Long Beach, Calif. – July 23, 2011 – Formula DRIFT returned to Evergreen Speedway for Round 5: Throwdown. Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Nissan S13 takes the victory and the lead in the overall Pro Championship points standings. Attendance records were broken as the event reached capacity for the venue.
Round 5: Throwdown reached capacity as fans came in droves to Evergreen Speedway. Attendance was up over 10% from last season continuing the increase in numbers for the Series. Fans were treated to an exciting round of action from the top drivers in the sport.
“The Pacific Northwest has an amazing fan base, which was proven today,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We are excited to see the growth of the sport and the Series this season with a continued increase in attendance at each event.”
The competition heated up with the final four drivers aiming to move closer in their chase for the championship. Fredric Aasbo in the Need For Speed / Scion Racing TC went head to head with Rhys Millen in the Red Bull / Hankook Hyundai Genesis Coupe and edged out the former champion earning third place. The Finals matched up the 2009 champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z with Daijiro Yoshihara. Yoshihara took the victory and gained the lead in the Pro Championship point standings and remains the leader with a commanding lead in the Tires.com Triple Crown bonus.
“It feels great to be in the lead,” stated Daijiro Yoshihara, winner of Round 5: Throwdown. “After the Top 32 when Justin Pawlak was taken out of the competition I knew I had a good chance to win, but I didn’t want to think about points and focused on winning one round at a time, which worked! We have 2 competitions left so I need to focus on them still before I can think too much about the championship.”
The Formula DRIFT Championship continues for Round 6: After Dark at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on August 26 – 27. Tickets are available to purchase online.
For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com
|Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2011 Point Standings after 5 Rounds|
|1. Yoshihara, Daijiro||Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13||412 Points|
|2. Pawlak, Justin||Falken Tire Ford Mustang||397 Points|
|3. Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||369 Points|
|4. McNamara, Darren||Falken Tire Pontiac Saturn Sky||345.50 Points|
|5. Powers, Matt||Need for Speed Nissan S14||328.50 Points|
|6. McQuarrie, Tyler||Falken Tire Nissan 350Z||317 Points|
|7. Tuerck, Ryan||Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro||308 Points|
|8. Grunewald, Conrad||Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro||300 Points|
|9. Gittin, Vaughn||Monster Energy / Falken Ford Mustang||291 Points|
|10.. Mohan, Kyle||Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8||266 Points|
|11. Aasbo, Fredric||Need for Speed / Hankook Scion TC||250 Points|
|12. Yoshioka, Toshiki||Retaks Nissan S13||238.25 Points|
|16. Millen, Rhys||Red Bull / Hankook Hyundai Genesis Coupe||207 Points|
|14. Gushi, Ken||RS*R / Hankook / Scion Racing TC||188.75 Points|
|15. Bakchis, Aurimas||Bakchis Racing / Forged Racing Nissan 240SX||185.50 Points|
|16. Wilkerson, Walker||Fatlace / Intec Racing Nissan 240||185 Points|
|Round 5: Throwdown Event Results|
|1. Yoshihara, Daijiro||Falken Tire / Discount Tire Nissan 240SX||Winner|
|2. Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||Second Place|
|3. Aasbo, Fredric||Need for Speed / Hankook Scion TC||Third Place|
|Tires.com Triple Crown (after 2 of 3 events)|
|1. Yoshihara, Daijiro||Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13||212 Points|
|2. Forsberg, Chris||NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z||153 Points|
|3. McNamara, Darren||Falken Tire Pontiac Saturn Sky||144.50 Points|