Gymkhana Grid at Hollywood Park w/ Ken Block


Saturday, August 7th, 2010 I arrived at 6:45 am to Hollywood Park for the Gymkhana Media Day. This is a view of our pit area located in front of the entry of the track.

Gymkhana Grid Schedule

9:30AM: Drivers meeting

10:00AM: Course testing begins

Media Partners Junket Sessions

10:30AM – 10:50AM: DSPORT media block

10:50AM – 11:10AM: Modified media block

11:10AM – 11:30AM: PAS MAG media block

11:30AM – 11:50AM: 0-60

11:50-12:30 Lunch Break & Course Check

12:00PM: All media is allowed in for general photography and video

12:35PM-1:05PM: Course testing and review – photography and filming

1:50PM – 3:00PM: Open course testing and review – photography and filming

3:00PM – 3:30PM: GG filming and on camera interviews / Course adjustment

3:30PM – 4:30PM: Final course testing /photography/filming


Had a phenomenal time with drift fans, new fans, friends, fellow drivers (e.g. Kyle Mohan, Taka Aono, Alex Pfeiffer, Hiro Sumida, and John Russakoff), AIT Racing driver Andrew Gillis and, obviously, Ken Block, driver of the Monster Energy Drink DC Ford Fiesta.


Thank you Lucas Oil for the jersey and Nitto for the amazing NT05 Tires! Couldn’t have made it out to this event without your support. I’d also like to thank LS Auto, AIT Racing, ACT, Apexi, Sam’s Auto Land’s, Bergenholtz Racing, and Brian Benson for their ongoing support! The LS Automotive Nitto Tire S13.5 is amazingly what it is because of them!


Had a great experience driving the Gymkhana Layout with Ken Block. He is  down-to-earth and a talented driver. It was a pleasure to meet him in person. Looking forward to driving with him at the Ken Block Invitational on Dec. 3rd-4th at Irwindale Speedway.



My crew chief Brian Benson and Kevin Wells at LS Auto / CFR making sure that the vehicle is ready to rock the technicality of the course.


The LS Auto Nitto Tire S13.5 felt and handled very well! The vehicle would pretty much do whatever I wanted it to do. It was a great and refreshing feeling! Looks like Kyle Mohan in the Nexen Mazda Trix RX-8 and I were dead even on that run. Good times!


Had interviews throughout the Gymkhana Grid event.


It was great seeing Mike Kojima @ and his daughter Christa out at the event. I normally see him at every Formula Drift Championship so it was a great surprise to see him outside of Formula D! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello Mike! I appreciate your support!


The LS Auto Nitto Tire S13.5’s engine started to make funny noises and the stock SR20det seized right at the starting line toward the end of Friday’s schedule. Chris Marion at was kind enough to lend me his 110 hp Hachi Roku for Saturday’s event.

It’s been sitting for about a year at Ed Bergenholtz’s place and ended up giving some love to the 86 by charging the battery, change the oil with Lucas Oil, flush out the coolant, made alignment changes and tried to fix the non-functional e-brake. Good thing it was running on the KW Suspension the car handled great!

Driving this car was reminiscent of the days when I began attending events in 2006 in Fontana. I had a 70hp Corolla SR-5 and that’s how it all began: Waiting in line for an hour, giving and receiving tips to and from other drivers, planning “the next big thing ” in vehicle modification, and testing out their vehicles.


Justin, Carrigan, Evan, and their mother stopped by the pit area at the end of Saturday’s event while we were packing up and the mother said that Justin was fixated on my car and driving the entire day. I was very grateful and knew that Justin had a sharp eye for noticing the details out at the track. Of course we took pictures and I signed them my Full Tilt Poker Mazda Nitto RX-8 hero cards.

Currently, the LS Auto Nitto Tire S13.5 is getting an engine renovation at and will be assembled at LS Auto with a GT35r Garrett turbo provided by Bergenholtz Racing. Numerous adjustments and improvements will be made on the vehicle in preparation for the Dec. 3rd-4th  event at Irwindale Speedway.

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