2013 Formula Drift Rulebook – The Passing Rule Gets an Update

The 2013 rulebook had five major changes and passing is the final link in these changes. This last one refers to passing which had a few errors in judgement or result over the 2012 season in my opinion. The Tyler McQuarrie and Joon Maeng debacle at Road Atlanta comes to mind as a poor use of the old passing rules. Below you can see the improvement in the rulebook and a quote from Andy Yen.

Updated verbiage on passing.
Formula DRIFT has adjusted the passing verbiage in the rulebook to make it more broad and open. The purpose of this will be to give drivers a chance to attack a lead driver who is making noticeable mistakes and also for the public to be more deeply engaged in the competition.

Passing is allowed in Formula DRIFT. Passing is allowed anywhere on course as long as the lead car is clearly off the line the judges have specified. Any passing that occurs outside the scope of the aforementioned criteria will be deemed illegal and constitute an equivalence to a zero (0) run.

“We made these changes to make judging specific criteria less ambiguous and more defined, which will keep us accountable for consistency,” said Andy Yen, judge for Formula DRIFT. “The new changes will help define the judging without sacrificing the essence of drifting, subjectivity.”


  1. Mike Peters says:

    So I’m allowed to pass Tony anywhere on the course now?

  2. Mike Peters says:


  3. Mike Peters says:

    Im gonna RAGE in my El Camino!!!! Gut, thong and sideburns are coming too!!

  4. The Artist formerly known as Mike Peters says:

    what happens if the chase car goes to pass the lead car whilst it is on line, and the lead car then gets back on line and there is contact, who would get punished in this instance?

    the chase car for going for the overtake or the lead car for going off line?

  5. lifer says:

    This is a smart change.
    It will happen at some point this coming season. How deliberate the collision was caused by either driver fighting during the pass will probably be one of those situations that will be delt with when it happens. Lead driver knows the risk after losing the line so bad it opens a pass. Trying to get back in the lead line runs a greater risk than getting passed if the follow car was on his door riding the correct line IMO.

  6. Mike Peters says:

    Mike Peters,

    In order for your TA question to be valid, Tony would first have to qualify in the top 32. With the new 0 rules, I think we all know that won’t be happening.


  7. Mike Peters says:

    Artist formerly known as Mike Peters,

    Mike Peters is smart enough to know the answer to that question. It’s pretty common sense. This is why the judging at the local Lone Star Drift events never made any sense to him, or at least that is what I’ve heard.

  8. SamuraiSam says:

    So does this make Tyler McQuarrie’s pass of Joon Maeng in Atlanta legal?

  9. rotarypower says:

    Lol please this rule would only apply to the handful of drivers cause the rest are so fearful of making simple mistakes that would cost them moving on.they wouldn’t even dare to try to overtake the lead cat

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  11. Taylor says:

    So we can expect Daigo to this to JTP and Grunewald

    Skip to 1:30

  12. Wrecked Magazine says:

    @SamuraiSam As far as I can tell it would of made the McQuarrie pass legal.

    Here is the video in question set to the run we are referencing between Joon Maeng and Tyler McQuarrie at Road Atlanta below.


  13. Listenclose says:

    So does this mean that the chase car doesn’t have to mirror the lead cars shitty line anymore?

  14. lifer says:

    They still have to go the designated line given at the drivers meeting. It is when a lead car goes so far outside of said line, anywhere on the course, that leaves an obvious opening, then the follow car can pass and not have to follow the lead car as a moving clipping point. The Tyler vs Maeng is a perfect example of that situation. I think you are thinking of the D1 style tandem we used to see where attacking the position with no designated line but rather a point A to B battle was more prevelant than following a slotted line style of tandem.

  15. Brian says:

    this is super rad! i don`t understand why this hasn`t always been allowed