Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Results;
Daigo Saito Takes the Victory
Long Beach, Calif. – April 12, 2014 – Formula DRIFT hosted the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge during the 40th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 takes the victory.
The Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge for the second consecutive year brought motorsports action under the lights during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a filled capacity within Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the famous street course. Sixteen of the top Formula DRIFT drivers competed for a $25,000 prize purse. Eight vehicle manufacturers and seven tire companies were represented in the competition.
“It is an honor to be able to bring drifting to the masses during the 40th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “And to be able to showcase our sport for the second year in a row under the lights on the city streets is something special.”
The action under the lights along with ever changing track temperatures proved to be a test of driver skill. Number one qualifier, Forrest Wang in Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan S14 finishes in third place. Daigo Saito met teammate Kenny Moen in the Bridges Racing / Achilles Radial Nissan 240SX in the finals. Saito, the 2012 Formula DRIFT champion, was able to edge out Moen to take the victory. For the second consecutive weekend, Moen takes the second spot on the podium.
“Last weekend at Round 1 of Formula DRIFT was no good for me, but this week with a few modifications on the vehicle I was able to get the win,” said Daigo Saito, winner of the Motegi Super Drift Challenge. “I am happy with the win and look to continue the momentum into the next round.”
The Motegi Super Drift Challenge during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach begins tonight at 7pm (PST) and will be aired live on the Driftstream.
More info can be found on FormulaD.com and GPLB.com.
Long Beach, Calif. – April 21, 2013 – Formula DRIFT hosted the inaugural Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge during the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Matt Powers in the Fatlace / Nitto Tire Nissan S14 took the event victory.
The inaugural Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge brought motorsports action under the lights for the first time in 39 years during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Sixteen of the top Formula DRIFT drivers competed for a $25,000 prize purse.
“To have been able to bring professional drifting competition to the masses during the 39th annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is remarkable,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “To do it for the first time under the lights of the famous Long Beach street course is something special.”
The action under the lights gave a new dynamic for the drivers with ever changing track temperatures along with the plumes of white smoke under the fluorescent lights proved to be challenging. Fredric Aasbo in the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC in the Final 4 battle hit the outside of clipping zone 2 damaging his vehicle and failing to continue in the competition taking home fourth place. Walker Wilkerson in the Achilles Radial / Fueled Racing Nissan S14 automatically took the third spot with Aasbo out in the Top 4. Powers battled the number one qualifier Michael Essa in the GSR Autosport / Yokohama Tire BMW M3 in an exciting Finals match and edged out Essa to take home the inaugural victory.
“The final battle with Essa was super sick,” stated Matt Powers, winner of the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge. “I would have been happy with second place, but am stoked and looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The Formula DRIFT Pro Championship presented by GoPro continues at Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 10-11, 2013.
Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Results
Winner – Matt Powers
2nd Place – Michael Essa
3rd Place – Walker Wilkerson
4th Place - Fredric Aasbo
2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Program of Events
Friday, April 19
7:00 a.m. Gates open
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. American Le Mans Series Practice
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Practice
11:30 a.m. – noon Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race Practice
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Firestone Indy Lights Practice
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Practice
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Toyota Pro/Celebrity Qualifying
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series All-Driver Autograph Session (IndyCar Paddock – FREE to all ticket holders for this activity)
4:15 – 4:45 p.m. Pirelli World Challenge Championship Practice
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. American Le Mans Series Qualifying
6:45 p.m. Tecate Light Fiesta Friday Concert Starring Moderatto and Moenia
7:00 – 7:45 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Practice
7:45 – 9:00 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Qualifying
Saturday, April 20
7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Practice
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Firestone Indy Lights Practice
10:40 – 11:25 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Practice
11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race (10 laps)
12:55 – 1:40 p.m. Firestone Indy Lights Qualifying
2:00 – 3:10 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying & Firestone Fast Six
3:55 p.m. American Le Mans Pre-Race Ceremonies
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series Race (120 minutes)
6:45 p.m. Tecate Light Rock-N-Roar Concert Starring Bret Michaels
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge
Sunday, April 21
7:20 – 7:40 a.m. Stadium SUPER Trucks Practice
8:00 – 8:25 a.m. Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Practice
9:55 a.m. Firestone Indy Lights Pre-Race
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Firestone Indy Lights Race (60 minutes)
11:30 – 11:38 a.m. Mothers Polishes Exotic Car Parade
12:00 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. Stadium SUPER Trucks Exhibition Race
12:30 p.m. IZOD IndyCar Series Pre-Race Ceremonies
1:38 p.m. “Drivers, Start Your Engines!”
1:45 – 3:30 p.m. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Round #3 of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series)
3:55 – 4:10 p.m. Formula DRIFT Demonstration
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Pirelli World Challenge Championship Race (60 minutes)
Schedule Subject to Change Without Notice