STANCE Review: Andy Smedegard

Team Jenkins Motorsport X STANCE Suspension

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

We’re excited to announce D1NZ drivers, Troy Jenkins [S15] and Ben Jenkins [S13],
will be running the full line of STANCE Suspension products throughout the 2016 season!

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”8361″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][vc_single_image image=”8362″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][vc_single_image image=”8363″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]

Best of luck guys! We’ll be cheering you on from across the Pacific!


Formula Drift Seattle Evergreen Speedway Rd.5 Recap Video

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_video title=”STANCE USA Suspension – Formula Drift Seattle Evergreen Speedway 2015″ link=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Formula Drift Round.5 Seattle Evergreen Speedway

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”7328″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”7330″ alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Alec qualified 9th and matched up against Kyle Mohan in the top 32. Alec put down consistent lead and chase runs and took the win setting up runback tandem battle with Chris Forsberg for the top 16.  Chris took out Alec in a close battle at New Jersey.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”7331″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec was able to put a decent gap on the lead and followed Chris closely on the chase for the victory![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”7335″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Forrest known for his exciting qualifying runs, got 6th and got Madmike for the top 32 battle.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”7336″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]It was another epic fierce battle from the 2 of the most exciting drivers in FD!  They went to battle 3 times as the judges called for 2 one more time!  Eventually Forrest made a mistake and Madmike moved into the top 16 battle.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”7337″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec’s top 8 battle was against Team Achilles Daigo Saito.  Daigo’s GTR was beaten up from the previous battle but showed no signs of slowing down.  He made a mistake on the lead run and gave the win to Alec[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”7338″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Top 4 battle was against Team Roush’s JTP.  Another round with thunderstorms in the forecast.  The rain made the track unpredictable and tested the driver’s courage and reactions.  Alec’s comfort in rain showed, as he took out JTP in the battle for the final![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”7339,7340,7341,7342,7343,7344,7345,7346″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”7346″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Finals – Aasbo vs Hohnadell  The rain by this time was coming down hard and the whole track was pretty much wet.  Both drivers showed amazing car control but at the end Aasbo showed better lines and speed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”7347″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]It was a bitter sweet ending as we wanted to see the final battle in the dry but it was an amazing weekend to finish on the podium!

 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”7348″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]We would like to congratulate Alec Hohnadell for taking 2nd place at Formula Drift Rd. 5![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_blank” images=”7344,7349,7350,7351,7352,7353,7354,7355,7356,7357,7358,7359,7360,7361,7362,7363,7364,7365,7366,7367,7368,7369,7370,7371,7372,7373,7374,7375,7376,7377,7378,7379,7380,7381,7382,7383,7384,7385,7386,7387,7388,7389,7390″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Formula D Round.4 NJ Wall Speedway

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6958″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6959″ alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]New Jersey’s Wall Speedway is probably one of the most feared tracks of FD tour.  We have witnessed many pristine cars make mistakes on the bank and crash badly.  To make it more interesting, the track was recently re-paved making the surface extremely slippery.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6970″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]The decreasing radius bank entry means you have to find a balance of speed and angle and avoid the “wall”.  As Alec practiced, he was slowly gaining confidence, he knows all to well from previous year’s crash that one mistake can end the day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6971″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]With 3 rounds under our belt, we were getting the new S15 chassis dialed in more with each event.  Even though the S15 chassis is very similar to the previous year’s S14, the weight balance and overall dynamics of the chassis has changed significantly.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6972″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]There was some confusion to understanding what the judges wanted to see in the qualifying runs, as the spotters from different teams seemed to have mixed feelings on the qualifying scores.  Regardless, Forrest and Alec were able to qualify 13th and 27th.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6974″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Forrest’s first opponent was Dai Yoshihara.  2 contrasting styles, Forrest’s big angle and speed gave an edge to the tandem runs.  Forrest was able to beat Dai in a close fierce battle.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6978″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec’s first battle against Chris Forsberg was very close to call.  Proximity was better with Chris but overall aggressiveness and style was in favor of Alec.  But the judges voted unanimously for Chris.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”6988,6989,6990,6991,6992,6993,6994,6995″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6996″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Top 16 battle – Forrest Wang vs Pat Goodin.  S15 vs S13.  2JZ vs V8.  Who’s to win?  Good tight follow by Forrest on the first run , advantage to Forrest.  On the lead, Pat lost control off of the bank and spun giving the win to Forrest.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6997″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Top 8 battle was against Dean Kearny in the Viper.  The course was slick from the rain and once again made for an unpredictable conditions.  Forrest was able to put a solid lead run but Dean’s correction made Forrest get off of his line and made contact with Dean.  Judges ruled the contact against Forrest and Dean moved on to the top 4.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6998″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]We would like to congratulate Forrest Wang for making into the Top 8!  See you guys at Rd.5![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_blank” images=”6999,7000,7001,7002,7003,7004,7005,7006,7007,7008,7009,7010,7011,7012,7013,7014,7015,7016,7017,7018,7019,7020,7021,7022,7023,7024,7025″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Formula D Round.3 Orlando Speedway

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6880″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6668″ alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Team Rocket Bunny’s S15 Silvia was out for the first time in 2015.  S15 is powered by a Sprint car V8 making over 800hp.  Custom SS coilovers were provided for the suspension.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6669″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]The new build was finished days before the event and there were still kinks to be worked out.  Kenji Yamanaka also have never driven the car prior to the event but showed his experience by running consistent in practice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6892″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]The new track layout made for a very unforgiving transition from the bank to the mid section and the crossover lane had a big jump in the middle, putting the suspension to work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6896″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]As the day progressed Forrest was having some mechanical issues with the car and struggled to find his usual form.  On his 2nd qualifying run, the intercooler endtank separated and the headgasket failed.  The team worked hard through the night to get everything fixed for the competition day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6897″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec’s car was running consistent and looked very comfortable at his home track.  We were able to get the suspension dialed in and Alec commented “I’m able to throw the car into the bank with confidence!”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6898″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec’s first opponent was against Dai Yoshihara.  Dai’s consistency and smooth driving makes him a very dangerous at any track.  Alec was able to get more speed and angle through the bank and into the mid transition, forcing Dai to straighten out on the follow.  Alec was able to move onto the top 16 against Madmike.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”6899,6900,6901,6902,6903,6904,6905,6906″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6908″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]As Alec got ready for his top 16 run, the sky turned black and started to pour rain onto the track.  This made for a very slick and dangerous track.  Alec able to keep close to Madmike on the follow and had a good distance and speed on the lead run, securing the unanimous decision.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6912″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Top 8 battle was against Ken Gushi.  At this point of the competition, due to time constraints, drivers were not allowed a “feeler” lap.  Track was still wet with dry bank, it made it very difficult for everyone to find good rhythm.  Ken on the lead run was much slower than expected causing Alec to spin on the transition.  Ken moved onto the top 4.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6914″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]We would like to congratulate Alec on his first Top 8 finish in FD Pro!  Please follow us for more upto date inside look of Team GetNuts![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_blank” images=”6916,6917,6918,6919,6920,6921,6922,6923,6924,6925,6926,6927,6928,6929,6930,6931,6932,6933,6934,6935,6936,6937,6938,6939,6940,6941,6942,6943,6944,6945,6946,6947,6948,6949,6950″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Formula D Round.2 Road Atlanta Part.2

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6385″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6391″ alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Road Atlanta was hot and humid.  First day of practice was in the 90’s with humid conditions.  Forrest’s high boosted 2JZ setup was dealing with extremely high intake temps.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6392″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Team quickly worked to relocate the oil cooler to prevent the intercooler from getting heat soaked and it seemed to help.  Once the team got the IAT under control, Forrest was back driving in his new S15[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6393″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]2nd time in the new chassis, Forrest was still feeling the car out.  We quickly adjusted the 3way adjustable shocks to get the most grip out in the slow corkscrew section.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6394″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Back corkscrew section was very tricky, as the judges wanted the drivers to hit an outside clipping point, which made an awkward line forcing some of the drivers to make mistakes.  This section really tested traction of the cars, as it was very slow.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6396″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Forrest qualified 9th and went up against Marc Landreville in the top 32.  Marc’s S14 is also 2JZ powered and was showing good form in the practice.  The battle was close but Forrest’s faster speed and angle gave him advantage on both runs getting him the win into top 16.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6405″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Forrest’s next opponent was Madmike in his brand new 1000hp Miata!  The hype was real! Crazy fast car and an amazing driver, we knew it was going to be a tough battle.  First battle was close and judges called for One more time!  In the second battle, Forrest seemed to never lift and edged out Madmike in another close battle![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”6397,6404,6403,6402,6401,6400,6399,6398″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6406″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Forrest’s top 8 battle was against a much improved Pat Goodin.  He was also having some mechanical issues but seemed to be driving better than ever!  Both runs were very close but on his lead run Pat dropped his tires off course, giving Forrest the win.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6408″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Top 4 battle was against the experienced veteran Odi Bakchis.  Odi and Forrest have very different style of entry and driving so it made it exciting to see 2 contrasting styles battle it out.  Forrest got too close on his follow and made a big correction on the entry and gave Odi the advantage.  Forrest’s lead run was flawless but Odi’s close follow secured him the win.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6409″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]The level of competition is fierce this year and we’re excited for the next round and the challenges![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_blank” images=”6410,6411,6412,6413,6414,6415,6416,6417,6418,6419,6420,6421,6422,6423,6424,6425,6426,6427,6428,6429,6430,6431,6432,6433″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Formula D Round.2 Road Atlanta Part.1

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6336″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6337″ alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Road Atlanta course is one of the many driver’s favorite FD track to drift.  Downhill start means entry speeds upto 100mph into a high speed left sweeper into a slow uphill corkscrew.  Elevation change and high speed entry equals for tricky timing and variety of styles into the first turn.  Many drivers including Alec were testing the limits on the practice day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6338″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec Hohnadell quickly adapted to the new suspension and started to find his timing and line.  It was quickly evident that he was getting comfortable and getting more confident.  We were able to quickly adjust the P.C.2 way coilovers to his liking and get the car dialed in by end of practice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6340″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Atlanta was hot, in the 90’s with no breeze and mild humidity.  It was testing all of the FD cars cooling systems.  Unlike Forrest’s fire breathing high boost 2JZ setup, Alec’s supercharged V8 was barely getting hot.  Which was great for Alec, as he continued to practice throughout the day without much of a hitch[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6339″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Back corkscrew section was very tricky, as the judges wanted the drivers to hit an outside clipping point, which made an awkward line forcing some of the drivers to make mistakes.  This section really tested traction of the cars, as it was very slow.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6341″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec’s speed and angle was the key to his 11th qualifying position heading into Saturday.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6343″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec’s first opponent was Nate Hamilton. Both driver’s showed good consistency and line during practice, so it was a tough call.  But Alec’s speed through the back section proved to be too much for Nate and Alec moved into the top 16 battle![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”6347,6348,6349,6350,6351,6352,6353,6354″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6344″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]New year, new team, new suspension and another top 16!

 [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6345″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Alec’s top 16 battle was against Ken Gushi, now a veteran of FD, his experience showed under pressure.  Gushi kept a shallow angle on the entry keeping Alec out and it was enough to give the advantage to Ken.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6346″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]On his lead run, Alec drove his hardest but a failed supercharger belt ended his run before the last 2 turns.  There was a small fire, caused by the unburned fuel, which gave everyone a scare.  But no damage was done luckily.

Overall, we were very happy with how well Alec is adjusting to the new suspension setup and the results are showing![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_blank” images=”6355,6356,6357,6358,6359,6360,6361,6362,6363,6364,6365,6366,6367,6368,6369,6370,6371,6372,6373,6374,6375,6376,6377,6378,6379,6380,6381″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Formula D Round.1 Long Beach Part.2

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6247″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6248″ alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Team Stance Suspension driver Alec Hohnadell is 19 yrs old, which makes him the youngest professional driver in Formula Drift. Most of us at 19 were chasing after girls or wondering when the next big party was.

Alec is chasing after the championship.  Yes, this kid wants it and we’re here to help him reach his goal![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6249″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec started racing when he was only 4 yrs old and his first love was BMX.  He wanted something faster and more dangerous and progressed into motocross at the age of 6.  Alec competed at a high level for 9 yrs and found a new love in watercross racing (high-speed stand-up jetski).  He quickly moved up the ranks and became the first person under 18 to earn a professional license![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6250″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec quickly progressed and went onto win 7 National Championships and eventually became the youngest World Champion in the history of the sport at age 14![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6251″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]He fell in love with drifting at the age of 16, when he first started to drive, and built a S14 to compete at Pro Am events.  His natural talent and experience helped him excel, earning a podium finish at each round. Alec won the Streetwise Drift Pro Am series earning him a Formula D Pro 1 license as a 17 yr old senior in high school![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6252″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Alec teamed up with Get Nuts Lab in late 2014 and under the advice of the veteran, Forrest Wang, they quickly went to work on his car to make it more reliable.  Key changes were switching from a turbo setup to a Magnuson Supercharger setup, the addition of a WiseFab kit and STANCE Suspension Pro Comp2 coilovers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6254″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]With a more reliable power setup (830 whp & 890 ft/lbs) and improved suspension, Alec was able to qualify 6th at Formula Drift Rd.1 at Long beach.  This was his first time driving the new setup and was able to quickly get comfortable with the assistance of our track-side support engineer, David, helping get the car dialed in.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”6259,6260,6263,6264,6265,6266,6267,6268″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6256″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Unfortunately, due to a fuel pump failure, Alec was unable compete in the top 32 battle.  The Getnuts Lab crew worked hard to fix the pump but there wasn’t enough time and Alec had to limp the car and still tried to compete.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6257″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Overall it was a great start to a new year.  Alec hadn’t driven the car in almost 6 months and was able to come out, adjust quickly to the newly improved chassis and qualify in top 10, which is a win in our eyes![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6258″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Follow our blog for more updates on Alec and Team Getnuts Lab this year!  Thank you to all the supporters, sponsors and the best fans![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Formula D Round.1 Long Beach Part.1

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6169″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6123″ alignment=”center” img_link_large=”yes” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Team Stance Suspension driver Forrest Wang had an incredible 2014, with multiple 1st place qualifying runs and several podium finishes, proving that he is here to stay!

Forrest and his team Get Nuts have been piloting the S14 for several years now with great success.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6127″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]The S14 has evolved in power, suspension and overall balance and proved to be a machine to beat.  Stance Suspension and Forrest have been working together for almost 6-yrs now.  It is no fluke.  Stance Suspension has been quietly creating champions in Japan as well, with Naoki Nakamura winning the D1SL Championship and Miki Yabuchi winning the D1SL Ladies League Championship in 2014![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6131″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]Forrest Wang, motivated more than ever, wanted a new chassis that would be even better, but not too different than the S14 as he had seen others switch in the past with bad results.  The choice of an S15 came as no surprise and offered a chance at a similar formula with potential for greater performance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6171″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]The new chassis proved to be the right choice!  More power, lighter weight, better balance and new improved damper technology came together and surprised even Forrest himself!  “This car is crazy! So much traction and response!”  But with 6 months to build the car and almost no seat time, it was still going to be difficult with the incredible depth of the Formula D line up.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6173″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]As he started to practice and got the nerves under control, he quickly got comfortable….maybe too comfortable!  He started to get inside and closer than ever to fellow drivers with ease.

Long Beach is not the most forgiving track either.  One false calculation and you’re in the wall, and all of your hard work can be destroyed in seconds.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_blank” image=”6174″ img_size=”large” img_link_large=”yes”][vc_column_text]This didn’t stop Forrest from getting inches away from the walls!

David, our head engineer, was there to make sure Forrest got comfortable and confident with the new chassis.  He got to work quickly and had Forrest smiling ear to ear as he willingly put the S15’s rear bumper on the wall just to “tap” it![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” interval=”3″ images=”6176,6177,6178,6179,6180,6181,6182,6183″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6184″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Forrest was focused and confident.  He scored a perfect 97pts for #1 qualifying run.  Arguably the best run ever at Long Beach!  The amount of angle, speed, smoke and style was unreal.  The run was incredible to watch live and had everyone standing up out of their seats![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6187″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]With the 1st place qualifying run, Forrest was matched up against a young up and coming driver Matt Coffman.  Maybe it was the nerves, but Forrest didn’t put his best run in and the score was close.  Judges favored the underdog and Matt won the tandem.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”6189″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”yes” img_link_target=”_blank” img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]Building a brand new chassis in 6 months from scratch is no easy task, let alone qualifying 1st!  We knew there were going to be more things that could improve and know that with every round we will be better and things will get nuttier!

Thank you to all the incredible fans and supporters![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_gallery type=”flexslider_fade” interval=”3″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_blank” images=”6191,6192,6193,6194,6195,6196,6197,6198,6199,6200,6201,6202,6203,6204,6205,6206,6207,6208,6209,6210,6211,6212,6213,6214,6215,6216,6217,6218,6219,6220,6221,6222,6223,6224,6225,6226,6227,6228″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]