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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Formula D Round 7 - Finale at Irwindale Speedway

      - Tuesday Coverage from Formula Drift #FDIRW : Irwindale, CA

As always, the finale for the 2013 Formula Drift Pro Championship ends at the "House of Drift," Irwindale Speedway.   Local fan favorite, Ken Gushi and the GReddy Performance X Scion Racing Team performed flawlessly all weekend long...

Ken drove the Irwindale course with solid lines, angle and tire smoke during practice and qualifying.  In Friday's Qualifying session One Ken scored a 82.5pts (with maximum speed points in the scored area,) placing him 13th position out of about 50 drivers. 

Our first battle was in Top32 against the 20th seed, Denofa and his BMW.  After some close door to door drifting, the judges awarded Gushi the win for his smoother, cleaner runs.

During the Formula D Half-time break, the GReddy booth/pit area was swamped with GReddy/Gushi fans all evening long.
An impromptu line of fans streached all the way around the GReddy Racing trailer...  Thank you all for your support!

As night fell, the FD opening ceremonies had skydivers, fireworks and packed Irwindale grandstands.  In the 16 elimination brackets, Gushi faced the number 4 seed, Kearney in his Dodge Viper.  In the first run, the Viper was just too fast in the straight-line start, which lead to a huge gap.  Ken threw down a good second run, but in a Judge's split decision, Kearney moved on, ending the 2013 season for the Team.

All in all, the GReddy Racing Team pushed very hard this season, in a few instances too hard, thus leading to a season of ups and downs.  But rest assured, the team will be back stronger, faster and more even more prepared for the 2014 Formula Drift season...

Special thanks to our GReddy Performance X Scion Racing partners: Hankook Tires, Takata Racing, Rays Engineering, KW Suspension, Ignition Projects, WPC, Diamond Lighting, Rocket Bunny, OS Giken, DTA, Alpine Stars and last but not least our 2012-13 Crew Chief / Builder / Mechanic, Shuji Komesho, who will be on assignment back at the TRUST HQ.  -Best wishes, Shuji, we'll miss you!

 technical partners
Hankook Tire | Ray's  | KW Suspension
  Takata | Rocket Bunny | TRUST