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Vegas Drift Pro Am Now Expands to Southwest Drift Pro Am

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The Formula Drift Pro Am series Vegas Drift has expanded to cover the complete region of the southwest in 2015. The series is now five rounds expanding into Phoenix, Denver, and Albuquerque. The top three drivers in the series will be issued a Formula Drift Pro 2 license for the following year.

Schedule
2/4 Round 1 – Phoenix, AZ @ Bondurant Racing School West
4/26 Round 2 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVMS
5/30 Round 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ LVMS
6/28 Round 4 – Denver, CO @ Colorado National Speedway
9/5-9/6 Round 5 – Albuquerque, NM @ Napa Speedway

Full Schedule of Drift Events Here: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/find-an-event-the-best-drift-event-calendar/

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The Southwest Drift Pro Am will also be providing a Livestream starting this year at the Phoenix Pro Am Round 1 upcoming this weekend. Spotters and teams can also be provided live scoring information direct from the judges stand showing a huge advancement in technical capabilities from the series itself.  Listed judges for the 2015 season are Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, Brandon Wicknick, George Marstanovic, Tommy Suell, and Ernie Fixmer.

Alec Hohnadell Partners Up with Get Nutz Lab for 2015 Formula Drift Season

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Alec Hohnadell announced his partnership with Forrest Wang and the Get Nutz Lab crew for the 2015 drifting season. We have already reported on Forrest Wang’s new car plans/rumors for 2015. The partnership looks pretty interesting and could help both drivers advance forward. No word on if Alec will be undergoing other major changes like sponsorships and if Forrest Wang will be helping Alec advance on the driving side of things as well. We imagine the partnership can be huge dividends for both teams. Forrest Wang really took the world by storm this year with some mind blowing qualifying runs such as the one he threw down at Texas Motor Speedway this year.

Forrest Wang Building S15 Silvia for 2015 Formula Drift? [RUMORMILL]

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Several tipsters have told us after some close inspection of Forrest Wang’s 2015 build progress photographs show that his new car will be a S15 Silvia. Forrest Wang has always stuck with the S-chassis through his professional drifting career and this seems to make 2015 no different. Forrest has looked his best this last season with a career high finish in his signature green Nissan. We cannot wait to see how his build is going to progress through the new season and if he can possibly win his first event next year!

The Third Place Battles You Missed in Formula Drift 2014

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Due to a rule change in Formula Drift this season the series no longer has a battle for third place to determine the last spot on the podium. In fact, third and fourth place now both get 64 points for the weekend and one driver is guaranteed a podium once he wins his Great 8 battle. Here are the seven battles you missed this year due to the rule change:

Long Beach- Justin Pawlak vs. Michael Essa
Atlanta- Chris Forsberg vs. Robbie Nishida
Miami- Kenneth Moen vs. Matt Field
New Jersey- Odi Bakchis vs. Charles Ng
Seattle- Chris Forsberg vs. Fredric Aasbo
Texas- Chris Forsberg vs. Forrest Wang
Irwindale- Chris Forsberg vs. Forrest Wang

10 Things I Learned About Formula Drift Irwindale Last Weekend

10. The Best Formula Drift Event in History

FormulaDriftIrwindale This is the first time in Formula Drift history the championship came down to the last battle. A sold out Irwindale Speedway cheered and screamed as tandem battles wound up in crashes, door banging, and dramatic endings. Fredric Aasbo even beat Chris Forsberg in the Final Four but just fell short of his first championship by losing to Daigo Saito.

9. A Championship Based on Qualifying
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I will be one of the first people to admit or complain about how boring qualifying is when you look at the big picture of the sport. It drags on, has a slow pace, and generally doesn’t entertain like tandem competition. However, Fredric Aasbo lost the championship based on him qualifying consistently worse than Chris Forsberg this season making it quite impactful overall. Fredric even won more tandem battles through the season and successfully beat Chris Forsberg on several occasions to show he could of earned it but qualifying seems to be his glaring mistake for the season.

8. Dean Kearney Keeps Making this Dodge Viper Work
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Dean is one of the drivers who just kept improving throughout the 2014 season and he continued to impress me at Irwindale. He banged up the car a few times and after talking to him at Irwindale, he shared with me that his tandem battle versus Dai Yoshihara was done without front brake rotors (basically no front brakes) which resulted in his tandem follow error. It is pretty amazing how he makes this big boat work around the Formula Drift courses in the modern era.

7. Pro 2 Had Some Positives and Negatives
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Some of the Pro 2 battles this weekend delivered top billing and a huge crowd reaction for some battles while one tandem battle in particular was the worst professional drift tandem sequence I had seen in my life. In six laps due to two One More Times we had four spins and three inactive chase runs. All and all I would consider Pro 2 a success and will be interested to see how it grows for 2015, especially with the new influx of drivers who couldn’t make the 32 cut.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. Makes A Wild Lap Around Irwindale [VIDEO]

Here is a Vaughn Gittin Jr. lap around the new layout for Irwindale Speedway. He puts in a ton of wheel work on his Ford Mustang RTR to skirt around the course in practice. It is interesting to watch this run and the run of Forrest Wang from the same day and see the work rate difference in the drivers.

Forrest Wang’s Top Qualifying Lap at Irwindale [VIDEO]

Here is one awesome qualifying lap from Forrest Wang at Formula Drift Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway. His minimal steering corrections and big angle make for one awesome lap around the House of Drift. Sit back and watch this one over and over again.

2014 Formula Drift Fan Vote – Car of the Year – Forrest Wang

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Forrest Wang wins another award for his 2014 season. This one was given to him by the fans to award him for his stylish and good looking S14 Nissan 240sx. It also helps that he looks really really good and wild when sliding this car around a track. Formula Drift reported that over 10,000 votes were cast for this category and Wang took home the win.

2014 Formula Drift Spirit of Drifting – Forrest Wang

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Another award has come to Forrest Wang for his 2014 season. This one is voted on by his peers and is meant to be given to that special driver who just really embraces and embodies the sport. He is by far one of the most underfunded drivers in the top 5 of championship points which I think really makes this award deserved for him and his team.

2014 Formula Drift Best Drifting Style – Forrest Wang

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Forrest Wang gets best drifting style from his peers this season. He also took home top qualifying honors over the last two rounds of Formula Drift this year and two podiums all while drifting in an amazing fashion. Here is some in car footage of his top qualifying run in Texas if you want to see his style in real life.