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#TUNERTHURSDAY: GIRLS THAT DRIFT! FIRM400 INTERVIEWS JDM SPORT SPONSORED FEMALE DRIFT GIRLS STEPHANIE RODRIGUEZ, DENISE LLAMAS, & MELISSA MILLER!!

Written By Claim Ho

After having a successful run at this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas, JDM Sport is already in full swing for their 2016 schedule of events. Whether if the brand is at the next car show or even on the track, the JDM Sport Nation of enthusiasts continues to grow within every facet of the Japanese tuner and lifestyle car culture. Each and every one of JDM Sport's performance products goes through intense inspection and vigorous testing until it is up to the highest of quality to put into market for consumers. That is where their continued testing of JDM Sport performance products on the track is being reinforced with their knowledgeable team of drivers. Now with the addition of sponsored female drivers Denise Llamas and Stephanie Rodriguez, the JDM Sport brand expands its footprint even further into the world of drifting motorsports.

It was only a few years ago at the SEMA Show that JDM Sport unveiled their 32-Way adjustable coilover systems into the market having been given great reviews from tuner enthusiasts within the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ communities as well as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe platforms; expanding into over 200+ applications for the suspension line. JDM Sport sponsored female driver Melissa Miller has been vigorously testing JDM Sport's 32-Way adjustable coilovers at the Auto Club/Irwindale Speedways this year in her Nissan 350z. From road racing to drifting and drift demos for the public, JDM Sport suspension continues to improve over time.

Not only has their suspension have gotten great reviews but also improvements to their turbo chargers, and steering wheels have undergone performance testing the past few years. Their forged aluminum and neo-chrome steel lug nuts have also proven its performance on the track. Brendan Garvey from CamArt in Arizona has seen performance results firsthand using JDM Sport's aluminum lug nuts on his Toyota AE86 build at NASA events. Sponsored Formula Drift driver Forrest Wang has had much success with JDM Sport's neo-chrome steel lug nuts qualifying within every round and finishing in the top 5 of the Formula D circuit in his 2JZ powered Nissan S14 build. JDM Sport is excited and thrilled to have the addition of Stephanie and Denise added to their roster of drivers.

It is with their team's knowledge, passion, experience, and feedback that will help JDM Sport develop quality performance products for tuners to enjoy while on the road or on the track! Included in this feature is our catch up interviews with JDM Sport's new sponsored female drivers Stephanie Rodriguez and Denise Llamas. We also had the chance to catch up with our good friend Melissa Miller for some updates! She has recently announced that herself, Denise and Stephanie have formulated their own team of drivers! This triple threat of drift girls call themselves "TriAngle" and we are excited to hear more about these talented females who have so much love for the car culture. They are truly an inspiration for females looking to get into motorsports as JDM Sport is thrilled to have them be a part of the family! Checkout our featured interviews with the tuner girls of JDM Sport!

Name: Stephanie Rodriguez

City: Panorama City, California

Where are you originally from? I was born in LA but my parents are from El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Date of Birth: August 2

Horoscope Sign: Leo

Favorite Color: Pink

Car: Nissan 240sx (Coupe)

Mods: SR20det, JDM Sport 32-Way Adjustable Coilovers, JDM Sport T-25 Turbo Charger, JDM Sport Steering Wheel, JDM Sport Shift Knob, JDM Sport Hydraulic E-Brake, VoodooS13 front tension arms, Enkei Wheels, Roll Cage, Custom Front Hella Projectors, Sparco Seat.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StephanieDrifts

Instagram: @StephanieDrifts

When did you start getting into cars? I got into cars when I was 16.

How did you get into drifting? I got into drifting right after I saw my friend do a donut in a parking lot in 2008.

What do you love most about Drifting? I love the adrenaline and the happiness Drifting gives me.

What is your dream car? My dream car is a Pink 240sx.

How do you like the car scene here in Southern California? I have never really been exposed to any other car scene other than the one in Southern California so because I don't have anything to compare it to I am going to say I love it.

What are your future plans? I would eventually love to have the opportunity to compete professionally in the Drifting world. For now, I will continue to focus on competing, learn as much as I can and just have fun with my car.

Describe to us what would be your ideal first date: Formula Drift Irwindale.

All guys like girls who love cars! What do you look for in a guy? A Guy who loves cars!

What advice would you give to aspiring tuner girls? The advice I would give aspiring tuner girls is to just have fun. As long as you're doing something you love, everything else will fall into place.

Any shout outs?

I would like to thank JDM Sport for being an amazing sponsor. Also, Jim, for always cheering me from the stands.

(Pictures Brought To You By Stephanie Rodriguez On Instagram: @StephanieDrifts)

Name: Denise Llamas

City: Rowland Heights, California

Where are you originally from? Culver City

Date of Birth: 4/20

Horoscope Sign: Aries

Favorite Color: Red

Car: 1995 Nissan 240sx

Mods: KA24DE-T, Godspeed GT28 Turbo, Full Godspeed Suspension, Enkei Wheels, Falken Tires, JDM Sport Steering Wheel, JDM Sport Shift Knob, JDM Sport Hydraulic E-Brake, JDM Sport Performance Gauges, JDM Sport Neo-Chrome Steel Performance Lug Nuts, Megan Racing Turbo Manifold, Tanabe Catback Exhaust, 850cc Injectors, Adaptronics Stand Alone Computer, Purol Lubricants 20w50 oil, Sonicmotor Bucket Seat, Rene Motorsports Roll Cage

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/driftergirl

Instagram: @doridet

When did you start getting into cars? I started getting into cars when I was a little girl. My dad was a mechanic and my mom used to do circuit racing so I've always been around cars and racing.

How did you get into drifting? I met my friend Chuck, he was the one who inspired me to start drifting.

What do you like most about drifting? It's the one time that I am completely at ease and happy.

What was your first car? My first car was a 1995 Honda Civic.

What is your dream car? My dream car is an S15! One day...

How do you like the car scene here in Southern California? I love it because I feel like there are a lot of car related events of all sorts here from races to car shows.

What are your future plans? The main goal would be to hopefully compete in Formula D and do more demos and maybe even some stunt driving for shows and movies.

Describe to us what would be your ideal first date: Perhaps something that involves the beach and driving. Then maybe a picnic by the beach? That would be awesome!

What do you look for in a guy? Someone who can make me laugh, someone who is nice but knows when he needs to be stern with me. Someone I can have fun with and do car things with.

What advice would you give to aspiring tuner girls? Don't be scared! Remember, you're doing what you love and that's all that matters!

Any shout outs?

Big shout out to the Nismo shop, Godspeed, Enkei Wheels, Garage Life, Purol Lubricants, Team All Stars, DJ Safety, Falken Tires, Indotech Motorsports, Adaptronics, 626Drift, JDM Sport, WhatMonstersDo.com, Drew Diesel <3

Name: Melissa Miller
City: San Diego, California
Where are you originally from? North St Paul MN and Tucson AZ.
Date of Birth: 1-22-87
Horoscope Sign: Aquarius
Favorite Color: Rainbow Prism
Car: 1991 300zx Twin Turbo Drift car and 2008 Nissan 350z back up drift car
Mods: 300zx; Engine built by EPRacing, Carillo Rods, CP Pistons, Haltech ECU, Z1 BA inter coolers and 3 inch piping, 3 inch turbo back exhaust (PG from Z1), JDM Sport coilovers and steering wheel, JWT valve springs, clutch masters 6 puck clutch, Lightened flywheel, 300Degree fuel rail, Nismo 740cc injectors, Drag Wheels, roll cage by Discombobulated Motorsports, Sparco Corsa seat... So many things I can't remember them all
350z; welded diff, Jdm Sport coilovers, JdmSport steering wheel, and Drag Wheels
Instagram: @melissadrifts
Twitter: @melissadrifts
Snapchat: @melissadrifts
When did you start getting into cars? When I was 3 and I would sit on my dads lap in his 80's turbo Z and he would teach me to shift gears and steer the car... In our neighborhood.
How did you get into drifting? Drag racing got boring
What do you like most about drifting? The fact that you are always evolving your techniques. 
What was your first car? 1998 Nissan Maxima. 5 speed. Underglow. It was pimp.
What is your dream car? 1970's Porsche 911.
How do you like the car scene here in Southern California? Honestly I don't like it as much as events on the east coast. I'm glad to be part of the scene in SoCal, but I feel more a sense of community outside of here. Don't get me wrong, I have my car friends and my drift girls here and we are like a little community, but outside of people you already know-it's hard to make friends because everyone is into what they are doing and don't say hi. 
What are your future plans? Get the Z32 running for a complete season without issue and drift the shit out of it. 
Describe to us what would be your ideal first date: Private track day. 
All guys like girls who love cars! What do you look for in a guy? Someone who can let me be me and not be the jealous type. 
What advice would you give to aspiring tuner girls? Stick with it. Whatever it is. If you keep changing your mind on what you want it doesn't give you much credibility. Don't do it for the guys do it for you. 
Any shout outs?
JDM Sport. Firm400. ConceptZ Performance,  Courtesy Nissan, CourtesyParts.com, Daytona Racing Japan, Clutch Masters, EP Racing, AEM Electronics, Motul North America, Z1 Motorsports, 300 Degree, ZSpec, Drag Wheels. Pizza.

Thank You Ladies For Your Time & Special Thanks To Stephanie & Melissa For Supporting Us At SEMA!!

SEE YOU NEXT SEASON!!

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