Daijiro Yoshihara in Atlanta
While a new addition to Team Falken in 2009, Daijiro "Dai" Yoshihara is the
veteran drifter on the squad. With 10 years of competition under his belt,
Dai, who hails from Tokyo, is both extremely competitive behind the wheel
and is just as popular outside the car. He has received the "Best Style"
award by his peers for two straight years and is a stand-out among the
drivers for his legendary "look" and signature hairstyle.
This competitor embraces all fields of sport, enjoying surfing,
snowboarding and earning championships in darts. He also is a prolific
writer, and his blog can be viewed on the GT Channel website. He doesn't
offer too much advice, however, as he needs to maintain his edge while
piloting his lightened and completely rebuilt Lexus IS350, which features a
normally aspirated Haselgreen-built V8 delivering over 750 hp, through the
demanding drifting courses, running on Falken Azenis RT-615 tires.
Dai enjoyed a successful 2008 season, taking 2nd place in the Red Bull
World Championships and finished in 4th overall in the ultra competitive
Formula D Series. For 2009, with the support of Team Falken and Discount
Tire, Dai's expectations are set higher, as he is earnest about moving up
several notches and scoring top place in more rounds and finishing on the
top rung of the series championship.
"I feel so happy that I can participate as a driver for Team Falken," Dai
notes. As popular with the fans as he is with his fellow drivers, Dai
states, "I want to please our drift fans this year making use of my skills
developed from my many past experiences. At the same time, for my new team,
I want to do my best to be able to end this season with the best result for
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Dai Yoshihara's Incredible Nissan S13 Drift Car - Formula D Las Vegas 2010
Go to http://gtchannel.com/forums/ask-dai to leave Dai comments and
questions for him to answer. In this
feature we go in depth to cover Dai Yoshihara's Discount Tire Team Falken
Nissan S13 at Formula Drift 2010 Las Vegas. Interview of Daijiro
Yoshihara, chief mechanic Scott Dodgion from SPD Metal Works and chassis
engineer Mike Kojima from motoIQ.com. Go to falkentirecorp to subscribe to
Falken's Youtube videos.
Behind the Smoke Ep 15: New Jersey Show - Dai Yoshihara Formula Drift 2011 Season
http://gtchannel.com Dai and team are focused on forgetting the upset in
Palm Beach and get back in the race at Wall Stadium. But once again engine
problems resurface on the Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 and critical
practice time gets cut short on the day of the final. Will Dai and team
overcome this challenge or will they crumble under pressure? Check it out
now! Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional
Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow
Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current
and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to
compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is
produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and
supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.
Robbie Nishida drifts the new GTR35 at Adam's Motorsports Park Thursday 29th 2010.
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Robbie Nishida drifts the new (Dynamic Autosports, Hankook Tire, Apex-i)
GTR at Adam's Motorsports Park Thursday 29th 2010. Once again back at this
small track this car, team and amazing driver managed to show everyone that
it's ready for action. See it during rd.2 at Formula D. Atlanta.
Dai Yoshihara Gymkhana Grid One Lap
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Here's Dai talking about his car setup for gymkhana and a run through of
the course. He ended up winning the 2WD class so big ups to him and the
rest of the team!
Behind the Smoke Ep 18:Dyno & Seattle - Dai Yoshihara Formula Drift 2011 Season
Dai comes off a 3rd place podium in New Jersey trailing Justin Pawlak in
first place by just 57 points. In episode 18, Scott and crew gets the
engine fixed and on the Dyno before Formula D round 5
Seattle at Evergreen Speedway. But things don't come easy in Seattle as Dai
crashes the S13 again and is forced to retire from practice early before
the day is finished. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of
professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras
will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track
giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's
really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the
Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's
Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.
2009 Formula Drift Round 5 with Falken Tire
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MONROE, WA Originally built as a horse-racing track, Evergreen Speedway
saw plenty of horsepower over the weekend
as Formula Drift arrived in town, with the venerable track challenging the
drivers and their cars to the Breaking Point, resulting in Chris Forsberg
taking the win, while Team Falkens Tyler McQuarrie finished a respectable
Qualifying on Friday was challenging as the judges were very critical of
all efforts. Nevertheless, seven drivers on Falken Azenis RT615 tires made
the field, including all Team Falken factory entrants McQuarrie; Vaughn
Gittin, Jr.; Darren McNamara; Daijiro Yoshihara; and Calvin Wan, plus
privateers Ross Petty (who was in fact the number two qualifier) and Taka
Amid tough competition all day long, two Falken drivers advanced to the Top
8 Round, as both McQuarrie and Gittin defeated their opponents to move to
the Top 4. Unfortunately, Gittin was involved in a collision during this
run and was unable to advance, while teammate McQuarrie lost to eventual
In the battle for third overall, it was Team Falken v. Team Falken, as
McQuarrie came out on top over Gittin, who was able to compete despite his
accident in the previous round. The events trademark nickname, Breaking
Point, lived up to its reputation as a number of entrants became casualties
to the tracks banking and tight transitions throughout the course.
However, McQuarries strong third place finish moved him to third overall in
the Formula D Championship, while Team Falken teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr.,
despite a semi-final performance, dropped to fifth, and Darren McNamara
remained in sixth.
August is Formula Ds busiest month, with a second event, Round 6, just two
weeks away in the wine country of Northern California at famous Infineon
Raceway in Sonoma, August 21-22. Team Falken will be locked and loaded when
that event arrives.
Behind the Smoke: Part 2 Dai Yoshihara Abu Dhabi Formula D 2011
http://gtchannel.com followed Daijiro Yoshihara to Abu Dhabi for the
Formula Drift invitational event at Yas Marina Circuit. We go behind the
scenes to capture a life in the day of professional drift driver Daijiro
Yoshihara. Dai and crew arrive to Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. After some fun
stuff Dai shakes down the GTChannel/GTI 350Z but mechanical problems
jeopardize his place in the event.