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13 08 2013
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Fourth Place Finish for Bakchis at Formula Drift Round 5 in Washington

6 08 2013
For immediate release (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) – Formula Drift Round 5: Throwdown wrapped up on July 20, 2013 at Evergreen Speedway in Washington.  One driver that stood out throughout the event was fourth-place finisher Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis in his Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX.  Bakchis exhibited strong driving technique throughout the event with close follow runs on a banked turn and precise lead runs throughout the course.
 
Bakchis qualified fifth on Friday and made his way into the main Top 16 event.  Following tandem battles with drivers Conrad Grunewald, Vaughn Gittin, and Michael Essa, Bakchis entered the round for third place with Fredric Aasbo.  The Bakchis and Aasbo tandem resulted in a one-more-time ruling from the judges.  Bakchis then completed a close follow run with Aasbo; however, Bakchis was forced to forfeit his lead run after he needed to change one tire before completing his lead run.  For a team to touch the car during a paired tandem battle the team must use an allotted competition timeout, which Bakchis had already used earlier during the event.  
 
The ruling regarding the tire change resulted in a fourth place finish for Bakchis, who is now eighth overall in Formula Drift championship points.  Bakchis stated that the battle at Evergreen Speedway solidifies his confidence that he will finish on the podium in future events.  Formula Drift next visits Texas in September and closes the season in southern California later in the year. 
 
Bakchis has thanked his team, family, and sponsors including Nexen Tire USA, United States Air Force, Feal Suspension, Torco, 702 Graphics, Clutch Masters, Dstroyr, Mishimoto, CBM Motorsports, Sikky Manufacturing, Battle Version, Top Line Industrial Products, EBC Brakes, XXR Wheels, Nitrous Express, Holley EFI, and Weir Performance.
 
To learn more about Bakchis and his drift program visit www.BakchisMotorsports.com.
 
 
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Written by Amy Bakchis
 
Photograph by Ben Chavez 




Bakchis Wins Eastern European Drift Championship Event in Lithuania

6 08 2013
For immediate release (Klaipeda, Lithuania) – While visiting his home country of Lithuania, American Formula Drift driver Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis participated in the Eastern European Drift Championship (EEDC) on June 29th, 2013.  After events in neighboring countries, the fourth round of EEDC was conducted at the “Nemuno Ziedas” track in Bakchis’ hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania.  Bakchis moved to the United States when he was eight years old and has not visited Lithuania for six years prior to the event.
 
After several days of preparation, Bakchis competed in the EEDC event with a borrowed Lexus SC 300 powered by a Toyota 2JZ engine and Nexen tires.  Bakchis stated that the track was the fastest he has competed on and “is the only track where I initiate in fourth gear and finish in fourth gear without down shifting.”  With initiation speeds of approximately 180 kph (112 mph) and limited practice, Bakchis qualified tenth in the Nexen Tire SC 300.  After tandem rounds with competitors including Hypki (Poland) and Bluss (Latvia), Bakchis won the event following a one-more-time for first place. 
 
Bakchis’ win was the first for a Lithuanian in the EEDC championship.  He stated “I had a very warm welcome and lots of support from the Lithuanian crowd, which was encouraging and motivating to perform well”.  Bakchis’ next drift event is the fifth round of Formula Drift in Monroe, Washington on July 19th and 20th, 2013. 
 
 Additional information regarding Bakchis and his drifting program can be found at http://www.bakchismotorsports.com/.
 
EEDC
 
Written by and photo by: Amy Bakchis




Press Release: Bakchis Maintains High Mid-Season Formula Drift Series Standings after Round 3

7 06 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Mid-season standings were available immediately following Formula Drift Round 3 in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 2, 2013.  As series standings were shuffled for many drivers, consistent performance by Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis established him as a Top 10 driver after the event. 

 

Bakchis qualified 20th in his Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX and was paired with United States Air Force teammate Ryan Tuerck for the Top 32 tandem round.  Bakchis exhibited a confident follow run and advanced to the Top 16 round after Tuerck’s car suffered a broken axle while following.  Bakchis finished the event in the Top 16 round after being paired with Chris Forsberg.  After an exciting and dramatic main event, Bakchis’ standing in the series continued to rise; placing him tenth overall in the championship points standings.

The Formula Drift series continues in Wall, New Jersey on June 21 – 22, 2013 before returning to the west coast.  Bakchis will also participate in the Eastern European Drift Championship event in his home country of Lithuania in late June 2013.   

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

Round 3 

Written by: Amy Bakchis





Press Release: Bakchis 12th in Series Championship Points Following Formula Drift Round 2

14 05 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Formula Drift Round 2 “Road to the Championship” wrapped up at Road Atlanta in Georgia on a rainy May 11, 2013. Several drivers proved to be strong contenders in the series, including Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis who finished in the Top 16 in his Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX.

 
After a successful practice session Bakchis qualified 11th and was paired with Toshiki Yoshioka in the Top 32 battle. Bakchis advanced to the Top 16 where he was paired with Darren McNamara under wet conditions. After initiation as the follow driver, Bakchis felt a mechanical failure and was unable to continue driving the car, finishing the event with Top 16 standings.

 
Over the first two events Bakchis has demonstrated consistent appearances in the main event and is currently 12th in series points. The series competitions continue on the east coast in Palm Beach, Florida on May 31 – June 1, 2013 and in Wall, New Jersey on June 21 – 22, 2013.

 
Bakchis has thanked his sponsors including Nexen Tire, United States Air Force, Feal Suspension, Torco Advanced Lubricants, 702 Graphics.com, Clutch Masters, Dstroyr, EBC Brakes, Battle Version, CBM, Holley EFI, Nitrous Express, Sikky Manufacturing, Top-Line Industrial Products, XXR Wheels, Weir Performance, and Mishimoto. Additional information regarding Bakchis and his drift program can be found at http://www.BakchisMotorsports.com.

 

Road Atlanta





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 Graphics.com, 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 www.BakchisMotorsports.com.

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Written by Amy Bakchis





Bakchis Announces Partnership with the United States Air Force

15 03 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Aurimas Bakchis “Odi” announced today that he will be partnering with the United States Air Force for the 2013 drift season. Bakchis will be competing in each of the seven Formula Drift USA events as a partner with the United States Air Force in his LS3-powered Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX.

The United States Air Force is entering into the 5th season as a sponsor of the Formula Drift series, and Bakchis will be one of the drivers sponsored for the 2013 season. Regarding his new sponsor Bakchis stated “I had a great experience teaching a U.S. Air Force Airman to drift during the Drift into the Blue series in 2012. It was truly a pleasure to work with the U.S. Air Force in that capacity and now I am grateful to continue working with such a committed group of people. I look forward to continuing to work with an established organization that values teamwork and technology since these are my mantra for how I approach drifting.”

The Formula Drift USA season begins in Long Beach, California in April 2013. This will be Bakchis’ debut event as a partner of the United States Air Force and Bakchis is confident that the 2013 drift season will be promising with the support of such committed sponsors.

Additional information regarding Bakchis and his drift program can be found at http://www.bakchismotorsports.com.

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Written by Amy Bakchis