Formula Drift 2013: Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway Full Coverage


Robbie Nishida Evergreen Speedway SeattleRobbie destroys Dai Yoshihara's dreams of gaining the 2013 title before retiring the S13.

Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire/Falken Tire Nissan 240SX and Robbie Nishida in the Achilles Radial Lexus SC400 would be next and had faced each other before. Each time, Dai came out on top and he needed this round to keep his championship hopes alive.

This time, though, Robbie sought revenge against Evergreen Speedway for destroying his SC400 last year. That drive must have been enough as Robbie held favor with the judges and moved on to the Top 16. It was a tough battle, but the Achilles Radial SC400 just had too much for the S13 to handle this round.

Jeff Jones Matt Powers Evergreen SpeedwayJeff smashes into the wall and still tries to keep going. Jones won't quit even if you make him.

Jeff Jones in the CX Racing/Hankook Tires Nissan 240SX and Matt Powers in the Fatlace/Nitto Tires Nissan 240SX came out swinging. Well, Jeff swung too hard and ended up hitting the wall. That hit put him off course at Power Alley and would be enough to give Powers the win.

The final Top 32 Battle would be between Chris Forsberg’s NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z and Miro Ovcharik’s Sikky/MT Garage Nissan 240SX. Miro looked great, but Chris Forsberg would be judged as the winner in this battle.

Mike Essa Toshiki Yoshioka Evergreen SpeedwayHi-Fives all around at the driver introductions.

We were now in the Top 16 after the half time break. Mike Essa beat Ryan Kado even though announcer Jarod Deanda commented that Kado's lead run was great, but the judges ruled in favor of the GSR Autosport BMW M3. In the Ken Gushi and Darren McNamara battle, Darren easily won. 

Toshiki YoshiokaPulling double duty, Toshiki Yoshioka missed Round 4 to compete at Pikes Peak for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. He continued the tradition set by Rhys Millen by using his drift car as a hill climb car.
Alex LeeWhile Alex Lee did not qualify this round, he stuck around to hang with the Pacific North West fans.

While I do rant on the technical issues Livestream from time to time, there is one additional great thing about the Livestream that I should point out and makes having it worth it to not only Formula Drift but fans and businesses as well. It allows fans to come together and watch an event with friends and family.

When the parties are thrown in public places, it gives Formula Drift an additional opportunity to grow as fans who wouldn’t know about drifting are being introduced to the sport.

Every time we throw the AmDrift/OMGDrift/MotoIQ Radio Formula Drift Live Stream Parties, we see new fans from the owners of the business and their regular customers. The Livestream parties can also introduce new customers to the business that held it and gain a following by showing support of drifting.

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