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Long Beach Grand Prix - Formula D Diaries

A Day In The Life Of A Drifter

Text By: Carter Jung, The Drifters, 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
www.bridgestonetire.com

Pacific Rim
www.ilovedrifting.com

Rhys Millen Motors
www.store.rmrproducts.com

By Carter Jung, The Drifters
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