Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship; Daijiro Yoshihara Takes the Victory and Lead in the Point Standings

Date: 5/9/2011 10:19:03 PM

For Immediate Release

May 9, 2011

Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship; 
Daijiro Yoshihara Takes the Victory and Lead in the Point Standings

Long Beach, Calif. – May 9, 2011 – Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 takes the victory and leads the points standings in the Pro Championship and Triple Crown. Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Saturn Sky places second and Toshiki Yoshioka rounds out the podium in third in the Retaks Nissan S13.

Round 2: Road to the Championship brought fans from all across the South East region together to watch an exciting round of competition. Road Atlanta hosted the event for the 8th consecutive year of Formula DRIFT.

“The championship chase heats up at Road Atlanta," says Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Over the past 8 seasons the crowd has grown each year and because of that we are proud to announce a 3-year extension at this venue. We started here 8 years ago and look forward to continuing through 2013 where we will celebrate our 10th season."

Toshiki Yoshioka found the podium again after a one year hiatus and placed in 3rd beating John Russakoff in the consolation round. The finals pitted Falken Tire teammates Daijiro Yoshihara and Darren McNamara. With consistent driving Yoshihara again found the podium this season and won his second consecutive victory at Road Atlanta. With this victory Yoshihara moves into 1st place overall in the Pro Championship standings and takes the lead in the chase for the Triple Crown.

“The crowd was so crazy. I love this place,” said Daijiro Yoshihara, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “I'm so happy to win at one of my favorite tracks in front of such a great crowd.”

The 2011 Pro Championship season continues for the first time in Florida for Round 3: Invasion at Palm Beach International Raceway on June 3-4. Tickets are available to purchase online now.

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Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2011 Point Standings after 1 Round
1. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 194 Points
2. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 164 Points
2. Powers, Matt Need for Speed Nissan S14 151 Points
4. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Pontiac Saturn Sky 148 Points
5. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 134 Points
6. Tuerck, Ryan Gardella Racing / Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro 127 Points
7. Aasbo, Fredric Need for Speed / Hankook Scion TC 116.50 Points
8. McQuarrie, Tyler Falken Tire Nissan 350Z 115 Points
9. Wilkerson, Walker Fatlace / Intec Racing Nissan 240 111.25 Points
10. Waldin, Matt Helix Energy Drink Nissan 350Z 110 Points
11. Yoshioka, Toshiki Retaks Nissan S13 103.25 Points
12. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro 102 Points
13. Russakoff, John Megan Racing / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla 95.25 Points
14. Mohan, Kyle Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8 95 Points
15. Mordaunt, Patrick PM Racing Nissan 350Z 85.75 Points
16. Gushi, Ken RS*R / Scion Racing / Hankook Scion TC 82.50 Points
Round 2: Road to the Championship Event Results
1. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 Winner
2. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Saturn Sky Second
3. Yoshioka, Toshiki Retaks Nissan S13 Third Triple Crown (after 1 of 3 events)
1. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 106 Points
2. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Saturn Sky 90 Points
3. Yoshioka, Toshiki Retaks Nissan S13 79 Points

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