What goes up…must Double-Down!

Feeding and grooming horses, firing up the tractor, and tilling the garden are just some of the many responsibilities Crystal handles at her back-country home, which has been dubbed ‘Hooks Farm at Sweetwater’. Deep in the back of her property stands a shop that houses her two S13 coupe chassis’; one of which is her play-around SR20 powered car, and the other being a Formula D prepped chassis awaiting her new LS3! Both of which have been collecting dust this year since Crystal’s priorities were focused around her newly purchased and first home, but this weekend that would all change. Crystal is back in the driver seat to try out her newly installed Garrett GTX2867R turbo / Tial Sport BOV combo, along with giving her livery a little twist…Say hello to Crystal Hooks!
 

 
For the past couple of months we have been coordinating with Crystal in regards to some changes she had planned. Wheels, logo, performance upgrades etc. were all taken into consideration. XXR Wheels supplied Crystal with this trendy set of 557’s in their flat black / bronze finish that surely pops on her vibrant purple wrap. Crystal runs a squared setup (17×8 +15) all around. We want to thank XXR Wheels for rushing this order to her within just a few days in order to make the deadline of her event. You guys are the best! The wheels look great don’t they?!
 

 
Next was her logo…As the team begins to individualize themselves, and focus on their own visions and desires their cars become more personal; thus making their own signature logo a way to express themselves. Though their physical appearance may differ from one another, but they still withhold the common denominator of representing the name that brings them together ‘Burn The Most’. Crystal’s analogy behind her logo in her words are, “I feel that we are a tribe, and I’m a woman warrior amongst all men. The symbolization of the burning hand represents a bad investment that you will never get a return on, which is basically the definition of a race car.” Personally, I thought this was very fitting to Crystal’s personality and encouraged the idea. It’ll be great to see what this concept can grow into in later seasons. 
 

 
After fulfilling all that was needed to be done prior to race day…it was off to the races! Crystal attended the Fall Double-Down 2017 event in Cordele, GA. There were some issues throughout the day (over heating), but it wouldn’t stop her from having a good time. Crystal and her team worked together to make the car drivable for the event, and took advantage of the weather to take some nice still pictures for us to share with you. Her car is now in a solid state and ready to begin the next chapter in the TBTM book of surprises.
 

 
TBTM would like to thank all involved with Crystal’s journey to this event. It was great to see her back in the driver seat and most importantly; having fun. We’d also like to thank Korbyn Ketchledge for supplying us with all of the media you see in this post. We appreciate it Korbyn!
 

 
We have something very special we are working on that involves the team. We can’t wait to share it with all of you!
 
Crystal’s Partners:
Canton Racing Products
Gates Belts
Phenix Industries
Stance USA
TF Works
Tial Sport
XXR Wheels

Photographer Spotlight: KINGS Photography

Being heavily active in the Sonoma Raceway’s Wednesday Night Drift program leads us to some really fantastic and energetic supporters. Along with the loud screaming fans lined up on the walls, there are those that are rarely seen because they’re hiding behind their camera lens documenting each and every Wednesday night in order to share their experience with others. One photographer in particular that has stood out to us the past few years has been Harry Chriest. Harry’s loud and color popping edits always capture our attention, and leave me anxious to post. We had the chance to catch up with Harry and ask him just a few questions regarding his photography hobby and his love for drifting. Take a look!
 
What brand/model camera do you shoot with?
I work with a Nikon D7200 with a few lenses. Hoping to upgrade soon to the Nikon D850 so my work will be even better.
 

 
How long have you been into photography?
I have been a photographer for 3 years.
 

 
Have you always shot motorsports or are there other subjects you like to shoot?
I have always shot motorsports. Nothing beats motorsports photography.
 

 
You say nothing nothing beats motorsports…what is your favorite form of motorsports?
My favorite form of motorsports would have to be drifting. I have been a fan all my life and has been my dream to go pro one day. I do like other motorsports as well but there is just something about drifting that gets my full attention.
 

 
Since we know you through the drifting demographic…If you had the opportunity to build whatever drift car you wanted; what would it be and what engine would power it?
If I had the opportunity to build a drift car it would have to be a Nissan Silvia S15 with a 2JZ twin turbo set up. I would say i’d want it with a LS7 in it but nothing can beat the beautiful sound of 2JZ. I would try to get at least a 1,000hp out of it
 

 
What is your favorite track to shoot at?
My favorite track to shoot at is Sonoma Raceway. I never shot at another track, but hoping I will soon.
 

 
How long have you been shooting at Sonoma Drift?
Since 2014.
 

 
What keeps you coming back?
The thing that keeps me coming back is how crazy it can get. It’s the moment when someone comes at you at about 50mph doing a wall-ride and the only thing in between us is a wall. It gets my heart pumping like crazy and I just love it!
 

 
What would be your ‘dream’ event to attend/shoot and why?
My dream event to shoot would definitely have to be Formula Drift. I used to always go to the one they had at Sonoma Raceway, but unfortunately they stopped doing it at that track. I would love to shoot at a Formula Drift event because it has been a long time since I went to one and the new drivers are just ridiculously good. I couldn’t imagine what kind of photos or videos I could get from a Formula Drift event. I’m sure they would be great though.
 

 
Harry’s Social Media:
Facebook: Harry Chriest
Instagram: @kingofswing_hoonigan
 
Without the media personnel at these events we all attend…there would be no material for us to reminisce on. Photographers and videographers not only build their own memories when they shoot an event, but they build our memories; the drivers’ memories. We want to take this time to not only thank Harry for his hard work, but ALL of you out there that scan the track for that perfect angle, stand in the blistering heat or frigid cold weather for hours, and endure the tire smoke we throw at you just to get that 1 shot…that 1 story…that 1 memory. You all deserve credit! Thank you.

FD Texas 2017-The Rise and Fall

1,695 miles. That is the distance from our city of Vallejo, CA to the home of the world’s largest TV and last round for PRO2…Texas Motor Speedway. Touching back on our PRO2 journey to Texas in 2015; we came close to qualifying, but would end up falling short due to suspension alignment issues. That was the first year Crick had the newly introduced WiseFab angle kit on his car. Since then he has adapted to this new steering + tons of other changes we made to the S13 chassis.
 
With 2 consecutive qualifying rounds and consistent growth with the car; Crick had high expectations for himself and his team going into Round 4 at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Thursday (Practice/Qualifying):
I wish I could tell you that there would be a paragraph following this titled; ‘Friday (Competition), but unfortunately Thursday was it for TBTM.
 
11:25am: Aaron and Robert finished prepping the car, and packed up the support vehicle to follow Crick out onto the track. 1st set of tires: Crick lays down what already looks like it could be a qualifying run, but comes in seeking some alignment adjustments. After the request was filled by Aaron, Crick lined back up on grid and laid down yet another solid run. 2nd set of tires: We asked a friend in the stands the speed Crick was clocked at through one of the last clipping points…It came with no surprise after watching the field that he was 7mph faster than his competitors. Crick pulled into the pits feeling confident, feeling good, and knew this would be the event we were waiting for. 3rd set of tires: Crick pedals his 740whp S13 down the straight-away, initiates into the first turn, no boost…A belt? another jackshaft? We don’t know. Crick pulls back into the pit and the team yanks the hood. Everything is where it’s supposed to be and looks how it is supposed to look. We pull the front belt and spin the supercharger to find the culprit; the supercharger broke internally.
 
Blood was boiling and tension rose. Robert called his rep at Magnuson in hopes of receiving some (ASAP) assistance while Aaron and Crick went to the pits to see if anyone had a spare supercharger. Savior!!! Gale and Alec H. had a brand new spare, all we needed was approval from Magnuson that they’d replace theirs if we used it. By this time it was around 12:30pm; leaving us with 1 hour to uninstall and reinstall a supercharger before qualifying at 1:30pm. Approval was granted and relayed to Gale, Robert called Aaron to give him the green-light to start uninstalling our supercharger. 15min into the disassembly of both Crick’s supercharger and Alec’s we get a call saying there was a misunderstanding. Unfortunately the needs could not be met (logistically) so we had to return their supercharger, and forfeit ourselves from the competition early. We still want to give Alec and Gale a huge shoutout for their generosity for even entertaining the idea of letting us use their spare. We can’t thank your team enough!
 
Friday:
The remainder of the trip Crick and his team set out to see what Texas had to offer. With BBQ on the menu everyday, we looked for the best The Lone Star state was serving. Billy’s Oak Acres BBQ came up repeatedly so after a less than successful day trying to ‘noodle’ or ‘hillbilly hand fishing’ we stopped by Billy’s just to find a sign that said, “Sold out of food. Come back tomorrow for the best bbq.” Naturally we didn’t take that for an answer. Robert went into the restaurant to find Billy and a young lady cleaning up for the day. Robert asked if the sign was true and without hesitation, Billy responded, “Yes. We sold out at 4pm and opened at 11am. Try coming back tomorrow.” Robert explained to Billy that the team had traveled a long distance and were leaving the next day in hopes of receiving some famous BBQ. Billy had just enough ribs left over to feed our team of 5 and treat us with that signature southern hospitality. The team got to visit and get to know Billy while we were there, and setup a future visit for next year’s trip! Before leaving we had the pleasure of taking a group picture in front of his restaurant. We are all still talking about those damn ribs today! If you’re reading this Billy…WE ARE COMING BACK!
 

 
Though this trip didn’t go how we foresaw it, we still made the best of it and built more memories with our friends. TBTM will be back for you Texas and we won’t be leaving without a trophy! Each trip is filmed and edited with the help of our friend Shane Jaskolski. Now check out this footage!
 

 
Partners:
Aeromotive
Canton Racing Products
CorteX Racing
Fitzgerald Glider Kits
Gates Auto
Magnuson Superchargers
Manley Performance
Phenix Industries
Sparco
Spec Clutch
Stance USA
TF Works
Wright Wraps
XXR Wheels

TBTM unites with Gates Auto


 
Without easing into anything we want to acknowledge and announce the partnership recently made between TBTM and Gates! Shortly before Formula Drift Seattle, some representatives at Gates got word of our issue with breaking Crick’s serpentine belt off of the front of his Magnuson Supercharger. Soon after a proper introduction and breakdown of our program the partnership was born, but not just for Crick…the entirety of TBTM!
 

 

Whether it’s for a car, truck, bus, boat, motorcycle or whatever motorized equipment you may have; Gates has you covered with the highest quality belts. If you have a performance race car you may want to take a glance at their Gates RPM line that can be found here.

 

 

Gates RPM (Racing Performance Muscle) belts are for the drivers/riders focused on winning! They specially-engineered to deliver optimum boost from forced induction engines, these belts feature the most advanced technology:
 
› Nylon-fiber reinforced undercord
› High-modulus, low stretch aramid cord
› Advanced, exact-fit precision-ground belt profile
› Strict OEM dimension specifications
› Two layers of adhesion for increased durability
 
These features result in lower heat, noise, vibration and belt slip, for increased durability, improved power transmission and unsurpassed boost. Stock up on Gates RPM High Performance Serpentine Belts today and deliver the ultimate in performance for your customers.
 

 
We want to thank the Gates team for diving right into our program and sparing no time to have the team outfitted in their gear and race products. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings TBTM with Gates on our side!
 

Formula Drift Evergreen 2017 Recap

To re-cap on our previous experience with Evergreen Speedway; in 2015 we showed up short of sleep, short patience and short of a proper working vehicle due to our shortened build time of 6 days. The team knew they had to reintroduce themselves to the fans of Washington come 2017…

 

Since Atlanta a lot has changed on Crick’s PRO2 S13; Immediately after we returned from the Southeast we placed our order with Dave at Stance USA for our custom XR3 coilovers and also installed/tuned our Nick William’s throttle body. We used the lengthy time between Atlanta and Washington to test as frequent as possible at our home track Sonoma Raceway on Wednesday Night Drift events. During this testing the only mishap we ran into was breaking the carbon fiber jackshaft on the Magnuson Supercharger and along with that; breaking the front belt, and bending the tensioner. Magnuson was quick to send replacements before the team headed up the West Coast to Monroe, Washington.

 

 

The team headed up 2 days prior to the event at Evergreen so we wouldn’t be pressed for time, and it was a good thing we did! TBTM took a small detour and had the pleasure of stopping at Tamolitch Blue Pool/McKenzie River in Oregon where we hiked in about 40min to see this beautiful pool filled with vibrant blue, 37 degree glacier water. Everyone went for a dip to cool off from the 100+ degree weather, and even our good friend/videographer Shane jumped from the cliff which was about 30ft up. After a couple hours spent at this majestic location it was back to business. Time to hit the road!

 

 

15 hours of travel time later we finally arrived at our friend’s house located about 10min down the road from Evergreen Speedway. The team got their much needed rest and prepared themselves for the next day’s practice/qualifying.

 

Thursday 8/3…Practice/Qualifying Day!
TBTM arrived at the track and immediately dropped all 16 XXR 527 Forged wheels to the Nexen Tires truck where they’d mount half of our ordered 30 N’Fera SUR4’s for the weekend. Shout out to Fitzgerald Glider Kits with the means to fund our much needed rubber for this event, we couldn’t have done it without you! The team also took the morning’s downtime to replace the front accessory belt with the newly supplied Gates RPM belt that was sent to us just days before the event. Thank you Gates for coming on-board the TBTM program!

 

 

 

Crick set out on his first practice run of the day and did not cease to amaze. He linked the track in style and at a good pace. We knew this was a great foundation to work with in hopes of qualifying high. The only thing Crick wanted to fix was the wear pattern on the outside tire. Crick and TBTM mechanic Aaron H. communicated well and would make little adjustments after each practice session (1 set of rear tires) which would soon even out the wear to get us the maximum amount of rubber needed to run this course back to back. Once the tire wear was sorted it came down to suspension adjustment. Crick and Robert communicated with Dave of Stance USA via phone call since he wasn’t at the event, and worked together to make the necessary changes so that the car could get faster after the banked turn to conquer the infield more fluently. Dave’s consulting was a huge asset to the team’s success this weekend, and we are eager to work with him more and more and the season progresses.

 

 

It shortly came time to qualify…Crick was the 5th driver up right after our local NorCal brethren Donovan Brockway. Crick put down a solid 74 point run for his 1st pass and a 78 on his 2nd pass. The 78 score would end up being a 5-way tie between other drivers, and would place Crick in 9th overall qualifying position that would match him against Brandon Schmidt in the Top 16 battle.

 

 

Friday 8/4: Competition day!
The team slept in being that the driver’s meeting wasn’t until 3pm so we made sure everyone was well rested and fed properly (thank you Tiffany Filippi for making sure we had food in our bellies) before a long evening at the track. The car showed us it was solid for competition with how well Crick was driving and how much he progressed after each run throughout Thursday. We knew the belts on the supercharger were still good, but still changed them before competition just as a precaution. With 16 tires left for practice and competition; Robert set aside 2 sets for practice and the remainder for comp to accommodate 2 (one more time) situations. Crick and Brandon were set to be the 2nd battle of the night and lined up after D. Stratton and his opponent. Brandon would take lead first as Crick would chase. Immediately after initiation into the bank we knew something was wrong. Crick fell back considerably, but still maintained momentum to make his way through the course. As soon as Crick pulled into the hot-pit he threw hand gestures that signified the blower belt breaking, which led to the team calling a 5 minute technical time-out. Kevin Wells made his way over to the pit where Aaron and Robert got the tools ready for the belt swap. 3…2…1 GO! the hood pins fly off, hood off, and instantly we see it wasn’t the belt…the carbon fiber jackshaft broke yet again. Without a spare shaft to swap, Crick gave Kevin a high-five and told him, “We are done!”.

 

 

Yes; this was not the way we wanted to go out, but we had a lot of solid driving that made a valuable impression to not only the rest of the field, but to the fans and partners of TBTM. Once we fix these weak points in our system we know that Crick will be able to pilot this car with confidence that all of the equipment can put up with whatever we throw at it! Thank you all who came out to show support! We also want to acknowledge our NorCal brethren Donovan Brockway and his accomplishment of making it to Top 8! You rock brotha!

 

Check out the event recap video Shane Jaskolski put together as he road with us throughout this journey! Subscribe to his youtube channel too:

 

Photo Credit:
David Karey
Lael Visual

 
Partners:
Aeromotive
Canton Racing Products
CorteX Racing
Fitzgerald Glider Kits
Gates Auto
Magnuson Superchargers
Manley Performance
Phenix Industries
Sparco
Spec Clutch
Stance USA
TF Works
Wright Wraps
XXR Wheels

TBTM GC8 SS Feature! ‘The Ljuba-ru’

We will leave this short n sweet…Team manager of TBTM; Robert Ljuba has been building this Subaru…Ford…Custom….well whatever you want to call it for about 7 years. After this long grueling road it has come to this; A feature in the October issue of Super Street Magazine! Shouts to Patrick Lauder for the artistry behind the camera.
 
http://www.superstreetonline.com/features/1707-1995-subaru-impreza-l-the-ljuba-ru/
 

Crick Filippi x Fitzgerald Glider Kits

We have to acknowledge our friends Fitzgerald Glider Kits for being the real MVP’s of our PRO2 Road Atlanta journey as well as continuing their partnership with Crick for the remainder of the 2017 season. If it wasn’t for you this wouldn’t have been possible. Your act of selflessness goes unmatched and has us speechless still. We’d like to take this time to announce the partnership established between TBTM’s Crick Filippi and Fitzgerald Glider Kits. We hope to make you proud with every step of our success and journey throughout motorsports. You are family.
 
If you are not familiar with Fitzgerald and their line of work here is a brief ‘about us’:
 

Fitzgerald Glider Kits is North America’s number one Glider Kit assembler. In 1989, the Fitzgerald family recognized a need in the transportation industry for a quality built Glider, and with already over 10 years experience running a trucking company, they rolled their first Glider Kit out of their one bay garage. The goal was to build a truck that was easy to service, capable of getting better fuel mileage, and extremely reliable.

 

25 years later, they continue to produce one of the most reliable trucks on the road that can easily be maintained and worked on if needed. Click here to learn more about Fitzgerald Glider Kits.

 
Photography Credit: David Karey

 

The Road to Atlanta

It has been 2 years since TBTM has touched the tarmac of a Formula Drift course. On May 11th we made our appearance at Formula Drift: Atlanta in hopes of redeeming our 2015 season, and I think we did just that. Before we go into the competition weekend lets begin at our first hurdle leading up to Round 2 of the PRO2 season….
 

With 2 weeks prior to Round 1 we received news from our previous tire partner that they would not be able to accommodate our needs because they overextended themselves and simply did not have enough product to go around. This was a dismembering hit to our program and motivation to move forward with 2017, but with patience and a bright outlook we would overcome this. With Orlando out of sights for Crick; we began to focus strictly on making Round 2 (Atlanta). We called high and low looking for his current tire/size combination in all Formula Drift approved tires, but would strike out over and over. Crick came to the realization that he’d have to acclimate to a new tire, so we sent out numerous emails to the leading tire partners that supported Formula Drift, but wouldn’t receive any answers in return.

 

Discouragement and stress rained supreme over team manager; Robert Ljuba’s head as he tried to secure Crick a new tire partner for the 2017 season. It got to the point where Robert began calling and sending texts to those who were expecting Crick’s presence at FD ATL to inform them that it may not happen. One text would end up growing into one of the most humbled partnerships/friendships TBTM would ever see. Our friends over at Fitzgerald Glider Kits who were looking forward all year to see Crick drive in Atlanta offered to make his dream happen by funding the tires he needed to practice and compete. We knew we would have to buy tires for retail just to make it to Atlanta, but which tire would be the best bang for our buck and also available with such little time until competition? Robert conversed with partner Dave Lee of Stance USA/TF Works in search of input and experience regarding Nexen, Falken, Nitto and Hankook tires. After many calls and minutes on the phone we would settle on the Nexen N’Fera SUR4; mainly because of price and availability. The distributor with most available would be Tire Rack with 21 readily available spread throughout 9 of their warehouse. We had to pull the trigger while they still had stock, but they wouldn’t arrive until 1 week prior to Atlanta so we would not have time to test them at Sonoma Drift like we hoped.

 

With a total tire count of 30 for Atlanta seemingly out of sight…a call came in. The marketing manager for the tire we chose heard about our struggle and did all he could to help with less than a week before competition. They had 9 more available, which would bring our total to 30 tires. The tires were already located in Atlanta so all we’d have to do is pick them up at the track. Success! Tires were solidified! Thank you to Fitzgerald Glider Kits being the reason why we were able to attend FD Atlanta. Your love and support of TBTM is appreciated.

 

After 40+ hours of driving and 2800+ miles traveled, TBTM finally made it to the peach state of Georgia. We had the pleasure of staying at teammate Crystal Hooks’ farm located just over an hour from the track.

 

Thursday 5/11 would soon come where Crick would be able to practice, but little did we know that there would an abundance of PRO2 drivers; which in the end would leave us with only 4 practice runs before qualifying. Crick chose his oldest son Nik of 11 years old to be his spotter for this event. Nik and Crick would be the only two with mic’s for communication and would exchange strategies back and forth. Feeling discouraged about the lack of time on track…things got worse…Crick was first up for qualifying. He scored a solid run of 69. Crick’s 2nd was even less pretty as he popped his passenger side rear tire on the rumble strip on the entry and over-rotating the first clip. He did happen to save it and commenced to drifting the rest of the course, but judges still gave him a 0 for the over-rotation. As we heard the following scores delivered by Nik, it would begin to enter the nail-biting period. Crick, Aaron, and Robert made their way to the spectators area to watch the rest of the field. It seemed with every pass that Crick’s 69 would get lower and lower on what would qualify for Top 16, but in the end would prosper. Crick qualified 15th which would put him against #2 qualifier D. Stratton.

 

 

5/12. Competition day. We had 8 hours between the driver’s meeting and practice. During these 8 hours, Aaron and Robert brought all un-mounted tires to be mounted, and got the truck stocked with everything needed for the hot pit so that we could get a good spot close to the starting grid. Our friends from Fitzgerald Glider Kits also came down to show their support with apparel for the team and a brand new tent to show their presence. Their support and friendship is truly treasured and without them this round wouldn’t have been possible. To show homage to Fitzgerald Glider Kits; Crick had several stickers made up that would be seen from all angles on his PRO2 S13. Robert and Aaron appointed themselves to handle the task of applying these logos.

 

 

Practice time: Nik made his way to the spotter’s booth. The Filippi family, our friends from Fitzgerald, and Crystal Hooks would find their seats across from the entry point of the track while Crick made his way to the hot pit. Crick got practice runs in before snapping the rear belt on his Magnuson Supercharger. We spent the duration fixing the issue, but not before practice would end.

 

 

Top 16: It was soon to be that Crick would be competing in his first ever Top 16 battle in Formula Drift. Dirk and Crick get to the line (Dirk leading and Crick following). Words can’t express the feelings I had at this point so I can hardly imagine how Crick felt in the driver seat. As they both charged the straight; Crick did what he does best…CHARGE! He gave Stratton little to no wiggle room on entry, but would end up hitting him as they both applied their brakes. Both would maintain momentum and finish the course. Next; Crick would lead. Right out of the gate Crick had extensive distance pulled on Stratton, but in little to no time at all, Stratton’s C6 corvette had caught up to Crick to put the pressure on him. They both would finish the course without a spin or hiccup, but Stratton would be the one to roll away with the win.

 

 

Yes this wasn’t the fairy tale ending that we had all hoped for, but it sure did prove our worth. Crick’s first time in FD with a competitive car he made it to Top 16. That is an achievement in itself. The journey to and from Atlanta wasn’t about winning. It was about the memories, and the memories we made this year at Road Atlanta will never be forgotten.

 

 

Media credit goes to Alex Wong of Emotive Image and David Karey. Without these 2 photographers we would not have any content for this blog post. We greatly appreciate your generosity for supplying these photos. Please check their pages out for some very creative photography work.

 
Partners:
Aeromotive
Canton Racing Products
CorteX Racing
Fatlace
Fitzgerald Glider Kits
Magnuson Superchargers
Manley Performance
Phenix Industries
Sparco
Spec Clutch
Stance USA
TF Works
Wright Wraps
XXR Wheels

Elijah’s S50 Turbo/E36

After the 2016 season came to an end; Elijah set out to build himself a stronger and faster powerplant to push his E36 chassis around any track he chose. The choice of engine was a BMW S50-Turbo.

Elijah’s focus is on competing in the Just Drift: Limited Series, which takes place at Willow Springs International Raceway (WSIR). There are 3 rounds and each driver is limited to what engine they can use. We can only assume this rule was made to help eliminate the ever so dominating LS series swaps. The only cars that can run V8s are cars that came equipped from the factory with that V8.
Many sacrifices have been made for Elijah to get where he is today. His car is performing very well and requires minimal changes. At this point in time Elijah just needs to get some practice in before he heads down South to compete in round 2 of the Limited Series. He missed round 1 due to some problems he faced with his tune, but since then the issue has been resolved.
With new partners such as Zestino Tyre USA, Garrett Turbo, and Tial Sport standing behind him, Elijah wants to make a positive and lasting impression reflected from his driving. We know Elijah has what it takes to be a heavy hitter in competition driving.

 

TBTM would like to give a shoutout to all partners who have stuck with Elijah over the years: Big Duck Club, Canton Racing Products, NerptechPhenix Industries, Wright Wraps, and XXR Wheels.

 

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Crick Filippi’s PRO2 Testing

March 22, 2017 dubbed the maiden voyage for Crick Filippi’s Formula Drift PRO2 S13 at Sonoma Raceway. Most of you don’t know, but on the opening day of Sonoma Drift (March 15) we had major technical issues with his battery, which in the end would explode. Luckily the Fire Safety staff at the track was able to catch this before it happened, so when it actually did let go…it was out of the car and no one was injured.

Since the battery incident, Crick had a solid week to come up with a backup plan, in which he resulted to using his ‘ol faithful’ odyssey battery that he has ran through the entirety of his drift career. Once the battery mount/enclosure was built, we were sure that we wouldn’t have any issues on-track.

 

“You’re about to chop everyone in PRO2”, said one of the seasoned veterans at Sonoma Raceway after seeing some of Crick’s passes on the Summer Jam layout that night.

 

Unfortunately for me (Robert L.) I wasn’t able to be at the track to watch him rip his car around Summer Jam layout or the Skid Pad, but I had plenty of people texting and calling me to inform me how things were going. Though I got plenty feedback from friends and family…I still had to hear it from him. The following day I met up with Crick and heard the words that brought all confidence and motivation back into our program, “It’s the black car, just faster”. Most of you know about Crick’s LS2 S13 that was murdered out and put up to any punishment we threw at it. If it wasn’t for Formula Drift ruling I’m sure he’d still be piloting that car. To have a car follow in its footsteps, and for him to feel as confident as he did in that car speaks volumes!

 

Here is our first test day footage that was shot and edited by Shane Jaskolski. Lock onto his social media challenges to keep up with his videography and photography work.

Partners:
Aeromotive
Canton Racing Products
CorteX Racing
Fatlace
Magnuson Superchargers
Manley Performance
Phenix Industries
Sparco
Spec Clutch
Stance USA
TF Works
Wright Wraps
XXR Wheels