Earlier this week I visited one of Southern California’s local race tracks, Adam’s Motorsports Park. It had been a while since I had been a spectator at a non-Formula D event, so I didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, there were quite a few faces (and cars) that I recognized. When I first arrived, I heard the screams of a 2jz coming from the track. Lo and behold, Formula D driver Enrique Mendoza was testing out his 2jz powered s13 in preparation for the anticipated round at Texas Motor Speedway coming up in a few weeks. Some of you may remember Mendoza from his second qualifying run at Long Beach where he collided into one of the safety barriers, which ultimately stalled him from moving past his spot in the top 32.
He eventually got his car back together for Seattle, but experienced some fuel issues and broke an axle before qualifying. Although Mendoza and his team miraculously pieced the car together for the competition, he wasn’t able to qualify due to some miss-shifting.
Some local drivers were out there practicing for other competitions, such as the final round of Top Drift this weekend. To name a few:
Mauricio Ornelas—2012 Formula D rookie; currently 9th place in Vegas Drift)
Spike Chen—Pro-Am driver; currently 2nd place in Vegas Drift and 11th place in Top Drift)
Chris Jones—Pro-Am driver; currently in 24th place in Top Drift).
I’d also like to mention that during this event I was on the other side of the fence (literally) as I stayed on the track’s infield the entire evening and took a few photos. This was my first time shooting drifting, let alone handling a camera in this manner. With the exception of numb fingers, I had a blast experiencing drifting behind a lens.
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