After hearing about rookie Kory Keezer winning back-to-back events at Evergreen Speedway a few weeks back, we caught up with him to get some insight into how things are going his rookie season of Formula D.
Wrecked: Showing up to Long Beach for your first professional event had to be intimidating. What were your impressions of the event overall?
Kory Keezer: I earned my license from the Evergreen Drift series, and at the Evergreen track, the ProAm drivers compete on the same day and on the same course as the Formula D drivers, so I feel like we have an easier learning curve than some of the other series. The biggest difference with jumping into the pro ranks is that you have to be ready for anything and everything. You have to be really organized because you’re competing against well-funded programs that have been around for a long time. Long Beach was my first event and I didn’t get past qualifying, so I didn’t get the full experience just yet. I’m looking forward to Seattle to really shine and show my stuff.
Wrecked: How did the Long Beach event go for you and the team?
KK: Long Beach was so short since there is no Thursday practice, even though I walked the track, it’s not the same as driving it. The entry to turn 9 is a lot wider on camera than it feels in real life in a drift car. I don’t have a quick-change diff in my car, so I was limited on what I could do for gearing. Everything mechanically was going pretty well for me, unfortunately I crashed in practice and missed my first qualifying run because I was trying to get the car back together when it was my turn. When I did get my second qualifying run, the track conditions had changed from what I had experienced in practice and I wasn’t able to put down as good of a run as I would have if I had my initial qualifying run. That’s the way FD goes though!