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Long Beach Grand Prix - Formula D Diaries

A Day In The Life Of A Drifter

Text By: The Drifters, Carter Jung, Photography by Henry Z. Dekuyper, ID Agency

Dai Yoshihara
In a shocking move, Dai jumped the JDM fence and is now campaigning the ' 08 season in a USDM GTO-Rhys Millen's old ride. Will Dai be able to do as well in his new ride as he did in the Pac Rim S15?

I was anxious to start my fifth season since there were so many changes and adjustments. My first and major concern was adjusting to the left-hand drive of my new American V-8 GTO. I was also excited to work with my brand new team, RMR.

Before the season started, I still felt a little uncomfortable with my new car even after a few practices. It wasn't until that Saturday, that finally felt more confident and ready to kick some ass with my GTO!

I felt pretty good during qualifying rounds and was satisfied finishing in Fifth Place.

For the Top 16 round, I was going up against Formula D newcomer Takatori. I knew he was a great driver in Japan and felt like it would be a challenge since it was my first time going against him. I guess Takatori had a hard time keeping up with me, and he spun out on the last turn which allowed me to move on to the next round.

In Top 8, I went against Tanner and I felt like it was a rematch of last year's Championship round and this time, I was going to win. Tanner's a competent rival and in the end his scores were better than mine. WTF!

Overall I wasn't satisfied with Fifth Place, but on a positive note I feel like it wasn't that bad considering all the changes, and for Round One. The GTO is a very reliable car, but I still need more time to figure out the best way to drive it at 100 percent.

Bridgestone Tire

Pacific Rim

Rhys Millen Motors

By The Drifters, Carter Jung
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