Kenshiro Gushi // Ep 80 // Discovering the Winning Formula in Formula D

Welcome to Episode 80 of the Asian Hustle Network Podcast! We are very excited to have Kenshiro Gushi on this week's episode.

We interview Asian entrepreneurs around the world to amplify their voices and empower Asians to pursue their dreams and goals. We believe that each person has a message and a unique story from their entrepreneurial journey that they can share with all of us.

Check us out on Anchor, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Spotify, and more. If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a positive 5-star review. This is our opportunity to use the voices of the Asian community and share these incredible stories with the world. We release a new episode every Wednesday, so stay tuned!

Kenshiro Gushi (also known as Ken Gushi) is an international competitor in the sport of drifting. Youngest successful competitor in both the D1 Grand Prix of Japan and the Formula Drift Championships when he was 16 despite not passing his driving test at the time. Career highlights include multiple top-3 Series finishes in the Formula Drift Pro Championships, Exhibition-class win at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Toyota LBPCR Pro-Class win. Current member of the SAG union, performing on-screen stunt work for multiple automotive manufacturers.

Pro Career

Ken’s pro career took off in 2004 when Formula D had made its way to Road Atlanta. This event would be the start of what was to become the world’s biggest professional drifting series

A few weeks after Road Atlanta, Ken won the $10,000.00 Winner-Take All International Drifting Shoot-Out at the Road & Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational (30 April 2004 – 2 May 2004), part of the Mazda and Yokohama-sponsored event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at the age of 15. Here at the infamous circuit, it hosted its first-ever professional drifting competition, where 14 teams/drivers competed for the right to take home a $10,000 cash prize, the largest jackpot in drifting history in the U.S.

At 21, Ken and RS-R USA pioneered the beginning of a Pro-Drift campaign with Toyota’s Scion Racing brand. Fast forward 15 years, Ken is now a factory works-driver for Toyota Gazoo Racing.

Please check out our Patreon at @asianhustlenetwork. We want AHN to continue to be meaningful and give back to the Asian community. If you enjoy our podcast and would like to contribute to our future, we hope you’ll consider becoming a patron.

AHN supports the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 education campaign We Can Do This efforts to increase education and awareness about COVID-19 vaccines. Whether due to language barriers or lack of access to healthcare, many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders face unique challenges to getting accurate vaccine information. We hope that amplifying these resources, especially in other languages, will help reach and protect our most vulnerable communities. Please visit for more information.

Support this podcast: