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U.S. Best Drifters - Up Close And Personal

Meet The Scene's Hottest Drivers

Jonathan Wong
Dec 1, 2007
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The U.S.' best drifters all seem to come out of Southern California, or at the very least, live where the sun always shines and the weather's always perfect-for drifting, that is. This month we present two huge crowd favorites for the So Cal masses: Casper Canul and Ken Gushi, drifters that do it up big for the Latin and Asian communities, as well as the rest of the nation with their high-powered entries and smoke-filled skies.

Casper Canul
Monstor Fabrication/Cooper Tires Nissan S14

Height/Weight: 5'9"/unknown
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
DOB: 4/30/1978
Nickname/s: Viva La Raza
Affiliations: Monstor Fabrication, PRDA (Puerto Rico Drift Association), Drift Day
Competing Professionally: four years
Day Job: test driver; self-employed
Crew Chief/Team Members: Aki Fuchigami, Pat Ardon, Ramon Lugo
Cars Drifted In: S14, MX5
Current Engine Setup:SR20DET with Turbonetics turbo pushing 400hp
Fastest Entry Speed: 100-plus at the Grand Prix of Cleveland
Career Highlight/s: Second place podium finish at Formula Drift, Sonoma, 2006
Best Known For: Viva La Raza!

Kenshiro Gushi
Toyo Tires/Ford Racing/Gushi Auto Ford Mustang

Height/Weight: 5'8"/130 lb.
Hometown: San Gabriel, CA; Okinawa, Japan
DOB: 9/19/86
Nickname/s: Ken; The Gush
Affiliations: N/A
Competing Professionally: four years
Day Job: student
Crew Chief/Team Members: James Winkler/Dev Saberwal, Mike Shin, Damien Takahashi, Sharon Dominguez, Kyomi Gushi
Cars Drifted In: '86 Toyota Corolla, '92 Nissan 240SX, '92 Mazda RX-7, '93 Nissan Skyline GT-ST, '92 Toyota Cressida, '05 Ford Mustang GT
Current Engine Setup: Ford Racing 4.6l Aluminator with Ford Racing Whipple Super Charger (700 hp)
Fastest Entry Speed: 125 mph at Cleveland Grand Prix
Career Highlight/s: Becoming the first Toyo Tires/ Ford Racing Driver; winning Formula D Houston with the Ford Racing Mustang; taking 3rd Place Championship in 2005 with the Ford Racing Mustang; competing in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 2007 (but I flew off)
Best Known For: Crashing into walls (a lot); youngest drifter to compete inFormula D

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