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Yoshihara takes 2013 Formula Drift Season Opener

Long Beach, Ca

Apr 16, 2013
Sstp 1304 10+formula drift long beach+discount tire nissan s13 sideways Photo 1/14   |   Daijiro Yoshihara in his Discount Tire/ Falken Tire Nissan S13 at Formula Drift Long Beach

The 10th season of Formula Drift got officially underway last weekend at the streets of Long Beach, and once again the popular drifting event was a sellout. Because let's face it, there's nothing more exciting than high horsepower cars sliding inches away from a wall with a cloud of smoke trailing behind.

Despite the odd-for-California cloudy and cool weather during Saturday's main event, thousands of Formula D faithful flocked between the vendor village, the Slammed Society Car Show, and the tire-shredding action on the track.

Sstp 1304 15+formula drift long beach+falken ford mustant justin pawlak Photo 2/14   |   Justin Pawlak hitting the wall at Formula Drift Long Beach.

Formula Drift veteran and number one qualifier Daijiro Yoshihara piloted the America's Tire/Falken Tire Nissan S13 to the number one spot on the podium. In fact, all three podium spots were owned by ten year veterans and past champions of the series.

Sstp 1304 05+formula drift long beach+daijiro yoshihara Photo 6/14   |   Daijiro Yoshihara at the vendor village during Formula Drift Long Beach

Vaughn Gittin, Jr., the 2010 champ, managed second behind the wheel of his Monster Energy/Nitto Tire Ford Mustang, with Chris Forsberg who won the 2009 championship, placing third in the NOS Energy Drink/Hankook Nissan 370Z. For more information on upcoming events check out www.formuladrift.com

Sstp 1304 09+formula drift long beach+daijiro versus gittin Photo 7/14   |   Daijiro Yoshihara versus Vaughn Gittin Jr. at Formula Drift Long Beach
Sstp 1304 08+formula drift long beach+daijiro yoshihara burnout Photo 11/14   |   Burnout by Daijiro Yoshihara at Formula Drift Long Beach
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