Formula D Pro Am

Is the Future of Drifting Coming from Northern California?


Northern California has a new and young secret weapon younger than most of you reading this post. He is 13 year old Dominic Martinez  who is entering a Pro Am competition this weekend and already seen success in the Drift Cave series. He has impressed drivers in the local drift scene so much that pro Matt Field brought him to my attention for this post. The only two real youth drivers I can remember are James Deane and Jack Shanahan who have both impressed me as they grew older. Dominic Martinez seems like one to watch and if he puts down an impressive finish at Golden Gate Drift this weekend we will provide a follow up post. Make sure to follow him on Instagram below and thanks to Wall Hunter for the photo.




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Rolando Alfaro 2015 Season [VIDEO]

One of my favorite Formula Drift Pro Am drivers is named Rolando Alfaro and he has an amazing Nissan 350z and Nissan 240sx drift car. I got to see him in person at Street Driven Tour St. Louis and LS Fest this season. His video recap takes him to the Street of Detroit and other midwest events in 2015.

Formula Drift 2016 Schedule


Formula Drift just announced their 2016 schedule. Looks like we will be back at Irwindale for 2016. Full schedule below:


April 8-9th  Long Beach, CA (World Championship/Pro Championship)

April 15-16th Long Beach, CA (Invitational)

May 6-7th Atlanta, GA (World Championship/Pro Championship / Pro2 Series)

May/June Ebisu, Japan (World Championship/Japan Championship)

June 3-4th Orlando, FL (World Championship/Pro Championship/Pro2 Series)

June 17-18th Wall, NJ (World Championship/Pro Championship)

July 15-16th Montreal, Canada (Word Championship/Pro Championship)

August 5-6th Monroe, WA (Word Championship/Pro Championship)

September 9-10th Ft. Worth, TX (World Championship, Pro Championship, Pro2 Series)

September Okayama Japan (World Championship/Japan Championship)

September 30 – October 1 Phoenix, AZ (Pro 2 Series, Pro Am)

October 7-8th Irwindale, CA (World Championship / Pro Championship)

Formula Drift Ready S14 Nissan 240sx with LS1[BUY THIS]


Here is a S14 Nissan 240sx for sale at $21,000 and is turn key drift ready! The cage is Formula Drift legal and if you follow the information below, you can see a full spec list for this turn key car. A solid car for sale with Work Emotion wheels to boot on a car fractionally more than a stock 240sx these days. I saw this car drive at the one Golden Gate Drift event I attended and it looked pretty damn solid. Car is located currently in Modesto, California.

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2015 Lone Star Drift ProAm – Round 6 & Season Championship [RESULTS]

Lonestar-License Earners

Texas Formula D ProAm affiliate Lone Star Drift wrapped up their season last weekend with the 6th round of their series at Gulf Greyhound Park. The above drivers are the three drivers who earned their Pro 2 licenses for the 2016 season.

Here’s a look at the Round 6 results:

1st Chris Tyrone
2nd Harrison Johnson
3rd Kyle Scott
4th Randall Waters

The following 3 drivers earned their Pro 2 licenses:

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2015 USDRIFT Pro AM Series Round 4 at VIR [RESULTS]


The 4th and final round of the 2015 USDrift PRO/AM Series took place at VIRginia International Raceway leaving only three drivers with a chance to walk away with the championship. Austin Meeks from Spartanburg, SC did everything possible in his Sikky Manufacturing swapped LSX powered 1996 Nissan 240SX on Achilles Radials to try and take the championship by qualifying first and winning the event, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the lead from Concord, NC native Jonathan Nerren going into the event. Nerren would end up qualifying second and finishing second at Round 4 in his 1995 Magnuson Superchargers Nissan 240SX on Zenna Tires, giving him the 2015 Championship by just a mere 21 points over Meeks. Yonkers, NY resident, by way of Ireland, Fred Keogh in his LS3 powered Nissan 350Z on Achilles Radials would enter the final round third in points, qualify third, finish the event in third, and end the season third overall in points. Nerren, Meeks, and Keogh also earned their 2016 Formula DRIFT PRO2 licenses after the event.

Here are the results:

USDrift RD4 Results:

  1. Austin Meeks [SC] – 116pts
  2. Jonathan Nerren [Concord, NC] – 105pts
  3. Fred Keogh [NY] – 95pts

USDrift 2015 Overall Season Standings:

  1. Jonathan Nerren [NC] – 396pts
  2. Austin Meeks [SC] – 375pts
  3. Fred Keogh [NY] – 328pts
  4. Chris Cotrupi [NC] – 264pts
  5. Tyler Nelson [NC] – 241pts
  6. David Bellomo [VA] – 212pts
  7. Thomas Palmerino – 191pts
  8. Troy Manners [PA] – 153pts
  9. Cody Doyle [NC] – 138pts
  10. Mateen Ahmad [VA] – 137pts

Three Palms Raceway Owes Rent, Payouts, Taxes, and More


The group who purchased a Pro Am license from Formula Drift in Florida is known as Three Palms Drift Pro Am that also rents and runs Three Palms Speedway seem to be underwater in debts. The track from what I understand was called Punta Gorda Speedway and was shut down by the property owners (Charlotte County Airport Authority) when the old owners weren’t paying bills, having issues, etc… Three Palms came in for a 36 month / $6,500 a month rental agreement for the property according to NBC Channel 2 and brought the track back to life.


The track then hosted a winter Pro Am series bringing down guest judges such as Geoff Stoneback and pro judge Brian Eggert to help legitimize the Pro Am and issue some Pro 2 licenses for 2015. Well, when the smoke cleared from the Pro Am series they owed people money (some who wished to go on the record and some who asked to be kept out of it.) The $15,000 in series prize money announced in December here from what I understand has not been paid out to the tune of one cent at this point. If you add on the tax troubles and not paying their landlord I don’t see anyone getting paid anytime soon from this Pro Am.


Some of the short lived series content can be found here in our archives. These content posts from Wrecked might sadly be the only records left of this Florida Pro Am series soon. However, some good did come out of the series as it helped a couple Florida drifters run Pro 2 this season including Kesley Rowlings who I think has a possible bright future in Formula Drift.



2015 Just Drift Pro Am Top Drift Round 4 [RESULTS]


The Just Drift series wrapped up this weekend for 2015. The series runs in Southern California with all of its events at Willow Springs International Raceway. These three drivers above are all now Formula Drift licensed for 2015. Here is how the series finished up with these new FD Pro 2 licensed drivers:

1. Trenton Beechum
2. Joe Tardiff
3. Kenny Chieu

Here is how the Round 4 podium finished up:

1. Joe Tardiff
2. Trenton Beechum
3. Jason Kim


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2015 Midwest Drift Union Round 2 on Streets of Detroit [RESULTS]


One of the most unique Pro Am events of the season is when Midwest Drift Union invades the streets of Detroit, Michigan each year. Some unique builds like this C6 Corvette showed up to drive making the day even more unique/special in my opinion. Where was that car for Street Driven STL? Kyle Cross took this awesome snap of Shane Whalley chasing down this C6 Corvette in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Here is how the results finished –

1. Riley Sexsmith
2. Shane Whalley
3. Nick Thomas
4. Sam Henry

2015 USDrift PRO/AM Series RD3 – Shenandoah Speedway [Results]


The 3rd round of the 2015 USDrift PRO/AM Series took place at Shenandoah Speedway this past Saturday in conjunction with Fresh Roots, offering drivers and fans both a competition and practice event. The event saw three fresh faces grace the USDrift podium for their first time with Tyler Nelson taking the top honors. Dylan Hughes made an introduction landing himself in second place in his first competition, and Chris Cotrupi rounded out the podium moving him into 5th place in the season points. Round 4 will take place in just a couple of weeks at VIRginia International Raceway on Saturday, September 5th.

Here are the results:

USDrift RD3 Results:

  1. Tyler Nelson [NC] – Mayhem Garage Nissan S13
  2. Dylan Hughes [MD] – MA-Motorsports Nissan S13
  3. Chris Cotrupi [NC] – Nissan S13

USDrift 2015 Standings After Three Rounds:

  1. Jonathan Nerren [NC] – 291pts
  2. Austin Meeks [SC] – 259pts
  3. Fred Keogh [NY] – 233pts
  4. Thomas Palmerino [MD] – 191pts
  5. Chris Cotrupi [NC] – 179pts
  6. Tyler Nelson [NC] – 177pts
  7. Troy Manners [PA] – 153pts
  8. David Bellomo [VA] – 133pts
  9. Miro Ovcharik [NJ] – 116pts
  10. Dylan Hughes [MD] – 101pts