This last weekend I went down to Portland International Raceway for the Drift Crown series. I wanted to get in a little track time before Formula Drift Round 2 in Atlanta. I hadn't driven the car since Round 1 and PSI recently installed a one-way differential to replace the spool from last season.
Above: Spool on the left and one-way on the right.
Ialso had the chance to use my new dual brake caliper setup. It's awesome! My ebrake works much better now.
The car felt great, and the new diff is nice and grippy. Returning to PIR was a somewhat spiritual experience for me; I hadn't driven the track since 2008, and I've never had the chance to drive a powerful car on it. I did my best and people responded well to both the car and my driving.
Above: Photo courtesy of Brad Ferreira and NW Coverage.
Above: Photo courtesy of Shane Wall.
The car is currently on it's way down to Atlanta. Be sure to watch the live stream for Formula Drift Round 2, this Friday & Saturday!
Sorry for the delay, things have been really crazy lately! This year is without a doubt the biggest year of my life to date. I'm training to become a computer programmer, moving out in a few short months, getting married and starting my career as a professional drifter! This will be a year of transformation for me, in almost every sense; one for the books, and certainly one I will never forget.
Earlier this month it came time to mash the start button for 2012 with Formula Drift Round 1 in Long Beach! Here's the recap.
It was a weekend full of excitement, new cars, rampant carnage and both fresh and familiar faces everywhere you looked. I was incredibly excited to drive in my first pro event and though my anxiety ran high, much of the stress was actually gone since I already have my license; I can just drive now, without worrying about making it through to earn my license.
Going into the event I knew practice would be short and precious, but I also knew that it wouldn't do me any good to go 100% right away on a new course and risk hurting the car before getting a chance to qualify. It would be better for me to take it easy on the first pass and build up from there.
I ended up getting 3 practice runs, just enough to start getting familiar with the course. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find a solid line by the end, but I knew what to expect from the course layout and I was able to drive each section of the course respectably well.
My first qualifying pass was a 0-point run; I did fairly well until the rear end came around on the exit of the last corner, a 180° hairpin. I knew I had to keep it clean for my second pass so I could put some points down, otherwise I didn't have a chance.
I entered the first corner a bit faster than before, pushing my line out and forcing me to transfer earlier. I bobbled for a second during the transfer to avoid smashing into the Bil Baldwin "Santa" wall and had to recover with a lot of e-brake in the sweeper. Luckily I did make the required speed and was able to put up a score of 39. Normally the cutoff isn't too far above that, but with the large number of drivers this year the cutoff ended up at 61 points.
Suprisingly none of the NW drivers made it into the top 32, though the highest score among us was a respectable 57.5 by Walker Wilkerson. It's a tough course, and with little practice time it quickly becomes do or die for those who aren't venue veterans. While I didn't qualify I still had a great weekend and learned a lot, and I'll come out swinging for Round 2 at Road Atlanta!
Thanks to Speedhunters, Blat Blat Pew Pew, OMGDrift and PSI for the awesome coverage!
This Saturday is the last PARC drift event of the year! I'll be driving the White Rabbit so be sure to stop by and say hi! I've already recieved several ridealong requests so if you're interested let me know via email or Facebook and I'll see what I can do. For more event info, click here.
The above video is Hybrid's latest from the last PARC event. It was featured on the Formula Drift blog and of course the Hybrid blog! The Hybrid team will be filming this event as well, so be sure to bring it!
The 2011 season is coming to a close. The top drivers in FD are competing this weekend for the championship title, and Evergreen Drift wrapped up it's season last month. This weekend is the official send off for drifting in 2011. The stage is set at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, for Pro and newly licensed ProAm drivers alike. The ProAm National Championship event has been replaced by the inaugural ProAm All Stars, still held in tandem with Formula Drift's final round.
Although I won my Formula Drift license this year, I will not be driving at ProAm All Stars this weekend. The parts we needed were delayed and there was no way to get the car working and down to Irwindale in time for the event. I wish all competitors the best of luck and look forward to catching the action on livestream (hopefully they post a link soon, I can't seem to find it!)
Left to right: David Wheaton, Myself, Nikolay Konstantinov and David Nedelcu came together as team "Flying V" in the Biggerfoot Bash Team Tandem competition!
Our V8s roared throughout the corners as we followed each other in a tandem train.
Once we got comfortable we were able to push it and get really close. At the end of the day we took the #3 spot on the podium!
ProAm Round 5 didn't go as planned; before making a single pass my transmission gave out and both of my rear axles broke, ending the day for the White Rabbit. Though I was pretty well off in the standings, I wasn't willing to end it like that; luckily Marc Andre let me qualify with his beautiful Midnighters' S14.5!
The car felt good after a few doughnuts in the burnout area, but I wasn't going to risk Marc's ride on the bank so I only drifted the infield.
While I didn't drive Marc's car beyond qualifying, I was still able to collect enough points to finish 3rd for the season and earn my Formula Drift License!