Awano Kisaragi looking to crowdfund 2019 drift campaign and overseas race entries.

When Awano Kisaragi was a little girl, her dad worked for an airline, which helped instill a love of vehicles in the Osaka native. As she got older, though, Kisaragi’s vehicular affection shifted to cars, and after she graduated from high school, she became a race queen, as Japan calls models who work in the motorsports and automotive accessories promotion industries.

▼ Awano Kisaragi

Kisaragi still works as a spokesmodel, but that doesn’t mean that whenever you spot her at the track she’s there at the behest of some corporate sponsor. Yes, in the shot below she is posing next to a competition-spec drift car and holding up a placard with the driver’s name on it, but that driver’s name is Awano Kisaragi.

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Funcity Drift Rd.2終了❤️ なんと予選5位通過! そしてなななんと! 最終順位4位でしたあああ😍✨ 追走は雨が降ったりやんだりへんな天気だったけど最後まで楽しく走れました❤️ 今回も素敵なチーム、そしてスポンサーの方々に恵まれて最高の経験をさせて頂きました✨ 台湾のみなさん本当にありがとう🙏❤️ ・・・ I finished Funcity Drift Rd.2 at 4th✨ Thankful for my team,sponsor! aaand You! my boosters!!💪✨ 謝謝大家🙏❤️ I love Taiwan!🇹🇼 ・・・ #FuncityDrift #台湾 #台中 #TaiwanDrift #drift #driftgirl #girlswhodrift #powergirl #girldriver #racegirl #asiangirl #followme #JZX100 #markII #1JZ #tourerv #toyota #SMR #Molygreen #DUNLOP #JBT

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A few years back, Kisaragi was at a drift competition at Tsukuba Circuit, one of the Tokyo area’s premiere motorsports venues, where a drift competition was taking place, and after a day spent watching the cars slide and smoke their tires, she decided she wanted to experience the thrills from the driver’s seat. So she went out and purchased a Toyota Cresta, one of the company’s rear-wheel drive sedans, and turned it into a drift machine, and got a racing license.

▼ Kisaragi shows off her drift skills at the video’s 1:10-mark.

▼ Kisaragi’s Cresta now boasts a 2JZ engine swap.

Kisaragi made her drift debut in 2014, and in 2015 began competing in the Ladies League division of D1, Japan’s largest professional drift series. After placing eighth overall in 2016, in 2018 she moved up to the mixed-gender D1 Lights division, where she plans to compete again in the upcoming 2019 season.

A professional-grade motorsports campaign takes more than just guts and skill, though. Maintenance costs, entry fees, and travel expenses all add up, especially since Kisaragi also competes internationally, traveling to the U.S., Thailand, and Taiwan to take part in drift events and endurance races.

▼ Kisaragi poses with a 6th-place trophy after completing a 10-hour endurance race in Thailand

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10時間耐久レース完走! クラス6位で入賞しました🏁✨✨ 熱中症になったりドラシャが2回も折れたり10時間もあるとマシンにも人間にもいろいろ起きる😂 でもチームの皆さんにたくさん支えられて楽しむことが出来ました!🍀 このような素敵な経験をさせて頂いたarto Osakaの皆さん本当にありがとうございました🙏❤️ ・・・ I finished the endurance race at 6th! 600min soooo long time😂 Thank you teammate,our vehicle,arto Osaka,and Thailand🇹🇭❤️ ・・・ #thailand #changinternationalcircuit #superturbo #superendurance #superendurance600min #race #253 #toyota #altes #D3 #driftgirls #girlswhodrift

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So to help make ends meet, Kisaragi is currently holding a campaign on Japanese crowdfunding website Campfire, ahead of the D1 Lights 2019 kickoff in May. She’s seeking a total of 1.5 million yen (US$13,500), with the raised funds to be split evenly between tuning, travel, and competition entry expenses.

Backer rewards include autographs, Kisaragi merchandise such as towels and tote bags, and even invitations to thank-you meet-and-greet events. The campaign runs until the end of the week, and can be found here on Campfire.

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