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Keiichi Tsuchiya

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Nationality  Japanese
Name  Keiichi Tsuchiya
Class wins  2 (1995, 1999)

Best finish  2nd (1999)
Participating years  1994–2000
Role  Race car driver
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Born  January 30, 1956 (age 59) Tomi, Nagano, Japan (1956-01-30)
Teams  Team Kunimitsu Honda, Team Lark McLaren, Toyota Team Europe, TV Asahi Team Dragon
Movies  The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Megalopolis Expressway Trial
Similar People  Manabu Orido, Nobuteru Taniguchi, Unsho Ishizuka, Justin Lin

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Keiichi Tsuchiya (土屋 圭市, Tsuchiya Keiichi, born January 30, 1956) is a professional race car driver. He is also known as the Drift King (ドリキン, Dorikin) for his nontraditional use of drifting in non-drifting racing events and his role in popularizing drifting as a motorsport. He is also known for touge (mountain pass) driving.


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The car he drives, a Toyota AE86 Sprinter Trueno, has become one of the most popular sports cars; the car is also known as "Hachi-Roku" in Japan (hachi-roku meaning "eight six"); his car is also called "The Little Hachi that could." A video known as Pluspy documents Tsuchiya's touge driving with his AE86. He also is a consultant for one of the popular comic books and manga, Initial D, of which the main character Takumi Fujiwara is a character which describes him.

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Tsuchiya started his career through the Fuji Freshman series in 1977. Unlike many drivers who came from wealthy families or motorsport backgrounds, he honed his skills from street racing and became an underground legend.

Racing career

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National championships
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He would continue to take part in the Japanese Formula Three Championship, Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC), the latter while driving a Nissan Skyline GT-R (previously in the Cosmo Oil Sierra Cosworth) in the Group A championships and later a Honda Civic in the Supertouring car championships.

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Le Mans
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He went on to score a class win and an 8th place overall at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Honda NSX. In 1999 of the same race, this time in a Toyota GT-One, during the last hour while co-driver Ukyo Katayama was building up pace to the leading BMW V12 LMR he was forced into the grass by a backmarker privateer's BMW LMP, blowing the tire out. They survived the ordeal and went on to score the fastest lap but were forced to settle for second.


He has raced in NASCAR-sanctioned exhibition races at Suzuka Circuit (Suzuka Thunder 100) and at Twin Ring Motegi Superspeedway for the 1998 NASCAR-sanctioned exhibition and 1999 NASCAR Grand National Division, AutoZone West Series races at the circuit, both named the Coca-Cola 500K.

Drifting career

When Tsuchiya was a freshman in circuit racing, he got his racing license suspended because of the illegal racing he was still doing (cause of the Drift Pluspy video). In the movie series Shuto Kousoku Trial, he advised street racers to leave the illegal racing scene if they want to become involved with professional racing.

After his retirement

After his retirement, he remained in racing and is now an official Drift Muscle judge after quitting D1 in January 2011 and was Team Director for both GT500 for one year and GT300 Class of ARTA JGTC Team until the team disbanded their GT300 operation at the end of the 2005 season. He owned the aftermarket company Kei Office until he sold the business in the end of 2005 to form DG-5. His trademark color is jade green which appears on his overalls and helmet and is the adopted color of the former company. It was also the colour of the D1 Grand Prix Kei Office and DG-5 S15 Silvia of driver and employee Yasuyuki Kazama who also wears a suit similar in pattern.

He also hosts the video magazine "Best Motoring" which features road tests of new Japanese cars including a special section called "Hot Version" which focuses on performance-modified cars. He is a guest presenter in Video Option, a monthly video magazine, similar to Hot Version except regularly covers the D1GP and its sister video magazine Drift Tengoku which deals purely with drifting.

He has been an editorial supervisor on the televised anime Initial D and Wangan Midnight. He also appeared in the semi biographical film Shuto Kousoku Trial 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 was also featured in the Super GT magazine show in Japan. His life in driving is parallel to that of the Initial D main character, Takumi, as both of them started exploring their local touge while doing regular deliveries for their family businesses. He makes a number of cameos in the series: in the First Stage, he briefly converses with Takumi's father; in the Third Stage, a motorcycle rider wearing a similar racing suit overtake Takumi as he was en route to an initiation battle with Ryosuke Takahashi; and in the Final Stage, he meets Takumi in person while the latter spectates a circuit race in the end credits. The color of Tomo's racing suit from the Initial D 4th Stage is jade green and has a similar pattern to Tsuchiya's suit. He also made an appearance opposite Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson in a Motorworld in Japan special showing drifting competition in the late 1980s in Japan.

After 1995, he sometimes appeared as a Formula One guest commentator in Japanese Fuji TV.

In 2006, he made a cameo as a fisherman in the movie The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift in which he served as a stunt coordinator and stunt man.

In 2014, he announced a joint venture with King of Europe ProSeries in order to create King of Asia ProSeries.

Career summary

  • 1977: Debut in Fuji Freshman series.
  • 1977–1984: Ran selected entries in All Japan Touring Car championship.
  • 1984: Fuji Freshman series race (Toyota AE86) – 6 wins
  • 1985: All Japan Touring Car championship (Toyota AE86) 1st in Class 3
  • 1986: Corolla Sprinter Cup – 2 podium places
  • 1987: All Japan Touring Car championship (Honda Civic) – 1 win
  • 1988: Toyota Cup – 1st overall
  • All Japan Touring Car championship (BMW E30) – 3rd in Class 2
  • Macau Guia race (BMW M3) – 4th overall
  • 1989: All Japan F3 championship
  • All Japan Touring Car championship (Ford Sierra Cosworth) – 1 win
  • 1990: All Japan Touring Car championship (Ford Sierra Cosworth)
  • Macau Guia race (Ford Sierra Cosworth)
  • New Zealand Touring Car series (Toyota)
  • 1991: All Japan F3 championship (Ralt-Mugen) – 10th overall
  • All Japan Touring Car championship (Nissan Skyline GT-R) – 5th overall
  • 1992: All Japan Touring Car championship (Nissan Skyline GT-R)
  • 1993: All Japan Touring Car championship (Taisan Nissan Skyline GT-R) – 1 win
  • Japan Endurance series (Honda Prelude) – 2nd Tsukuba 12 Hours
  • 1994: All Japan GT championship (Porsche 911T) – 1 win
  • All Japan Touring Car championship (Honda Civic)
  • Suzuka 1000 km (Porsche 911T) – 1st in class, 2nd overall
  • Le Mans 24 Hours (Honda NSX) – 18th overall
  • 1995: All Japan GT championship (Porsche911TRSR)
  • All Japan Touring Car championship (Honda Civic)
  • Suzuka 1000 km (Honda NSX) – 5th overall
  • Tokachi 12 Hours (Honda NSX) – 1st overall
  • Le Mans 24 Hours (Honda NSX) – 1st in class
  • 1996: All Japan GT championship (Honda NSX) -13th overall
  • Entered NASCAR Thunder Special race at Suzuka
  • Le Mans 24 Hours (Honda NSX) – 3rd in class
  • 1997: All Japan GT championship (Porsche 911/Dodge Viper)
  • Fuji InterTec race (Toyota Chaser)
  • Suzuka 1000 km (Lark McLaren F1 GTR) – 9th overall
  • Entered NASCAR Thunder Special race at Suzuka
  • Le Mans 24 Hours (Lark McLaren F1 GTR) – qualified 10th, retired from race
  • 1998: All Japan Touring Car championship (Toyota Chaser) – 7th overall
  • All Japan GT championship (Toyota Supra) – 8th overall
  • Le Mans 24 Hours (Toyota GT-One) –9th overall
  • NASCAR at the California Speedway.
  • 1999: Japan Touring Car Championship (Advan Altezza Touring car).
  • Le Mans 24 Hours (Toyota GT-One) – 2nd overall
  • 2000: Le Mans 24 Hours (Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S) – 8th overall
  • 2000–2003: Joined Team ARTA, racing an NSX once again in the All Japan GT championship.
  • 2004–2005: Studied in Australia to complete inter-2 course.
  • Complete JGTC/Super GT results

    (key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)


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