Press Release: Bakchis Begins 2013 Drift Season with Good Standings

16 04 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Formula Drift USA entered its tenth season on April 12-13 at the Streets of Long Beach course in southern California.  Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis, 2011 Rookie-of-the-Year, debuted his LS3-powered Nexen Tire 240SX at the event with a strong showing.

After several off-season changes including a new motor and enhanced vehicle set-up, Bakchis was one of the first drivers to qualify at the event under the new “knock-out” qualifying format.  Qualifying 12th, Bakchis was paired with Nexen Tire teammate Joon Maeng for the Top 32 tandem competition and then advanced to the Top 16 main event. 

Driving for a sold-out crowd, Bakchis was paired with Kenneth Moen for the Top 16 competition.  Moen’s rear bumper dragged behind the car and, as the following driver, Bakchis was forced to avoid the bumper that eventually detached and hit Bakchis’ vehicle.  Bakchis then completed his lead run and ultimately finished the event in good standings as 12th overall in the series.

As 12th overall after the first event, Bakchis has shown that he and his team will be a strong contender in the 2013 drift season.  Upcoming events for Bakchis include participation in the inaugural Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 19-20 and Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta in Georgia on May 10-11.

Bakchis has thanked his sponsors for the strong season start including Nexen Tire, United States Air Force, Feal Suspension, Torco Advanced Lubricants, 702, Clutch Masters, Dstroyr, EBC Brakes, Battle Version, CBM, Holley EFI, Nitrous Express, Sikky Manufacturing, Top-Line Industrial Products, XXR Wheels, and Mishimoto.  Additional information regarding Bakchis and his drift program can be found at



Written by Amy Bakchis



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