The day after Round 2 of Formula Drift at Road Atlanta, Streetwise Drift held their first Pro Am event of the year. The event was held right down the street at Greshman Motorsports Park. Greshman is a half mile oval track, with 12 degree banks. The park also has a smaller quarter mile flat oval inside of the larger track. This combination makes it a great location for awesome drift course layouts. Being the day after Road Atlanta, many pro drivers were in attendance. Danny George was a guest judge, Chelsea DeNofa was spotting for Kelsey Rowlings, and both Pat Goodin and Vaughn Gittin also attended the event. By mid morning you could tell that this was going to be an outstanding day of drifting!
As with any oval track with a very high bank, the day was filled with high speed, very hard crashes. Johan Munoz was a little too aggressive in practice, and took it hard into the wall. He completely tore the front right suspension off of his car, as he elevated off of the pavement. Before the accident he was one of the better looking drivers. It will be interesting to see how he recovers for the rest of the season.
One of the crowd favorites, Jonathan Nerren, was also a victim of the bank wall. Before the wreck he looked fantastic in his Magnuson Supercharged ls7 s14. Later Jonathan said, “After the wreck is what truly amazed me. My crew as well as quite a few other fellow drifters, got my car fixed and ready to qualify with the exception of one [axle]. It is great to have such a driven crew, family, and friends . My man Vaughn Gittin Jr was even getting his hands dirty. His passion and support for the sport is second to none. Thank you to all who were involved. Ready for Round 2.” The speed at which his crew got the car back together was faster than any Pro Am team I have seen before! Jonathan is definitely a guy to watch out for this year.