Drivers

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Drift Cat From Space

Drift Cat From Space

Cheif Executive / CEO

Hello I am the drift cat. I am the spokes driver for east10drift and all it has to offer.

Michael Ellison

Michael Ellison

Driver

Year Started with East10Drift: 201

Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

    Stephen Johnstone

    Stephen Johnstone

    Driver

    2018 will mark my 6th year of drifting starting out with a bone stock s14 at Chilhowee park with East10Drift. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to drive at multiple different tracks between the Northeast for 2 years and the rest of the time at all the great venues East10 has to offer. Good times on and off the track is what keeps me going! Current car and setup is a 91 Nissan Skyline GT-ST running a rb20det at stock power with suspension, steering angle, and exterior mods. Current mindset is keeping it a street drift style, more of a spectacle kind of build.

    Member of team Slyde Guys. Hopefully you’ll see more from us this year. Looking forward to traveling more and hitting all the East10 events possible in 2018!

    Hometown: Knoxville, TN

      Tyler Berry

      Tyler Berry

      Driver

      I am getting ready to start my second season of drifting. After going to my first East10 event as a spectator in 2012, I fell in love with the sport. I have always been a car enthusiast/fanatic. So to be able to drive a car that is “uncontrollably” under control is just an amazing feeling to me. Last year I finally received enough help from sponsors and money I had saved up to purchase a car and make it more than drift ready. After my first season, I am hooked. I plan to compete during this 2018 season if I can afford it and it would be a dream of mine to work into the pro ranks someday soon. I feel that I have what it takes as long as I can continually gain seat time at each local event and better myself by driving with both better drivers and beginner drivers. At this point I am devoting anything and everything I can to cruise my way into the pro ranks. I have started a YouTube channel to try and put my name out there a little more and gain sponsors. Hopefully everything will pull together and I look forward to this East10 season in 2018!

        Jr Powers

        Jr Powers

        Driver

        I started drifting at chilhowee park back in 2013. I started drifting shortly after getting my license and purchasing my first 5 speed car and it was a 240 with a welded diff .I decided to turbo it and try to drift. Ever since that day of the first event I decided I wanted to pursue drifting and continue building my car to be more reliable and more powerful it currently has a rb20det. With attending more and more events I am hoping to increase my skill level and possibly compete someday in the near future.

        Started with East10Drift in 2013.

        Hometown: Sevierville, TN

          Rick Geyer

          Rick Geyer

          Driver

          Ive been with east10 this is my 5th year. past years ive been set on running my car more of a daily drifter so ive been stuck mostly to local knoxvile and surrounding areas.. this year i have jumped in with transport and trailer… 2018 will be a chance to finnaly run more tracks with the included additional seat time! member of team slyde guys.. we have rarely got chance to have all cars on the track but we are shooting for 2018! i love to look good while partying as hard as possible… im all about the street style. and keeping things clean! i drive a 91 240sx hatch with a s14 jdm kouki front i made myself with steel fenders.. it is powered by a 1jzvvti that i wired and installed myself. this car was all put together and fabbed by my 2 hands. building cars is about love sweat and tears!! i love drift cars and drifting everything i can my hands on. it will never leave my soul!! here to party!!🤘

          Started with East10Drift in 2012

          Hometown: Louisville, TN

            Jackson Saxon

            Jackson Saxon

            Driver

            こんにちは!
            はじめまして、Jacksonです 。どうぞよろしくお願いします。ドリフトが大好きです❗

            I have always loved the Japanese culture and Japanese cars. I started “hoarding” Japanese cars a couple years back. I now drift only for fun, and use it as a stress relief and a break from my endless work hours.

            This year I will be swapping from driving my RB25 S14 Kouki to a recently purchased 1JZ 350Z.

            My goal for 2018 will be to hit every East10Drift event in TN to get more comfortable driving and spend some time away from work.

            Started with East10Drift in 2014

            Hometown: Spring Hill, TN

              Clark Fitzwater

              Clark Fitzwater

              Driver

              My name is Clark

              This will be my first year driving with East10Drift
              I have 1994 bmw e36 I went to my first East10Drift event in the summer of 2016 at Bristol and fell in love with the sport I have always been into racing of all kinds. A huge car enthusiast and working on vehicles is my passion. With the help of the grassroots series and other drivers I hope to improve my drifting skills and one day compete in a pro series.
              I’m ready to shred some tires and have fun in this 2018 season!!

              Started with East10Drift in 2016

              Hometown: Kingsport, TN

                Tyler Garlatz

                Tyler Garlatz

                Driver

                From: Apple Valley, CA

                  John Windham

                  John Windham

                  Driver

                  I have been into drifting since I can remember, watching the first videos on YouTube, and drifting on forza. I have started drifting compatibly in 2015 in lone star drift I finished the series in 5th I got two podium finishes there. In 2016 I drove usdrift I finished the series in 5th also with one podium finish. I’m aspiring to get my pro 2  it’s what I have always wanted. my car is simple it has feal suspension, my custom steering setup. The engine is a Chevrolet ls3, Jericho transmission and cage and all Fabwork done by me.

                    Aaron Green

                    Aaron Green

                    Driver

                    My name is Aaron Green, and I have an obsession with building and driving drift cars!

                    It all started around 2011, when i got an old, ugly, multicolored 240sx as a hand-me-down from my older brother. Many hours of grueling labor, and 2-3 motors later i was hooked on modifying the best starter drift car available. However, soon after getting the car turbo-swapped and on the road, I was rear ended on the interstate which totaled the car, causing me to start a fresh build all from scratch. Enter the red 240sx kouki. Another 3-4 motors later, I am in the process of 1.5JZ swapping the car, after 4 events of running a naturally aspirated 2JZ-ge engine and having a blast the 2017 season. Throw 3 more driftcars in the mix, these cars definitely keep me busy fixing, upgrading, and breaking them in a never-ending process. I have added to the drift collection an e46 bmw 328i, and a 1JZ Lexus SC300. Who knows what’s next??

                    When you see me, say hi! Let’s do some laps together in the most exciting automotive sport there is!

                    Started with East10Drift: 2017

                    Hometown: Knoxville, TN

                      Eric Ahlgren

                      Eric Ahlgren

                      Driver

                      Started in the birth of east10drift. I’ve got roots in track racing that I love to transfer the knowledge and skill into my builds and driving. Being behind the seat is certainly a thrill, but building the machines is certainly a huge part to me. I’m 100% self funded building the insane car of my dreams. It’s been over 2.5 since I’ve been out with east10 but it’s time to put all the heart I’ve put into this build to a good purpose. ProAm was a just a step in my dream and it has come to me faster then I was ready, but the news pushed me to get the car in shape for competition. I’m shooting for the stars. Time to get out there.

                      Vortech Supercharged VQ35 S14
                      Gktech front suspension
                      PBM rear suspension
                      Fortune Auto 500 coilovers
                      Tuned by Z1 Motorsports

                      Hometown: Knoxville, TN

                        Heather Benz

                        Heather Benz

                        Driver

                        I like to do skids with my friends.

                        Hometown: Charlotte, NC

                          Richard Matthews

                          Richard Matthews

                          Driver

                          I’ve been around hotrods and race cars 90% of my life from building ratrods to vintage inspired track cars and motorcycles. In highschool i used to look at superstreet and sport compact keeping up with drifting in japan as much as possible. i never imagined i would have the opportunity to get behind the wheel in an organised fashion. Senior year i traded a boosted crx for a sr20 240 and started learning from there. Roughly 6 years later i heard about some guys in Knoxvile hosting events, by this time I had Came across a miata that I had been sliding around for a year or so. That was when i decided to take it a little more serious. already having a background in automotive tech, it made things a little easier for me. Its been roughly 6 years since the first east10drift event i attended i would not trade the friends or experience for anything. Thank you for all the time and energy you guys at east10 put in!

                            Josh Travis

                            Josh Travis

                            Driver

                            2018 will be my second year in drifting. Ever since I attended a D1 event in Atlanta in 2003 I’ve wanted to own a drift car. I bought a 350z in February 2017, drove it to Knox Power in Knoxville and a few weeks later entered my first event! Hit a curb, bent some stuff and a wheel, beat it out and kept on sliding. I hope to get enough experience to tandem at Atlanta Motor Speedway one day. Grassroots Drifting is comprised of some of the best people I’ve ever been around. It’s a great family atmosphere and an illegal amount of fun!

                              Marco Martinez

                              Marco Martinez

                              Driver

                              I drift because tires killed my grandfather, so I am getting my revenge 1 set at a time.

                              Started with East10Drift in 2013.

                              Hometown: Yuma, AZ

                                Craig Lambert

                                Craig Lambert

                                Driver

                                Craig Lambert – 27 years old.

                                I come from a racing background where I raced go karts, some road racing and then I decided to pursue drifting because of its attention to both style and challenging physics. I’ve been around the sport for awhile now but helped friends and always wanted to compete but always had other things pop up, Since purchasing my VH swapped S13 240SX in May 2016, I’ve participated in Hyperfest, Low Style Heroes and East 10 Drift, along with multiple informal drift days. My future drifting goals include attending at least six sanctioned events 2018.

                                I own a 1990 s13 with at VH45 q45 motor swap.

                                exterior-
                                – Dmax style kit
                                – Chargespeed 50mm overs
                                – MST wheels
                                – lexan windows
                                -rocket bunny wing

                                Interior-
                                – Momo containment seats
                                – Driven steering wheel and belts
                                – Cage built by FNO racecars
                                – accusump system
                                – safecraft fire suppression system

                                Driveline-
                                – VH45 tuned on 100 octane
                                – Z32 transmission
                                – Xcessive mount kit
                                – Kaaz LSD
                                – mishimoto radiator
                                – Setrab oil coolers
                                – Driveshaft shop axles
                                – aluminum driveshaft
                                – Z32 calibers

                                Started with East10Drift in 2017.

                                Hometown: Concord, NC

                                  Kari Ki

                                  Kari Ki

                                  Driver

                                  In less than a year of drifting i have learned so much!
                                  From linking my first course, to tandems, to drifting in Japan, I am blessed to have come as far as i have, in such little time.
                                  I first fell in love with the driving scene in high school as i was studying the Japanese language and culture.
                                  Although i prefer a more street-style, and light-hearted approach, i refuse to let that hold me back or to be taken lightly, any challenge i will accept!
                                  I look forward to meeting new drivers, learning more from them, and keep advancing in the future~☆成功

                                  “I am neither especially clever nor especially gifted. I am only very, very curious.”

                                  Hometown: Stormwind, Elwynn

                                  www.optionrushgarage.com

                                    David Crutcher

                                    David Crutcher

                                    Driver

                                    Just got into drifting about 8 months ago, i started with a s13 with a rb25 did 2 events and upgraded to a s13 with a rb25 neo and then i upgraded that to a c5 corvette. The car does great and i feel i have learned alot sense i started. Learning more with every event. But i am still going to send it !!!!

                                    Started with East10Drift in 2017

                                    Hometown: Nashville, TN

                                      John Elrod

                                      John Elrod

                                      Driver

                                      I started drifting in 2009. Moved from California to Tennessee in 2013. Hit my first event at chilhowee and started going to East10Drift events. For me it wasn’t about drift it was more about how awesome the 240 was and how much it stood out as a good first car. Then I did what everyone does with a 240, drift it. I also just love fixing stuff I break, like my life.

                                      Team Page: http:/Facebook.com/battle_tested_motorsports/

                                      Started with East10Drift: 2013

                                      Hometown: Azusa, CA

                                        Brandon Moore

                                        Brandon Moore

                                        Driver

                                        I have been building and restoring cars for 6 years. Drifting and racing is something that I have always been around and influenced by. Over the last couple of years just through watching FD and learning the trade as well as building a few drift cars. I felt like I was ready to take racing too its next step so I ended up going to drift101 which really set me on the path that I am on now after those sessions it was like an itch that cannot be scratched I was officially hooked. 2018 will be my first official season in competition and I am really hoping too lay the ground work for the coming years.

                                        Started with East10Drift: 2018

                                        Hometown: Ashburn, VA

                                          Matt Suenaga

                                          Matt Suenaga

                                          Driver

                                          My name is Matt Suenaga,

                                          I am half Japanese and half white. Born in Houston, TX. Raised in middle Tennessee. Engineering graduate from Tennessee Technological University (2014).

                                          I have always been passionate about the performance automotive world. I have owned and worked-on many different vehicles (EM1, Mustang, AP1 S2000, 3.8 Genesis Coupe, ZX6R’s, etc.). The platform I chose as my first dedicated street/drift car has always been a “dream car” of sorts for me ever since I was a child. It is a 1991 Nissan 240SX hatchback with an upgraded SR20DET.

                                          As of April 2018, I am just getting started in my drifting experience/career, but have no plans of stopping any time soon. My first event was in March 2018 at NSS, and if that event was any indication of the direction this is heading then I am nothing but anxious, and excited to progress and push further.

                                          Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

                                            Tripp Robinson

                                            Tripp Robinson

                                            Driver

                                            Hometown: Poquoson, VA

                                              Kyle Frische

                                              Kyle Frische

                                              Driver

                                              Started drifting at chilhowee in ktown through the drift clinic days 5 years ago and been going since then. Haven’t competed in any competitions i just do driver days for fun at the moment. I bought my car with a bone stock rb20det swapped into it being held together with duct tape. Been slowly working on building it up the last 5 years to what it is now.

                                                Ryan Smith

                                                Ryan Smith

                                                Driver

                                                I’m 31, from Sarasota, Florida. I moved to Chattanooga, TN back in 01. I’ve been drifting so long the lines have blurred for me as to when I actually started. I learned to “drift” before anyone in America knew what it was. I found a picture of me drifting when I was 13 back in 1999… So I guess you could say i’ve been drifting since I was 10 years old and had a steering wheel simulator with NASCAR, CART and SCORR (Short Course Off Road Racing) and knowing that “loose is fast” and learning to drive the car sideways at speed, or crash. Literally. Now I create simulator physics using real data i collect from the various tracks we run that I have modeled into the game. My frirst real lilfe drift was in a go kart at 13 (the picture I mentioned) and I started touge drifting at 16 in a 99 chevy blazer of all things hahaha. Learned to never do that again a year later when I was link drifting a set of turns and rolled it. Got a z31 in 04 and learned to really slide in real life with it but still the terrible stock lock held me back till I got my current s13 240sx in 06. Even stock it was a dream come true to slide compaired to what I was used to. It’s still pretty stock. I’ve just improved it’s reliability. Some of the guys call me the “one wheel wonder” because I can drift any whole track with a stock powered open diff car, something many people would consider impossible but my experience and physics understanding allows me to do it. I recently put a VLSD in it. Still stock power KA and factory steering lock though. All i’ve done is lighten it and add a lsd and coilovers. Occasionally you may see me in a “grandpa modded” sc300 factory 5 speed. Just has drop springs and exhaust work and a torsen LSD. It’s my money maker as I deliver pizza in it for my income, and my tow vehicle, as in, if I ever towed my vehicle it’s the one that does it. In the future I plan to do more non drift racing in the form of hill climb with the 240 and I plan on building a dedicated track drift car with a FD legal cage for competition out of an old Z31 turbo. With steering lock, an lsd, and more power I believe it to be the ultimate nissan drift platform for todays competition standards for my suiting. Plus it’s my favorite car of all time. It’s why my 240 kind of looks like a z31 now. In the LONG LONG term future I hope to run a high performance driving school at an ebisu style track using my in depth tire physics knowledge to teach others to do the impossible and ultimately to not crash as much because of it. I hate seeing good cars be destroyed because nobody is actually taught how to drive properly in this country. If you want some personal physics coaching just message me. Email or Facebook. I’m happy to help in any way I can. I can provide links to data that will completely change the way you think about driving and especially drifting.

                                                  Abram Heath

                                                  Abram Heath

                                                  Driver

                                                  Who Is Abe?

                                                  I am Abram (Abe) Heath. I was born in Meadowview, VA. I grew up in a super small town, the high school had 200 or less students. Grew up the small town life helping on the farm. I enjoyed it for the most part but I knew I wanted more out of this life. I decided that I needed to get out of the small town and move to something bigger. My sister already lived in Knoxville, TN so I knew I had a place to lay my head. So at 17 I packed up and headed to Knoxville. My family had always taught me to chase my dreams and still supports me as I still chase this dream.

                                                  How Did I Hear About Drifting?

                                                  Growing up, I would do burnouts and spin sideways on the family farm and later, on the streets. I didn’t know it actually had a name until I moved to Knoxville. I researched early on watching YouTube videos and began to study the sport. A buddy came to me and said, “Hey there is a drift event here locally… Let’s go see what this is about….” I remember thinking why not watch people do it in person and not on a computer screen. My first ever ride along as a passenger was with a driver named Jonathan Christian. From the moment I stepped out of the car I was hooked.

                                                  How Is My Driving?

                                                  Well my first car was a wrecked 240sx that was found on craiglist. I thought well it is cheep and can’t do any worse than it already has done to it. So I ran about sever or eight events on it. I ended up wrecking it at Nashville Super Motor Speedway, I made the necessary repairs to drive at the event the following weekend. I finished up my first season. With a new season coming up I changed my motor to a SR20DET. I went up to Bowling Green, KY and had my first ever devastation. I totaled my car. I hit a wall. I felt like a complete failure. I felt like I was going to get the worst criticism in my life. I thought my only option was to give up. Little did I know I received the complete opposite. I received so much love and support. I was offered an amazing deal on another 240sx. It was just the shell so I would have to work super hard but that didn’t scare me at all. I had the new car completely rebuilt in two months. This car is what we refer to as the “Green Demon”. It did have some slow upgrades but I had to upgrade my car as my skill level was getting better. Beginning in 2016 I attained a sponsorship with Fastech motorsports. They helped bring the Green Demon to what we see it is today. The Green Demon is now “One of the most reliable drift cars for what it has in it.” I wanna be a household name.

                                                    Derek

                                                    Derek

                                                    Madison

                                                    Meet Derek! Derek has been into all kinds of sports since a very young age. Always being a leader in any sport, why change that after making the transition into drifting. He started out as a grassroots drifter and in a short time he has built a very successful brand and drift team of drivers, a full crew and media team! He has grown the team brand by building matching cars, getting the fans involved, and having a positive attitude on and off the track!

                                                    Derek is a perfect representation of what professional drifting is becoming. Having a very successful team, excellent and innovative marketing, and the insane passion for drifting he will always remain in the spotlight. Rather he’s standing on the podium, gets knocked out early or standing in the booth talking to fans, he always has a positive reflection on the drifting community.

                                                    Derek is always looking to help grow the sport of drifting and bring in more fans by giving ride-a-longs to new fans, selling merchandise in the booth or doing demos with the team.
                                                    2017 was a very exciting year for Derek and his team. Derek finished 7th overall in the Midwest Drift Union. Despite having car troubles in Round 1, they quickly bounced back and qualified in Round 2. In Round 3 his clutch pedal broke and he still found a way to claim Third Place even without a working pedal! Round 4 he qualified again, but got knocked out by the driver who won the whole event. He manage to have all of this success while having no second gear all season long. Just imagine what he will do at 100%.

                                                    https://www.facebook.com/TeamInfamousDrift/

                                                    Started with East10Drift in 2016
                                                    Hometown: Bethalto, Illinois

                                                      Raymond

                                                      Raymond

                                                      Gonell

                                                      Hi! I’m Raymond.

                                                      I don’t have much of a drifting career, just do it whenever an event comes up and go out and have fun with friends.

                                                      I will say I approach drifting with more of a car fashion mindset, I will always prefer cool exterior parts before performance. Despite the fashion I find a
                                                      way to make 120whp work.

                                                      As far as my car it is a 95 240sx that is literally stock. It has been my daily driver for almost 4 years, and has been somewhat reliable.

                                                      Chris Foreman and Steven Vogelaar have been my biggest influences into why I got into it. Those guys can drive rather well, and have good styling cues.

                                                      I guess a build list would do:

                                                      1995 Nissan 240sx SE

                                                      Engine:
                                                      stock
                                                      straight pipe to dual tips

                                                      Footwork:
                                                      KTS SC coils 8k/6k
                                                      PBM diff/subframe bushings
                                                      PBM eccentric rack bushings
                                                      PBM Tension rods
                                                      ISR toe/ruca
                                                      Welded diff

                                                      Interior:
                                                      Bride Zeta II
                                                      Bride FG seat rail
                                                      Trust GREX knob
                                                      Nardi 330 classic
                                                      NRG quick release
                                                      $7 steering hub

                                                      Wheels:
                                                      Great Company Grenade GX-01
                                                      17×9 +15 205/45/17
                                                      18×9 +38 215/40/18

                                                      Exterior:
                                                      Vertex rep body kit
                                                      Dmax spoiler
                                                      Origin canards

                                                      Started with East10Drift: 2016
                                                      Hometown: Cashville, Tennekkee

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