Yes, I’m Driving for Bergenholtz Racing



bergenholtz-press-con1 Press Conference

First of all, I want to recognize and thank my Drift Alliance Brother Chris Forsberg, Kevin Wells, and Sergio Ramirez for their constant support and guidance, especially during last year’s season. Some of my best moments last year wouldn’t have been in existence if it weren’t for them. I’m so indebted to you guys and, soon, I hope that I’ll be able to return the profound kindness you have given me.  

 Now, I would like to take this time to thank from the bottom of my heart Bergenholtz Racing, for offering me a position on their exceptional team. Even as I stand before you to make it official, I still can’t get over the fact that I’m chosen to represent such an amazing group of people whose passion for this sport is bar none. People grow up and live life wanting a chance to prove themselves but, here I am with one of the best drift teams out there providing me a platform to do just that.


The first contact I ever had with Ron, believe it or not, was with his voice at Long Beach in 2007. His pit area was right across mine and his voice transcended the noise of the event itself. I remember asking myself, “How does that little man have such strength to yell all the time? Is it vitamins?” Even still, I remember through his voice that his passion for this sport is what fueled him and I wondered what I needed to do to have a team like his back me.


Now, 3 years later, I’m on his team. No, actually, I’ve become a member of his family. He has not only embraced me and my shortcomings but also taken it upon himself to teach me and supplement what I lack in knowledge and experience. I’ve learned so much from him already in the short time we’ve been together, one in particular being, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”  After hearing this, I knew I was on the right team because I felt like he understood my history and struggles during the 3 years I’ve been drifting professionally and my objective in Formula Drift.
Words cannot describe the gratitude in my heart and I hope and pray that I’ll make them proud. So, thank you Ron and Bergenholtz Racing for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to add a new dimension to myself as both a driver and a person. What I promise you in return is to drive my heart out at every event, represent the team’s morale and integrity, and, at the end of the day, be true to who I am.

With that being said, I’ll like to officially announce the driver of Bergenholtz Racing: Joon Maeng.

18 Responses to “Yes, I’m Driving for Bergenholtz Racing”

  • Andrey Filipov Says:

    Congratulations, Joon! Best of luck!

  • Cian Says:

    Hey Joon, im a huge fan of yours from ireland, just wanted to say congrats at last! on becoming the newest member of the Bergenholtz Racing Team. It’s good to see at last that you’ve got a big sponsor behind you and which will no doubt show your full potential in the Rx8. Best of luck in the 2010 Formula Drift Season =]

  • Andrew Coomes Says:

    Congratulations Joon! I wish you the best of luck this season – the Rx8 should be one heck of a ride!

  • N/Aontherun Says:

    God has listen to your prayers and given you a great blessing.

    Congrats dude. You deserve it. You’ll be a great addition to the Bergenholtz racing team.

  • Thamara Says:

    me siento tan feliz por ti y espero que dios te bendiga en esta nueva etapa de tu vida y que tengas muchos más éxitos en tu carrera.


  • Joe and Sue Pawlak Says:

    Congratulations Joon, to an opportunity well deserved. May you have a successful season.

  • Joe and Sue Pawlak Says:

    Congratulations Joon, to an opportunity well
    deserved. May you have a successful season.

  • JoonWooMaeng Says:

    Hi Mr. and Mrs Pawlak! Thank you very much for always showing support ever since back in the days from the Pro Am Nationals! You have a great heart and I want to wish you many blessings. See you soon!

  • JoonWooMaeng Says:

    Yes, I agree that God has given me so much! I’m very grateful and blessed! He is the center of my life and I know at the end everything will be good! Thank you !

  • JoonWooMaeng Says:

    Thanks Andrew! The Bergenholtz Racing/ Nitto Mazda RX-8 is going to be phenomenal! My dream has come true! Looks like your Sr20det is coming along, keep up the good work always live out your passion! See you out at Evergreen Speedway if not sooner!

  • JoonWooMaeng Says:

    Hi Cian, thank you very much for your support all the way from Ireland! Words cannot describe how honored I am to drive for Bergenholtz Racing. I will give it my best to drive the Nitto Mazda RX-8 with all I got! Hope to see you out at the Formula Drift Championship!

  • JoonWooMaeng Says:

    Thank you Andrey! Hope to see you at the Formula Drift Championship!

  • John Mcdonald Says:

    JOON!!!! congratulations! All of that hard work has paid off! God is good for sure. You deserve it non-the less, i hope to see you in your 240 again one day. My 240 is still comming along. Wont be long till i have an SR in it. Good luck with the rotary though! That rx-8 is built. Just dont wreck it lol. Good Luck see you in atlanta.

  • Eason Says:

    Congrats Joon, can’t wait to see you tear it up in that crazy rotary!

  • Hubert Says:

    Congratulation!!!! Awesome news!!! Will definitely root for you this coming season!!!

  • Hubert Says:

    Congrats JOON!!! It’s so awesome to see you working hard and progressing and now driving for one of the best teams out there in the field!!! Best of luck this season!!! I will be rooting for you!!!!!!

  • JoonWooMaeng Says:

    Thanks Eason! I’ll do my best to smoke up those Nitto NT 05’s on the Begenholtz Racing Mazda RX-8! Much appreciate your support!

  • JoonWooMaeng Says:

    Thank you Hubert! I grateful for your kind words! Hope to see you out at the Formula Drift Championships!

Leave a Reply