Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Formula D Atlanta 2015 Photo Gallery
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Formula D Atlanta 2015 Photo Gallery

FD returns to its birthplace and hosts one of its most exciting rounds to date

Luke Munnell
May 14, 2015

Eleven years ago, Road Atlanta hosted the humble beginnings of Formula D (FD), what has become the world’s foremost professional drifting league. And for a 12th consecutive year (one of only two tracks to hold that distinction), FD served up some of the most unpredictable and impressive drifting to a sold-out crowd of probably the most enthusiastic followers in the series’ history.

Formula D Long Beach 2015 Mega Photo Gallery

Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   055 Photo 5/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 055

Now traditionally the second stop in season competition after the wall-laden Long Beach grand prix opener, the sprawling, secluded, relaxed atmosphere of Road Atlanta is where drivers—and fans—generally love to go all out. This year was no different.

Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   099 Photo 12/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 099

Lingering development issues kept some regular names out of qualifying, but competition saw more upsets and surprising hard charges than anyone could have called. Kenny Moen took out champions Michael Essa and Vaughn Gittin Jr.; Jeff Stoneback upstaged rock stars Tanner Foust and Fredric Aasbo (before falling to Forsberg in a controversial decision); and veteran Tyler McQuarrie yielded before Patrick Goodin, who went onto best Justin Pawlak. In fact, with drivers Goodin, Moen, Stoneback, and Forrest Wang powering their way into Great 8 (Forrest very nearly missing the finals), enthusiastic drift fans cheered for an all-S-chassis podium. But while FR-S-piloting Ken Gushi and 370Z-wielding Chris Forsberg kept that from happening (claiming second and third places, respectively), Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis and his Feal Suspension Nissan S14 came through for the ultimate upset win.

Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   039 Photo 19/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 039

Closing notes: Daigo Sato continued to fight developmental woes in his 20,000-hp (or whatever) GT-R, but looked impressively strong in practice; rookie Yokoi finally drove up to his reputation from Japanese competition; and it was really, really great to see “the Gush” on the podium again. So good, some might argue he stole the show.

Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   160 Photo 26/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 160

Enjoy some of our favorite memories from FD in the images here, and check back in a few days when we publish coverage of Global Time Attack’s Pro Championship East competition, run in parallel with FD at Road Atlanta.

Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   060 Photo 30/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 060
Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   087 Photo 55/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 087
Podium Photo 80/214   |   Podium
Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   176 Photo 105/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 176
Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   072 Photo 130/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 072
Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   138 Photo 155/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 138
Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   155 Photo 180/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 155
Formula drift Atlanta import tuner luke munnell   178 Photo 196/214   |   Formula Drift Atlanta Import Tuner Luke Munnell 178
By Luke Munnell
325 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE EVENT COVERAGE

As we head into the last week before Japan’s Virtual Auto Salon – the online replacement for a COVID-cancelled 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon – the internet giveth a couple more sneak peeks of what’s to come. Honda unveiled teasers of two “fun” builds it has up its sleeve (as is sort of par for the
Bob HernandezJan 13, 2021
It’s true, the beloved Tokyo Auto Salon is just the latest big event to fall victim to the pandemic, organizers announcing last week that 2021 plans for a live gig were effectively scrapped. The show was only a few weeks out, so as you might imagine plans for practically every exhibitor were well in motion,
Bob HernandezJan 1, 2021
If you’re an enthusiast on the east coast and get word that a gathering like that of Tough Club x Prime NYC’s Nissan Night is on the calendar, regardless of how many miles away it is, there’s a good chance you’re going to make it. For years, long before the mysterious virus that’s inadvertently stopped
Danny ChoyDec 17, 2020
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP