Bio

STATS:
Date of Birth: December 24, 1978
Place of Birth: Hachioji Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 145lbs
First Drift Event: 2013 D1GP U.S. Driver’s Search
ABOUT DAI:
2011 Formula Drift Series Champion. More than 10 yeas of experience with championships in Drifting and Road Racing, having started in his native Tokyo. Driving skills and vehicle knowledge also expand into non-competition driving that includes stunt driving, tire/suspension testing and vehicle evaluation. While away from the track, Dai leads an effort to support and restore Japan after the March 2011 disaster.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Drifting

Formula Drift Championship Series

  • 2015 Championship Points 22nd Place Overall
  • 2014 Championship Points 18th Place Overall
  • 2013 1st Place Formula Drift Round 1, Long Beach, CA
  • 2013 Championship Points 11th Place Overall
  • 2012 Championship Points, 7th Place Overall
  • 2012 2nd Place in Formula Drift Round 1, Long Beach, CA
  • 2012 3rd Place in Formula Drift Round 3, Palm Beach, CA
  • 2012 2nd Place in Formula Drift Round 4, Wall, NJ
  • 2011 Tires.com Triple Crown Champion
  • 2011 Championship Points, 1st Place Overall, Season Champion
  • 2011 3rd Place Formula Drift Round 1, Long Beach, CA
  • 2011 1st Place Formula Drift Round 2, Atlanta, CA
  • 2011 3rd Place Formula Drift Round 4, Wall, NJ
  • 2011 1st Place Formula Drift Round 5, Seattle, WA
  • 2010 Championship Points, 4th Place Overall
  • 2010 1st Place Formula Drift Round 2, Atlanta, CA
  • 2010 1st Place Formula Drift Round 3, Wall, NJ
  • 2010 2nd Place Formula Drift Round 5, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2009 Championship Points 11th Place Overall
  • 2008 Championship Points, 4th Place Overall
  • 2007 Championship Points, 3rd Place Overall
  • 2006 Championship Points, 5th Place Overall
  • 2005 Championship Points, 5th Place Overall
  • 2004 Championship Points, 2nd Place Overall


Pro Drift Ireland

  • 2012 2nd place in round 5

Road Racing / Other Motorsports

25 Hours of Thunderhill

  • 2013 3rd Place E3 class

Super Taikyu

  • 2015 Competitor in Round 3 Fuji


MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship

  • 2011 Champion TU class
  • 2011 – 1st Place at Willow Springs International, California Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway Super Lap Battle

Super Lap Battle

  • 2015 – 1st Place Unlimited FWD Class (New FWD Course Record)
  • 2014 – 1st Place Unlimited FWD Class
  • 2010 – 1st Place Street RWD Class
  • 2006 – 1st Place Drift Class

Gymkhana

  • Gymkhana Grid Innovational 2010 – 1st Place

Motorsports & Media

  • RedBull Car Park Drift in Dubai UAE Judge 2014, 2015
  • Formula Drift Japan Judge 2014, 2015
  • Professional Asia Drift Series Judge 2009 – 2014
  • Formula Drift Asia: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Australia Goodyear International Drift Series: Thailand
  • GT Channel 2011 – present  Lead character for Behind the Smoke webisodes

 

Drifting Instructor

  • International Drifting Academy  2011 – present
  • Driving Instructor: Dream Racing  2014 – Present

Stunt Driving

  • 2016 Toyota – Stunt driver for Prius commercial
  • 2015 BigBang – Stunt driver for promotion video
  • 2014 BMW – Stunt driver for 235M commercial
  • 2014 Cadillac China – Stunt driver for CTS-L commercial
  • 2014 Nikon – Stunt driver for D810
  • 2014 Mini/BMW USA – Stunt driver for Mini commercial
  • 2013 Falken Tire Corporation – Stunt driver for Azenis commercial
  • 2011 Mini/BMW USA – Stunt driver for Mini commercial
  • 2011 Falken Tire Corporation – Stunt driver for Azenis commercial
  • 2011 Nissan North America – Stunt driver for Juke commercial
  • 2010 Road & Track Magazine – Vehicle test driver
  • 2009 Spike TV – Stunt driver for 1000 Ways to Die television series EA Games
  • 2007 Stunt driver for Need for Speed commercial