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A Look into Warfest 2014 at Adams Motorsports Park

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The California drift scene has had a gross lack of some grassroots action lately. Sure, there’s been events that are “just for fun” and non-competitive, but the camaraderie simply isn’t present. More times than not, us Cali drifters gawk at the photos we see of drift events in other parts of the country and world. We daydream about the high-fiving, door-bashing, crowd-cheering event that’s essentially a giant family reunion. Well, it finally happened at the 2014 Warfest at Adams Motorsports Park (AMP) over this past weekend.

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2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 2 at Seattle [GALLERY]

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Pro 2 gallery captured by David Moore who was on the scene for practice, qualifying, and the big Pro 2 competition. Jeff Jones drove his way to a first time podium in his Formula Drift history with the Sikky Drivers putting a stamp of authority on Pro 2 as well. Check out the link below to enjoy all of the Formula Drift Pro 2 coverage from Round 2 at Evergreen Speedway.

Check out the Gallery: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=421

2014 Formula Drift Pro 2 Round 2 at Evergreen Speedway Qualifying [RESULTS]

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Qualifying was tough with a bunch of drivers grouped in the 55-68 qualifying scores. Here is how Pro 2 finished up yesterday. Scores can be found on our Twitter account /wreckedmagazine. Here is how they finished up and today’s pairings.

1. Jeremy Lowe
2. Rapper Dan Savage
3. James Evans
4. Geoff Stoneback
5. Jeff Jones
6. Juha Rintanen
7. Andy Hateley
8. Dennis Mertzanis
9. Jeff Wolfson
10. Mike Pollard
11. Matt Coffman
12. Victor Moore
13. Will Parsons
14. Eric Hill
15. Mike Phillips
16. Hiro Sumida

(Left Bracket)
1. Jeremy Lowe
16. Hiro Sumida

8. Dennis Mertzanis
9. Jeff Wolfson

4. Geoff Stoneback
13. Will Parsons

5. Jeff Jones
12. Victor Moore

(Right Bracket)
2. Rapper Dan Savage
15. Mike Phillips

7. Andy Hateley
10. Mike Pollard

3. James Evans
14. Eric Hill

6. Juha Rintanen
11. Matt Coffman

Mike Pollard Finally Set to Make Formula Drift Debut at Seattle

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According to Mike Pollard’s official website he will finally be making his debut in Formula Drift after various attempts in the past. He will be borrowing a 2JZ powered car to make the event. Interesting to see who’s car he will be loaning. The brief PR does mention and confirm he will be on Achilles Tires for the weekend. Who is excited to finally see Mike Pollard make a Formula Drift debut?

2013 Formula Drift / Drifting Year in Review with Wrecked Magazine Staff [VIDEO]

We gathered the Wrecked Magazine staff (Jacob Leveton and Rathyna Gomer) for a Google+ Hangout with some special guests to look back at the whole 2013 season of drifting. We brought on two special guests for the episode including Justin Banner (MotoIQ.com / Mackin Industries) and Brian Eggert (Formula Drift Judge / US Drift Founder / Pro Am Founder) for the show. In just over one hour we cover the big 6 topics below along with giving some inside scoops on potential Formula Drift formatting changes and analyzing the Pro 2 series. The following drivers all got rewards/mentions in our video: Vaughn Gittin Jr., Danny George, Pat Goodin, Chelsea DeNofa, Darren McNamara, Chris Forsberg, Michael Essa, Conrad Grunewald, Walker Wilkerson, Corey Hosford, Patrick Mordaunt, Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Nate Hamilton, Geoff Stoneback, Rapper Dan Savage, Mike Pollard, and Dan Brockett. Here are the six categories we focused on:

Most Improved in 2013
Most memorable tandem battle 2013
Biggest letdown/disappointment of 2013
Driver of the Year 2013
Best Up and Comer for 2014
Hopes for 2014

Mike Pollard – Wrecked Weekly Episode 5 [VIDEO]

Mike Pollard is my week 5 guest who opens up about his 2010 D1GP Japan season where he drove a 180sx and a Toyota Soarer at big rounds such as Autopolis and Fuji Speedway. Mike is slated to be a rookie for the 2014 Formula Drift season with a prepped chassis making big power of a RB engine platform.

Mike Pollard has a great track record around North America with podium finishes at Midwest Drift Union, Drift Mania, Club FR, XDC, and the Slide Open. Tune in to see how he is planning to tackle his rookie season in Formula Drift and his experience in all of these other drift series.

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Up and Comer: A Sit Down with Troy Manners [INTERVIEW]

Back in 2012 this young guy by the name of “Squirt” showed up to Cleveland Lake County Speedway for MDU Round 2. No idea who this guy was until I got a text from John Wagner about how one of his dudes at this even was doing. I had an idea the guys over at Clubloose had a say for how this dude was initiating and transitioning on his follow runs with Magic Mike Pollard.

I had a chance to sit on a phone interview with Troy Manners and ask him some basic questions and share with his followers of this upcoming talent out of the East Coast.

Edgar Sarmiento: Hey dude! I know they call you Squirt because you’re like 16 right?
Troy Manners: I am 18 years old dude!

ES: Cool you can buy cigarettes now! Where are you from?
TM: I’m from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of Punxsy Phil. The groundhog that predicts the weather, everyone knows Punxsutawney because of that.

ES: I thought the weatherman predicted the weather.
TM: Hmmmmm no

ES: How long have you been drifting?
TM: I have been into drifting for about three years now. I built my car in 2010 when I was 15. Drove quite a bit in 2011 and started doing more competitions in 2012.

ES: What’s up with that car of yours? What are you running under the hood?
TM: It’s just a car is S13 hatch with a VVTI 1J and R154 transmission. I built the motor last winter with Tomei products. I’m pretty broke so I need to make my motors last. Nothing to crazy going on with my suspension setup but it works well with my driving. Neo Motorsports Coilovers, MA Motorsport knuckles, adjustable arms and sway bars.
ES: That’s super radical dude! Your car sounded sweet this past year on the bank at Kilkare during Street Life Tour.

ES: Why in the hell did you get into drifting?
TM: I got into drifting because my neighbor had an FC and was always working on his car. I went to an event with him in Pittsburgh for the first time and my other buddy let me take a run in his 350z. I also met John Wagner at this event that has really taught me a lot of what I know and has made me the driver I am now. After all of this I bought my car and started driving.

ES: I’ve seen footage of you driving at Clubloose events at E-Town, do you drift anywhere else?
TM: I drift all over in the Midwest and the East Coast, but my favorite track of course would be Englishtown. Next year I would like to go and drive some events down south somewhere. This year I drove some MDU events and a complete season of US Drift finishing the year off in 3rd place earning my Formula D license.

ES: Does this mean you’re going to go “pro” next season?
TM: In 2014 I really just want to have fun competing and attending events and enjoying seat time with my friends. I’m not running Formula D next season. I am for sure going to run US Drift again next season and use what I have learned so far to continue making podium.

ES: That’s awesome dude! What would you say was your most memorable moment in 2013?
TM: My most memorable moment this year was probably my top 8 battle at Hyperfest against Matt Waldin. I was really throwing down and felt like I could have won that event but was super bummed that I lost over a mechanical failure. But that was still the most fun event I drove this year.
ES: Yea, Hyperfest is always wild. Ill for sure see you out there in 2014.

ES: Sorry for keeping you for so long just want to make sure I get a page full of content for the magazine lol. If you could give anyone advice on drifting what would it be?
TM: Don’t waste all of your money on trying to become a pro driver and loose the fun aspect of it. When you take it too seriously you begin to loose the aspect of what drifting should be, FUN! I enjoy competing but to me it’s just as fun as when I drive with the boys at E-Town.

ES: I always like to ask the question to people of what they do while they are not drifting what are some of the things you like to do?
TM: When I’m not drifting I like to ride dirt bikes, go hunting and do pretty much anything outside. I can have fun with pretty much anything with a motor. When the weather is bad I like to play some Forza.

ES: Thank you for your time Troy and see you at events this upcoming year. Any shouts outs?
TM: Thanks to Blasfome for the gear and media coverage, Iconcepts for all my fabrication work and car build, and of course  my dad for helping me on travel. See you soon!

 

Photo Credit: Dan Jenkins

2013 Midwest Drift Union Round 4 [RESULTS]

Another weekend of Pro Am racing brings in another win for Geoff Stoneback this weekend in Ohio. The StreetLifeTour was an intense event totaling some Nissan 350z’s and putting Geoff Stoneback on top of this event and the MDU championship in 2013. Here is how the podium finished up over the weekend:
1st Geoff Stoneback
2nd Jake Maturen
3rd Mike Pollard

2013 Drift Mania Round 6 at Montmagny [GALLERY]






Check out all the action from Round 6 which just kicked off one week after we wrapped up Round 5. American Mike Pollard got an edge over Dave Briggs and move all the way to a podium. Francis Tasse made a run to a victory in his Mazda Rx-7 which is all captured inside the gallery along with much more to showcase Round 6 at Montmagny.

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2013 Drift Mania Round 6 Montmagny [RESULTS]

The Top 16 staged Dave Briggs vs. Mike Pollard where Briggs slipped off course and managed to cut a tire taking the loss to Mike Pollard. Mike didn’t look back and drove his route all the way to the podium after this big victory. Marc Landerville missed the whole weekend due to engine issues as well. Here is how the Final Four finished:

1. Francis Tasse
2. Jeff Laflamme
3. Mike Pollard
4. Max Lemoine

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