Formula D Pro Am

2017 JustDrift Top Drift ProAm Round 2 – Horsethief Mile [RESULTS]

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The second round of the Top Drift ProAm series took place on the Horsethief Mile course at Willow Springs International Raceway. It was a beautiful day at the track, with some great tandem battles all around! The final podium featured some new names, which is always good to see as the diversity of drivers keeps the tandem action interesting.

Here are the final results from Round 2 of the Top Drift competition:

1st – Tim Cobb
2nd – Alex Grimm
3rd – Luke Pakula

Photo Credit : AmDrift

2017 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 2 – Pikes Peak Raceway [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift series ventured to Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado for Round 2 of their Formula D Pro Am series. The Vegas Drift crew runs the Southwest Drift ProAm, and has done a good job of giving up and coming drivers a variety of courses and some regional travel to get them better prepped for the Pro 2 level. This round was judged by Ernie Fixmer, Joe Tardiff, and Danny George. There were some weather challenges, but the entire competition was finished before any major issues.

Here are the results from Southwest Drift Round 2:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Steve Mass
3rd: Andrew Schulte

2017 Lonestar Drift ProAm Round 3 – Gulf Greyhound Park [RESULTS]

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David Mesker won the 3rd round of Lonestar Drift ProAm, which took place at Gulf Greyhound Park. Mesker is fresh off of a trip to Ebisu in Japan, and his tandem skills look much improved. Harrison Johnson, who dominated the Lonestar ProAm last season by winning three of eight rounds, took home second place.

Here’s a look at the final results from Lonestar Drift Round 3:

1st – David Mesker
2nd – Harrison Johnson
3rd – Bryan Mckay

2017 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Southwest Drift held their first round of ProAm competition over the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, utilizing the Outside Road Course (ORC) to give drivers a unique track to showcase their drifting skills. The judges tower featured a star-studded lineup of judges including Forrest Wang, Alec Hohnadell, Joe Tardiff, Danny George, and George Kiriakopoulos. Vegas Drift, which operates the Southwest Drift series, has produced several Formula D drivers including Wang, George, and Odi Bakchis in the past. The next round of the Southwest Drift ProAm will take place over Memorial Day weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado.

Here are the final results from Southwest Drift Round 1:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Nick Gross
3rd: Austin Kregle

Photo: Hans Marquez via Vegas Drift

2017 Evergreen Drift Pro-Am Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Photo Credit: Shinchoku

The first round of the five round series at Evergreen Speedway took place over the weekend, with a growing number of entries over previous years. The tandem event started with a major upset as 16th qualifier Brian Lockbaum took out top qualifier  Zach Farrar in the first tandem battle. In the end, some new faces found themselves on the podium, which sets the stage for the rest of the series taking place throughout the summer.

Here’s a look at the final results from Round 1:

1st Place – Patrick Heald
2nd Place – Tyler Grimsley
3rd Place – TJ Fry

2017 Just Drift Pro-Am Top Drift – Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Photo Credit: AmDrift

Just Drift kicked off their 2017 Top Drift Pro Am series with more than 40 drivers attempting to qualify for the top 16 tandem eliminations. In the end, some familiar faces found their way to the top of the podium. Sean Adriano, who already has his 2017 Formula D Pro 2 license, took the win over Dominic Martinez in the final battle. Kyle Cameron found the final spot on the podium, surviving the tough tandem ladder to earn his first podium of the season. Just Drift consistently has contributed some of the best drivers to both the Formula D and Formula D Pro 2 grid, so it will b interesting to see who emerges as the top drivers from the season this year.

Here’s a look at the final results of Round 1 of the Top Drift ProAm series:

1st – Sean Adriano
2nd – Dominic Martinez
3rd – Kyle Cameron

2016 USDRIFT x MDU BRO/AM EVENT AT DOMINION RACEWAY [RESULTS]

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USDrift and Midwest Drift Union joined forces earlier this month for their first ever BRO/AM collaboration event at the newly opened Dominion Raceway road course for both of their fourth and final rounds of the 2016 season. Each series would run their own Top 16 brackets with the winners from each series’ event competing against each other for bragging rights of the best on this side of the Mississippi River, as well as winning their weight in Smartmouth Brewing Company beer.

Repeating a similar end to that of the 2015 season, Austin Meeks from Spartanburg, SC would win the last event of the USDrift season again. This time Meeks would win in his Committed Service Brand swapped LSX V8-powered 1996 Nissan 240SX running on Achilles Radial Tires. Riley Sexsmith, from Hamilton, Ontario in his 2007 NV Auto 2JZ powered Subaru Impreza STI running on Achilles Radial Tires would take the win in the last event of the Midwest Drift Union season.

Since the final tandem was an exhibition match, the judges from both series would vote and if there was a tie, the announcer would cast the deciding vote with help from the crowd if needed. However, after both runs, the judges went with 3 votes for Meeks, 2 votes for Sexsmith, and 1 vote for a “One More Time”; giving the win and a 154lb assortment of Smartmouth Brewing Company beer to Meeks for the win.

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The 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series concluded with Round 4 and a huge congratulations to all who competed this season, especially to Dylan Hughes, Chris Cotrupi, and Matt Pollock who all earned their 2017 Formula DRIFT PRO2 Licenses. The 2017 USDrift schedule should be released shortly and include some more track day events at Dominion Raceway that aren’t strictly competition based.

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Round 4 Standings:

1. Austin Meeks Committed Service Brand Nissan 240SX First Place
2. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 Second Place
3. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX Third Place

 

2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Season Standings:

1. Dylan Hughes MA-Motorsports Nissan 240SX 348 points
2. Chris Cotrupi Nissan 240SX 331 points
3. Matt Pollock JNR Nissan 240SX 327 points
4. Thomas Palmerino Mazda Miata 265 points
5. Kyle Wood Johnston Research & Performance Nissan 240SX 262 points
6. John Windham Freak Show Nissan 240SX 213 points
7. Brian Riccio Nissan 240SX 211 points
8. Ben Williams Fresh Roots Mazda RX7 189 points
9. Kenric Meyer BMW M3 188 points
10. Justin Hoitsma Faction Motorsports Nissan 240SX 170 points

Full season standings can be found on the USDrift website here.

2016 Southwest Drift Series – Round 4 [RESULTS]

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The Southwest Drift ProAm Series capped off their season at the Formula Drift Pro 2 Finals in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend. This was the first stand-alone event for the Formula Drift Pro 2 class, which gave a rare opportunity for a ProAm series to showcase their talent in front of a fairly large crowd. Blake Olsen capped off a perfect event by taking both top qualifier and the overall event win. Olsen defeated Bear Rzesnowiecky in the final round to take the event win, and both Olsen and Rzesnowiecky earned their Pro 2 licenses by finishing in the top three points for the series.

Here’s a look at the results from Southwest Drift Round 4:
1st – Blake Olsen
2nd – Bear Rzesnowiecky
3rd – Andy Hateley

Overall, Andy Hately took home the series championship and will make his return to the Pro 2 class for the 2017 season along with Olsen and Rzesnowiecky.

Southwest Drift Final Standings:

Series Champion: Andy Hateley
2nd overall: Blake Olsen
3rd overall: Bear Rzesnowiecky

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2016 Just Drift Pro Am Top Drift – Round 4 [RESULTS]

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The fourth and final round of the Just Drift’s Top Drift ProAm series took place at the Willow Speedway at night. Several current Formula Drift pros have come from the Top Drift ProAm circuit, and for this round, the competitors were judged by Taka Aono, Hiro Sumida, and Ryan Litteral. In the end, Kevin Knapik defeated all other drivers to stand atop the podium, defeating Sean Adriano in the final round. Kelvin Arreola snuck into the final podium position in his underpowered Corolla, although having two famed Corolla judges as drivers may have swayed part of the vote.

Here’s the final results from Top Drift Round 4:
1st – Adam Knapik – LS2-powered Nissan S14
2nd – Sean Adriano – Nissan S13
3rd – Kelvin Arreola – Toyota Corolla

Photo by AM Drift (David Karey)

US Drift Round 1 at Shenandoah Speedway [RESULTS]

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The US Drift season kicked off this past weekened in Virginia at shenandoah Speedway with some great battles! In the end, MA Motorsport employee Dylan Hughes took his self built Nissan 240sx to the top of the podium in his second ever competitive event. Here is how the podium finished:
1st place – Dylan Hughes
2nd place – John Windham
3rd place – Josh Lambert

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