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MOPAR D1 All-Star Duel

Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, CA August 31, 2006

Jason Siu
Apr 2, 2009

History was made in the sport compact world on August 31 when D1 teamed up with NASCAR to bring together some of motorsports' finest drivers. NASCAR drivers had the opportunity to test their driving skills in the world of drift by getting behind of the wheel of top cars including Team Mopar's Viper (that is campaigned by Samuel Hubinette) and Rhys Millen's GTO just to name a few. Representing America were Samuel Hubinette, Rhys Millen, Vaughn Gittin Jr., and Tanner Foust. All the way from Japan were some of D1's finest stars including Ken Nomura, Toshiki Yoshioka, Hideo Hiraoka, Takahiro Uenoa and Tatsuya Sakuma.

Representing NASCAR were famed drivers Kasey Kahne, Bill Elliott, Robby Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Chris Cook, Greg Biffle and Casey Mears. Getting behind the wheel of many drifting tuned vehicles, Team Falken also donated several vehicles to the cause for the NASCAR drivers. The exhibition event pitted the drifters against the NASCAR professionals as NASCAR drivers took their first lessons in drifting. Plenty of tandem action was on the course at the House of Drift as many NASCAR fans attended the event, getting their first ever dosage of professional drifting.

The stands were filled at Irwindale, and to really get the crowd going, upwards of five cars rode the high speed Irwindale outer bank at the same time. As the NASCAR drivers were only getting comfortable behind the wheel of a drift car, very few took their chances at the high speed bank. Chris Cook shocked the crowd however in the Team Falken / Quaker State S14 (that is normally piloted by Robbie Nishida) by making an extremely clean, high speed pass on the entire course! This only happened of course after the crowd showed its disappointment when Cook didn't take a chance his first time around.

All in all the drifting action was intense at this exhibition event and many of the NASCAR drivers looked impressive behind the wheel of the strictly drift built vehicles. The tandem action brought many new fans to their feet and we hope that many more events like this happen!

By Jason Siu
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