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New Drift Team Owner Dai Yoshihara - Behind the Smoke 4 Ep. 1

by GTChannel

Dai Yoshihara's Behind the Smoke is back for the 4th season on GTChannel! Dai is now an owner of his own professional Formula DRIFT team for the first time.   He also has a wife and a baby to support now.  Watch the new Dai face challenges and come along on his journey to reach the top of the podium again for the Formula Drift 2015 season!

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Jef Groff's Castro Motorsports LSM3 Drift Car

Jef Groff's Castro Motorsports LSM3 Drift Car

by Jonathan Lawson

Headed up by Chris Castro, Castro Motorsports has a knack for putting out some high-quality work. If you haven’t seen the airbox on Pablo Mazlumian’s Project E46 M3, take a moment and give it a gander. It’s a beautifully crafted piece of art. Castro Motorsports is full of true die-hard enthusiasts with performance oozing through their blood. They do everything from custom fabrications to motor swaps and big-turbo builds, and speaking of motor swaps, who wouldn’t love flinging an LS3-powered E36 M3 around? Well, drifter extraordinaire and professional stunt man Jef Groff sure doesn’t mind… 


 

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Building the Ultimate Turbo Small Block Chevy-Part 1

by Mike Kojima

The Small Block Chevy is a dead outdated hunk of iron that is best left to old guys puttering around restoring muscle cars in their garages, or is it?

The venerable Small Block Chevy was first introduced to the motoring public in 1954 and was installed on the assembly line until 2003 and is still in production as a replacement motor.  This means that the good old small block has been around for 60 years, making it one of the longest lived and most produced engines of all time with over 100,000,000 being built to date.

Dai's super small block is in the process of being built for even greater power and reliability in 2016 but it's worth a look back to see the state of tune just a couple of years ago.


 

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Learning the Craft: Grassroots Drifting

by Andy Noggle

Just outside Madison, Wisconsin lies Columbus 151 Speedway.  It's a family owned semi-banked quarter mile oval, a classic Midwest circle track, and home to Friday night stock car races throughout the summer. But every few weeks on a Saturday morning, as the staff are picking up the empty beer cans and hot dog wrappers from the last night's races, the track comes alive again.


 

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Formula Drift Round 7 - Irwindale

(Another) Dai Does It! Formula Drift Round 7 - Irwindale

By Justin Banner

The books have been closed and the records are sealed. 2012 has been a spectacular season, enough to possibly rival 2011! With the ups, downs, and just plain craziness, this season of Formula Drift will be hard to forget for some time. However, how did it all close? Who could come out of the smoke and raise the trophy for the 2012 Formula Drift Championship?


 

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Who Will Win

Formula Drift Championship 2012: Who Will Take It All?

By Justin Banner

It's been discussed to death now. Who's going to take the Formula Drift 2012 Championship. Well, I have taken a different route as it comes down to who has the better chance to win Irwindale as that will pretty much ensure a championship for the Top 6. So, basing all my information on Irwindale performances, who can take it? Who will be the 2012 Formula Drift Champion?


 

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XDC Texas

Xtreme Drift Circuit - Texas

By Sarah Forst

The Xtreme Drift Circuit finished up its third season at the 2012 finals this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.  The West Coast drivers competed for a chance at the Top 16 competition on Friday and the East Coast and West Coast drivers went head to head at Saturday's finals.  There were already five rounds in the books going into the weekend's events with 3 East Coast competitions and 2 on the West Coast, a double round in Phoenix at the start of the season.  The West Coast drivers had an opportunity to learn the track Friday while competing in their third round, balancing out the point structure.


 

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Formula Drift Round 6 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Formula Drift Round 6 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

By Justin Banner

This season has been full of surprises, but Las Vegas is always a game changer. The heat, the speed, and sometimes the unexpected have always had some sort of influence by the end of Round 6 of the Formula Drift Pro Championship. What do we have in store? You'll have to read on to find out!


 

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Formula Drift Round 4 - Wall Speedway

 
By Justin Banner
 
Welcome to the wrecking yard! This is Wall Township Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey. This is where the cars and stars of Formula Drift come to fight their way to the 2012 Formula Drift Championship. Who could climb the wall figuratively and literally? Who would come away without a scratch? The Wall will show its intents; the Wall will show no mercy!

 

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Formula Drift Round 2 - Road Atlanta

Formula Drift Round 2 – Road Atlanta

By Justin Banner

High-speeds and natural terrain make for entertaining drifting! With Road Atlanta, the first permanent road course the cars and drivers encounter, who would drive away from the “Road to the Championship” with a win? Could Daijiro Yoshihara make a repeat win? Would a course change throw a wrench into the system? You’ll have to keep reading if you want to find out.


 

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Top Drift Round 1
 
by David Karey
 
"Houston, we seem to have a lake on the track".
"My intake is almost submerged".
"I cant see anything."
 
Everyone knows the desert is a brutal place as weather changes happen in an instant. For those who attended Top Drift Round 1 at Willow Springs, sanctioned by Just Drift, nothing was more evident than that. This first round marks the beginning of the Top Drift season and the fight for Formula D licenses to several Formula Drift Pro-Am drivers. What better way to make them earn it than to keep running the event with a lake on the track?

 

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Formula Drift Round 1 Long Beach

Formula Drift 2012 Round 1 at Long Beach: Finals!

By Justin Banner

Allright, enough with this off-season crap! It's time to get rockin' and rollin' as Formula Drift opens up for Round 1 at the Long Beach Grand Prix Street Circuit! Can Daijiro Yoshihara keep up his championship win to push him into a Round 1 win? Could Justin T. Pawlak make it two-for-two and build momentum for him to win the championship in 2012? Will the debuts of Daigo Saito or Ken Gushi's FR-S put them on top? Find out now!


 

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Formula Drift Round One: Long Beach Qualifying

Formula Drift Round One at Long Beach: Qualifying!

by Justin Banner

Couldn't catch all the qualifying from Long Beach on Live Stream? Don't worry, we here at MotoIQ are to the rescue! Read our Qualifying Update from Long Beach here!


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VIDEO: GReddy Racing FR-S - Behind the Build

Check out this behind the scenes video of Ken Gushi's new FR-S drift car! Eric Hsu (who makes a cameo appearance around the 2 and a half minute mark) will be doing a feature on this car very soon! If you won't be at Formula D Long Beach this weekend be sure to watch it streamed live here on MotoIQ!


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Formula Drift 2012

Formula Drift 2012 - New Year, New Rules!

By Justin Banner

As with any new season for motorsports, new rules must be made to keep up with emerging technology and to continue to keep the playing field as level as possible. Formula Drift is no exception since the cars aren't limited to engine or make. What changes have been made? What should we look for in 2012? And where is Appendix K? Oh, don't worry folks, the news can only be good!


 

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Formula D is coming to Long Beach!

Check out this promo video from Formula D pumping the 2012 season opener at the Streets of Long Beach!   MotoIQ will have a booth where you can meet the staff and even buy one of our coveted "Nerd Alliance" T-Shirts! See you there on April 6-7. 


 

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Project Defiant1

Project Defiant1: KA24DE Built Part DEUX! The Devil's Details!

By Justin Banner

Does building a successful engine require thousands of dollars? Not always! Sometimes picking up the throwaway engine is the key to saving on building a great engine! The KA24DE doesn't have the JDM factor, but it does offer more cubic inches, a stouter block, and a powerful aftermarket! Is the garage built KA24DE the key to Defiant1's 350 Crank Horsepower goal? How did I start? Read on to see "the Devil's Details!"


 

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The Story Behind the Bergenholtz Racing 2009 Mazda RX8 Formula D Pro Drift Car

The Story Behind the Bergenholtz Racing/Nitto Tire 2009 Mazda RX8 Formula D Pro Drift Car

By Ron Bergenholtz with Mike Kojima

Bergenholtz Racing has always been a fan of Drifting since the very beginnings of its introduction at Irwindale.  We have always enjoyed the entertainment value as well as had the utmost respect for the skill of the Joons (Ron’s nickname for driver Joon Maeng).  We knew we wanted to get involved, and in a big way.  In 2007 we were first able to enter pro drifting with our long-time sponsor Apex Integration USA.


 

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Taka Aono Profile

Driver Profiles: Taka Aono

by Justin Banner

Want to know about the Nexen Tire/Megan Racing Drifting Ace, driver of the "Flying 86," and really nice guy Taka Aono? Here's your chance with this new feature for MotoIQ.com, Driver Profiles! Read on to learn a little more about Taka Aono and sense some of the personality that is the "Corolla Master!"


 

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