Growing up in Southern California, Matt began surfing competitively in San Diego at a young age. His first car was a 1984 533i 5 speed BMW hand-me-down which he started throwing sideways on his way to and from school, not knowing at the time that he was, in fact, "drifting". Matt has been doing so for almost 6 years now.
Becoming a Formula Drift driver in 2008 after placing second at the Pro AM Nationals, Matt gained notoriety after finishing fourth at the 2009 Formula Drift Championships in Irwindale, California with no sponsors. Having since partnered with Need for Speed, Nitto Tires, Part Shop Max, and Jim Wolf Technology, he is excited for the season ahead of him.
"Mad" Mike Whiddett is a 28 year old Auckland, New Zealand born professional drifter that has been on moto-x bikes since the age of 6. The founder of Asphalt Assault, Rotang Klan, MadMikeMotorsports, and owner of CRE8GRAFX, he also holds the NZ record for biggest pitbike jump off a full size kicker at 60 feet!
After breaking almost every structural bone in his body he has decided to keep himself on the ground. While competing in rally, speedway, and dirt track, he found his home in the seat of a custom drift spec 96 FD3 RX-7, which he built from the ground up. Now fully backed by Need for Speed and Red Bull, his job is competing all over the globe in his RX-7 and two other pro spec Mazda rotary-powered Drift cars. 2010 will see Mike competing at the Red Bull and Formula Drift Championships to claim the World Drift King title.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. has become one of drifting’s most iconic figures, with his machine, the Team Falken Tire Ford Racing Mustang, one of the sport's most identifiable cars. Vaughn is known best by his aggressive, foot to the floor, big-smoke driving style. Being such a fierce competitor, Vaughn is the only American to win a D1 Grand Prix event, not once, but twice. In 2005 Vaughn stunned the world when he won the D1GP USA vs Japan. In 2007, he brought America home the gold once more by winning the D1GP World Championship. He has achieved one win and multiple podiums throughout his Formula Drift career.
Patrick has been racing cars at an amateur level for over six years now. Previously a professional volleyball player, his foray into racing began innocently enough when his wife gave him a race drivers licensing course as a gift because she thought he needed something else to do. His second day in the course, he bought a 1997 BMW Z3 that had been converted into a race car. A further three weeks later, he entered himself into his first race -- a long distance endurance race for beginners on a small track in Sweden -- and has been racing ever since.
Everything began with a competition. When Teknikens Varld were on the lookout for new racing talent they got 450 answers. Of these, 10 finalists were chosen and they were selected by different methods to try to find one who could actually become a racing driver. The first prize was a full season in the youth class JTCC, where everyone drives identical Volvo S40 cars. When the final day was over, Edward Sandstrom emerged as the clear overall winner. Edward, who had earlier driven some go-carts, was given the unique chance to take the step to bigger competition cars. The rest is history.
Chris Rado is a professional racing driver from the United States with almost 60 career wins. He is chiefly notable for his participation in import drag racing, currently driving factory backed Scion tC’s. Chris competes in the Comp eliminator category in the NHRA, Full Throttle series for his own team, WORLD Racing in addition to other series such as the Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA), and The National Sport Compact Racing Association (NSCRA).