2012 Formula DRIFT: Top 16 Drivers

After the championship battle at Irwindale Speedway last Saturday, the 2012 Formula DRIFT season has come to an end and the drivers have been ranked overall for the year. Keep reading to learn a little more about the top 16 drivers in the series and their high-powered, tire-slaying chariots.

1. Daigo Saito, #430 (Rookie)

Age: 32
Nationality: Japanese
Hometown: Toyko, Japan
Team: Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing
Car: Achilles Radial Lexus SC430
Engine: 2JZ-GTE, custom PSI manifold, Garrett Turbo, Built by Fnatz Naprec

2. Vaughn Gittin, #25

Age: 31
Nationality: American
Hometown: Annapolis, MD
Team: Monster Energy / Falken Tire
Car: 2013 Monster Energy, Falken Tire Ford Mustang
Engine: Ford Racing / Roush Yates built 6.7L V8

3. Rhys Millen, #67

Age: 39
Nationality: New Zealander
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Team: Rhys Millen Racing
Car: 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Engine: Hyundai Turbocharged V6

4. Justin Pawlack, #13

Age: 31
Nationality: American
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Team: Falken Tire
Car: 2013 Falken Tire Ford Mustang RTR
Engine: Ford Racing/Roush Yates engine

5. Ryan Tuerck, #62

Age: 27
Nationality: American
Hometown: Derry, NH
Team: Team Retaks
Car: Retaks Racing 240LS
Engine: Custom Stroked CBP Corvette LSX

6. Fredric Aasbo, #151

Age: 26
Nationality: Norwegian
Hometown: Ski, Norway
Team: Team Need for Speed / Papadakis Racing
Car: 2011 Need for Speed Scion tC
Engine: 2.7 Inline four 2AR-FE turbocharged

7. Daijiro Yoshihara, #9

Age: 33
Nationality: Japanese
Hometown: Hachiouji Tokyo, Japan
Team: Falken Tire
Car: 1993 Nissan 240sx
Engine: 6.7 Aluminum V8

8. Ken Gushi, #21

Age: 25
Nationality: Japanese
Hometown: Okinawa, Japan
Team: GPP Scion Racing
Car: 2013 GPP, Scion Racing FR-S w/ Hankook
Engine: Cosworth

9. Conrad Grunewald, #79

Age: 31
Nationality: American
Hometown: Houston, TX
Team: Conrad Grunewald Racing
Car: 2010 Hankook Camaro SS
Engine: GM Performance Parts LS7 built by Thomson Automotive

10. Matt Powers, #665

Age: 24
Nationality: American
Hometown: Pacific Beach, CA
Team: Deal With It
Car: Need for Speed, Nitto Tire Nissan S14
Engine: LS7

11. Chris Forsberg, #64

Age: 29
Nationality: American
Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Team: NOS Energy Drink Drift Team
Car: 2012 NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z
Engine: Nissan Motorsports 5.6L Titan V8 Engine, AEM Air Filter, Mishimoto Radiator, ACT Clutch

12. Michael Essa, #101

Age: 32
Nationality: Indian/American
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Team: GSR Autosport
Car: 2004 GSR Autosport, Nitto Tire BMW Z4R
Engine: CP pistons, Carrillo rods, GSR Autosport custom turbo kit with Garrett GTX35R turbo

13. Robbie Nishida, #31

Age: 33
Nationality: Japanese
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Team: Bridges Racing
Car: 1993 Bridges Racing, Achilles Radial Lexus SC300
Engine: 2JZ-GTE, custom PSI manifold, Garrett Turbo, Turbo Smart Waste Gates, BC internals & AEM EMS

14. Tyler McQuarrie, #17

Age: 33
Nationality: American
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Team: Mobil 1 Camaro
Car: 2011 Mobil 1 Chevy Camaro SS
Engine: GM LS7, BD internals, Mobil 1 Oil

15. Toshiki Yoshioka, #5

Age: 35
Nationality: Japanese
Hometown: Hiroshima, Japan
Team: Team RS-R
Car: 1999 Nissan Silvia S15
Engine: VQ38DETT

16. Aurimas Bakchis, #723

Age: 28
Nationality: Lithuanian
Hometown: Kaunas, Lithuania
Team: Bakchis Motorsports, Team M7 Japan
Car: Team M7 Japan, Nexen Tire Nissan S14
Engine: CBM Motorsports forged internals LS2, Clutch Masters twin disc clutch

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