XDC reached out to us to so they can cover issues with the staff and driver debt. I spoke with Mike Collins who is the new chief steward at XDC on the phone this week and he seems like he has the drivers in mind and a good focus on the right topics. Here are some issues they addressed from the corporate office of XDC.
As Brian Eggert moves from XDC to become the third judge for Formula Drift, Mike Collins will step into his role as Competition Director. Mike Collins has been the Chief Steward of XDC since its inception and has been involved with drifting since 2001 with US Drift as Chief Steward and Event Director putting on events in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as a national series. With over 10 years of experience in managing drift events and being deeply rooted in the grassroots drifting scene he will be able to step into this new role and help XDC continue to grow as a national series. When asked about the his new role and the direction he would like the series to go in, he had this to say;
“I am excited to fill this role as Brian moves on to his new position and I am looking forward to taking the same drift staff from last year, with a couple new additions, and moving the series forward. We want this series to be a place that gives drivers the opportunity to compete on a national level against a highly skilled field without having to have a major sponsorship and not losing the grassroots feel of their local drift event. The series is still growing and learning from mistakes but we have a good base and we will take the experience from the past two years and make this series into a place where drivers want to be and can highlight their skills.”
Filling Mike’s role as Chief Steward will be Tim Johnsrud who has been the Technical Director for XDC.
Keeping things consistent all three judges from last year will be returning; Chris Forsberg , Matt Petty, and Mike Schneider.
Also, joining the staff is John Wagner and Dan Summers, both have extensive experience in the drifting scene on the East Coast with Club Loose and LookOut Drift. They both will be serving as support staff at the events, with John also filling the role as the back up judge in the case of one of the three primary judges is unable to attend the event.
Going into the 2012 season there were issues from the 2011 season that would need to be taken care as quick as possible. The company headed by David Lane, XDC Events, now has no part in the Xtreme Drift Circuit. The series is now under new management and also will be getting help from Hot Import Nights (HIN). The new management is striving to make sure all the drivers are satisfied with the series as a whole and that they will continue to run in the series. Just as before the first event in Arizona a lot of hard work was put in to make sure drivers in that region that may have had a bad taste in their mouth from the previous year were contacted and a plan was put in place to make sure they continued to attend the events. Just as this was done before Arizona the same will be done before Orlando with the drivers from the east region and we hope that all the drivers are satisfied with the efforts put forth and continue to run in the series just as the drivers from the west coast have continued to do. The drivers are what make this series great and we want to make sure that they are taken care of and continue put on some of the best drifting competitions to date.