Drifting is the only motorsport I have never done, much less in a game. Try using a D1 spec car to start, I believe Falken and Blitz are the Tuners. I may have one of them in the collectin and do not use.
A FR is Friend Request. On your PS3 main menue to the right is Friends, go to Add Friends. Enter their name, MinionMax (me) and send. Then in GT5 you will get a Red Banner and Star at Community when there is something new, message or giftts. After the first time you will get it, it took me a bit to figure out a FR on PSN is not the same as in GT5, should be.