May 20, 2014
FORMULA DRIFT 2014 – ROUND 2 – ATLANTA RACE REPORT
ORANGE, CA - Round 2 of the Formula Drift 2014 Series at Road Atlanta in Georgia came with wet and rainy track conditions. Driver Kuniaki Takahashi proved that he has the driving experience and skill to drive competitively even in the worst of track conditions. During the first session of qualifying in rainy weather, Takahashi was able to maintain controlled drift and score what would be one of the highest scores posted until the weather cleared up and track conditions became dry for the other competitors. His first qualifying run score would advance into the Top 32 round of competition, ending up in the 12th position overall out of a field of 50+ entries.
In the round of Top 32, Takahashi would face up against Charles Ng in his LS7-V8 supercharged Infiniti G37, and on his lead run would put down a smooth run taking the correct line with a good amount of angle. During, the second chase run, Takahashi-san would follow Charles Ng close and stay right on his bumper, but with some minor corrections to force close proximity, these adjustments would cause some deductions and would end the day of competition.
The A'PEXi Racing crew worked tirelessly to make sure the twin-turbocharged machine was able to get on track during every practice session and competition round to allow Kuniaki Takahashi to gain as much seat time in the Lexus SC430 chassis. With the tight schedule and minimal prep time before Round 3, the team is hard at work preparing the SC430 on the East Coast to progress to the next stage. A nitrous oxide system is being added to the existing twin turbo-charged V8 engine platform to allow Kuniaki Takahashi to be more competitive in what will be anticipated as a fast-track at Homestead Speedway in Miami, Florida.
With Round 2 of the schedule complete, Takahashi-san becoming more acclimated to the machine, and the team moving in the right direction, it is on to the next round. We would like to thank all of our 2014 partners for their continued support as the team gears up and prepares for the upcoming Formula Drift Round 3: Miami Heat event hosted by Homestead Speedway in Miami on May 30-31, 2014.
My 4400 Class race was on Friday. We started 94th off the line and by mile 90 had passed 80 other racers! My crew chief radio’d us to let us know we were running at the same pace as the leader and with time adjustment we would be in 1st. The car was running good and we knew we could continue at the pace we set until the finish. When at mile 98 of 178 we experienced a catastrophic failure that would result in a high speed tumble 6 times, bringing our day to an end. I broke my wrist and hurt my knee, but feel lucky to be alive!
September 20, 2013 -
Patrick Mordaunt & A'PEXi Racing Finish TOP 4!
Tony Pellegrino finishes top 10 in the King of the Hammers race
GenRight crossed the finish line after 11 hours 54 minutes and 30 seconds. Pellegrino and co-driver Bryan Lyttle were grateful to be safely across the line, even if it wasn't the first place finish that the GenRight team had been counting on. Overall, GenRight placed 9th behind some of the most talented off-road racers in the industry. Out of 146 drivers who started the race, only 17 finished by the 10:00 PM cut off, proving, if nothing else, that the 2015 King of the Hammers was a race like no other.
We could not have crossed the finish line with out the help and support of each an every one of our sponsors. From Falken Tire, who provided us with food for the week, to Currie for providing us with super heavy duty axles, to Torco for participating in the vendor booth and providing constant support, to King who always has our back when it comes to tuning and adjustments, to VisionX who killed it with their media coverage, to Fuel Safe who came in clutch with additional fuel cans, and each and every one else who helped make crossing the finish line possible, we would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you."
August 16, 2013 -
Team A'PEXi Racing & Patrick Mordaunt hit the Pacific Northwest Strong!
ORANGE, CA, – Round 5: Evergreen Speedway known for a long high-speed straight into a section of the 5/8
mile oval bank, longest on the Formula Drift circuit played host to over 12,000 fans in attendance. Team A'PEXi
prepped the vehicle with necessary components to maintain the reliable grip required for the fast and
aggressive Evergreen course layout with a ClutchMasters 850-Series Twin-Disc clutch and Yokohama Advan
Neova AD08 tires keeping the power and traction of the car to the ground. Patrick Mordaunt qualified in the 30th
position and looked smooth all weekend and was progressively driving faster and more aggressively as the event
went on from the first lap of practice to the Top 32 round of competition. He was faced up against the 3rd
qualifier Matt Field in the LS-Supercharged Nissan S14 and was competing turn-for-turn, but was knocked out
due to a slight correction on the infield.
The following weekend after the event on July 27, 2013, the Diamond Lighting / A'PEXi Lexus SC430 was
displayed front and center at the main entrance of the HIN- Tacoma Dome event where over 5,000 car
enthusiasts and show goers were able to view the vehicle first as they walked into the venue.
May 21, 2013 -
Patrick Mordaunt on pace for Season Best
ORANGE, CA – Round 2: Road Atlanta is a course that is notorious for downhill high entry speeds and
unforgiving harsh vehicle conditions as drivers aggressively pitch the vehicle sideways and full throttle up an
elevated hill section of the course. Patrick Mordaunt was in top form throughout the practice sessions, and
qualified in the 28th position and was faced against the 2012 Formula Drift Champion, Daigo Saito, in the Top 32
round of competition. After two strong runs, competing against a driver considered to be one of the best, the
advantage was not to be his. With five more rounds of competition remaining, Patrick Mordaunt is currently
ranked in the 18th position and is on pace for a career best season (14th Series Ranking – 2009).
Team A'PEXi Racing was well prepared with the Twin-Turbo V8 engine of the Lexus SC430. The vehicle ran with
flawless reliability throughout the race weekend utilizing Torco Advanced Lubricants SR-5 Engine Oil and RGO
Gear Oil for the drive train parts. During the event, the vehicle was also recognized from local media publication
S3 Magazine as having the "Best Wheels on Grid," sporting the WedsSport SA-67R wheels.
After the event, the Diamond Lighting / A'PEXi Lexus SC430 was transported to Salem, VA to be parked and
displayed in front of the Yokohama Tire Corporation Factory Plant (employs approximately 1,000 employees)
building for the entire week of May 13-17, 2013. During this week, Yokohama Tire hosted a Ride and Drive event
that involved on average 75 local tire dealers per day that were able to view the Lexus SC430 in person.
May 3, 2013 -
Patrick Mordaunt kicks off the 2013 Season in the TOP 16!
ORANGE, CA – The annual Formula Drift Series season opener, on the famed streets of the Long Beach Grand Prix
course, hosted tens of thousands of avid fans and one of the deepest entry lists in Formula Drift's history. Patrick
Mordaunt and the A'PEXi Racing team were coming off of a strong finish in 2012 and bringing that momentum
into 2013. Utilizing the performance of the Lexus twin-turbocharged V8 engine and Yokohama S. Drive highperformance
tires, Patrick Mordaunt piloted the 2013 Diamond Lighting Technology Lexus SC430 in the 22nd
qualifying position (out of 60+ entries) and an overall event finish in the 15th position. Following the competition
weekend, Patrick Mordaunt was selected to compete in the inaugural Motegi Super Drift Challenge, where he
qualified 11th and put on a show for the thousands of fans during the Grand Prix weekend.
During the competition weekend, the team was excited to announce two major partners who have joined the
program for 2013, Diamond Lighting Technology and ShipSmart. And with these new partners added to the
already extensive list of partners, the team is anticipating a successful 2013 season.
August 6, 2012
ORANGE , Calif. - July 6, 2012 - Patrick Mordaunt (#90) and Apex Lexus SC 430 ignite a rivalry during Formula D round 4 at Wall Speedway, Wall, NJ. Thursday practice proved successful thanks to alignment settings by R/T Tuning in Lansdale PA. On Friday, under wet and rainy conditions, Patrick put down a score of 71.5 to qualify 24th overall, and set up a top 32 tandem match against Ken Gushi and his new Toyota FRS. Moving on to the Saturday competition, during Ken's lead run the Greddy FR-S created a proximity gap, but Patrick followed with smooth consistent lines in the Apex Lexus SC430. On his lead run Patrick ran a clean run, closely following the prescribed qualifying line, while Ken made several corrections allowing Patrick to create a gap. After lengthy deliberations the judges award Ken the win. Patrick and crew chief Chuck Griffice were recently featured on the "All or Nothing" video from 1Kind Studio that describes the dedication and commitment required to operate a team in Formula Drift.
June 8, 2012
ORANGE , Calif. - Patrick Mordaunt (#90) and Apex crew go turbo for Formula D round 3. Apex teamed up with K2
Motorsports to fabricate and test their STAGE ONE turbo set up. The new turbo and engine set up was tested at Willow Springs
Raceway before leaving for West Palm Beach for Round 3. "This is the best the Lexus has felt" said Mordaunt. The increased power
and torque had the team set for a strong run in Round 3. Unfortunately, the PM Racing transport rig was held up at the Florida state
line due to some confusion about transportation permits. The delay caused the team to arrive late to the track and miss the qualifying
session. The transport issue has been resolved and the team is really looking forward to showing what the new turbo setup can do in
Round 4 at Wall Speedway, Wall, NJ, on June 22-23.
May 21, 2012
Patrick Mordaunt (#90) and Apex crew travel to Atlanta for second round of Formula Drift.
Thursday practice day was plagued with low engine power cutting Pat's practice time short. Friday qualifying Pat gets top speed initiation points but just miss top 32. "As for the event itself. We didn't qualify for Top 32 which is disappointing as the team has come so far. " Tram Tran
ORANGE , Calif. - April 10, 2012
Patrick Mordaunt (#90) pilots Lexus SC430 into 23 rd qualifying spot (32 spots maximum) against
fifty-six competitors. This marks the largest number of competitor entries in Formula Drift to date. On Friday Patrick landed smooth and consistent runs during both practice and qualifying. Competition day Patrick Mordaunt ran against Ryan Kado (Nissan Titan Z) with a perfect lead run along with a solid follow run. Two of the three judges favored Kado follow run … and Kado advanced to top 16. PM racing / APEXi crew displayed solid performance with positive feedback from fans. Next stop … ATLANTA!
Redondo Beach, CA
Based PM Racing and driver Patrick Mordaunt are proud to announce their partnership with APEX Integration for the 2012 Formula Drift season. A'PEXi has always been a leader in high performance components for racers, driving enthusiasts, and has supported PM Racing since the beginning of Patrick Mordaunt's career. "We are thrilled about this collaboration and opportunity to witness the potential of Patrick Mordaunt's progression in his career," said A'PEXi. Mordaunt will drive the recently upgraded A'PEXi Lexus SC430 that previously competed in the 2010 Formula Drift season.
Mordaunt said, "I'm excited to partner with an experienced team like A'PEXi and am looking forward to driving their Lexus SC 430 for the 2012 Formula Drift season".
In addition, to this exciting new partnership is the resurgence of Yokohama Tire back into the Formula Drift Series for 2012. The PM Racing / A'PEXi team has partnered with Yokohama Tire for the 2012 season and is excited to use high performance Yokohama tires with their proven track record for that elusive competitive edge.
The team is supported by Battle Version, Brian Crower, Bride USA, Clutch Masters, Daley Visual, Genius Tools, Lexus, Newport Pacific, Oakley, OS Giken, Seibon, Sparco, StopTech Brakes,
Torco Oil, Weds Sport Wheels, and Yokohama Tire.
About PM Racing
PM Racing competes in the Formula Drift Pro Championship with driver Patrick Mordaunt. He is a 4 year veteran of Formula Drift but still one of the youngest drivers on the circuit at age 21. For more information visit us on the web at www.patrickmordaunt.com
About APEX Integration, Inc.
Founded in Japan in 1992, A'PEXi has grown from just a small tuning parts manufacturer to a multiindustry international powerhouse. 2012 marks the 15th year for A'PEXi USA and the 20th year for the A'PEXi Group of Companies. Growth has come from hard work, research, and the highest commitment to customer service and feedback. For more information visit us on the web at www.apexi-usa.com
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