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Racing News: Daigo Saito Wins Formula DRIFT Round 7 Finale

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Daigo Saito won the Formula DRIFT Round 7 season finale at Irwindale Speedway.

Formula DRIFT Round 7: Daigo Saito Wins Finale and Chris Forsberg is Crowned Champion

Formula DRIFT returned to Irwindale Speedway for the 2014 Pro Championship season finale, where Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 took the event victory. Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z won his second career championship. Round 7: Final Fight featured the Pro Championship, PRO 2 Championship, Offset Kings car show and more.

Entering the event, Forsberg led the Pro Championship chase by 26 points. As the competition progressed through the night both Fredric Aasbo and Forsberg would meet in the Top 4 to control their championship destiny. Aasbo in one of the tightest battles of the evening got the better of Forsberg for the fourth time this season in head-to-head battles, yet he needed to win the entire event to win the championship.

The No. 1 qualifier, Forrest Wang in the Get Nuts Lab/Hankook/STR Racing Nissan S14 went against Daigo Saito in the Top 4. In a close battle, Saito edged out Wang to make it into the Finals against Aasbo. In another closely fought battle, Saito beat out Aasbo, to win his third consecutive victory at Irwindale Speedway, having won the event in 2012 and 2013, and helping to award Forsberg with his second Pro Championship.

The 2014 NMCA WEST Flowmaster Drag Racing Series ends October 24–26, at the recently reopened Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California.

Auto Club Dragway to Host the Biggest NMCA WEST Drag Race and Autocross Event of the Year

The 2014 NMCA WEST Flowmaster Drag Racing Series ends with a giant drag race and autocross, October 24–26, at the recently reopened Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. The third-annual Unlimited Products NMCA WEST World Street Finals is the last event of the year where race teams will battle it out on the drag strip to get the points they need to win the end-of-the-year championship. Events include the Garrett Turbo Pro Mod cars, TREMEC True Street class, Edelbrock Super Quick, ProCharger Street Outlaw, Granatelli Motor Sports Mustang Madness, FSC Pro Comp, Calvert Racing Quick Street and Mickey Thompson True 10.5.

35 Events to Fill PRI Race Industry Week Schedule

The 27th annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show will run from December 11–13, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, but starting December 9, attendees can interact with experts from around the racing industry via conferences, seminars and other events.

Six major events will take place in conjunction with this year’s Show: The Advanced Engineering and Technology Conference (AETC), the International Council of Motorsport Sciences (ICMS) Annual Congress, Claude Rouelle’s OptimumG Vehicle Dynamics & Data Acquisition seminar, the Race Track Business Conference, Education Day organized by SEMA’s Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC); and the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow National Championship. In addition, PRI Management Seminars will help provide proven, practical strategies on motorsports marketing, small business management, race engine business operations and opportunities in the vintage racing market.