Team Lucas Oil Mav TV Nexen Tire at 2013 Formula Drift Season Opener
Hello Lucas Oil Mav TV Nexen Tire fans!!
The off season flew by with the team working away on making all the necessary upgrades and changes on the vehicle. We made sure to get better flow with the custom fabricated JBA Headers, new Hi-Ram Holley EFI intake manifold for better throttle control, Powered by Max suspension upgrades for more steering angle, New Advanced Clutch Technology kit for more clutch kicks, Varrstoen Wheels for light weight, Custom Bink Industries sway bars for better handling, High voltage alternator, high torque starter, 7 different spring rates, variety types of gear ratios, new Seibon hood, Sam’s Auto Land Paint & Body work and Spyder tail lights for the exterior. The S-Empire crew practically lived at Road Race Engineering to make sure the Lucas Oil Mav TV S13 Nexen Tire gets dialed in for the 2013 Formula Drift Championship.
Here we are for Friday practice. To tell you the truth this is the best car I’ve ever driven in my entire drifting career! After our first run at Media Day on Tuesday, April 9th 2013 I had the biggest smile. I was amazed at the phenomenal handling and powerful setup we had going into the FD season opener at Streets of Long Beach Grand Prix Course.
I had my ears open wide for the drivers meeting. There are so many changes this year with the judging aspect. During a run if two cones get knocked down you get an automatic zero. If one wheel goes off track twice throughout the run you also get a zero. I like the fact there are more objective details for judging. It makes us improve as drivers and to be more precise of our line and driving style. The details are posted here.
Long Beach was the first time testing out the Nexen N9000 275/ 35ZR 18 Tires. The Brodix 498ci LSX engine is pushing 800 hp. I was shocked how much grip the N9000 provide for our powerful engine setup. After the team made a few adjustments on the vehicle, the Lucas Oil Mav TV S13 started bogging from so much grip provided by these amazing tires.
I’m so happy to be driving for the best of the best! We have great friends and partners that will go above and beyond for us to be competitive in the Pro FD Championship.
Pedal to the metal! Trail of Nexen Tire smoke from turn 9 to the finish line was a norm throughout the weekend. I’ve never had this much tire smoke from the previous seasons. It’s so fun and easy to drive the new S13! So proud of the team and partners’ hard work and dedication to make this possible!
I felt at home on this Long Beach Grand Prix Course! Last year we ran so many laps with the Lucas Oil Mav TV S13.5 Turbo By Garrett during the team drift event as well as drove the pace cars all weekend long during the Grand Prix Race. The gearing was right on the dot! Thanks team for making sure we had the perfect setup for Round 1!
We enjoyed spending quality time with our fans! We appreciate everyone waiting patiently in the long line during our autograph session in our pit area. The kids loved the Lucas Oil hats and had a blast!
Sparco USA did an amazing job with the design of our race suit. Quality service and high quality products keeping us safe from harm’s way! It’s always fun catching up with our fans during the autograph session. The fans wait hours in line to meet their favorite drivers and to achieve an autographed hero card.
Here’s our Crew Chief, Lod Tongkul (Driver Seat) and Spotter, Sam Chaysavang (Passenger Seat) tuning the Lucas Oil Mav TV S13 Nexen Tire with the Holley EFI unit on the dyno packs at Road Race Engineering. The power band kicks in instantly and drivability on the vehicle has been improved drastically. The Fuel consumption improved after the new tune. We are burning less Rockett Fuel in our Aeromotive Fuel Cell A1000. On Friday Qualifying we ran a solid run with an 80.4 score.
Brother Tom, Zac Bogner and the entire team / partners are my hero! I appreciate all of your amazing support and inspiration! You guys rock!
Team Lucas Oil Mav TV Nexen Tire made sure the S13 is dialed in during the off season! Road Race Engineering / S-Empire crew worked non-stop to make sure the vehicle will be ready for battle! I’m so Blessed and grateful to have a solid and dedicated crew for the 2013 Formula Drift Championship season!
(Starting from left to right: Lead Tech- Art Thavilyati, Suspension specialist- Nate Haugh, Pit Crew Member- Garrett Patthasriroj, Pit Crew Member- Matt Kohlwey and Crew Chief- Lod Tongkul.)
Kevin Lee (wearing the hat) at Nexus Visuals making sure we have good footage during the events and does a phenomenal job with PR, Marketing and logistics portion of the team. We always appreciate his hard work and passion for team Lucas Oil Mav TV Nexen Tire!
Mike Meeiem making sure that we are good to go with the Nexen N9000 tires. I love driving on these high performance/grip tires.
Mike and Rossy Welch at Road Race Engineering always provides positive energy and supports the crew to keep pushing hard! It’s great to have an awesome marketing team on hand to share the joy of each round of Formula Drift Championships to our fans and partners. Thank you all for your support!
During the main event day practice session we noticed a loss of power and heard a ticking noise under the hood of our Lucas Oil Mav TV S13 Nexen Tire, so we ended up heading back to our pit to figure out what was going on. We opened up the valve covers on the Brodix Engine and noticed one of the valve springs broke. The team tried their best to fix it in time before the top 32 battle but didn’t have enough time to finish. It was heart breaking to see but in the end the team gave it all their might! That’s what counts.
Provided by Nexus Visuals
The Crew taking out the Brodix Engine on Saturday night right after the event. Although we were up from 5AM to prep for the main event day the team never showed any signs of weakness going late into the night making sure the engine gets dropped off to our engine builder the very next day.
On the bright side, we made it to the main day and got points for the Championship Chase! Team Lucas Oil Mav TV Nexen Tire is currently building a new Brodix engine, spare engine, ordered a new Dog Box Transmission (new custom gear setup for Road Atlanta), new drive shaft, new rack and pinion, new power steering pump with pulley, new ACT Clutch and Flywheel, new rear end from Weir Performance and many other parts were ordered from Enjuku Racing to make sure the car will be solid for the rest of the season. We’ll have a spare of every component of the vehicle so we can push hard without thinking twice about it.
The Lucas Oil Mav TV Trailer has been upgraded to 12K LBS axles, new hubs, wheels and tires at American RV Inc. They provide high quality and fast service to their customers. Great place to drop off your trailer and rv for upgrades.
Road Race Engineering crew is currently fabricating tire racks and shelf’s to store all the extra parts we’ll be transporting for the Formula Drift Round 2 Road Atlanta event.
Thank you fans for supporting all of our partners and rooting us on!!!
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