The 2014 Formula Drift schedule was released last week at the 2013 SEMA Show and Florida was given the name Florida without an announced track. I’ve spoken with a ton of locals in the drift community today and they helped me all but ruleout Orlando Speedworld and CFRC as viable options for Formula Drift. This leaves in my opinion Daytona International Speedway infield, Sebring, Homestead, and a return to PBIR.
Daytona seems like a too disconnected from real Florida or any big markets and Sebring is flat out in the middle of no where. However, I think they could build some great tracks/courses off Sebring and have quite a Road Atlanta type vibe going for the course. This really leaves Homestead International down in Miami as a new course. We put this track in our 7 Tracks Formula Drift should visit so it probably is going to get our vote. Where will Formula Drift be in 2014 in the sunshine state?
A rumor going around the pre SEMA parties last night was that Bilstein will be stepping up with GSR Autosport and Michael Essa in 2014 for a possible title sponsorship. They just did collaborate on a BMW 335i giveaway build and Michael Essa brought them a championship early in their relationship. This could be something huge to boost the GSR Autosport team in 2014 as I have heard they are on the hunt for new sponsorships. What do you guys think of this possible partnership?
Michael Essa and GSR Autosport built this BMW 335i with Bilstein to be unveiled and giveaway the 2013 SEMA Show. Check out the build video of them coming together on this cool video project. The Bilstein BMW 335 has some M performance upgrades, Brembo brakes, HRE wheels, and some performance modifications to build an ultimate street car.
Check out State of Stance’s video highlighting some of the most action-packed moments at Formula Drift’s Title Fight in Irwindale. They were able to capture some pretty cool runs such as the close tandem battles with Daigo Saito going against Falken drivers Justin Pawlak and Pat Goodin and previous years’ champions Chris Forseberg and Daijiro Yoshihara going head to head. In the video you’ll be able to see Ryan Kado and Corey Hosford and their aggressive, nearly wall-scraping performances. Lastly, you can see a few high-angled, smokey runs featuring Mike Essa, ending with him being awarded the 2013 series champ.
Abbitt Wilkerson (AWFilms) put together an awesome montage from Irwindale Speedway. What might be the last ever event at Irwindale Speedway this video put it into a fun perspective. Some of the wall ride clips with Chirs Forsberg and Michael Essa are world class insane.
Another look at All-Star Bash 2013 from photographer David Moore. Some team tandem photographs, Michael Essa’s championship celebration, and tons of drivers from Pro to beginner drifting all around Willow Springs.
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Check out a drivers list for the 2013 All-Star Bash taking place at Willow Springs. The full 92 drivers registered are listed below for the big bash weekend! Our photographer will be on site over the weekend capturing all the team tandem drift action and drivers across the weekend. Formula Drift drivers Dai Yoshihara, Ken Gushi, Forrest Wang, Matt Field, Matt Powers, and Michael Essa all are signed up and ready to do battle with the west coast drivers. Team drift practice fires up at 8:00pm and competition is at 9:00pm! The hashtag for All-Star Bash weekend is #ASB13.
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Danny George took to Facebook and shared this on Michael Essa’s FB wall as a $10,00 check written out to Luke Pakula who some people speculate faked a mechanical failure while on the line to let Michael Essa get enough points to win a championship. Danny George found some “evidence” he shared with us. At least we can count on Danny for some great laughs.
Everything that determined the championship didn’t happen on the track like the fans hoped this weekend at Irwindale Speedway but took place in the paddock and judges stand with protests. Right now our staff is in communication with Formula Drift officials, Luke Pakula’s team, and Chris Forsberg Racing working on understanding all angles of the situation. We will have a right up soon but based on the facts you have seen on Facebook and information at hand do you think Luke Pakula conceded once on the line to let his good friend and Slide Assassins teammate Michael Essa win a championship?
The comeback of the year was given to Michael Essa. He also took home a championship and team manager of the year for the 2013 Formula Drift awards banquet. Not a bad weekend for his team at all.
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