Someone shot me a quick link to Spike Chen is promoting the fact that 2016 will see some free drift events at Grange Motor Circuit. No official word on dates yet but it sounds like five free Saturday events are in the works already. This will be a nice feather in the cap to go with the large amount of drift events already in Southern California. Adams Motorsports Park is still cranking away every Thursday night and Irwindale has a monthly event running with Formula Drift.
A wild accident at Sonoma Drift last night resulted in Joe Tardiff (Trailer Joe) being taken to the hospital. He did post a photo on Instagram giving a thumbs up from the hospital so glad to know he is okay! Even with all the safety equipment available in his car we have heard he has a broken rib and a concussion possibly. This is why drift series in America stress safety equipment and this happened in a parking lot. If you follow the jump below you can view the accident on Instagram and the car being cut open to get him out of it. Chris Mills spun out and was wedged into a k-rail and Joe Tardiff went slamming into him. An incident that could easily happen at any local drift event in America.
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.
This year, Sonoma Raceway Winter Jam will feature 6 tracks! There are 4 on the road course, one of which is the former Formula Drift layout, a donut/figure 8 pad for beginners, and a to scale copy of the Japanese track Meihan in the Paddock. There will be a team competition on Saturday and a Top 32 competition on Sunday, all competitions and track activities are open to everyone from beginner to professional drivers. Winter Jam is a festival of drifting that can be an off -season drifting vacation for a professional, a chance for a beginner to really hone their skills over two days, or the enthusiast drifter’s fun weekend. The track has partnered up with RACEQUIP to bring drivers: 2 days of drifting, a SFI Neck Collar, sae2015 Helmet, and a SFI suit for $356, and yes you get to KEEP THE GEAR!!! If you want a suit, helmet or neck collar with your registration, you must register by Dec 4th in order for the equipment to get here on time!
Keep Drifting Fun produced a mini documentary on Final Bout 2. We have a Media Thread to cover everything we found content wise from Final Bout 2 found here. This short documentary by KDF shows where the teams came from, how the event came about, and the personal style reflected in all these builds.
Here is a collection of content we found from the Clubloose Freedom Moves event at the famous Englishtown this past weekend. Feel free to submit any missing content you see in the comments below and we will work to keep this listed updated for a while.
WOW guys! The atmosphere and 10,000+ people at Beech Bend Raceway in Kentucky was electric this weekend. This is my third LS Fest and it was by far the strongest drivers list the event has had since its inception years ago. Joon Maeng took over the event and had the best qualifying run I had seen put down at LS Fest. Here is how qualifying wrapped up –
1. Joon Maeng
2. Pat Goodin
3. Josh McGuire
4. Dirk Stratton
5. Nate Hamilton
6. Ricky Adams
7. Rob Carlson
8. Steve Topping
9. Nick Thomas
10. Devin Callahan
11. Alex Heilbrunn
12. Eric Loomis
13. Bryan Broberg
14. Rolando Alfaro
15. Shane Whalley
16. Hooman Rahimi
The grandstands were completely packed out at Holley’s LS Fest for the Top 16. The Formula Drift drivers slowly fell out of the competition one by one including a tough exit for Pat Goodin who lost an AN line and sprayed coolant everywhere in his Final Four battle. This made him miss the 3rd place battle all together and wound up sitting in fourth. Here is how the podium wound up and we have more coverage on the way –
1st. Josh McGuire
2nd. Nick Thomas
3rd. Bryan Broberg
4th. Pat Goodin
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.
Here is a collection of content we found from the big Final Bout 2 event in Wisconsin this past weekend. Feel free to submit any missing content you see in the comments below and we will work to keep this listed updated for a while.
Wrecked Magazine has been proud partners with LS Fest for years and we just got sent the drivers list for 2015! It is the strongest drivers list we have seen to date. Several pro drivers including Joon Maeng, Nate Hamilton and Pat Goodin will be in attendance to entertain the huge amount of fans. A strong list of Pro 2 drivers and talented LS powered drivers around the country are rolling into Kentucky (more info)- Check out the drivers list below.