What a turn of events at Formula Drift Long Beach! Due to the weather, safety officials and drivers have decided to forgo qualifying runs. Due to the rain in Long Beach it was decided that it wouldn’t be safe to continue with qualifying for competition, mainly due to the nature of the course.

The Long Beach event is held at turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Long Beach Grand Prix course. If you’ve never watched the Long Beach Grand Prix, the turns are walled off heavily for spectator protection. Competition will happen rain or shine tomorrow, the safety officials just want to see every car make it to competition. The qualifying chart will go back to the 2015 results, and the new drivers will bring up the rear to complete the 32 car bracket. The drivers are placed as follows.

  1. Fredric Aasbo
  2. Ken Gushi
  3. Chris Forsberg
  4. Ryan Tuerck
  5. Odi Backhis
  6. Justin Pawlak
  7. Forrest Wang
  8. Matt Field
  9. Alec Hohnadell
  10. Kenneth Moen
  11. Vaughn Gittin Jr.
  12. Dean Kearney
  13. Tyler McQuarrie
  14. Chelsea DeNofa
  15. Pat Goodin
  16. Pat Mordaunt
  17. Mad Mike Whiddett
  18. Charles Ng
  19. Geoff Stoneback
  20. Dai Yoshihara
  21. Jhonnattan Castro
  22. Robbie Nishida
  23. Michael Essa
  24. Kristaps Bluss
  25. Kyle Mohan
  26. Matt Coffman
  27. Jeff Jones
  28. Alex Heilbrunn
  29. Juha Rintanen
  30. Cameron Moore
  31. Faruk Kugay
  32. Shengjun Zhang


Drivers will face off in the qualifying brackets as usual, here’s the list of how things will go down.

Freric Aasbo vs. Shangjun Zhang

Pat Mordaunt vs. Mad Mike Whiddett

Matt Field vs. Kyle Mohan

Alec Hohnadell vs. Kristaps Bluss

Ryan Tuerck vs. Juha Rintanen

Tyler McQuarrie vs. Dai Yoshihara

Odi Backhis vs. Alex Heilbrunn

Dean Kearney vs. Jhonnattan Castro

Ken Gushi vs. Faruk Kugay

Pat Goodin vs. Charles Ng

Forrest Wang vs. Robbie Nishida

Kenneth Moen vs. Michael Essa

Chris Forsberg vs. Cameron Moore

Chelsea Denofa vs. Geoff Stoneback

Justin Pawlak vs. Jeff Jones

Vaughn Gittin Jr. vs. Robbie Nishida

Competition starts tomorrow with the top 32 at 11 AM, the Final 16 face off at 3:30 PM. All times are Pacific Standard Time.

If you’d like to watch competition live, check out http://www.formulad.com/live

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