Formula D: Round 5

Formula D: Round 5

Round 5 of the 2009 Formula Drift season slid into the Emerald city of Seattle, Washington in August, and more than 30 drivers were competing for precious championship points. Entering the event, 7 drivers were within 100 championship points of leader Chris Forsberg. The fans in the Northwest are some of the best in the sport, and the high-speed 5/8 mile banked oval track is one of the fastest on the Formula D Circuit. In previous Formula D events at Evergreen, there has always been at least 1 crazy crash, and 1 driver on the podium who earns their first career podium at the event. This year would be no different.

In practice, Discount Tire / Falken driver Dai Yoshihara had a huge crash which likely totaled his Discount Tire Center IS350, and in Tandem, Vaughn Gittin Jr and Eric O’Sullivan had a crash on the big bank which rendered O’Sullivan’s Rockstar / Hankook Subaru STI unable to continue. Fortunately for O’Sullivan, the judges reviewed videotape and determined that JR had initiated contact with Eric which caused him to spin before JR’s 2010 Ford Mustang collided with the Subaru a second time, and Eric was given the win. Since Eric’s car was beyond repair given the timeframe, the winner of the Chris Forsberg / Tyler McQuarrie V8-powered 350Z roadster showdown in the other semifinal would be the winner of the event, while the other driver would have to face JR for the final podium position. Forsberg’s NOS Energy Drink / Maxxis Tires 350Z Roadster was too much for McQuarrie as he earned his 2nd win and third podium of the season, while McQuarrie was able to recover and beat his Falken Tires teammate JR in the consolation round to earn his 2nd podium of the season as well.

Leaving this event, Forsberg now has a commanding lead for the Formula D Championship, and with 3 podiums in 5 events, it’s his to lose. For O’Sullivan, his first podium puts him in the lead for the Rookie-of-the-year race. Stay tuned to PAS Magazine and PASmag.com for full coverage of all of the Formula D events!

Related Articles

Tuning 365 Show to Debut July 2nd on REV TV Canada Tuning 365 Show to Debut July 2nd on REV TV Canada
Burlington ON, Canada — REV TV Canada, Canada’s Own Motorsports Network, is pleased to announce that it will air a new weekly show called “Tuning 365...
Haltech NEXUS R5 Vehicle Control Unit Haltech NEXUS R5 Vehicle Control Unit
NEXUS R5 is the new Haltech flagship product combining the functionality of a power distribution module, a data logger, a dual channel wideband...
Design Engineering, Inc Advanced Turbo Shield Design Design Engineering, Inc Advanced Turbo Shield Design
AVON LAKE, OHIO (July 1, 2020) – When it comes to technologically advanced turbocharger protection, Design Engineering, Inc. has again raised the bar...
Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel for 2007-2011 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed Fidanza Aluminum Flywheel for 2007-2011 Mazda 3 Mazdaspeed
Fidanza Performance lightweight aluminum flywheels are designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA. Their team doesn’t just take a stock flywheel...
GKTECH Nissan Skyline R32 Front Upper Camber Arms GKTECH Nissan Skyline R32 Front Upper Camber Arms
The GKTECH R32 Front Upper Camber Arms are used to adjust the front camber on your R32 Skyline. These arms are unique in design and are far from the...
AutoMeter Universal InVision Digital Dash Now Available AutoMeter Universal InVision Digital Dash Now Available
Sycamore, IL, June 29, 2020 – The new InVision Direct Fit Digital Dash System (Model #7000) is a universal solution for your entire dash and is the...