Nobushige Kumakubo

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Nobushige Kumakubo
Nationality  Japan
Born (1970-02-10) February 10, 1970 (age 44)
Fukushima Prefecture
2014 D1 Grand Prix
Debut season 2001
Current team Team Orange
Wins 4
Championship titles
2006 2012 2
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Nobushige Kumakubo (熊久保信重 Kumakubo Nobushige?, born February 10, 1970, Fukushima Prefecture) is a drifting driver from Japan who competes in the D1 Grand Prix series and racetrack and land owner. Nicknamed Kuma, he is commonly referred to one of the pioneers of drifting.

Born to a wealthy family who owned a large portion of land in the Fukushima countryside, with the easy accessibility of the family plot, Kumakubo was able to use some of it to build and develop the Ebisu Circuit.[1]

Kumakubo also used the circuit to host numerous drifting events as well as various motorsport events. As the lead driver of Team Orange, as his car has always been orange, he started at the D1GP series in a Nissan Silvia, in 2005, whilst stumbling through the numerous rallying magazines in his office and considering that the Subaru Impreza was the car to have as many rear wheel drive cars were considered not suitable for drifting or in need of development to be considered suitable, also in a way to bring Impreza owners to his track, Kumakubo commissioned tuning company JUN Auto to build an Impreza WRX STI Impreza, significantly with a radiator on the rear passenger side.[1]

The car debuted at the Odaiba round, unlike others who switched to newer models, his performance would pay off when he was runner up at the Silverstone exhibition round and for the 2006 season, he had beaten Ken Nomura by just 1 point. Midway through the 2007 D1 series Kumakubo switched from the Impreza to an Evo 9 (built also by JUN Auto) during round 5 at Ebisu.

He has also built a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in the Team Orange livery which was on show at Tokyo Auto Saloon.

He also runs the Big X the invitation only outdoor show that combines drifting, FMX, supermoto, car stunts and other extreme sports featuring the experts from each field.

Big X's drifting squad is called DriftXtreme, which the well known drivers of the D1GP are invited to join including team mate Kazuhiro Tanaka and Naoto Suenaga.

Kumakubo is currently competing in the European Drift Championship [2] in his Subaru Impreza WRX STI. His Team Orange teammate Kazuhiro Tanaka is also competing.

Complete Drifting Results[edit]

(key)

D1 Grand Prix[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2001 Nissan Skyline HCR32 EBS
DNQ
NIK
DNQ
BHH
0
Toyota Chaser JZX100 EBS
TAN
NIK
2002 Team Orange Nissan Silvia S15 BHH
4
EBS
TAN
EBS
5
SGO
9
TKB
6
SEK
4
NIK
10
4 56
2003 Team Orange Nissan Silvia S15 TKB
1
BHH
TAN
SGO
1
FUJ
TAN
EBS
5
SEK
5
TKB
4
2 78
2004 Team Orange / Ebisu Circuit Nissan Silvia S15 IRW
4
SGO
5
EBS
5
APS
16
ODB
16
EBS
9
TKB
2
6 60
2005 Team Orange / Yuke's Subaru Impreza GDB IRW
4
ODB
TAN
SGO
10
APS
6
EBS
11
FUJ
5
TKB
3
4 55
2006 Team Orange / Yuke's Subaru Impreza GDB IRW
2
SGO
8
FUJ
3
APS
2
EBS
1
SUZ
TAN
FUJ
4
IRW
4
1 110
2007 Team Orange / Yuke's Subaru Impreza GDB EBS
1
FUJ
3
SUZ
4
SGO
2
2 99
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX CT9A EBS
8
APS
8
FUJ
3
2008 Team Orange / Yuke's Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX CT9A EBS
12
FUJ
TAN
SUZ
8
OKY
16
APS
8
EBS
FUJ
13 28
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

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Preceded by
Yasuyuki Kazama
D1 Grand Prix Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Masato Kawabata