Brandon Alsept is an NMRA World Champion. Some of his most notable titles include:
- 2008 NMRA Pure Street World Champion
- 2011 NMRA Pure Street World Champion
- 2011 NMRA Sportsman Of The Year
- 2012 NMCA Mean Street World Champion
- 2013 NMRA Crew Chief Of The Year
The first car that he ever purchased brand new is the car that he races today. It is a 1998 Ford Mustang GT and it features a Ford Racing sealed 5.0 Coyote Stock engine. He currently races in the NMRA Coyote Stock.
Chris noticed his love for speed and competition at the age of six, racing bicycles with his brother Erik. He first got into cars at the age of 10 attending drag racing events with his uncles at Maple Grove Raceway Park in Pennsylvania. He was then introduced to flat track motorcycle racing watching his cousin slide around the track. This is what planted the seed for sliding things around. At 14 he used to take out the family tractor, get it into third gear and slam on the brakes which made it slide around the yard. It was watching Intital D and Option Videos that influenced him to purchase his first drift car, a 1988 Mazda RX-7.
After buying the RX-7 Chris became heavily involved in the east coast drifting scene. He was 21 when D1 announced they were coming to America for a drivers search so he packed up his RX-7 on a flatbed rental truck and drove 3,000 miles to California. In 2004, Chris moved to California to further pursue a career in drifting, it was that year Formula Drift debuted their national drift series. He has competed in every event since that inaugural season.
In 2007, Chris started his own team, Chris Forsberg Racing. His greatest achievement came in 2009 when he earned the title of 2009 Formula Drift Champion as well as Triple Crown Champion. Forsberg was not only the first driver to win both titles in the same year but is the first driver to win a Championship whose career originated in grassroots drifting. He then became one of the few drivers to earn a second Formula Drift Championship in 2014, following that up with a 3rd Place finish in 2015, and currently holds the Formula Drift podium record. His raw talent and consistent driving style have made him one of the most winningest drivers in Formula Drift History.
Car name: The Toyota Express Service 86-X
Nickname: The Norwegian Hammer
Norwegian Fredric Aasbo made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008 and turned heads as the winner of the 2010 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year title. Since then, he has rapidly progressed through the drifting ranks around the world as both a fan favorite and championship contender.
Known for his flat-out style, Aasbo has achieved 60-plus podium finishes on three continents over the past nine years of competition. He finished the 2014 Formula Drift championship in the runner-up position and returns to Papadakis Racing in 2015 for his sixth season.
Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo now splits his time between his native country and Southern California. He runs a full international campaign, competing stateside in Formula Drift as well as in select events worldwide in Europe and in Asia.
While James has been crowned both Irish Drift Champion and Drift Allstars European champion multiple times, this year saw him secure the double, the first driver in drift history to do so. Across both championships James has seen off contention from the world’s best drivers and has come out on top. He’s now gained a reputation as the man to beat in competition.
In 2015, James was one of five drift drivers from around the world invited to represent the sport of drifting at the highly prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. James completed six runs over the three days of the festival, expertly piloting his drift car up the legendary narrow hillclimb circuit in front of over 300,000 spectators, motoring press and manufacturers in attendance, and hundreds of thousands more watching online. 2015 was definitely the best season yet!
Jeremy Lookofsky, owner of DRAG CARTEL INDUSTRIES, is an icon in the sport compact world for his world records and championship titles over the past 15 years. The most recent milestone for Drag Cartel was being the first 4 cylinder All-Motor car into the 8's running 8.93@150mph in 2012! As well Pro Stock Champion in NHRA Sport Compact back in 2006 . We now as a Team & company look forward to bringing that strength and reliability to other teams and forms of racing across the world with our track tested and proven performance parts.
Nickname: The Rockstar
Location: Demotte, IN
Occupation: rockstar/oil worker
Car: 89 Mustang Hatchback
Naturaly aspirated Ford Coyote engine by MVPerformance. Tremec 5 speed transmission. 275 Mickey Thompson radial. ACTClutch and Flywheel. Suspension TeamZmotorsports. Best ET to date 10.88@123, in NMRA
Team Lucas Oil Mav TV Protect The Harvest
Joon Woo Maeng was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States at the age of 9. His passion for speed and cars began early in his childhood and he experienced his first adrenaline rush from participating in a drag race. Eventually, he began experimenting with the physics of speed and momentum that gave his car differentiating angles at local drifting events. Since then, he has remained loyal to his passion through drifting.
Joon Maeng's involvement in the Formula DRIFT Professional Championship has allowed him to seize his passion at a higher level. By competing with, befriending and supporting those who are experienced with the art of drifting, he realizes that there is no limit in improving as a driver and how important it is to keep a positive attitude, encourage and lend a helping hand to his friends and neighbors on and off the track.
In addition, Formula DRIFT serves as a platform where he is able to not only hone his drifting skills but also define and redefine his drifting limits. Joon Maeng is confident that he'll be able to showcase his drifting potentials more than ever before.
Joon Maeng's philosophy in life is to give, share and live in hope because they not only provide him with a sense of fortitude, but also keeps him grounded. With an unquestionable dedication to the sport of Drifting, Joon Maeng has proven himself a worthy competitor.
His attitude and exemplary work ethic have won over the hearts of both fans and fellow competitors. Ultimately, Joon Maeng desires and is determined to work as part of Team Lucas Oil Mav TV Protect The Harvest and will strive to underscore the reputation of his partners name and integrity.
Larry Geddes is a two time World Champion in the NMRA Open Comp Class. He has raced his 1990 Ford Mustang LX since it was brand new using different engine, transmission and clutch combinations. His current engine set up is a Boss 363 crate engine (based on the 8.2 deck) package from Ford Racing Performance Parts with a G-Force transmission. His best ET with this combination is 10.57@ 125 MPH.
“Consistency and dependability is why I rely on ACT components to help put this car in the Winner's Circle.” - Larry Geddes
Matt Amrine burst onto the NMRA drag racing scene in 2008 with a win at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Drag Racing in his very first race, and hasn’t looked back since. Matt has finished in the Top 5 in series points every year he has competed, running a partial schedule each year until the 2013 season, when he decided to campaign the entire NMRA circuit. That decision proved to be a successful one, and resulted in the first of 3 back to back Factory Stock Championships. The reigning Factory Stock Champ has dominated the competition since that 2013 season, qualifying #1 at nearly every race, and winning 11 of 17 races in that span.
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the 31 year old enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters when not behind the wheel of his ACT-backed 98 Mustang GT. Matt is currently gearing up for another racing season, where he will try to win his 4th consecutive NMRA Factory Stock Championship.
From California surfer kid to professional driver, Matt Powers’ self-taught beginnings have led him to a driving career that has taken him around the world. Learning to drift his car in the parking lots and back streets of his home town, this fast learner focused on days at the track because it was fun, and by the age of 21 found himself competing professionally in championship series around the globe. It’s no question that this naturally talented and charismatic driver stands out from the rest with awards for “Best Style,” “Most Aggressive Driver,” and “Personality of the Year.” Whether driving in New Zealand at Red Bull events or finishing on the podium in the premier Drifting Championships in the USA and China, Powers’ continues to view the driving as “fun,” maintaining his status as a crowd favorite. While his aggressive, all-out driving style has paved the way for the success of his 360 Drift video as the highest viewed video in Drifting in 2014, it’s his dedication and easy-going attitude that continues to broaden his opportunities. Powers’ personality along with his stylish and skilled tactics behind the wheel not only landed him as a character in popular video games like Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed Shift2—it always exposes him to more. Refining his driving technique through racing and stunt schools, Powers has transitioned his talents into manufacturer commercials, viral video, and stunt driving.
Powers has been with ACT since early 2011.