The GTChannel’s cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of North America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America’s Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.
About Daijiro Yoshihara
The reigning 2011 Formula Drift Series Champion enters his fourth year as part of Falken Factory team. “Dai” is a drift veteran among his Falken colleagues with more than 12 years of drifting experience, having started in his native Tokyo. He’ll defend the Championship in his signature Discount Tire/Falken Tire Nissan S13 240sx. Yoshihara is considered one of the most consistent drivers in the Series. In addition to the 2011 Formula Drift Series Championship, Dai has overall finishes of 4th Place 2010, 4th Place 2008, and 3rd Place 2007. While away from the track, Yoshihara leads an effort to support and restore Japan after the March 2011 disaster. All proceeds from his charity rfjp.org, are donated to Japanese Red Cross Society.
(Saturday, December 15, 2012) The Targa Trophy Holiday Cruise is much different than normal Targa Trophy events as this rally will be a “cruise” format and will be open to an extremely diverse group of cars. As always you can expect a “Targa Trophy” twist put on the driving portion of this event, so you know the fun factor will be huge!
The main focus for this event is to help the underprivileged this holiday season that are in need of food during this family oriented time. That is why they have decided to work with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank & San Diego Food Bank to organize two separate food drives that will allow for Targa Trophy teams and spectators/fans to join us at the Los Angeles start destination and San Diego finish location to bring food for those in need as there will be two simultaneous food drives happening in each location.
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Here are all the details you need to know:
Saturday December 15, 2012
First Annual Holiday Cruise – Targa Trophy Style!
Charity Event/Food Drive In Support of Los Angeles Regional Foodbank & San Diego Food Bank
Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown San Diego
Targa Trophy is open to all makes of exotic and specialty sports cars including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Spyker, Mercedes AMG, BMW M, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Audi, Lotus, Viper, Corvette, select European & Japanese imports, classic exotics, muscle cars and unique one-off sports/lifestyle cars such as Rat Rods, Stance, Low Riders, Raptors, Suicide Machines and other motorized selections.
Charity Food Drive:
In Association With Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
& San Diego Food Bank
Undisclosed stops between Los Angeles & San Diego
Checkpoint: K1 Speed Irvine Track 2
Los Angeles – The Standard Downtown LA
San Diego – Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
The Standard Downtown LA: Call (213) 892-8080
Mention Targa Trophy for special group rate.
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego: Booking link: CLICK HERE
Rally Event Entry Fee – $250 + $15 svc fee
RALLY EVENT FEE INCLUDES
Entry fee covers 2 people (driver and navigator)
2 Targa Trophy Special Edition Event T-Shirts
Targa Trophy Holiday Cruise Event Sticker Kit
Targa Trophy Holiday Cruise Event Gift Bags (1 per person)
VIP comp access to Targa Trophy Holiday Cruise After Party exclusively at venue TBA
Portion of entry fee donated towards Los Angeles Regional Food Bank & San Diego Food Bank + much much more TBA
Canned Meats (Chicken, Tuna, Ham)
Canned or dried fruits
Dried beans, rice & cereal
Packaged nuts & seeds
Charities are unable to accept; glass jars, including baby food, home canned or baked items.
Donate any Amount For a Chance to Win Signed Ryan Sheckler Gear, and Donations Larger than $10 Automatically Get Sheckler Foundation Products!
December 12, 2012 (San Clemente, CA) – This holiday season, Ryan Sheckler’s Foundation is bringing people together to build a skatepark on the Port Gamble S’klallam reservation in Washington state, and they would like your help. Everyone that donates can enter to win a Ryan Sheckler prize pack, and any donation larger than $10 automatically gets a gift. Give and get: The gifts that donors automatically get include Be the Change Tech decks, the Plan B Sheckler Foundation collaboration skateboard deck or a limited-edition Ryan Sheckler Be the Change New Era hat.
All donations will help the Sheckler Foundation “Be the Change” by building a skatepark for the Port Gamble S’klallam tribe here: ShecklerFoundation.org.
To enter to win the Ryan Sheckler prize pack, make a donation in any amount, and then go to the Sheckler Foundation’s Facebook page to enter here:
Sunday nights race concluded our final race of the 2012 Challenge G.P. Season. Sergei Maffei and Kc Cook two very familiar faces battled it out for the top spot in our main event race. Kc started the race on pole-position with his qualifying lap time of 43.258 seconds. His strong racing was all that Sergie need to pass him by and take the lead for the remainder of the race. The rest of the field played catch up to Sergei and Kc. In the end, Sergei takes 1st place followed by Kc, and Jason Foreman. Fun race to watch.
In our B-Main event race top spot goes to Rob Drew. Brandon Timpe and Luca Nastrini taking 2nd and 3rd place to round out the podium standings. A very new line up which is always great to see on the podium. Further back in the group a dog-fight for 5th, 6th and 7th went down to the wire with nose to tail racing to the end. We look forward to seeing them all again in our season opener next year.