Formula D Pro Am

A Sit Down with Nate Hamilton After His Second Formula Drift Season

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Joey Redmond – What did you learn being a second season Formula Drift driver?
Nate Hamilton: Well, I think that round one thru round seven, every track and every lap, things happen so quickly. Formula Drift is a very fast pace sport. My skateboarding mind wants to describe it as a stair set with not much run up. ha You have to be focused. Then when you think your focused there is always room to improve. The most important lesson I took home from the 2014 season would simply be, to run each lap “my way” and not compare myself to everyone and get caught up in everyone else’s driving. I think its easy to ruin a practice session by not being focused, by that time you effect qualifying and before you know it the event is over. Stay Focused.

JR – Can you tell us about your engine package/setup in the Nissan 240sx?
NH: 2014 I ran a 490hp LS motor, built in Texas. It was extra difficult to keep up with the grip and smoke levels Formula Drift Demands. Looking forwards our chassis is on the way to Enjuku Racing for some REAL power. I will keep Wrecked updated!
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JR- Why have you opted to stick with the Nissan 240sx chassis platform in Formula Drift?
NH: Honestly, I would love to drive another chassis. I think a 350/370 or even a FRS would be exciting to pull up to the line. Formula Drift will force you to account for every dollar and every penny spent. This is simply the nature of a competitive sport. As a young guy in the sport building a program with my Dad, we simple don’t have the resources to move away from our Nissan package at the moment. Until we reach the next level I enjoy tossing a S13 around. Its CLASSIC.

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2014/5 Three Palms Drift Pro Am Round 1 [RESULTS]

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The newest Formula Drift Pro Am series kicked off today in southwestern Florida which will help get the last Pro 2 licenses issued for the 2015 season. Familiar names such as Pat Goodin and Brian Eggert were in attendance to help make the first event happen. Here is the podium finish:

1. Fello Ambivero
2. Kelsey Rowlings
3. Brandon McDowell

2015 Just Drift – Southern California [SCHEDULE]

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The 2015 Just Drift schedule has arrived just before the holiday season! The schedule packs events every single month of the year to keep Southern California Pro Am and drift fans/drivers entertained. All the events take place at Willow Springs but offers a variety of courses to finish off the year. Below is a complete schedule:

 

2015 Just Drift/Top Drift Schedule
FEB 21-22 – JUSTDRIFT Clinic – Saturday Balcony and Saturday/Sunday Horse Thief Mile
MAR 28-29 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 1 – Balcony Saturday/Sunday
APR 25-26 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 1 – Balcony
MAY 23-24 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 2 – HTM Saturday/Sunday
JUN 13-14 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 2 – HTM
JUN – 19-20 TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 3 – Walt James Oval
JUL 17-18 – TOPDRIFT Limited Round 3 – Willow Speedway Night
AUG 9 – MEGAN RACING/JUSTDRIFT ATTACK! – Streets of Willow
AUG 28-29 – TOPDRIFT Formula D Pro Am Round 4 – Willow Speedway Night Drift
SEP 26-27 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC Balcony Saturday/Sunday – Horse Thief Mile
OCT 17-18 – All-Star Bash 15 Streets of Willow + Horse Thief Mile Saturday/Sunday
NOV 21-22 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC/TOYDRIFT 1 Balcony
DEC 12-13 – JUSTDRIFT CLINIC/TOYDRIFT 2 Balcony

Three Palms Drift – New Formula Drift Pro Am Kicks Off Next Week

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The newest Pro Am sanctioning body and series found in Southeastern Florida is set to start next weekend in-between the big holidays. The pro class payout is set at $10,000 for first and works its way down to $1,000 for fourth. This Pro Am series will be issuing licenses for Pro 2 after the March 21st round closing out this winter drift season so check it out if you are a driver looking to step up into Pro 2 in the southeast. All events take place at Three Palms Raceway.

2014 Midwest Drift Union Round 5 in St. Louis [RESULTS]

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The 2014 Midwest Drift Union season wrapped up this weekend in St. Louis with Mike Feiock taking home a win in his clean RX-8. Gateway International Raceway is one of the best Pro Am circuits you can find in America to run an event on. Here is how Round 5 and the 2014 season wrapped up:

Round 5
1st Mike Feiock
2nd Brian Peter
3rd Mike O’Mara

2014 Season
1st Brian Peter
2nd Rolando Alfaro
2nd Dan Sommer
4th Mike Feiock
5th Steve Topping

Formula Drift 2015 Rulebook Changes – Seats Now Require “Halo style” Top

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We got a hold of the 2015 Formula Drift technical rulebook this morning which looks to be mostly the same as last season with some small tweaks. We have been digging into the rules today and ignoring the advertisements (yes, they added advertisements to the rulebook) as we combed through the technical regulations. One noted change in the rulebook has to do with seats. Below we have a full listing of the 8.4 seat rule found in the new rulebook. Do note that drivers will all have halo style tops, seen in the photo above, to protect drivers from side impact. Please drop us a note in the comments or via our contact page to let us know of any other rule changes you catch!

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Faruk Kugay – A Pro Am Drift Journey [VIDEO]

Tune in and watch a great drifter documentary on Faruk Kugay who does battle at Golden Gate Drift Round 4 to secure his Formula Drift Pro 2 license. Faruk Kugay sold everything he owned to build a S14 Nissan 240sx with a 1JZ engine. He then finished second in the GGD Formula Drift Pro Am sanctioning series for 2014. Follow the journey of a drifter who is risking it all to make it into the big show of Formula Drift one day!

Formula Drift Pro Am Adds Three Palms in Florida

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A new Pro Am organization was announced this week found in Florida just north of Fort Myers on the Gulf side of the state. The Pro Am series will get three licenses for the new season and feature all the races at Three Palms Speedway. Here is a Facebook group if you want to keep up with news but it seems like they have an event coming in November to kick this all off.

2014 US Drift Round 4 at Virginia International Raceway [RESULTS]

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US Drift wraps up this weekend with a big double round finale at Virginia International Raceway. The first event was Round 4 of the series which saw some great tandem battles turning into a wild podium. Here is how they finished:

1st. Jim Bissey
2nd. Steve Angerman
3rd. Jonathan Nerren
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Kil-Kare Raceway Closes Doors Right Packed Street Life Tour

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I made the trek a few weeks ago out to Xenia, Ohio to enjoy one awesome Street Life Tour x US Drift weekend. The event easily packed out 5,000+ fans and packed out all the grandstands at the oval track and drag strip for this big event. Just days after the whole venue was packed out for a great race day the track seems to of closed down. The track posted this statement below on its website -

 

“October 3, 2014 – Kil-Kare is being shuddered today. The racing activities for the rest of the season are cancelled. This includes all Test and Tunes, as well as Saturday points chase racing. The points chase stops where it is at. There will be no other racing events. the racers banquets will proceed as planned. Kil-Kare would like to thank all racing participants as well as spectators for your patronage and support. Kil-Kare would also like to thank everyone who has been on board as staff members for all of their hard work and dedication.”