Faruk Kugay

Born in the small city of Swidnik, Poland, with a Polish mother and a Laz father, Faruk immigrated to the United States as a child. Growing up in San Francisco, he found car culture and racing fascinating from a young age. He started drifting in 2002, but was unable to pursue the sport professionally due to financial reasons. However, he remained close to his passion by helping and working at drifting events. In 2007, Faruk moved to Europe and while there, he continued organizing events, teaching drifting, announcing, as well as judging. In 2009, he started working as the creative director of a magazine dedicated to drifting called Works Mag. After re-entering competitive drifting as a driver in 2012, Faruk decided to dedicate himself to earning his professional license so that he could compete in Formula Drift. In 2014, he earned his Formula Drift Pro-2 license through the local Pro-Am series in Northern California, Golden Gate Drift. In Pro-2 driver in 2015, Faruk achieved a podium spot in his 2nd ever FD appearance and ended in 6th overall in the 2015 Pro-2 Chamionship granting him a professional license. As a newly licensed Pro-1 driver for 2016, Faruk will fight to do well, while maintaining his unique driving style as a rookie amongst the veteran Formula Drift field!