2013 Formula Drift / Drifting Year in Review with Wrecked Magazine Staff [VIDEO]

We gathered the Wrecked Magazine staff (Jacob Leveton and Rathyna Gomer) for a Google+ Hangout with some special guests to look back at the whole 2013 season of drifting. We brought on two special guests for the episode including Justin Banner (MotoIQ.com / Mackin Industries) and Brian Eggert (Formula Drift Judge / US Drift Founder / Pro Am Founder) for the show. In just over one hour we cover the big 6 topics below along with giving some inside scoops on potential Formula Drift formatting changes and analyzing the Pro 2 series. The following drivers all got rewards/mentions in our video: Vaughn Gittin Jr., Danny George, Pat Goodin, Chelsea DeNofa, Darren McNamara, Chris Forsberg, Michael Essa, Conrad Grunewald, Walker Wilkerson, Corey Hosford, Patrick Mordaunt, Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Nate Hamilton, Geoff Stoneback, Rapper Dan Savage, Mike Pollard, and Dan Brockett. Here are the six categories we focused on:

Most Improved in 2013
Most memorable tandem battle 2013
Biggest letdown/disappointment of 2013
Driver of the Year 2013
Best Up and Comer for 2014
Hopes for 2014

I attended my first drift event at Road Atlanta in 2005 while shooting for Import Racer Magazine (RIP). Since then I have produced drift content for PAS Magazine, Modified Magazine, Drifting Magazine (RIP), and many more publications. I was the producer of the movie Slide America and then helped found this website in 2007.


  1. AceSTR says:

    The jam session for qualifying is a great idea. They should just do that for all the drivers not just who ever is left over from the top 20 seeded drivers. 1. Its way more tandem seat time for all the drivers. 2. If a driver is gonna spend all that money to run FD they would rather have the jam seasion then single qual to become a better driver. You only get better by driving with people better then you, not yourself. .They keep saying they wanna make the show faster and on a smaller time frame. When I drive all the way to ATL, NJ and FL I don’t wanna see a 2hr show. I wanna see as much drifting (tandem) as they can have.

  2. Chris says:

    Jam session, double elimination, tons more tandem. Awesome ideas!

  3. Blaze1 says:

    I’ve been saying FD should go to Jam Session format for years. I would like to see a lot of drifting to but if we can speed it up with the same amount of action that would be great. A 10 hour day ib FD still only has a hour of drifting if you put it all together….maybe less.

  4. reality says:

    @ ACE you need to realize that Formula Drift is not for learning. It is for the the best drivers in the world whom have already “learned” to battle it out. It’s really annoying seeing the mindset that FD is for practice or to get better.

    Not saying that more tandem or a Jam session is a bad Idea, I would love to watch that rather then individual runs.

  5. 1Blaze says:

    Blaze1…..nobody cares or values your opinions on drifting.

  6. Blaze1 says:

    Well you care enough to make up a fake name to come on here and say it. I’m doing something right then.

  7. AceSTR says:

    @ reality idk what u mean by that. Your saying Corey hosford, Nate hamilton, Danny G, etc etc are all as best as there gonna get? No they need tandem practice with better drivers. Isnt that the point of running FD? To become a better driver and try to take the top spot. Obviously with the jam session that will help the new comers/drivers that haven’t clicked yet to be able to get WAY more tandem time and not worry all weekend about a dumb single quality run. Once they become better at tandem they’ll make it in the show.

  8. Danny George says:

    Progression comes from seat time. Seat time still costs a lot of money on top of spending all of it going around the country with FD already. As it is now specially how all emphasis is on just qualifying(as a 1 or 2 year driver) ghe whole thursday/friday practice is at least for myself very concerned with getting a qualifying line solid. If you don’t qual then most get little to 0 real tandem(also without a real proper car you get left by the great drivers who have ideal setups and way more grip then us noobs). Make top32 and you get about 10-15 tandem before top32 comp. half of which are mandated to lead which doesn’t help the tandem skills much.

  9. Danny George says:

    FD might not be for learning but the greatest part of Drift is you can build a car in your garage with off the shelf parts and become a professional(per say) very quickly. The ease of getting a license might be the downside to why myself along with others come into FD not ready. But if you can make it happen you will grow quickly as a driver/team and can start to hang with the big boys.

    With all the variables out there you still have that chance to Win. Money or straight skill can’t guarantee victory as with almost all other motorsports. It’s very much a team effort in all areas. That is why I chose to participate in this beautiful motorsport.

    P.s Thanks interviewees for the mentions throughout the video!! Glad our attitude and passion show out there