, California – The 2014 Formula Drift season kicked off to yet another sold out crowd, packed bleachers and lots of tire smoke. It marks the start for the 11th season of professional drifting in the U.S. and being involved from its inception, it would also be 11 years behind a professional drift car for Daijiro Yoshihara. This season for The Falken Tire team would not be like years past as a new car was unveiled for competition. This year’s new competition car would be a Subaru BRZ, an already popular platform and chassis in the drift series. Continue reading
Exciting event we had this past weekend at Formula D! We’re having a bit of a jump start here, but some of the Main Event photos are up! Practice and More coming at a later time.
This coming weekend will be ASB! Who’s going?
This past weekend was the final event of the Formula DRIFT Championship Series; held at what is commonly known as the “House of Drift,” Irwindale Speedway. Dubbed the “Title Fight,” round 7 was a make it or break event for Daijiro Yoshihara in the chase for a second championship title.
Looking strong throughout practice, Yoshihara was poised and ready to take action for his upcoming competition rounds. Yoshihara qualified 17th in overall qualifying order which paired him up with Kyle Mohan and his 2010 Nexen Tire Mazda RX-8 in the Top 32 round of competition. In the leading lap, Yoshihara chased Mohan around the unforgiving Irwindale track layout. Yoshihara gave Mohan minimal amounts of breathing room, as he stayed close in proximity throughout the entire run. During the second lap, Yoshihara charged out of the starting gate and aggressively drifted around the first bank. As Yoshihara neared the inner wall area of the track, Yoshihara came in too hot which led him to tap his rear bumper on the wall, which caused his car to straighten out. This minor error caused more damage than not and eventually knocked Yoshihara out of competition ending his season prematurely.
Yoshihara finished the 2012 season in a respectable 7th place in overall championship points. “I didn’t want to end the season like this,” explains Yoshihara. “I wanted to end strong, but sometimes it doesn’t work out in your favor. However, my crew and I had a very strong season so I am thankful for that. We’ll be back next year stronger and more focused; looking for another title.”
The last event of the season provided Yoshihara one last opportunity to meet with his fans and supporters. He was able to collect more donations for his charity; RFJP.org, raising $400 over the event weekend. “Thanks again to all my fans and supporters that showed their support throughout the season,” an ecstatic Yoshihara states.
For more information on Daijiro Yoshihara, please visit www.daiyoshihara.com.