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November 2, 2o21

Formula DRIFT Announces 2022 Schedule

There is an exciting addition next year, and everybody will be pleased so see the traditional season opener on the Streets of Long Beach has returned to its April schedule, while the season will end, as always, at Irwindale Speedway in October.

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October 26, 2021

REFLECTING ON THE PAST AND WELCOMING THE FUTURE AT THE 2021 FORMULA DRIFT FINALS

While the close of the 2021 season of Formula Drift has brought about a lot of changes to the series, looking over the field of newcomers and challengers — not to mention the entire field of Pro-Spec competitors not profiled here — we can’t help but feel optimistic for the future of this young and exciting motorsport.

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formula drift - 2022 pro drivers

Jonathan Nerren was born and raised in Concord, NC. He was first introduced to the sport of drifting while in Japan serving in the US Navy. After returning to the US, he began drifting with the Streetwise Drift Amateur Series in 2010. Continuing on into pro-am, he battled in multiple series' including US Drift, SWD and MDU. Jonathan received his FD Pro 2 license in 2015 with US Drift and Streetwise Drift. He went on to compete in the Pro Formula Drift Canada Series finishing 6th overall in 2016 and 2nd overall in 2017 which maintained his pro license. The JNR Team Partnered with Shelby American for the 2017 season building a new S550 Mustang.

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Formula DRIFT Is Auto Racing’s Hottest New Property

The only motorsport based on judging, the winning drivers are ones chosen as most consistent, aggressive and dominant. And unlike other domestic motorsports, when it rains, they run. In fact, a wet track is just another variable for drivers.The first event of the 2021 season was held at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in May. With an elevation change of nearly six stories and a 1,000-foot entry into the first turn, allowing for lots of acceleration, the course is a favorite of fans and drivers. In addition to the racing, the Atlanta Formula DRIFT event is becoming legendary for its tailgating scene.

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Ryan Tuerck VS Jonathan Nerren 2020 Formula Drift Irwindale

Jonathan Nerren Upsets Ryan Tuerck at the 2020 Formula Drift Finals at Irwindale.

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Sung Kang Hangs Out With Ken Gushi And His Supra At Formula Drift Irwindale

Sung Kang was there to soak in the experience, with him staying close to Ken Gushi of KGMS Toyota Racing and his extremely potent Toyota GR Supra. He himself is a very successful drifter, with him learning at the hands of his father when he was only thirteen years old. Now, he competes at Pro level, with him taking down both Daijiro Yoshihara and Adam LZ on Sunday.

may 7, 2o20

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Racing News: NHRA Announces Revised Plan to Restart 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Champion Brands LLC has announced the podium finish of the Jonathan Nerren race livery of a Shelby Tribute Mustang utilizing Champion’s line of motor oils. For the 2020 season, Nerren and his teammate Tyler Nelson will travel nationwide as the Shelby American Drift Team in the Pro 1 Series of Formula Drift. 

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may 6, 2019

Drift Racer Pays Tribute to Carroll Shelby

Champion Brands, a manufacturer of racing and performance products, announced Jonathan Nerren’s new race livery, a tribute to Carroll Shelby’s classic liveries. Nerren will be utilizing Champion’s line of motor oils specifically formulated to meet the demands of today’s high-performance competition vehicles in the Formula DriftSeries.

“We wanted the new model Shelby Mustang to look like Carroll had been racing the car, kicking Ferrari’s ass of course,” says Nerren, “then he parked it in a field to sit for the last 50 years.”

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Carroll Shelby tribute fit for the king

Jonathan tells us that the Ingot Silver, 2017 Mustang GT was intentionally purchased to be his daily driver. That didn’t last long! With the SEMA crunch in full swing, Justin Tambasco had a two-week timeline in which to finish the full SuperSnake wide body conversion on the Mustang. That timeline quickly got shortened to just six days! After the wide body had been installed, Jason from Just the Dipz worked his magic and added the Plasti-Dip livery to the Mustang. While the Plasti-Dip was still wet, Nerren and his team got to work installing all the modifications to make this Mustang a real monster on the track! 

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December 6, 2019

Drifting 101 with Pro Drifter Jonathan Nerren & CJ Pony Parts

The folks at CJ Pony Parts support the professional drift team of Jonathan Nerren Racing, which relies on a Ford Mustang. Recently, Nerren has been touring the United States with the CJ Pony Parts project car named “Smoke Show”. While on the road, Nerren has shown off the abilities of the modified street car alongside some of the best purpose-built drift cars in the world.

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may 19, 2019

55 YEARS OF MUSTANGS EVENT

CONCORD, N.C. – Ever since the Mustang turned 50 and the idea of owners and fans getting out to mark the anniversary date of the Mustang’s introduction back on April 17, 1964, National Mustang Day has grown into a global phenomenon.  While many regional Mustang clubs around the country had attended local gatherings before, on, or just after April 17th, the hot ticket this year was going to the big “55 Years of Mustangs” events April 16-20 to not only mark National Mustang Day 2019, but also the Grand Opening of the Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, North Carolina, just down the road from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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April 4, 2019

Mustangs Invade Tennessee For Ponies In The Smokies ’19

Formula Drift driver Jonathan Nerren brought his Team Shelby drift car out to show off in front of the crowd as well as display it for everyone to look at Friday and Saturday at the Sevierville Convention Center.

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THE BEST MUSTANGS FROM
SEMA 2018

Shelby Racing Co.’s Mustang looks a little worse for wear, like it’s trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. That suits us just fine, we think this is a sweet exterior plasti-dip job.

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September 6, 2018

Hundreds Just Send It During Mustang Week 2018’s Drag Test ’N Tune

We were surprised to see pro drifter and sometime off-road racer Jonathan Nerren behind the wheel of Jason Brozak’s wrapped S550. Jason, who owns Just the Dipz, wanted Jonathan to make a test hit, and who was he to say no. Besides, Jonathan got to prove he can burn some tires and keep the car in a straight line.