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City Tire Now Offering Maxxis MA-Z1 Drift Tire for $95 / All Sizes

The Maxxis Z1 drift tire is back in Formula Drift for 2012 and now they are partnering up with City Tire to give XDC, Pro Am, and privateer FD drivers a blow out on Maxxis Tires. $95 a tire which includes all tire sizes (even 275/35ZR18) from them for a limited time. Also for drivers in Formula Drift you have Matt Field offering pit support to guys running Maxxis Tires free of charge thanks to Maxxis. Kenda Tire and Falken Tire also have similar reach out programs right now for drivers available. This tire is what took Chris Forsberg to a championship in 2009 with his orange 350z.

Xtreme Drift Circuit Releases Information on the Old Season and Looks to 2012

XDC reached out to us to so they can cover issues with the staff and driver debt. I spoke with Mike Collins who is the new chief steward at XDC on the phone this week and he seems like he has the drivers in mind and a good focus on the right topics. Here are some issues they addressed from the corporate office of XDC.

 

Staff:
As Brian Eggert moves from XDC to become the third judge for Formula Drift, Mike Collins will step into his role as Competition Director. Mike Collins has been the Chief Steward of XDC since its inception and has been involved with drifting since 2001 with US Drift as Chief Steward and Event Director putting on events in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as a national series. With over 10 years of experience in managing drift events and being deeply rooted in the grassroots drifting scene he will be able to step into this new role and help XDC continue to grow as a national series. When asked about the his new role and the direction he would like the series to go in, he had this to say;

“I am excited to fill this role as Brian moves on to his new position and I am looking forward to taking the same drift staff from last year, with a couple new additions, and moving the series forward. We want this series to be a place that gives drivers the opportunity to compete on a national level against a highly skilled field without having to have a major sponsorship and not losing the grassroots feel of their local drift event. The series is still growing and learning from mistakes but we have a good base and we will take the experience from the past two years and make this series into a place where drivers want to be and can highlight their skills.”

Filling Mike’s role as Chief Steward will be Tim Johnsrud who has been the Technical Director for XDC.

Keeping things consistent all three judges from last year will be returning; Chris Forsberg , Matt Petty, and Mike Schneider.

Also, joining the staff is John Wagner and Dan Summers, both have extensive experience in the drifting scene on the East Coast with Club Loose and LookOut Drift. They both will be serving as support staff at the events, with John also filling the role as the back up judge in the case of one of the three primary judges is unable to attend the event.

Driver Debt:

Going into the 2012 season there were issues from the 2011 season that would need to be taken care as quick as possible. The company headed by David Lane, XDC Events, now has no part in the Xtreme Drift Circuit. The series is now under new management and also will be getting help from Hot Import Nights (HIN). The new management is striving to make sure all the drivers are satisfied with the series as a whole and that they will continue to run in the series. Just as before the first event in Arizona a lot of hard work was put in to make sure drivers in that region that may have had a bad taste in their mouth from the previous year were contacted and a plan was put in place to make sure they continued to attend the events. Just as this was done before Arizona the same will be done before Orlando with the drivers from the east region and we hope that all the drivers are satisfied with the efforts put forth and continue to run in the series just as the drivers from the west coast have continued to do. The drivers are what make this series great and we want to make sure that they are taken care of and continue put on some of the best drifting competitions to date.

 

2012 Xtreme Drift Circuit Championship Points After 2 Rounds [STANDINGS]

Here are the championship standings and two round west coast region results currently for XDC. Here we have 22 drivers who have scored points in the Firebird Raceway double round weekend. The results put Forrest Wang far in the lead moving forward into the 2012 season.

1. Forrest Wang (228 point)
2. Stewart Leask (198 points)
3. Nate Hamilton (163 points)
3. Will Parsons (163 points)
5. Brandon Wicknick (129 points)
6. Mike Pollard (113 points)
7. Garret Nikolich (111 points)
8. Vitaly Sopkin (101 points)
9. Joe Haven (93 points)
10. Danny George (90 points)
11. Eric Hill (85 points)
12. Josh Steele (60 points)
13. George Marstonovic (58 points)
14. Sean Guthrie (51 points)
15. Tyler Wolfson (50 points)
16. Nick Soehren (39 points)
17. Corey Hosford (34 points)
18. Jim Guthrie (33 points)
19. Dan Brockett (29 points)
19. Jon Owens (29 points)
21. Daniel Kuo (25 points)
22. Bucky Laing (22 points)

2012 Xtreme Drift Circuit Round 2 at Firebrid Raceway [RESULTS]

Forrest Wang manages to go back to back this weekend with two wins at the double round XDC weekend in Phoenix, Arizona. The podium shook up a little bit with a Formula Drift rookie making one awesome performance in his Crab Broker Mazda Miata. The day two aftermath of XDC put Forrest Wang well ahead in the points chase for the 2012 season. Here is how the podium finished up.

1. Forrest Wang
2. Stewart Laesk
3. Danny George

2012 Xtreme Drift Circuit Round 1 at Firebird Raceway [RESULTS]

XDC has turned Firebird Raceway into a double round/points weekend and already Round 1 is in the books. Forrest Wang took home top qualifying honors with Nate Hamilton in second (they actually tied but Wang was bumped to 1st place on speed) setting the stage for an intense Round 1. Jarod DeAnda shot us the podium results and here is how the first day finished up:

1- Forrest Wang
2- Vitaly Sopkin
3- Stewart Leask

Nate Hamilton Brings Out New Look for 2012 Pro Am S13 [VIDEO]

Nate Hamilton brings out an all new S13 hatchback for his Pro Am fun in 2012 that looks stunning. In the video below he walks through what each element of the car represents and how the wrap came together. He has partnerships with ACT Clutch, Enkei Wheels, Cobb Tuning, and 5 & A Dime who he shouts out to in his video. Watch the wrapping go down while Nate Hamilton skateboards around and then shakes down the new look to his Rocketbunny 240sx S13 hatchback.

 

Chelsea DeNofa’s E36 BMW – Formula D 2012 Engine Sneak Peak [SNAPSHOT]

Chelsea DeNofa has brought BMW two XDC championships but before coming to compete in Formula Drift he has taken on the challenge of a new build. The new build should help him to be competitive if everything has come together with in before Long Beach. Judging by this engine/cooling photo this seems to be covered. How do you think rookie Chelsea DeNofa will do this season?

BMI Racing Leaves Mazda Behind and Picks up a Ford Mustang for 2012

The 2012 season will be adding another Ford Mustang in the drift world with the help of BMI Racing. Due to Mazda retiring the Rx-8 they have put the car away and focused on this Mustang build. The Mustang will have a 5.0L coyote motor with a 2.9L Whipple supercharger. Sarah Burgess will be back driving the car  in 2012 but the PR they issued doesn’t make a mention of where they will be competing with the new Mustang. They do have some notable partners such as Ford Racing, Aeromotive Fuel Systems, and SPEC Clutch.

Irwindale Speedway Track Owners Speak Up About the Rumor Talking Points


The track owners have now spoken up and confirmed that we were right and the mainstream media just reposted crap they found in an old IRC channel. That probably isn’t entirely true but here are some facts the track OWNERS (not managers) released about the future of Irwindale.

STATEMENT FROM NU-WAY INDUSTRIES, INC.

There have been numerous rumors regarding Irwindale Speedway. Please permit
this statement to provide clarification:

1) THE PERMANENT TRACK GRANDSTANDS ARE NOT (NOR ARE THEY IN ANY DANGER OF) BEING TORN DOWN.  There was a report that the portable, temporary bleachers
outside the first turn were being dismantled. That is correct.  Those
temporary stands were rented and the company that owned them was simply
removing their property.

2) THE TRACK WAS NOT BUILT OVER A POTENTIAL MINING SITE, IT WAS A SAND AND
GRAVEL MINING SITE, AND AFTER MATERIALS EXTRACTION, BECAME A MINING
RECLAMATION PROJECT.  THE SITE CANNOT BE MINED.  There are a set of very
strict rules about the use and development of this sort of property, which
are being carefully followed.  In 1993, the City of Irwindale approved the
site to be used as a Swap Meet, and in 1997, approved its use as Irwindale
Speedway.

3)  NU-WAY INDUSTRIES, INC. OWNS THE LAND, THE RACE TRACK, AND THE EQUIPMENT TO OPERATE THE TRACK.  An entity called Irwindale Speedway, LLC. leased the
facility from Nu-Way Industries, Inc.  On February 13, 2012, Irwindale
Speedway, LLC filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 7 of the
bankruptcy code.

4) BECAUSE OF THE CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY FILING BY  IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY LLC,
THE COURT IS IN CONTROL OF THE PROPERTY AT THIS POINT.  HOWEVER, NU-WAY
INDUSTRIES, INC. IS ACTIVELY SEEKING A POTENTIAL BUYER FOR THE COMPLETE
FACILITY.  A hearing will be held soon in order to return the facility to
Nu-Way Industries, Inc. control.

Xtreme Drift Circuit 2012 – Cancels March 3rd Irwindale Event

Xtreme Drift Circuit canceled the March 3rd round at Irwindale Speedway which was just a few weeks around the corner. According to Facebook (no PR was actually sent) they are combining Round 1 with Round 2 at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona. On top of canceling Round 1 they announced they might be adding mid-season events in what sounds like to be a headache and a half for young drivers looking to attend the series and raise funding. Regardless what you really need to know is that XDC will be kicking off in Phoenix after Formula Drift starts this season.

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