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Kenny Moen

Kenny Moen

Team N/A

Car 2003 BK Racing Nissan 350ZKenny Moen

After seeing fellow Norwegian Freddy Aasbo win the 2010 Rookie of the year award, Moen decided it was his turn to compete in Formula D. Moen shipped his 350Z chassis over for the series, the same one that piloted Tanner Foust to back-to-back championships in 2007 and 2008. Moen also owns the S2000 that Stephan Papadakis had competed in for several seasons before committing to being a full-time owner and crew chief. Moen has won se veral events in Europe, routinely beating some of the other European drivers who now compete in Formula D. Look for Moen to make his mark in Formula D in the coming years.

 

Age 32

Height 5’ 8”

Weight N/A

Nickname Fast Kenny

Car Number 76

Hometown Oslo, NOR

Occupation Car Painter

Engine Nissan Twin Turbo VQ35

Horsepower 500whp

Sponsors BK Racing, Gumball 3000, Carbonetic,Lillestrom Bil, Don’t Trust Anyone

 


Aurimas 'Odi' Bakchis

 

Aurimas 'Odi' Bakchis

Team Bakchis Motorsports

Car 1995 Forged Racing Nissan 240 SX

In 2010, Odi Bakchis made a name for himself by winning the XDC round in Vegas, and later winning the Formula D Pro-Am event in Vegas as well. Bakchis competed in rally and motocross before adopting drifting as an excuse to get seat time for his rally racing, but soon dropped other motorsports after enjoying the fun-factor of drifting over other forms of wheeled sports. Odi’s S14 is a new build for the 2011 season, powered by an LS1 for a combination of power and reliability. Odi has proven that he has what it takes to win at the amateur level, look for him to increase his presence at the professional level in coming years.

 

Age 27Aurimas 'Odi' Bakchis

Height 5’ 10”

Weight 155

Nickname N/A

Car Number 723

Hometown Kaunas, LT

Occupation Owner of Feal Suspension

Engine LS1 V8

Horsepower 500whp/440wtq

Sponsors Forged Racing, Feal Suspension, 702 Graphics, Clutch Masters, Torco, CBM Motorsports, R Rated Motorsports, Godspeed, Dstroyr, Hot Bits

 


 

Luke Lonberger

Luke Lonberger

Team BLU808, Hankoo Tire, LG Motorsports

Car 2005 BLU808 LG Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette

 

Lonberger is one of the most experienced of the 2011 Rookie class, having driven in Formula D back in 2004 and 2005 before taking several years off to focus on his fabrication shop Blu808. Lonberger toured for the 2010 season as Conrad Grunewald’s crew chief and chief fabricator on the Hankook Camaro before building up his own Corvette for the 2011 season. Lonberger qualified via the ThunderDrift ProAm series in Norcal, and also competed in a handful of Just Drift events as well. Blu808 has turned into somewhat of a specialist in the GM LS family of motors, starting with Lonberger’s own FD RX7 back in 2005 and most recently the Hankook Camaro (originally LS-A, now LS-7 powered) and Lonberger’s Corvette.Luke Lonberger

 

Age 28

Height 5’ 10”

Weight N/A

 

Nickname N/A

Car Number 28

Hometown Los Gatos, CA

Occupation Blu808.com

Engine Turn Key Engine Supply Ls2 stroke

Sponsors Blu808, Hankook Tire, LG Motorsports, Laboratory17, Turn Key Engine Supply, Exedy,Clutch, Forgeline wheels, Driveshaft Shop, Aim Sports, Extreme Dimensions, TD Garage, Aeromotive, Nos energy drinks, Jordan Innovations, Newtech Performance, Orlandi Trailer inc., Bob’s Donuts, Cutty Clothing, K-sport, ThunderDrift, CGR, Magna Design



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