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by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Apr 13th, 2013 | Motorsports

The Top 32 is over and the Top 16 is set.  Ryan Tuerck beat Jeff Jones to advance, after Jones' car broke.  

In Top 16, Tuerck went against Justin Pawlak and came out the winner.  

Photo from Formula D's website.

Formula D Top 16

1) Yoshihara     VS      16) Powers

8) Saito               VS       9) Aasbo

4) DeNofa          VS      13) Kado

5) Moen              VS      12) Bakchis

2) McNamara     VS      15) Forsberg

7) Tuerck             VS      23) Pawlak

3) Essa                VS      14) Gushi

6) Gittin          VS      22) Mordaunt

Top 16 Competition starts at 3:30pm PST.

by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Apr 13th, 2013 | Motorsports

The 2013 Formula D series has officially started on the Streets of Long Beach.  

Photo by Alex Wong of Emotive Image

by Kyle Tomita on Sun, Apr 7th, 2013 | Motorsports

With Formula D Long Beach coming up next week, Ryan Tuerck's Retaks Scion FR-S is on its way there.  We spent many longs nights in the last several weeks getting the car ready.  Before leaving, Ryan Tuerck spent a few days testing the 2jZ FR-S at the local kart racing center, Pat's Acres Racing Complex.  

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Mar 14th, 2013 | Motorsports

Many of you know Andrew Coomes, Formula D driver and Portland native, the driver of the Nissan S13 with the Rocket Bunny kit.  

Andrew Coomes ready to drift

by Kyle Tomita on Sun, Mar 10th, 2013 | Motorsports

The other weekend was another open drift event at Pat's Acres Racing Complex.  When we go to local drift events like this one, we enjoy seeing some of the cars we have worked on, tuned, or baselined out drifting.  

PARC Drift 2013-03-02 - Brad 020

Above: Brad's SR20 Powered BMW.

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Feb 26th, 2013 | Motorsports

We wanted to congratulate Jeromy Born for winning the 2012 Oregon Region SCCA Solo Rookie of the Year award.

Jeromy drove his Nissan 350Z.  

Congrats again to Jeromy.  We hope to be joining him and the rest of the drivers this year.

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jan 28th, 2013 | Motorsports

This past Saturday we took a day off of working on cars to have some fun at Pat's Acres Racing Complex.  It was the first open drift event of the year and we took out a couple of cars.  

PARC Drift 1-26-2013 - Brian 005

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Nov 19th, 2012 | Motorsports

One of our clients is an avid autocross competitor in his Honda S2000.  

He came to us to fix his car and get it ready for competition.  Here is a short write-up he wrote after his first competition in the new setup, which he took first in his class.  

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Nov 14th, 2012 | Motorsports

Lately, PSI has become more involved with drifting and Formula D competition.  We have already sat down and talked with FD driver Kyle Pollard (link here) and now it is time to talk with a man behind the scenes, Jason Oefelein.  Jason is one of the owners and over the years, he has become more involved with drifting.  We sit down with him and talk about drifting.  

FD Seattle 2012 - Saturday 014

by Kyle Tomita on Sun, Nov 11th, 2012 | Events and Shows, Motorsports, Suspension

This past weekend we went out to Pat's Acres Racing Complex, PARC, for some grassroots drifting.  We were lucky to have a rain-free day in Oregon.  Kyle Pollard brought out his FD competition car, a Nissan Silvia, to have some fun during the off season.  

PARC 11-10-2012 - Kyle Pollard - 008

by Kyle Tomita on Tue, Oct 30th, 2012 | Motorsports

With the Formula D season wrapping up a few weeks ago, we sat down with Kyle Pollard and go over his 2012 drift season.  This year he has driven both the F20 Hachi 

Kyle Pollard - PARC 3-11-2012 - 010

and the SR20 Silvia K's

PARC Drift 9-1-2012-1303 copy.jpg

Both of the photos were from grassroots open drift events at Pat's Acres Racing Complex (PARC).  He has driven both of these cars in competition this past year, but on the Silvia in Formula D competition.  

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Oct 10th, 2012 | General, Motorsports

Title Fight, the final round of Formula D this year is coming up this weekend.  Jason Oefelein and Brian Hartsock have already landed in Cali and Andrew Coomes' LS240 is almost there.  Before Andrew's car left, Brian Hartsock changed the alignment setup for the banks of Irwindale.  The last event was in the parking lot in Las Vegas.  The tracks are very different and so are the suspension setups.  Between every round, Brian adjusts the suspension for the upcoming event.  

Brian Hartsock suspension tuning - AJC

Brian also changed the fluids and finished preping the car.  

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Oct 3rd, 2012 | Motorsports

Kyle Pollard did not just bring any Hachi, but the purpose built drift F20c Hachi that he earned his Formula D license in.  

Kyle Pollard - PARC 3-11-2012 - 002

Photo: Not from inMotion but a previous grassroots event at PARC.

He brought the Hachi back to the 5/8ths bank at Evergreen Speedway and took home a victory in the drift competition at the inMotion show presented by NWMotiv.  Earlier this week, I had a chance to sit down with Kyle Pollard over a bowl of pho and talk with him about inMotion.  

by Kyle Tomita on Mon, Jun 18th, 2012 | Events and Shows, Media Coverage, Motorsports

This past weekend was the 52nd Rose Cup Races at Portland International Raceway.

Rose Cup 2012 - Pits - Lux Performance

Above: In the pits, Lux Performance.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Jun 1st, 2012 | Events and Shows, Motorsports

Last week Friday, May 25th, we went down to Portland International Raceway for a track day with the Lotus Club.  

Lotus Club Track Day - 3860

We made the trip down to PIR because we worked on a few of the cars that were attending this track day, including the a pair of Lotus Exige's and Radium Engineering Turbocharged Elise's.  

Lotus Club Track Day - 3935

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, May 25th, 2012 | Motorsports

We will be heading to Portland International Raceway later today for a Lotus track day.  We won't be driving at the event but will going as more of a support role.  There will be a few cars that we have worked on in attendance.  

Lotus Exige engine pulled

Above: Several Lotus' at the shop.

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, May 3rd, 2012 | Modification, Motorsports

This last weekend Andrew went down to Portland International Raceway for the Drift Crown series.  He wanted to get in a little track time before his next professional event.  We recently installed a one-way differential to replace the spool one from last season.  

Spool or 1-way

Above: Spool on the left and one-way on the right.

Andrew also had the chance to use his new dual brake caliper setup.  

Wilwood Dual Brake Caliper Setup

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, May 2nd, 2012 | Media Coverage, Motorsports

This past weekend, we were fortunate to have nice weather.  A few of us from PSI made it down to Woodburn Dragstrip for Woodburn Drags 2012 - Round 1.  We were there to support one of our own.  Ken, our engine builder, machinist, and consultant, competes in the Sport Compact Pro class.  He normally drives his twin-turbo Toyota Supra that runs 10s.  

White Twin Turbo Supra and PSI sign

However, his car was not ready for Round 1 because he has been busy working on engines for us.  

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Apr 20th, 2012 | Motorsports, Tuning

This upcoming Saturday will be Round 1 of the Evergreen Drift ProAm Series at Evergreen Speedway.  

The Evergreen Drift is the Northwest's only sanctioned Formula Drift Pro-Am licensing series.  Evergreen Drift was the starting series for ten Formula Drift licensed drivers.  Five of those ten drivers had their cars tuned at PSI.  

by Kyle Tomita on Thu, Apr 19th, 2012 | Media Coverage, Motorsports

Check out the latest installment of Kyle Pollard's Journey to Drift.  

"Kyle finishes his VVL head swap in time but blows his transmition at Nissan Fest 2 weeks Before Formula Drift Long Beach, what will he do?"

Don't forget to check out the rest of the series and support Kyle Pollard on his Journey to Drift.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Apr 13th, 2012 | Events and Shows, Media Coverage, Motorsports

In case you missed Formula Drift's 2012 season opener on the Streets of Long Beach, the major online media outlets have got you covered. Part of our team made the trip down to Long Beach, but they were busy working on the cars and did not get many photos. Working in the pits, gives you a different perspective on the event. We were searching our favortie online media outlets and found these great articles about the event. We wanted to share them with you.

by Kyle Tomita on Sat, Apr 7th, 2012 | Events and Shows, Motorsports

Congratulations to Justin Pawlak for winning Formula Drift Round 1: Long Beach, in his Falken Tire Ford Mustang. 

Above: 1st: Justin Pawlak, 2nd: Daijiro Yoshihara, 3rd: Daigo Saito

Justin is a close personal friend of PSI and we are all really excited to see him win at Long Beach for the second year in a row.  Jason Oefelein and Justin go way back. 

Jason Oefelein and Justin Pawlak working hard.JPG

Above: On the wall at Evergreen Speedway.

We look forward to watching Round 2 in Atlanta.  The 2012 season is shaping up to be the best one yet. 

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Apr 6th, 2012 | Events and Shows, Motorsports

Formula Drift Long Beach qualifying is over. The top 32 is set. Congrats to Ryan Tuerck for qualifying first in his Retaks' Nissan 240.

by Kyle Tomita on Fri, Apr 6th, 2012 | Events and Shows, Motorsports

Formula D Long Beach qualifying is going on now.  At PSI, we have the live driftstream going on 5 screens since all of us were not able to go to Long Beach to watch it live.  

Above: One of the tv's playing the driftstream at the shop.

by Kyle Tomita on Wed, Apr 4th, 2012 | Motorsports, Tuning

Nissan 240 on the dyno at PSI - Rolland Gallagher Racing

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