Team: Animal Style

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Team Name: Animal Style
Location: California

Drivers:
Julian Jacobs
Ryan Kado
Hertrech Eugene Jr.

What is the origin of your team name?

The name popped up one day and seemed to fit. This has nothing to do with burgers.

How/why was your team formed?

Julian and Ryan crossed paths in 2009 when they tied for first place in a ThunderDrift single run competition. The judges decided that ThunderDrift’s first ever tandem battle would decide the winner. The pair continued to battle over the next few years and throughout Pro-Am, solidifying their aggressive driving style and friendship. Strong inspirations from Japanese teams would eventually bring together a group of humble friends who share the same vigor and desire to pursue the ultimate drift.

What is the history of your team?

The team came together in 2009. Some had been driving long before and others, shortly after. Over the years, they have proven themselves as top drivers with impact and aggression in and out of competition. Animal Style has shown their skills in team tandem events up and down the west coast. These days the goal remains not to win, but to bring the most excitement wherever they go.

Team: Control Freaks

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Team Name: Control Freaks
Location: Missouri

Drivers:
Charlie Quatmann
Chris Hanley
Cory Conrad
Sam Pirtle
Steven Fishel

What is the origin of your team name?

A bunch of dudes throwing names at a wall until one stuck.

How/why was your team formed?

Drifting. We had a pretty solid group of friends ready to hit the streets or events on a weekly basis. Had to have some sort of name to keep from being labeled ‘those dudes from STL’.

What is the history of your team?

A group of friends hailing from St.Louis who enjoy drifting.

Team: PROCEED

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Team Name: Proceed
Location: Illinois

Drivers:
Eric Corvera
Ilia Smolov
Josh Maghirang
Leigh Roto
Simba Nyemba

What is the origin of your team name?

To PROCEED means to move forward.

How/why was your team formed?

Our team was formed to give friends from the Chicago area a family. PROCEED drivers push each other to excel in car style, driving, and in our personal lives and careers. PROCEED was formed to allow people who have been friends for years to work toward a common goal, and grow as people.

What is the history of your team?

All of the friends in PROCEED have been drifting together since 2006 or so, and most of us have even been in other teams together. Through our time as street drifters in the Chicago area we have learned about life through drifting. We wanted to create a team of best friends who would push each other to be better in every area of our lives, and so we began to plan.

In 2013 we created our team name, and began to plan the design of our cars. Everything was considered until we arrived at the style we have today. The red rose of PROCEED was a symbol of the hard work and positive energy we all promised to bring to our team.

Team: ShaDynasty

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Team Name: ShaDynasty
Location: Washington

Drivers:
Matt Panic
Paul Harrison
Cody Berlin

What is the origin of your team name?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 5 Episode 7.

How/why was your team formed?

We made this team for Final Bout!

What is the history of your team?

None yet but we’ll make history after the event lol

Team: Hot Boyz

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Team Name: Hot Boyz
Location: Alberta

Drivers:
Eric Zapata
Jack Connelly
Jordan Hall

What is the origin of your team name?

Our team name was essentially a joke for a one day team tandem event in 2011 (Drift Union Invitational). At the time Jack and Eric belonged to a different crew than Jordan did. We ended up driving really well together and people began to recognize us as the Hotboyz. We decided to make our “temporary joke team” a real thing. Since then we have kept the Hotboyz name and ran with it.

How/why was your team formed?

Our team was formed at Drift Union Invitational in 2011. Eric and Jack were short a driver to make a team of 3. Jordan’s team mates had some issues as well leaving Jordan needing a team to join otherwise none of us could drive that day. We linked up and came up with the name Hotboyz for the day. Turns out we drove great together and we already got along from previous events. As time progressed we realized that the 3 of us believed in the same things such as not getting caught up in competition, heavy Japanese influence and cool driving style with exciting tandem runs. I wouldn’t say that we really created or came up with the team Hotboyz, rather the team grew itself through friendships and style.

What is the history of your team?

We have been driving as a team since 2011 but we have been friends a few years longer than that. We always try and make it to events as a complete unit, mainly because we are most comfortable driving with each other and we have learned how to react to each others driving styles. Because our cars are so different in how they initiate, transition and hold a line, knowing how to lead or follow depending on our tandem order is crucial. In 2012 we committed to painting our cars tan and that was when the Hotboyz became “official”. At the end of the day we are 3 great friends who enjoy the same driving and style fundamentals.

 

Team: Opposite Line

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Team Name: Opposite Line
Location: Ontario & California

Drivers:
Derek Slyter
Liam Kirby
Bryant Owens
Mike Belotti

What is the origin of your team name?

Coming from Opposite Sides of North America, Opposite Line seemed suiting.

How/why was your team formed?

Derek and I (Liam) made a pact to meet at USAIR and do an event in the 2014 season, when I was visiting SoCal. When we heard about Final Bout we both started working everything out so we could have a team to drive with. The team was formed for this event. Mike and I live in Ontario, help each other out and do events here. He likes cool things so it was a no brainer to get him on board.

 

Team: Dirty Love

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Team Name: Dirty Love
Location: Minnesota

Drivers:
Andrew Kojetin
Chris Harteau
Jesse Lee Mitchell
Sam Kluver

What is the origin of your team name?

Man, the origin of Dirty Love? I would say the easiest way to explain would be to say it was formed while consuming large quantities of alcohol in a dive bar somewhere in MN and discussing the disarray of “Drift Teams” in the US. Then we sold lots of T-shirts, now we are here.

How/why was your team formed?

When first getting into drifting all of us came up watching TMF Opposition at the local DDYK ( Drift Don’t Ya Know) series here. Watching Mike Pollard and Ryan Clemens and the rest with great driving and great vehicle styling we drive ourselves to lead that same passion for the culture they did hoping to pass that on for years to come.

Why it was formed was to keep each other in check and grow as a group. Helping each other out is the main focus of the team.

What is the history of your team?

Started in 2007 with Andrew, Ben and Daelen sliding around the streets of Shakopee, MN we slowly started our paths through life destroying tires, Crushing beers and making irresponsible financial decisions. Slowly we realized we were dragging our buddies in with us we decided we might as well use this chance to take over the world.

 

Team: Club Sandwich

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Team Name: Club Sandwich
Location: Illinois

Drivers:
Billy Lemke
Nic Giannini
Mike Adler

What is the origin of your team name?

We were all trying to think of names for a team. Felt it shouldn’t be too serious and started thinking of funny names and Club Sandwich was thrown out. Nobody really liked it then it grew on us over time and then it just stuck!

How/why was your team formed?

A few of us had the only modified cars in high school and decided to have fun with it and made a team.

What is the history of your team?

Charlie Nardini and Nic Giannini have been friends since kindergarden and were always into cars. Charlie bought a 240sx and showed Nic what drifting was. Nic passed it on to Antanas. Antanas bought a 240sx then Nic bought one as well. All three began getting noticed around they’re hometown of algonquin. Mikey ended up buying a 240sx as well and started joining Charlie, Nic and Antanas at the local meet. They all soon met billy. Billy wanted to slide something a little different. He purchased a SC300. After everyone had a few drift events under they’re belts we all felt confident enough to assemble and be a part of Finalbout.

Team: Breaking

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Team Name: Breaking
Location: Indiana

Drivers:
Anthony Covey
Camden Fox
Derek Bianski
Derek King
Jorge Vega

What is the origin of your team name?

Breaking- broken cars broken aero. It’s part of driving and when you worry about it the fun is taken out. Naming a team after the inevitable reminds you to have fun while excepting at the same time.

How/why was your team formed?

Friends that share a common idea on what’s fun. We live in Fort Wayne area for the most part. We all enjoy driving and decided that forming a team would maximize funness!

What is the history of your team?

Most of us had been driving already by ourselves. One of us had a FD license and decided that it wasn’t the route that seemed the most fun (driving or financially). We already helped each other out at events so it seemed logical that we start a team.