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Behind the Smoke - Dai Yoshihara Formula Drift 2011/2012 Season

Behind the Smoke follows a middle-aged racer named Yoshi Yamamoto as he describes his experience as a former Formula 1 race driver. Yoshi, now 37, was on track to be one the best speed racers of his generation. However, a nearly fatal wreck caused his dreams to be put on hold.

The series documents his current passion: drifting. Typically, drifters are known for their loud races, wild parties, and dangerous lifestyles. Peeling around corners and throwing the brakes on at full speed, they cruise around Tokyo and narrowly escape numerous encounters with the police. At the end, the viewer sees how much the change in lifestyle has affected Yoshi's mind, body, and spirit.

GTChannel
1 Season, 80 Episodes
April 18, 2011
Automotive
Behind the Smoke - Dai Yoshihara Formula Drift 2011/2012 Season
Episodes

Behind the Smoke - Dai Yoshihara Formula Drift 2011/2012 Season Full Episode Guide

  • During our week off we discovered this video in our archives. It seems that Dai wanted to create himself a travel show. He filmed this during his trip to Kuala Lumpur with drifter friend Melyssa Grace. We hope you enjoy watching this discarded piece of travel show history. We definitely did. Behind the Smoke Season 3 (BTS3) is a web reality series about 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara. The cameras capture Dai and his team on and off the tracks. BTS3 is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire. GTChannel is a CAR.VIDEO.NETWORK on YouTube with over 15 Million monthly views and 100 partner channels. Go to our http://www.youtube.com/gtchannel channel to check out our videos and partner channels.

  • Formula Drift Round 5: Seattle has just concluded. Enjoy this collection of GoPro shots of Dai at his finest, drifting around Evergreen Speedway. Behind the Smoke Season 3 (BTS3) is a web reality series about 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara. The cameras capture Dai and his team on and off the tracks. BTS3 is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire. GTChannel is a CAR.VIDEO.NETWORK on YouTube with over 15 Million monthly views and 100 partner channels. Go to our http://www.youtube.com/gtchannel channel to check out our videos and partner channels.

  • The 2013 Formula Drift season has arrived. We follow 2011 Champion Daijiro Yoshihara and crew around the track on Tech-Day. The Behind the Smoke crew is back to their antics and we walk the track to see where Dai's head is at, going into round 1. Behind the Smoke Season 3 (BTS3) is a web reality series about 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara. The cameras capture Dai and his team on and off the tracks. BTS3 is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire. GTChannel is a CAR.VIDEO.NETWORK on Youtube with over 8 Million monthly views and 20 partner channels.

  • BTS3 Playlist: http://bit.ly/Z2OT6v Previous Episode: http://bit.ly/ZIcPej Next Episode: Coming April 15th We check in with Daijiro Yoshihara and team one week before Formula Drift Long Beach. The Discount Tire/America's Tire Falken Tire Nissan S13 is just about finished and Dai is excited to get behind the wheel for the first time in 2013. Behind the Smoke Season 3 (BTS3) is a web reality series about 2011 Formula Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara. The cameras capture Dai and his team on and off the tracks. BTS3 is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire. GTChannel is a CAR.VIDEO.NETWORK on Youtube with over 8 Million monthly views and 20 partner channels. Go to our http://www.youtube.com/gtchannel channel to check out our videos and partner channels. http://www.gtchannel.com htpp://www.Facebook.com/gtchannel Twitter & Instagram: @GTChannel

  • Http://www.gtchannel.com for more information. 2011 Formula Drift champion Daijiro Yoshihara shocks the world to become the first champion professional drift driver to make a career move to mixed martial arts (MMA). The Japanese native Yoshihara has been training with former MMA champion Josh Barnett for some time now. Daijiro has competed in Formula Drift since 2004 and became the series champion in 2011. He was turned onto MMA when he met Barnett who is an avid drifting fan. "I was totally hooked. Drifting is exciting and where my roots are but I think MMA is where my future is." Yoshihara states. After several months of training, Daijiro finally made the decision to dedicate his professional career to MMA and retire from drifting. Josh Barnett has been by his side all through the transition and he calls Daijiro "a natural". Daijiro also got an opportunity to spar with one of the Gracies in a jiu-jitsu match and he completely overwhelmed his opponent. "I've always respected Gracie jiu-jitsu but they were no match for the speed and balance I've achieved through professional driving. My left foot clutch kick is deadly." claims Daijiro.

  • Facebook.com/gtchannel Formula D champion Dai Yoshihara seeks to improve his standings by finishing the season with a bang at the Irwindale finals. The Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 is set up and ready to perform to its full potential. Now it's up to Dai to redeem his showing at Irwindale since he has been knocked out at in early rounds for the past two years at this final event. GTChannel sat down with the team at SPD Metalworks before Irwindale to hear their thoughts. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix

  • www.facebook.com/gtchannel Dai and crew head out to one of the most brutal Formula D events, Round 6 Las Vegas. The Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 breaks down in the Vegas heat and Dai must attempt his qualifying runs with nearly any practice runs. The season is coming down to the end and stakes are high. Watch this episode to get Behind the Smoke of Dai and the Dainamics! Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • www.facebook.com/gtchannel for more exclusive videos. 2011 Formula Drift champion Daijiro Yoshihara takes a trip to Malaysia to test drive a few M7 Japan tuned cars with fellow Drive Energy sponsored driver Manabu Orido. After some time behind the wheel, Dai attends the Super GT race at Sepang International Circuit. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel 2011 Formula Drift champion Daijiro Yoshihara gets back into action at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe Washington for the 5th round of the series. But...on his first qualifying run he scores a zero... Dai is in 3rd place in overall standings just behind Daigo Saito and leader Justin Pawlak. He needs to score high at this event in order to improve the chances of defending his championship. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel 2011 Formula Drift champion Daijiro Yoshihara visits Gran Turismo's GT Academy North American finals at Comicon 2012 held in San Diego. Dai meets up with 2011 GT Academy winner Bryan Heitkotter for a friendly GT5 wheel to wheel racing and also mingles with the contestants. The top 16 finalist advances to the GT Academy bootcamp in Silverstone UK! Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Behind the Smoke breaks down Formula D and drifting for those of you noobs out there. If anyone ever asks you what drifting is all about, just send them to this video. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Formula D round 4 New Jersey battles heat up as Dai goes up against 2nd ranked Daigo Saito. Saito has been on fire but the last time they met, Daijiro took him out in Long Beach. See who will make it to the top this time at Wall Stadium in New Jersey. http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Daijiro is known to be quite superstitious. In this episode we take a closer look at Daijiro and his team's superstitions to see if they are really connected to his success. We also asked several other professional Formula D drivers if they believe in following certain things to help the outcome of their performance. http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Daijiro visits Discount Tire teammate Travis Pastrana, Rhys Millen and Stephan Verdier prior to X Games 18 held in Los Angeles. He checks out their competition rallycross cars and talks to them about X Games, driving style differences and their current standings in the GRC Series. http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel A rough start would be an understatement as team and Dai had to hustle through to make top 16. Now that he's in the show, all that's left is kicking some ass. Top 16 battle is against his friend, Robbie Nishida in his new SC400. How high can he climb the bracket and close the gap between Justin Pawlak and Daigo Saito at FD Round 3 Palm Beach? Check it out! http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel After a devastating defeat at Formula Drift round 2 Atlanta, Dai flew to Malaysia to judge FD Asia. But he's back in the States to take on round 3 Palm Beach. There are sour memories of Palm Beach from last year when he was knocked out at top 32 but this time around he can't afford to miss the podium. Both first place JTP and second place Daigo Saito lead the overall standings and could leave Dai behind if he doesn't perform well this round. He's off to a rough start as it starts raining minutes before his qualifying run... http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel A week before Palm Beach Dai heads out to Malaysia for Formula Drift Asia. He's having a good time on this trip with Jarod DeAnda aka "The Voice of Formula D", judge Andy Yen and FD co-founder Ryan Sage. Although he's stricken with a cold but must perform his duties as a judge. Dai also has to shoot this entire episode himself with a handheld camera because the GTChannel crew was too busy recovering from Atlanta's heat. Check out Dai's camera skills in this Banana Productions episode brought to you by GTChannel. http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel for more exclusive content and contests. After Top 32 in Atlanta, we follow Dai as he talks to the crew and meets his fans.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Daijiro was off to a bumpy start in Atlanta turning his S13 drift car into a "row lider". Although in the end he nailed his 2nd run and qualified 9th. He goes up against Ryan Tuerck in the top 32 battle. Dai had won Atlanta two years in a row and has plenty of confidence to place high again. Daijiro, the 2011 champion heads into Formula D round 2 Atlanta only second to Falken Tire team mate and series leader Justin Pawlak. http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Daijiro has won two years in a row in Atlanta and it being one of his favorite tracks, everyone thought he would do well again this year.. Especially with plenty of practice the week before and the car set up for track there was no stopping him. To the contrary the team was off to a bumpy start as he ended up hitting the rims in practice and breaking the car in his first qualifying run. Check out where he will stand after day one of FD Round 2 Atlanta. http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel We dissect Dai's Formula D 2011 championship Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 drift car in detail before heading out to Round 2 in Atlanta. http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel The tandem battles start in the Formula Drift 2012 opening round in Long Beach. The pressure is on Dai Yoshihara as the defending champion. Engine troubles arise in the morning practice session. Dai faces Matt Field first in the top 32 battle. http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Formula Drift 2012 kicks offs at the Streets of Long Beach. Dai and team had issues during testing which needed to be addressed before heading into Round 1 Long Beach. With so little seat time in the off season and with no room for error on the streets of Long Beach, will Dai be able to compete at the same level he did last year when he finished 3rd in the first round? http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://gtchannel.com Formula Drift 2012 Guess who just got back to today? Them wild-eyed boys that'd been away. Dai and his crew return in the season two opener of Behind the Smoke. After winning the 2011 Formula D Championship, Dai's Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 drift car was being worked on by Scott and team to install a new motor and to adjust to new regulations set by Formula D. Daijiro shakes down the car for the first time since last October just a week before round 1 at Long Beach. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011 Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel for exclusive Behind The Smoke videos. Behind the Smoke Season 2 is back to follow 2011 Formula Drift Champion, Daijiro Yoshihara both on and off the track. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai throughout the 2012 FD season as he attempts to defend his championship for the first time. Will Dai and team prevail or will the pressure get the best of them? Our cameras follow them everywhere to show the real life of the professional drift driver. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel for exclusive Behind The Smoke videos. We take a look at the daily grind of 2011 Formula Drift Champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. After winning the championship last year, Daijiro found himself a beautiful Trophy Wife.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel for exclusive Behind The Smoke videos. After the team gave up on their code-words, they decide the best way to communicate is by learning Japanese. We check in with them to find out how this new approach has worked for them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel for more exclusive BTS videos. Gearing up for the 2012 FD season, we check in with Dai and his team to see what strategies they had in place during their 2011 championship season. Communication between the team members was a vital part of their success. Behind The Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire.

  • Formula Drift 2011 comes to an end at Irwindale with Dai going in leading the championship by a small margin. Bad memories from last year still haunt Dai as he goes into the top 32 battle. With the 5 top ranked drivers still having a chance at the championship, any error can be critical. Will Dai be able to capture the title in front of the record smashing Irwindale crowd? See why this event will remain in the books as one of the best drifting events in history. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com Formula Drift's 2011 boils down to the final event in Irwindale. Dai enters this event leading Justin "JTP" Pawlak by only 19 points. With JTP breathing down his neck and even a chance for Chris Forsberg, Darren McNamara and Matt Powers to take the champion depending on the outcome of this final event, how will Dai do? He only crashes his S13 on Thursday one day before the event... Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com Daijiro and crew mates sit down at SPD Metalworks for an interview a few days before the final fight. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com Dai tests drives the GReddy R35 GT-R at Willowsprings. He then hops on a plane heading towards Europe to compete in Pro Drift and Drift AllStars. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com Dai qualifies 7th on Friday to go up against team mate Ross Petty in the top 32 tandem battles. With the overall championship on the line Dai needs to finish better than his rivals JTP and Chris Forsberg who are trailing close behind. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com After capturing the championship in Seattle, Dai and team are back in the heat of Sin City. Last year he cruised to the finals only to see his engine fail. This year he's leading in the championship standings but needs to place high this round to pull away from the rest. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com Dai brings out his team mates Chris and Mike to teach them a lesson on how to drift with his missile 240. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com After climbing to the top of the podium at Formula D Seattle, Dai visits his former rival Tanner Foust at X Games 17 in Los Angeles to get some tips. He also hangs out in Lake Tahoe at a Discount Tire corporate retreat and makes a speech, speech, speech! Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com So what if he has trouble ordering French desserts and does weird exercises. Dai is blasting up the bracket in Seattle. With JTP out of the picture now, can he take Seattle and rise to the top in rankings? First up is Vaughn Gittin Jr. Watch it here! Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com The Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 is fixed and Dai is leady to lock in Seattle! He is second in the rankings so this event will be key to get one step closer to top ranking Justin Pawlak. His first top 32 battle is against Jeff Jones. But wait, JTP has car issues and suddenly a unexpected opportunity unfolds in front of Dai! Can he capitalize? Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • http://gtchannel.com Dai comes off a 3rd place podium in New Jersey trailing Justin Pawlak in first place by just 57 points. In episode 18, Scott and crew gets the engine fixed and on the dyno before Formula D round 5 Seattle at Evergreen Speedway. But things don't come easy in Seattle as Dai crashes the S13 again and is forced to retire from practice early before the day is finished. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 16 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. Dai shows off his celebrity lifestyle as he hangs out at the Forza 4 E3 party and directly jet sets to Singapore to judge for Formula D Asia. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 15 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. Dai and team are focused on forgetting the upset in Palm Beach and get back in the race at Wall Stadium. But once again engine problems resurface on the Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 and critical practice time gets cut short on the day of the final. Will Dai and team overcome this challenge or will they crumble under pressure? Check it out now! Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 14 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. No time for GTL in Jersey for Dai and his team as they are busy to get things back on track after a big disappointment at Palm Beach. During qualifying Dai takes out the left rear of the car but will there be more trouble to come during the weekend? Who could have predicted the rain and thunder that hit Wall Stadium Speedway... Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 13 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. Team Dai's resident tech nerd Mike Kojima hosts DRIFT SCIENCE. Mike gives us in depth information about the Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 drift car. Also Mike and Dai walks us through a drift run with commentary breaking down each and every move. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 12 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. Formula D Round 3 Palm Beach wasn't exactly what the team was expecting coming off from that huge victory in Atlanta. On Friday the team qualified a low 12th place. This Saturday they face, Kyle "The Menace" Mohan... Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 11 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. Dai leading in overall standings after two rounds heads out to Formula D Round 3 Palm Beach. But engine trouble, electrical and minor hiccups prevent the team to get into the right groove. Will Dai and team be able to overcome these obstacles to continue a podium streak? Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro. Special thanks to http://www.formulad.com

  • Episode 10 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. Dai goes out to prove that drifters can race too. He takes on door to door racing at the Motoiq Pacific Tuner Car Challenge in Mike Kojima's Nissan Sentra race car. Dai directs this episode and Chris Marion mans the video camera. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 9 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. After his win in Atlanta, Dai has fun with Import Tuner magazine entering the Rebull Soapbox race that took place in downtown Los Angeles. His ride is a Choro Q inspired miniature of the Scion rear wheel drive concept, the FR-S. It was built by Design Craft and designed by Five Axis, the real guys responsible for the FR-S concept just announced at the NY Auto Show. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 8 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. The sun goes down in Hotlanta as Dai faces 2010 series champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. Will he advance and capture the win in Atlanta again? We find out once again Dai loves Road Atlanta and so does it. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 7 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. The first round of the Tires.com Triple Crown, Atlanta round heats up as Dai and his S13 enter the tandem battles vs Jeff Jones, Fredric Aasbo and 2010 champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. Will Dai pull off a repeat in Atlanta? Check it out! Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 6 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. Formula Drift Atlanta can never start without a meal at the Waffle House. Dai and team mate Tyler McQuarrie grab breakfast and head out to the tracks only to find out that they don't have a parking pass to enter the pit area at Road Atlanta. Will they barge through security or sucumb to the tough looking security guard? After finally making it inside the track, qualifying starts in the afternoon but there seems to be some engine problems with the Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13... Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro

  • Episode 5 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. In between Formula D rounds Dai likes to visit SPD Metalworks where Scott and the team work on his Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13. Dai claims he visits a couple times a week but his crew has something else to say. We interview Scott, Mike and Chris about the car as Dai bumps into some technical issues with the PC. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 4 of series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. In this episode Dai competes in the final tandem battles of Long Beach. Watch how he does against his rivals and how his crew supports him throughout the day. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 3 of new video series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. In this episode Dai takes his first runs in the opening round of the 2011 season! The Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 runs into some mechanical issues during practice. Will the car be ready for qualifying? Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Episode 2 of new video series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. It's a bird, it's a plane no it's an S13?! In this episode Dai lauches his Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 into the air scaring his mechanics and finishes his test at Willow Springs before the season opener at Long Beach. He also talks about his charity work for the earthquake/tsunami victims http://www.rfjp.org and the video produced with his fellow Formula D drivers to help Japan (http://youtu.be/5m-umSEQO9I). Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.

  • Season premier episode for new video series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. In this episode Dai introduces us to his passion, drifting and also his team mates. GTChannel's cameras will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.