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Joon Maeng Formula D Round 5 – Evergreen Speedway – Monroe, WA – Rossy &Kirsten

Mike wasnt there, Rossy was. Needs moar story. Pics in the gallery for this post. Kind of the beginning of the end with Joon. He was running around nekkid in the hotel  room with the guys. Rossy has the story. I dont know if there are pics of Joon’s dingle dangle wangling around the room. But everyone was pretty freaked out. But everyone looks super excite in the pics.

 

Round 5 of the formula Drift championship took place in Evergreen speedway located in Seattle Washington.

 

 

Thursday practice gave Joon a feel of the track with the s13,

 

 

Friday qualifying was very crucial Joon laid down a 73.5 in his first run, which would get him in the top 32 , Joon was aggressive in run 2 with an 85 point run under his belt, Joon qualified 21st which would put him against Conrad Grunewald who drives the Hankook tire Camaro ss

 

In Joon”s chase run he would keep very good proximity on the bank but straighten in the power alley due to e-brake issues, giving Conrad Grunewald a huge advantage

 

Joon’s lead run was aggressive Conrad did multiple mistakes but it was not enough to give Joon the win, Conrad would move on to the top 16

 

Hankook Tire to Sponsor Team Road Race Engineering

We are excited to be partnering with Hankook Tire for our four team cars covering four different racing series this year.  With the right team and sponsors now in place, we’re looking for major successes across the board.

Hankook has graciously agreed to sponsor the following cars as part of our team lineup:

Canaan O’Connell pilots the Road Race Engineering Mitsubishi Evo 7 as an active part of the Road Race Engineering/Jet Black/JEM FX Motorsports Racing team.  The car is currently running NASA, and will be at Global Time Attack events, as well as Pikes Peak this year.  The right hand drive Evo 7 is running on Hankook F200 280/650/R18, which will keep him planted on the track.

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The Road Race Engineering Mitsubishi Evo 6, driven by Dr. Alex Marmureanu will run on Hankook F200 280/650/R18.  Dr. Alex’s Evo has been built and tuned Road Race Engineering, has been a part of the RRE race team for years, and has been featured at the SEMA Show as part of the team.

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The Road Race Engineering Mitsubishi Evo 8 is run by Roy Narvaez and will competing at Pikes Peak this year.  The Narvaez Racing Evo was built and tuned by RRE, and has proven a successful setup in years past, and will undoubtedly do well this year on the mountain.  Updated livery is currently in the works.

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Professional BMX Rider Francisco “Coco” Zurita owns and drives the Road Race Engineering GT-R.  The GT-R will be a part of the Gumball 3000 rally, Global Time Attack, and SEMA Show marketing efforts.  Tire specs are undecided, but with consultation from the Hankook team, will be an improvement for the team’s racing efforts.

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RRE and driver Carl Rydquist first partnered with Hankook for the 2013 Formula Drift season, and the successful partnership led to the continued relationship between the two companies.  Road Race Engineering is grateful for Hankook’s continued support, and is looking forward to representing the tire brand this season.

For more information on Hankook, visit their website.

 

Jet Black Racing – RRE – JemFX EVO 7 Fast Laps with Canaan O’Connell at Willow Springs

Here is some pure in car video of the Jet Black Racing RRE EVO 7 running with NASA at Willow Springs on the Big Track. Canaan worked through the weekend to get the lap times down to 1:25. That was good for First Place in the Open Class Time Trial class.

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Jet Black – JemFX – RRE EVO 7 at Buttonwillow GTA Time Attack

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Here is some video from the first round of GTA at Buttonwillow #13 CW. The event was pretty much blown out with rain but we ended up with a 3rd place trophy in the AWD Unlimited class.

We are working with Jet Black Racing and JemFX Motorsports to run this old EVO 7 ex rally car at Pikes Peak in 2015. It started out as a Rhys Millen rally car. Rhys retired it to fast movie car status and had it rigged to support a remote mounted roof top camera crane gizmo and provisions for a camera operator to ride in the back seat area. JemFX is a stunt car and epic fireballs shop and Elia there ended up with it through some horse trading with Rhys. Elia ran the EVO 7 at the Silver State Challenge a few times, getting the fastest 4 cylinder car trap speeds.

Now the car has been fully rebuilt from the ground up with a new cage, track oriented Muellerized Ohlins suspension, a new motor and drivetrain and ever developing aero mods. The goal is running Pikes Peak this year in July with Canaan O’Connell driving. We’ll be running the car at various NASA and GTA events from now through June to further develop the car, the team and the driver.

 

Danny George Pikes Peak 2014

Danny George at Pikes Peak – Qualifying, Fan Fest and Race Day

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Danny qualified in 7th place in Pikes Peak Open class on Friday. Open Class is a catch all class at Pikes Peak that pretty much anything goes as long as it still somewhat looks like a car.

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Friday night in downtown Colorado Springs is a huge street party with all the race cars. We took the car there and handed out several boxes of Danny George swag.

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Saturday is a day off for racing and practice. We did the final prep on the car and took it up to the start line to set up the pits in the forrest just off the main road. While there on Saturday, we took the time to try to make the mountain latrines from the start line up to the top smell a little better on race day :-)

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During all the practice runs they had us running on the mountain from 5am to 9am. The weather was cool those days and also it was super early. We’d added the water spray system to hep keep his rear mounted radiator keep the engine coolant temps down and it was all working fine.

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Danny George Pikes Peak 2014 – Prep and Practice

We decided to drive the RRE Rally Box Van to Colorado to help Danny George prepare to run his FD Miata up Pikes Peak. We met him at John’s house there in Colorado Springs to help make the conversion from drift to grip. We pretty much took over the driveway, garage and turned the basement into a dorm room with 7 guys all camped out on the floor.

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Pics are in the gallery below. Once the car was ready, we took it to Pikes Peak Raceway to do some practice with the grip setup. Then up the mountain at 4am to be ready to run when the road opens up for practice at 5am. Then they run to 9am when the road is open to the public. They divide the course into 3 sections and each day you practice one section with your run group.

 

Carl Rydquist – RRE LS 350Z – Formula D Round 3 Miami Florida

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Before this event we mentioned that we were ready to battle, and battle we did! Piloting the Road Race Engineering Berk Technology Nissan 350Z powered by Champion Spark Plugs through both the PRO and PRO2 categories at Formula Drift’s newest venue Homestead-Miami Speedway, our driver Carl Rydquist started off with winning 1st qualifying spot in PRO2, followed by a 23rd qualifying result in PRO, then Carl went onto win 3rd place in the PRO2 tandem competition on Friday night and finally capped off the weekend with a Top 16 finish in PRO.

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Rossy Welch, team manager Road Race Engineering

Carl’s FormulaD Pro2 podium finish under the sunshine of Miami has made one of my biggest dreams come true in my favorite racing series. It feels wonderful to work with such a talented, young and passionate team. I’m so proud to be part of it and thankful for the opportunity. We can feel the love from our fans and with the support from our sponsors, that is what keeps us working harder.

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Carl Rydquist, driver RRE 350Z V8 Turbo powered by Champion Spark Plugs

What an amazing weekend! The team behind this car consists of Road Race Engineering, Berk Technology and S-Empire, Carl explains, and it’s a strong combo that combines tons of experience with brains and competence to find solutions to the challenges we come up against and to execute the jobs that are needed. I am equally impressed, fascinated and thankful and I’m extremely happy to have won my first Formula Drift trophy!

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Formula Drift PRO Rd4 in New Jersey takes place on June 20-21 and our preparations have already begun. The Z chassis, then powered by a V6 engine boosted by a Garrett GT3582R turbocharger ran well there last season so we have a great baseline and Carl did well in qualifying at that track, but still with today’s level of development speed in Formula Drift we have to work tirelessly on sharpening the competitive edge to climb further up the standings where we are currently sitting in 29th place in the PRO series and 3rd in the PRO2 standings.

 

 

Carl Rydquist – RRE LS 350Z – Formula D – Round 2 Road Atlanta, Georgia

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We have amassed great momentum during the start of the 2014 season by excellent working relationships with our technical partners and with great support from fans around the globe, however we did suffer a no-points weekend in the second round of the 2014 Formula Drift PRO Championship by taking 34th spot out of 60 cars at Road Atlanta. Now how do you handle a gut punch like that? Answer: Like a Champion.

 

Mo Boost – Nic’s 95 Talon TSi

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Long time RRE customer Nic sent me a pic of his personalized Indiana license plate with the RRE plate frame on it. I asked for a little more info on the car and Nic sent me this:

Hi Mike,
Here are some pics and info on my 95 Eagle Talon TSi. Some of my mods include:

MHI Big 16G turbo
Injen Intake
Punishment Racing FMIC/piping
3” Exhaust (Apex’i Dunk cat-back)
Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator
255lph Walbro Fuel Pump
AEM Big Rotor upgrade
NGK Iridium Plugs
NGK Wires
CX Racing Fuel Pressure Regulator
H&R lowering springs
Tokico adjustable struts
NXS Manual Boost Controller
Auto Meter Phantom Gauges (A/F, Boost, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure, Water Temp)
Wings West Aggressor front bumper
Z3 Fenders
18” Nippon Racing Wheels
HKS Turbo Timer
Kenwood touch screen head unit
Optima Yellow Top battery
Custom fabricated wing

There are a few other goodies here and there, but that is the big stuff. Thanks for supporting DSMers for so many years. I’ll be rooting for the RRE team when I head down to Road Atlanta for Formula Drift next month.

Thanks,
Nic Harnishfeger
Evansville, IN

 

 

Carl Rydquist – RRE LS 350Z at the Formula D Opener in Long Beach

Road Race Engineering’s 2014 Formula D Season debut happened in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 drift fanatics in Long Beach California last weekend. Our practice session ran trouble free and our driver Carl Rydquist qualified the Road Race Engineering Berk Technology 350Z into 24th spot among 64 professional drivers. This was Carl’s best result since his Formula D comeback (best previous FD qualifying position to date: 7th, 2009).

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During the Top 32 tandem practice sessions it was clear that the car was significantly quicker now than last season. The tight turns and close walls of the Long Beach Grand Prix circuit isnt necessarily known as one of the higher speed drift events. But it was obvious that Carl was able to chase down several other big power cars.

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In the battle for a spot in the Top 16 bracket, Carl was able to pull out a gap in his lead run thanks to the Garrett GTX4088R turbo powered LS2 V8 and our sticky Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires, however being fast also turned out to be a challenge in the follow run behind opponent Forrest Wang.

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Carl comes from a road racing back ground and said: “I am used to being in front and racing hard to leave the competition behind so that part went as planned. While I was following Forrest, I started out too close too soon and simply bogged down behind him and he was able to maintain great angle and line at a relatively low speed.

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The Road Race Engineering Berk Technology 350Z, (Carl calls the car “Animal”) ran flawlessly. The 830hp turbocharged LS V8 motor didn’t miss a beat all weekend, so this one’s totally on me. It was frankly one of my worst tandem follow runs I can remember. Nothing that I can do about it now, but something to draw experience from. The good news is that the car is quick and controllable, I can charge close and battle for tandem wins this year.”

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Thanks to the qualifying result Carl and the team are moving onto Round 2 at Road Atlanta in 19th place, tied in points with among other drivers former champions Daigo Saito (2012) and Daijiro Yoshihara (2011).

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Rossy Welch  our Team Manager said: “I could see that Carl didn’t want to damage the car at this event, which is good, but you also have to go for it 100% to win. We’ll focus and push harder at Atlanta next month. But this is a really good start for us, we made important points and we met so many fans that love the car that this awesome team has built and we feel very blessed and happy for the support from all of our sponsors. This is already becoming a really exciting year!“

See you at Road Atlanta on May 9-10 or on the FD Livestream!