Japanese ‘Race Queen’ Model Crowdfunds To Compete Against Professional Drifters

Meet Awano Kisaragi, a motorsports model who became a professional drifter who launched a campaign to help crowdfund her race entries, maintenance for her car and travel expenses.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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レース活動応援プロジェクト! クラウドファンディング開催中🔥 3月17日(日)まで プロフィールのリンクから飛べるよ🙌✨ ご支援ご協力よろしくお願いします🥰❤️❤️ https://camp-fire.jp/projects/view/107925 ・・・ Crowdfunding for D1 Lights 2019! I’m preparing for send to overseas too✈️✨ Please check link in my bio❤️ ・・・ #クラウドファンディング #女性プロドライバー #粟野如月 #レース活動 #応援プロジェクト #ドリフト #D1Lights #D1GPpro2 #JZX100 #cresta #2JZ #tourerv #toyota #driftgirl #driftlife #driftfamily #girldriver #driftland #JDM #racegirl #womeninmotorsport #crowdfunding #CAMPFIRE #followme #girl #fight #carlife #itsmylife #drift #race

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Kisaragi entered the motorsports and automotive accessories promotion industries after her high school graduation, according to SoraNews24.

A few years later, she decided to take up the sport after spending a day watching the racers slide and smoke their tires at a drift competition at Tsukuba Circuit.

Determined to pursue her dream, Kisaragi purchased a Toyota Cresta and turned it into a drifting car. After that, she applied and got her racing license.

Despite being a professional drifter, Kisaragi continues to work as a spokesmodel. However, she is not always at racing events promoting accessories.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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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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Kisaragi made her debut in the drifting scene in 2014 and began competing in the Ladies League division of D1 in 2015. She then moved up to the mixed-gender D1 Lights division in 2018 after placing eighth in 2016. She plans to compete again in the 2019 season in May.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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国内も海外も、そして他ジャンルも 今年はいままで以上にどんどんいろんなことに挑戦していきたい🌎❤️ いつも応援してくれる家族やチーム、そして如月ブースターズのみんなに感謝🙏✨✨ ・・・ I wanna challenge more new world! Thankful for your warm support❤️ I love motorsports🚘❤️ ・・・ #motorsports #love #mylife #ilovemyjob #drift #race #timeattack #rally #womeninmotorsport #motorsportwoman #driftgirl #girldriver #girldrifter #racegirl #JZX100 #cresta #2JZ #tourerv #JDM #keepdriftingfun #driftlove #driftfamily #driftland #japgirl #🇯🇵 #followme

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Despite having all of her plans laid out, racing can be demanding, especially given that Kisaragi competes not only domestically, but also overseas in the United States, Thailand and Taiwan.

She is currently running a crowdfunding campaign via Campfire to raise 1.5 million yen ($13,500) to help her with maintenance, entry fees and travel expenses when competing in other countries. The campaign will reportedly run until the end of the week.

Those who support the campaign can expect rewards such as autographs, Kisaragi merchandise towels and tote bags, and an invitation to thank-you meet-and-greet events.

The campaign has raised more than 755,000 yen ($6,782.92) so far.

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