What’s better than being a spectator at a drift event? Right now I’d say being media, and that’s because I haven’t gotten to drive at an event. Top Drift Round 3 was my first event shooting as media, and it was awesome!
Top Drift Round 3 was a very difficult round to cope with, for drivers, staff, and media alike. It was extremely hot, breezy, and the sun pounded spirits to a pulp all day long. The main focus seemed to be staying cool and hydrated, while driving and winning came second. The combination of heat and broken spirits had drivers jumping in their tow rigs and heading home the moment they were knocked out of competition.
Our Formula Drift Round 4 Livestream Party was amazing. Since 2013, we’ve been gathering with friends within the drifting community to watch live drifting action from events we weren’t able to attend, and we have just as much fun as being there.
We had a great time out at the 20th Annual Thunder on the Lot show. Enjoy our massive gallery of photos from the drift event! Photos by David Karey, John Cirone, and Christine Goodman.
I visited the Philippines and headed north of Manila to Air Force City in Pampanga, the home of Clark International Speedway. My friends from Autocraft Drift Team, together with Norman Agojo, Audel Sison and Bryan Revilla, joined me for a fun day of drifting.
Vegas ProAm has held 2 of their rounds on the outside road course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year. At this track, there’s not much one can do about the layout to keep the action close to the spectators and pits, except run the previous competition course backwards. Round 4 Vegas ProAm was an exception, because LVMS had repaved the entire track just days before drifting was scheduled. This gave Nick Dizon of Vegas Drift an opportunity to throw routine out the window, and design a layout that was guaranteed to make drivers reconsider their style and techniques.
With all the crazy running around with Formula Drift and hitting Vegas ProAm every round, we were excited and felt a little refreshment when we kept it at home this past weekend with our home series, Top Drift at Willow Springs Raceway. Top Drift Round 2 on Horsethief Mile is likely the favorite round for regulars to drive, due to the track choice being extremely popular because of its fun and technical nature. It is however, not a beginner friendly track, so we knew drivers would have to drive hard and smart to advance into a winning position at this round.
Motiva Speedway hosted the third round of the NM Drift Series in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 24th. Drivers of all skill levels attended for seat time on the skid pad and main course, and for those wanting to go door-to-door the night ended with a random tandem competition with a cash prize for each battle rather than the traditional bracket structure.
Streetwise Drift officially started their Pro-Am season at Gresham Motorsports Park just one day after the completion of Formula Drift Round 2 at Road Atlanta.
The qualifying results of round 2 promised to make the evening of competition a great one. Between the weather conditions, change in track surface, and the level of competition this year, we knew it was going to be an incredible event… not to mention this is one of our favorite tracks on the Formula Drift circuit.