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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Formula Drift Rd. 5 Seattle (machine gun glory)




This post is very late, and I have been slacking! Too much going on with the car to scribble down notes about events, so here is a quick rundown of FD Seattle! This trip was with Jesse Wood, Andy Barrow and myself. Here is the video if you haven't seen it, or don't feel like reading :)





Seattle was a 28 hour drive, so we had to leave early to get there by Thursday, we made a few stops along the way to do some touristy type stuff to break up the monotony of the drive.

First stop was at Arches National Park in Utah, where JWood took some rad shots of us long exposure style.







Then we hit up Twin Falls Idaho... It as Twin Falls Idaho.



Next stop Seattle, and swung by my old Bosses boss's house from T-Mobile, Krissy where we got fed like kings and relaxed looking at an amazing view of a lake.




Fast forward to Thursday and we are setting up and getting ready for practice. Typical fashion 3rd run out I break an axle, which Andy fixes post haste and gets me back out for the much needed practice. Something else doesn't feel right with the car, it's down on power and I can't shift into 4th to do the bank. Turns out the car isn't firing on cyl. 2, so we try and swap the coil pack with matt fields and still no go.





Being down 100 or so horses, 3rd gear it is, wide open hard as I can go, making 0 smoke around the bank and barely able to reach the end of it. It was still my favorite track ever.




Pro 2 goes by and i get 17th for the 2nd time, still can't figure out the power issues and now we have developed something new. Anti Lag. The AEM decided we needed it all the time and wouldnt turn it off. Accel, decel, idle WOT, anti lag all the time. #gunshots.

Needless to say it blew out part of the ex. manifold gasket and melted my hood, wires and anything else near the leak. Pro qualifying was no different, with all the issues stacked against me, I did what I could to not wad it into the wall, and was happy we didn't.

After that we filmed a rad drift trike video in Portland, rode a mini ramp at JP from Radium Engineerings house and then headed back home.

Time to put the new motor in for Texas and give it another try :)


On to lots of pics!










Monday, August 25, 2014

Formula Drift Rd. 4 "No Jersey"



Well, since we didn't make it to jersey, i'll just leave the video capturing what we did instead here :)



And post a bunch of epic pics that Jesse Wood took <3
























Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Formula Drift Rd. 3 Homestead




 What a crazy adventure Formula D has been so far. Losing team members at Round 1, the car not steering at all till round 3, charging issues, overheating issues, break up issues, then more team issues. To say running a Pro level team at an amateurs budget is taxing, wouldn't be putting it it in the correct category enough.

Peep the video by Jesse Wood from JWoodmedia.com



After our adventures in Atlanta, the car went to Raw Brokerage and Dan tore the front end apart to find out what was causing all the steering issues that had been plaguing us from the get go. He got the front end sorted and aligned while we were home, as well as fixed a few issues with the 350z axle set up we were testing. Needless to say that setup won't work, and may have destroyed my diff sadly.

Jesse and I set off for Florida at 4am on Monday, and were drunk by around 8am. Good times were had traveling and after our layover in the complete wrong direction (SLC), we landed in Orlando around 4:30pm. Tommy was nice enough to scoop us up, take us go karting, and let us stay at his house. Tommy is probably one of the nicest people I have ever met, and I cannot thank him enough for everything that whole week! We even went mosquito fishing in a leaky canoe.

We tested at OSW thanks to Pat Goodin setting us up some time to test, and Matt Coffman was there testing as well. The car started overheating almost right away, and had somehow lost 1 gallon of coolant... We filled it back up and off I went getting the most seat time in the car I have had all this season. The car felt 1,000X better than it ever had, and I know we can tweak it to make it better.


 After that, Jesse and I picked Aoki up at the airport, met with Michael from Studio one, and then off we went to Miami. Sadly Aoki got some bad news mid way there, and had to leave back home the next day. Dan From Raw was suppossed to help as well, and ended up having a baby (Congrats!!!), so for the start of this round of FD it was just JWoodmedia.com and I manning the show. I think we did pretty good that practice day considering Jesse is the media dude. Lucky for me, the people in FD are awesome, and Tyler Wolfson lent a hand during practice, and qual both days changing tires and what not. <3 you guys!!! Antics were had and goodtimes rolled. Raw Brokerage even closed shop and headed down to help out on Friday, so big thanks to you as well, you rock.



Practice on the course was tough with the 380 HP we ended up turning the car down to. It was full tilt boogie all the way into 3rd, then quick flick and e-brake, to hold shallow angle and let it eat as long as it could, to grab a ton of e to get it to the next corner. It started raining about half way though practice and I was able to learn the correct line, and had it pretty dialed all things considered. The rain stopped however about 1/2 an hour before Pro II qual and the track conditions were rather different than I expected. On the long ebrake haul at the end of turn 1, I straightened something fierce as the car gripped up and snapped back on me. Needless to say, I think I scored a 16? Tied with Tyler Wolfson for 17th place. He beat me out by 1 style point. Needless to say, I was finally able to destroy copious amounts of Hankook tires this round, and boy do those things have grip for days.


 Next day, practice for Pro. I was somehow able to link the course in the complete dry, and it felt really good. Not award winning good, but I had just done a full 4 hour practice the day before, and now I had ran an hour of practice in the dry and finished the course. I ran my first run, and ended up getting a 49. My first qualification score in Formula D. Not the best score in the world, but a milestone nonetheless. I was ready to give it hell for run two, and blew a boost hose off the line before I could even start. Autocross award goes to me this season.



Lucky for me Hankook is an awesome sponsor, and goes far beyond just providing tires to the team. They really treat us like family, feeding us, changing tires, encouraging us, providing the awesome spotter guides for the autograph signing and even letting us hang out in the AC during the sweltering Florida heat. We did some interviews with the models and the section will be in the video above! On top of they they were nice enough again to let me put my car in front of their tent. Thank you for everything guys!



After watching a fun event, we went home tired but fulfilled. The car made it all the way through an event, I got a full qual lap in the books, and learned a lot.

We spent sunday heading to Orlando with Fredric Aasbo (dat jawline), to hit up OSW for aftermath. We hung out, watched some rad water taps and dropped the car back off at Raw. That next day, Aasbo, Jesse and I spent the morning on jestskis racing around, chasing dolphins and having a blast. Thanks Fredric for carting us around all over Florida and being an all around rad guy.

See you next time for White castle fueled antics!

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