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Introducing Tony Brakohiapa, Formula Drift Championship Driver

Motorsports  /   /  By Tony Brakohiapa

Hello everyone, I’m excited to write to you for the first time on the eBay Motors blog! Let me first say, I’m honored to have eBay Motors as my sponsor this year and represent them in the world of professional drifting with the Formula Drift National Championship. This is officially, my first time ever blogging, so I’m stoked to share with all the eBay racing fans!

I was originally born in Kumasi Ghana, West Africa and raised in Colorado near a small town called Lafayette (20 minutes east of Boulder). Basically, I lived in Colorado from the age of 1 to 24 and have always been a gearhead growing up. I wasn’t born into racing, but passionately followed motorsports by watching it on TV and jumped into it feet first by autocrossing my mom’s Honda Civic at SCCA events.

Mom wasn’t totally keen on me flogging the family car, but she actually got behind the wheel a few times and learned some skills. My mom had some co-workers who were into spec series road racing, so they were my first real exposure to sanctioned racing at a race track. I would play with autocrossing for a couple years until I graduated college and moved west in 1999.

Tony-Brakohiapa-portrait-300x450It was in ‘99 that I discovered the well regarded Jim Russell Racing School in Sonoma, CA and the racing bug bit hard. I was hooked! I went through all their open-wheel beginning and advanced classes. I entered their annual scholarship run-offs and did well enough to win some seat time in their Formula Mazda racing series. As a result, I competed in the Formula Mazda series over the next four years.

After achieving a few victories and several top five finishes in the Jim Russell Open-Wheel Formula Mazda Championship, I progressed into kart racing, winning the Yokohama Karting Championship Series’ 2004 “Rookie of The Year” and finishing second in the overall championship.

Since 2004, I have been a competitor in the Formula Drift National Championship, campaigning an 800 horsepower Ford Mustang and managing the team’s operations. I’ve battled inside the top 10 during the 2009 Championship, and was the Top Privateer beating many factory supported drivers and teams. In 2010, I partnered with a new team, Top Cover Racing (TCR).

TCR has the distinction of having ties with the famous Tuskegee Airmen. An honor I carry forward by raising awareness and educating fans on the historical significance of the first “all black” fighter squadron of World War II.

Away from the race track, I am a lead instructor with Jim Russell Racing School featuring the new open-wheel F3 Lola and with Audi Sportscar Experience featuring the Audi R8 V10 at Sonoma Raceway.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kevin Buckler and coaching his drivers with The Racers Group. I also provide private coaching to drivers who campaign their Porsche and Ferrari race cars in the American Le Mans, Rolex Sports Cars Series, and Ferrari Challenge Series.

eBay Motors Formula Drift Mustang driven by Tony Brakohiapa

As a member of the most well-known and experienced stunt driving organization in Hollywood –Drivers Inc.,( — I’ve had the good fortune of working as a film/TV stunt driver.

Did you see me stunt driving double for rap artist Bow Wow in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” movie? Recently I just wrapped on a movie with Tom Cruise called “One Shot filmed in Pittsburgh, PA. Tom was amazing to work with and really wanted to be perfect behind the wheel for all his driving scenes!

Moving forward with the 2012 Formula D racing season, I’m excited to have eBay Motors as a sponsor helping me move to the next level and take aim at the championship.

This year I have the meanest Mustang in the series and one of the most powerful cars outright with 1,000 crank horsepower! Throughout the season we have worked out the bugs and now we are really showing what the car can do. For Round 3 in Florida, we had a 7th place qualifying position , which was better than the top 5 drivers in the championship.

Moving into the second half of the season, I look forward to putting more pressure on the other drivers/teams and fighting for wins on the track.

Follow us July 20 – 21 as I head into Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. I will be posting updates and photos of practice and other things we are working on as the action unfolds over race weekend.

Round 6 will be in Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway on August 23rd & 24th

Round 7 will be in Irwindale, CA @ Irwindale Speedway on October 12th and 13th.

Follow Tony on Twitter and his live socialcast page for real-time updates:
twitter @brakohiapa

Follow the link below to read the Mustang’s complete vehicle specs listed in eBay Motors Garage:
2006 Ford Mustang “eBay Motors Formula Drift Mustang” Vehicle specs

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  1. Tony July 18, 2012 at 1:08 am Reply

    Keep it up tony i wish u good luck!

    • Tony Brakohiapa July 18, 2012 at 6:17 am Reply

      Thanks for the well wishes! Evergreen Speedway is one of the fastest tracks on the circuit! I love it and so should my new car! Think’n we’ll see 100mph entries on the bank this weekend! Stay tuned!

      • Tre Constant July 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm Reply

        Best of Everything, Tony!

  2. Tony Brakohiapa July 19, 2012 at 11:33 pm Reply

    Had a good day of practice today at Evergreen Speedway! The weather conditions were perfect at low 70’s. There were a lot of cars, but rotations for tandems runs went quickly, so we all go a lot of practice. My crew played with some suspension settings to help keep the nose more stable/planted coming off the banking into the infield. Seemed to help as I could carry more angle and speed off the bank without the car understeering or pushing wide on me. The motor was perfect. The larger Yokohama Neovas are awesome even with just a bump from 285 to 295/30’s. Tomorrow will be more of the same. I will continue to work on tandem and try to bring my speed up even more on the banking! A few crashes on course, but nothing serious. Will post updates again tomorrow. I have some video, but my laptop sucks so I’ll try to post another way. Thanks guys!…TB

  3. Rogério Costa August 16, 2012 at 9:28 am Reply

    Good luck 🙂

  4. Ben Brako August 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm Reply

    wishing you all the best in your up coming race.

  5. Tony Brakohiapa August 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm Reply

    Hello Rogerio and Ben! Thanks for the support! Really looking forward to Vegas. Had good success there in the past. Everything is feeling great with the car. Vegas heat will be brutal, but we’ll run at night, so it should be ok! Keep track of me on live stream at Let me know if you guys have any questions for me about the car, the team, etc. Love to keep you guys in the loop!

  6. Edmund Brakohiapa January 16, 2014 at 1:40 am Reply

    Hello cuz keep up the good work winning. Wish you an awesome 2014.

    • Tony Brakohiapa February 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm Reply

      Hello Edmund!

      Thanks for the post and reaching out! It was an honor running under the eBay colors. Looking at some new projects this season that I should hope to make announcements about soon! Will keep you updated. Keep in touch!

  7. afua ansah January 16, 2014 at 10:45 am Reply

    Very proud of my Ghanaian brother doing big in racing…Good luck in all your endeavours…we will be rooting for you

    • Tony Brakohiapa February 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm Reply

      Hello Afua!

      Great to hear from you as well. Thanks for the kind words. It was been a wild and unforgettable ride running in the Formula Drift Championship. I have been doing some movie stunt driving as well so the movie Need For Speed comes out in March. I had way to much fun shooting that and also got to play a small role in the movie, but we’ll see if I made the cutting room floor or not! I hope to provide more updates shortly about what I’m doing this season for racing. Stay tuned!

  8. Jeff P September 24, 2016 at 3:49 am Reply

    I miss those ride along tony! Stumbled on this 4 years late, but glad your moving forward and doing well! Class act start to finish.

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