I’m not going to lie. It’s been a hard year. There have been some technical difficulties, and drifting (as I’ve always known) is not easy. But now we’re at the last goddam round. Crazy thing is, I can win the North American Rally Championship. I can podium at any rally. I can medal at the X Games. I can even give the gears to the Europeans on high-spec Rallycross. But drift has eluded me so far.

No longer. We have new engine management in the Viper, thanks to AEM. The nose is stiffened. OK, it’s not a car for high-angle work, but it does have good torque, and let’s face it, I should be able to make it work. So this weekend at Irwindale, here’s the strategy:

Flat out, flat out, flat out, flat out…

It’s always hard driving someone else’s car. But we’re racers here, and the cars are tools. So let’s see what happens. As Tony Angelo once told me: “the cool thing about drifting is drifting.”

That’s it. Let’s destroy some BFGs.