October 14, 2011 (Howell, NJ) Round 7: Title Fight, goes down in the record books as the best event Formula Drift has ever put on. There was not only an amazing fight for the championship, the driving was fierce and the crowd was sold out. The fans were so loud; it was reminiscent of a college football game. Team owner, Gary Gardella reflects about this epic event, “Looking up into the crowed and seeing the excitement and glow on everyone’s face gave me the best feeling. I am sure all of the people that are involved with the series felt the same way; it was awesome.”
Each battle starting with the top 32 was extraordinary. All of the drivers drove their hearts out to try to make it to the top of the podium. Adding to the excitement for the fans was all of the unexpected crashes along the way. Some of the top drivers were driving so aggressive they were on that fine edge, which is just unbelievably amazing. Some of the crashes or mishaps came from top drivers such as Samuel Hubinette, Chris Forsberg, and Justin Pawlak, to name of a few.
The championship battle was so tight that in the beginning of the final 4, the title could have gone to 4 different drivers; Darren McNamara, Justin Pawlak, Dia Yoshihara and Chris Forsberg. After it was all said and done Dia Yoshihara came away with the 2011 Formula Drift championship.