Formula D 2011: Round 1 – Long Beach


Rhys Millen roared to the top 16 before falling to Matt Powers.  It must have been sweet revenge for Matt’s crew chief Costa Gialamas who used to work for Millen before.


 Justin Pawlak had it down all day.  He shoved his way up a tough ladder fighting close battles from the top 16 on up like a Michigan wolverine.  His Ford engine sounds much different that the Chevy LS.  The Ford screams and the Chevy sound muchs deeper and throatier.


 Mike and Christa Kojima spot for Dai Yoshihara.


 The Yoshihara and Pawlak battle was a hard fought one.  Both drivers went tooth and nail and both forced each other into making serious mistakes.  Dai struggled to keep up with the speedy Mustang in mid course and slid wide missing the first inner clipping point and Pawlak nearly stalled and almost straightened out in the last hairpin.  In the next round, Dai went wide again and Pawlak went shallow at the second outer clipping point.  After a long deliberation, the judges gave the win to Pawlak.


 Matt Powers long charge to the top of the podium got stopped by winner Justin Pawlak.  It was great to see two of our favorite drivers duke it out man to man for the top prize in a  close exciting battle.  It was a fight of opposites, the So Cal surfer against the Michigan native universal white guy, the low buck brawler S14 against the Technological terror Mustang, Nitto vs Falken, great stuff!


 The winners, Justin Pawlak, Matt Powers and Dai Yoshihara.

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Event Results

1. Pawlak, Justin     Falken Tire Ford Mustang     1st Place
2. Powers, Matt     Need for Speed Nissan S14     2nd Place
3. Yoshihara, Daijiro     Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13     3rd Place


Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2011 Point Standings after 1 Round

1. Pawlak, Justin     Falken Tire Ford Mustang     102 Points
2. Powers, Matt     Need for Speed Nissan S14     94 Points
3. Yoshihara, Daijiro     Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13     88 Points
4. Forsberg, Chris     NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z     70 Points
5. Mohan, Kyle     Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8     69 Points
6. Grunewald, Conrad     Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro     66 Points
7. Millen, Rhys     RMR / Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe     65 Points
8. Tuerck, Ryan     Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Pontiac Solstice     63 Points
9. Aasbo, Fredric     Need for Speed / Hankook Scion TC     61.50 Points
10. McNamara, Darren     Falken Tire Pontiac Saturn Sky     58 Points
11. McQuarrie, Tyler     Falken Tire Nissan 350Z     57 Points
11. Wilkerson, Walker     Intec Racing Nissan 240     57 Points
13. Field, Matt     Fatlace Nissan 240SX     56 Points
14. Petty, Ross     Garage Boso / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia S15     55 Points
14. Waldin, Matt     Helix Energy Drink Nissan 350Z     55 Points
16. Mertzanis, Dennis     Mertzanis Racing Nissan 240SX     54.50 Points

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