Smiley Sakai (スマイリー 酒井, Sumairī Sakai), or just simply Sakai (酒井, Sakai) is a student of the Todo School and one of Daiki's friends and drives an Integra Type R DC2, equipped with an aftermarket turbocharger. Sakai races against Keisuke Takahashi of Project D in a hillclimb battle.

He uses two techniques to race, first, using high speeds to enter a corner to get the other person to do the same, then correcting his speed during the turn. The other trick is to feint brake his opponent, forcing them to back off while he speeds away. His face tenses up when he is racing to make him look like he is smiling, hence his nickname, Smiley Sakai.

Judging by the way that Daiki refers to him with the honorific san (Sakai-san), it can be inferred that Smiley is a senior student of the Todo School, and probably the reason why he knows much of Todo's experiences in racing, especially the school's rivalry with Purple Shadow and their top racers.

Vehicle used[edit | edit source]

Car Honda Integra Type R (DC2)
Year 1998
Plate 32-094, classification 55, 5-806 classification 58 (Initial D Arcade Stage Zero)
Body Color Championship White
Custom Parts Spoon Carbon Bonnet, SSR Type V wheels (black), aftermarket turbocharger, Todo School Original Muffler, Advan Non-Reflective Fender Sticker

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "Smiley" is not his actual first name, rather it is a nickname given to him for his somewhat-relaxed, tense nature when racing. Because of this, his first name is unknown.

Navigation[edit | edit source]

Initial D Characters
Project D Takumi FujiwaraKeisuke TakahashiRyosuke Takahashi
Akina SpeedStars Koichiro IketaniKenjiItsuki Takeuchi
Akagi RedSuns Kenta NakamuraKeisuke TakahashiRyosuke Takahashi
Myogi NightKids MiyaharaTakeshi NakazatoShingo Shoji
Impact Blue Mako SatoSayuki
Emperor Seiji IwakiRen NogamiSatakeKyoichi Sudo
Seven Star Leaf Atsuro KawaiShinichiToru Suetsugu
The Todo School Daiki NinomiyaSmiley SakaiTomoyuki TachiTodo
Northern Saitama Alliance Nobuhiko AkiyamaWataru AkiyamaKyoko IwaseSakamoto
Tsuchisaka Lan Evo Team/
Men in Evos
Aikawa/Man of Lan Evo V/Kuro WaruIchijo/Man of Lan Evo VI/Kuro Waru
Purple Shadow Kozo HoshinoDr. Toshiya Joshima
Team 246 Satoshi OmiyaKobayakawa
R.T. Katagiri S.V. Kai KogashiwaHideo Minagawa
Team Spiral Ryuji IkedaJunichi SakamotoHiroya Okuyama
Sidewinder Go HojoRin HojoShinji Inui
Other Characters Kazumi AkiyamaKazumi's Ex-BoyfriendThe Altezza GuysAmadaFake Project DBunta FujiwaraFumihiroMrs. IketaniItsuki's ParentsMrs. InuiKaoriKen KogashiwaEiji KuboKyoko's FriendShuichi MatsumotoMikiNatsuki MogiNaoOld ManPapaShiraishiMasashi SuzukiYuichi TachibanaTomiguchiTomokoTsugumiTsukamotoTwo Guys From TokyoMika Uehara
Non-Manga MamoruKatsuragi MikaSaoriShigeruEikichi Shimamura
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