Name: Miro Ovcharik
Vehicle: 1992 Nissan 240SX LS1
Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine
Why do you race?
It's the most fun thing you can do with your clothes on.
What do you think of your racing career?
I think I've come a long way from starting drifting 3 years ago to being on the verge of professional Formula D level driving. I hope to become a top pro driver in the coming years.
What does the start of your day entail?
Getting up at 6:30am and going to work as a programmer so I can pay for drifting!
How much time do you dedicate to practice between events?
I try to go to as many practice events as possible, but this year I'm focused almost fully on competition driving. I compete almost every weekend, and that doesn't leave much time for practice when you consider the maintenance and improvements on the car that need to be done between competitions.
What do you do to stay in shape during the season?
Stationary bike every day and sit in a 140 degree drift car on the weekends!
Where do you practice when at home?
My home track Englishtown, NJ.
Any funny road trip stories from your career?
Plenty. Driving cross country to California 45 hours straight, yelling at fellow motorists with a megaphone, going into drive-thrus with a truck/trailer/drift car, the list goes on.
Who do you look up to in your sport and why?
Almost everyone in Formula Drift. There's something I can learn from every driver.
Is there any other sport you actively participate in?
Not really. Between drifting and having a full time job, that doesn't leave time for much else.
Are there any sponsors or specific people out there you would like to thank for helping you get to the races?
Mishimoto of course for being my biggest supporter and for giving me all the cooling parts that have made my car so reliable throughout the years. A few other sponsors like Carbon Creations, DuraFlex, and Serious Graphix have helped me out this year to make my success possible.
If you were trapped on a deserted island and could only bring one movie and one CD, what would they be?
Days of Thunder. Haha. Best racing movie ever.
What would be on the plate of your last meal ever?
Favorite video game?
Hmm. I don't really play video games but I guess I could say Need for Speed Underground. That's where I learned what drifting was for the first time!
Your biggest pet peeve(s)?
People that talk a lot and don't do a lot. Don't talk about it, be about it.
What celebrity would you most like to be your wife and why?
I can't answer that. My girlfriend will read this!
What music do you listen to?
Hmm. Anything that's playing. My MP3 player currently has a lot of J-Rock on it.
If you could pick one song to describe your life, what would it be?
Billionaire Travie McCoy. Haha.
One item you never leave the house without.
Favorite sports team?
Whats one thing you loved as a child but hate as an adult?
Whats your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Watch movies. I love movies but never have the time for it.
Mishimoto Nissan 240SX Performance Aluminum Radiator SR20 Engine
Mishimoto Nissan 240SX S13 Performance Aluminum Fan Shroud Kit, SR20 Engine
6.2L GMPP LS376/480 engine (480 hp, 475 ft-lbs. torque)
GMPP Wiring Harness and ECM
ATI Super Damper underdrive pulley
Custom 1 7/8″ headers with dual 3″ exhaust
ATL SP108 fuel cell
Walbro 255 lph fuel pump
SLP 160-degree thermostat
MSD 8.5mm super conductor spark plug wires
Autometer Pro-Comp tachometer, oil pressure, oil temperature, and water temperature gauges
KAAZ 2-way LSD
MA-Motorsports modified knuckles and front lower control arms
SPL Parts tie rod ends and steering spacers
Tein S14 inner tie rods
SPL Parts adjustable suspension arms
SPL Parts solid subframe bushings
Circuit Sports aluminum steering shaft bushing
DC Sports front strut tower bar
Peak Performance front, Z32 rear 5-lug hubs
Wheels and Tires
Front: Enkei RPF1 17Χ9.5 +18 White
Rear: Enkei RPF1 17Χ10 +18 White
Front tires: 245/40R17
Rear tires: 275/40R17
Duraflex D1 50mm wide-body fenders
Carbon Creations D1 carbon fiber hood
PPG Pink Flash paint
6-point custom welded rollcage
330mm steering wheel
NRG steering hub and quick release
Sparco Sprint-5 seats
Simpson 5-pt racing harnesses
1st Place HTL ProAm Round 2 Englishtown, NJ
2nd Place DMCC Round 3 Victoriaville, QC
1st Place DMCC Round 2 Mirabel, QC
3rd Place XDC Round 4 Summit Point, WV
3rd Place DMCC Round 1 Montmagny, QC
1st Place HTL ProAm Round 1 Monticello, NY
Earned 2011 Formula Drift Professional License
2nd Place 2010 XDC Championship
1st Place XDC Round 6 Phoenix, AZ
3rd Place Formula Drift Pro/Am Nationals Irwindale, CA
3rd Place XDC Round 5 Dallas, TX
4th Place Street Life Tour Xenia, OH
6th Place qualifier, finished Top 8 DMCC East Round 5 Montreal, Quebec
1st Place The Drift Effect Competition Painesville, OH
1st Place NJ State Fair Competition East Rutherford, NJ
2nd Place XDC Round 3 / Hyperfest Summit Point, WV
5th Place qualifier, finished Top 8 Formula Drift Pro/Am Qualifier Competition Irwindale, CA
2nd Place for Team Drift Contest Quest for the Sword Competition Alton, VA
1st Place for Early Entry Contest Quest for the Sword Competition Alton, VA
1st Place Drift Nirvana August Competition Summit Point, WV
3rd Place US Drift North vs. South Competition Alton, VA
1st Place Drift Nirvana July Competition Summit Point, WV
April 10 Shakedown 2011, Monticello Motor Club Monticello, NY
May 1 HTL Pro-Am Round 1, Monticello Motor Club Monticello, NY
May 14/15 XDC Round 3, Central Florida Racing Complex Orlando, FL
May 28 Club Loose at NJMP, New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, NJ
June 4/5 DMCC Round 1, Autodrome Montmagny Montmagny, QC
June 17/18 XDC Round 4, Summit Point Raceway Summit Point, WV
June 25/26 DMCC Round 2, Circuit ICAR Mirabel, QC
July 2/3 XDC Round 5, Charlotte Motor Speedway South Concord, NC
July 9/10 DMCC Round 3, Victoriaville Victoriaville, QC
July 16 HTL Pro-Am Round 2, Englishtown Raceway Park Englishtown, NJ
July 23/24 DMCC Round 4, Autodrome Montmagny Montmagny, QC
August 6 HTL Pro-Am Round 3, Monticello Motor Club Monticello, NY
August 14 DMCC Round 5, Mosport International Raceway Bowmanville, ON
September 4/5 XDC Prize Round / DMCC Round 6, St. Eustache Autodrome Montreal, QC
September 10 HTL Pro-Am Round 4, Englishtown Raceway Park Englishtown, NJ
September 23/24 XDC Round 7, Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, TX
October 30 Season Closer, Monticello Motor Club Monticello, NY