D1NZ Set for Justin Pawlak and a Ford Mustang with Rattla Motorsport


The D1NZ series lost Mad Mike Whiddett to Formula Drift in 2015 but they are in the works of spicing up the series when it returns later this year. The D1NZ season is miles away with the 2015/2016 season kicking off in November at Manfeild Raceway. Driven reports he will be the first ever American to drive in D1NZ and the first Formula Drift driver (minus local Mad Mike Whiddett of course) to compete in the series. What do you think about Justin Pawlak making at least an appearance for one round of D1NZ for this upcoming season?


2015 Drift Mania Round 1 at SanAir [GALLERY]

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Everyone showed up at DMCC to watch Jeff Laflamme dominate the competition at SanAir. Several drivers performed the best we had seen in history at SanAir which proves to be a difficult course. Jeremy Glover captured all the images for us over the weekend which you can check out with the link below.

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Another Look at Formula Drift Road Atlanta [GALLERY]



Jaron Cole took on Road Atlanta for us as well to document what happened at one of the best Formula Drift events in history. The entertainment and driving value never sell short when the series rolls into Georgia. Follow the link below to comb through another excellent gallery.


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Street Driven Tour X Hyperfest 2015 [VIDEO]

The official event video from Street Driven Tour at VIR was released this morning. Dubbed as the automotive amusement park the motorsports weekend which now moved to Virginia International Raceway featured Porsche GT3 R, rally, and triple tandem ride-a-longs in addition to a wild drifting bash on Patriot Course and Top 16 competition on the Main Course! Sit back and enjoy and start making plans to attend in 2016.

2015 D1 Grand Prix Round 1 at Odaiba [GALLERY]

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Lone Star Drift Pro Am in Texas Kicks off 2015 [VIDEO]

An awesome video shot by Subject Media highlight the start of the Lone Star Drift Pro Am series out of Texas. This event takes place at Gulf Greyhound Park and shows the great level of talent in Texas coming out of the Formula Drift Pro Am series. Enjoy!

Jonathan Guitard’s Lexus SC400 for DMCC 2015

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Jeremy Glover snagged us some exclusive pictures of Jonathan Guitard’s Lexuc SC400 for DMCC 2015. Jonathan came off the 2014 season with an event victory and hopes to perform just as well this season. Who doesn’t want to cheer for a guy sponsored by Budweiser after all?

For Round 1 this weekend he qualified 5th and finished in 6th place after losing to Pat Cyr in the Great 8!

Ryan Tuerck Chasing Down Drift Alliance at Street Driven Tour [VIDEO]

We go on board with Ryan Tuerck at Street Driven Tour VIR to watch him chase Drift Alliance members Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr.  Huge thanks to DBA for helping bring Ryan Tuerck out and Subject Media Group for putting this content together! We have more content coming from this wild weekend of drifting and entertainment. Next stop on the tour is Gateway Motorsports Park on July 4th!

2015 Formula Drift Road Atlanta [GALLERY]

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Luke Munnell tackled the big Formula Drift Road Atlanta event this past weekend and brought a southern flavor and charm to the best event of 2015. Follow the link below and watch Odi Bakchis drive to his first ever event victory.


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Chris Forsberg vs. Geoff Stoneback – A Judges Perspective


This is a guest post by Formula Drift judge Ryan Lanteigne which includes his outlook and perspective on the Geoff Stoneback vs. Chris Forsberg tandem battle at Road Atlanta – 

Personally, I have a notebook with rows and columns set up for each tandem battle. The other 2 judges have their own methods, but I’m showing this one because it is easy to follow for this explanation. It looks like this:


In the example below, we have the battle between Chris Forsberg and Geoff Stoneback.
In Run 1, Chris lays down a solid lead run, hitting all of the clipping points and zones with great angle and flow throughout the course. Stoneback, in the chase position, drops a tire at inside clip 1, understeers up the hill towards outside zone 1 and straightens exiting the horseshoe, giving him a zero.


In Run 2, Geoff initiates well, drops a tire on the outside of outside zone 1, has a bobble as he approaches outside zone 2, which causes him to miss the zone, is slightly off of IC2, and finishes the rest of the course without any other issues. While Chris is following, he has much higher proximity, mimics Geoff well but drops 2 tires as he approaches the finish line, giving him a zero.


In this case, since both drivers had judgeable lead runs, but both zeroed out on their chase run, it stands to reason that we would judge the lead runs to find a winner. We are judging “apples to apples”, and it is the most fair way of settling this battle between these two drivers. We can’t ignore the two lead runs that were run cleanly without any interference.

To be fair, two drivers both having complete lead runs and zeros on their chase runs is a rare occurrence, which is why it seems like we’re straying from our usual judging procedure.
If a chase driver zeroes out, the lead driver is still expected to complete the course and will be judged on his/her performance. The chase driver spinning or crashing does not affect the lead driver in any way, which is why we require the lead to complete the course.

In the case of a driver spinning out in the lead position, we do not require the chase driver to complete the course, as this could potentially put both drivers at risk. As soon as a lead driver zeroes out in any way (spinning, hitting a wall, going off course, straightening, etc) we consider the run to be over and the chase driver will not receive a zero if he/she stops drifting.