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Matt Powers starting sliding cars around the beaches of San Diego with high school friends. He soon found out about “drifting”, a high-skilled motor sport where drivers maneuver their cars into controlled sideways slides at high speeds through a marked course. His passion and skill for drifting led him to become a professional driver in 2009 for companies like EA Games, Red Bull, Nissan, Ford, GM, and Nitto Tire; and to race in the US, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, China, Australia, Panama, Indonesia, and Canada. No stranger to driving under pressure, or on camera, Powers has won and podiumed in front of 20,000 live fans and cameras reaching millions through web and TV. After multiple successful drift seasons Powers now focuses his efforts towards stunt and precision driving.


Commercials, Modeling, Acting

2014 Ford Fiesta catalog, driver and model 2013 (Ford 1-4)

Nitto Tire commercial, (NBC SPORTS) 2012-2013 

Falken Tire commercial (SPEED TV) 2011-2013

Need for Speed Shift 2, “Boss” of level, acting in intro, vehicle in game, EA games 2012 (video)

Model for Alpinestars, Nylon Guys 2011 (modelnylon)

Model for Alpinestars, Illest, Fatlace, web 2011-2013 (modelastarsweb, modelastarsofce)

Drifting Highlights

1st Long Beach Grand Prix Super Drift 2013 (PODIUM PIC 1)

1st Red Bull “Drift Shifters” on streets of downtown Auckland, New Zealand 2012 (Podium pic 2)

2nd place Formula Drift Long Beach 2011 (podium pic 3)

3rd place Formula Drift Vegas 2011

1st place qualifier Formula Drift Vegas 2011

Formula D overall championship rankings 6th, 10th, 16th (Youngest top 16 finisher 2010-2012)

World Drift Series China, 2nd place overall 2013

World Drift Series China, 3rd place overall 2011

Steve Aoki “Birthday Bash,” taught Aoki how to drift 2012 (Drift Aoki)

Speedhunters.com blogger/contributor 2010-2012

Racing Magazine features, advertisements, etc. 2009- (ad1-5)

Awards

Hardest Charging driver (Formula D peer voted) 2011 

Most Improved Driver (Formula D peer voted) 2011)

Best Style (Formula D peer voted) 2011,2013

Personality of the Year (Speedhunters.com audience voted 2009)

Training

Rick Seaman Stunt Driving School, 2014 (School 1)

Bob Bondurant Advanced Road Racing Course, 2013 (School 2)

Dirtfish Rally School, 2014 (School 3)

Testing/R&D

Nitto Tire NT05 development 2010-2013

Advanced Clutch clutch testing 2013

Jim Wolf Nissan ECU testing 2007-2010

AEM Infinity ECU testing 2013

Wilwood brake testing, 2011-2013

Parts Shop MAX drift parts testing/development 2007-

References provided upon request 

Lifestyle

Created, managed, promoted, owned, drove for, operated, etc. Matt Powers Motorsports INC 2009.

San Diego State University Bachelors Degree, Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, 2009

SDSU Deans list 2006-2009

SDSU Graduate School, Literature, completed 1 year (dropped out to pursue driving)

Professional life guard/surf guide Namotu, Fiji, Feb, and Nov-Dec 2011

Sponsored and published national surfing competitor age 13-17 (Surf 1, Surf 2)

Surfed for team Alpinestars in Katin Pro challenge, Huntington Beach, CA 2011 (surf3)

Triathlon Olympic distance competitor, 7th in age division, Tri-Rock San Diego, 2012 (tri1)

Drug/smoke free