The Evergreen Drift season kicked off this weekend in Washington with Round 1 of the Formula Drift Pro Am series. Here is how the podium finished up:
1. Cameron Moore
2. Aaron Day
3. Brian Lockbaum
The guys over at Maxxis Tire have opened up a grassroots racer program to help put people driving on the MA-Z1 Maxxis Tire. Sizing and details are in the PR below. The program will be executed by City Tire located in Southern California. Contact info for City Tire is attached at the bottom of the PR below! They join the ranks of GT Radial, Falken Tire, Achilles Radial and Kenda Tire all managing various racer programs for drivers.
Maxxis is offering their high-quality MA-Z1 Drift tires to grassroots drifters at a substantial discount. Eligible drivers must affix Maxxis decals to their vehicles, and can purchase the MA-Z1 Drift, prized by drifters for its durability, extra smokiness and superior traction, directly from City Tire.
“We’re always glad to have an opportunity to support grassroots drivers, and so we’re very pleased that we can work with our friends at City Tire to offer our MA-Z1 Drift tires through this discount program,” said Ritche Tay of Maxxis.
Available sizes are listed below:
For more information, please call 1-888-977-TIRE. City Tire Online is located at 9501 Atlantic Ave., South Gate, California, 90280.
The Top Drift Pro Am 2014 season kicked off this past weekend, March 30, on the balcony of Willow Springs in Rosamond, California. The morning of the main event was cloudy outside with icy winds. Many of us were expecting some rain, but it just didn’t happen. The clouds moved out pretty quickly, while the drivers set off for practice in the first three hours of the day.
After lunch, qualifying began, with somewhere around 60 drivers competing for the top podium. After a few hours of qualifying (there were a lot of drivers), the Top 16 was set.
The first battle starred Alex Heilbrunn and Darin Burgess. Alex took the win in his forrest green s13 coupe.
Eric Martinez went up against Mike Bolanos in the second battle. Martinez managed to take victory over Bolanos’ red s13.
Donovan Brockway faced off with Adam Knapik in the third battle. They stuck fairly close to each other, but Brockway managed to walk away with the win.
In the fourth battle, Daniel Giraldo faced Tyler Page-Howell. Giraldo kept a small gap on his lead run, and stuck close on the follow. He had a great line through both runs and won the match.
Battle five featured Spike Chen, who has been on the podium twice up to this point in the 2014 season, versus Kyle Lumm, the Socal Sidewayz 350Z driver from San Diego. Kyle dirt dropped on the second run, and Spike Chen moved on to the Great 8.
Jason Kim and Cody Sarem battled it out on the tarmac in the sixth face-off. Jason Kim took the win over Cody Sarem, who spun first on the entry during the lead run, and then going into turn 2 on the follow run, spun again.
Dan Burkett faces Drew Ostrowski in the seventh round. On the first run, Ostrowski hit the cones upon entry in his Lexus SC300. Burkett took the win in his FC RX7.
The final battle of the Top 16 came down to Adam Levi and Joe Tardiff. This battle was especially tough to decide a victor. After two “One More Time’s”, Adam Levi took victory over the black sc300. Tardiff spun right at the entry behind the green building.
The tournament moved right into the Great 8 from there. First up was Alex Heilbrunn versus Eric Martinez. They had a good run, but Heilbrunn took the win, and ended the competition for the SC300.
Next up was Daniel Giraldo in his white AE86 versus Donovan Brockway. Daniel pulled away with the better flow and took the win over Brockway’s E30.
Spike Chen went up against Jason Kim in the third Great 8 battle. Both had solid runs, but it seems like Spike Chen was just a little cleaner with way more power and took the win.
Dan Burkett and Adam Levi had the final bout of the Great 8. The two stuck together and were unbelievably close during both runs, but Dan Burkett managed to gain victory over Levi.
The final 4 began. First off were Spike Chen and Dan Burkett. Dan spun into the dirt in the second turn and Chen took the win, assuring him his third podium finish of the season.
Alex Heilbrunn went up against Daniel Giraldo, but both cars experienced difficulty and they both took a 5 minute break. It was a race to see who could finish their car. Miraculously both cars were good enough to race within the 5 minutes. Heilbrunn had lost 3rd gear and Daniel Giraldo broke his shifter lever. Alex Heilbrunn took the win against the Hachi Roku.
Next up, Daniel Giraldo and Dan Burkett duked it out for 3rd place. Giraldo took the win for that, which left us with the undecided factor of the 1st place finisher.
Alex Heilbrunn and Spike Chen, two extremely aggressive drivers, lined up for the winner’s race. It was a heated run, with both drivers choosing aggressive lines; they did an amazing job at staying glued to each other’s doors. When the time for podium came, it was decided that the winner is Alex Heilbrunn! Spike Chen came in second, and Danny Giraldo in third place.
It was amazing to see all of the drivers efforts in the top 16 and qualifying. There was so much smoke being made (mostly by Heilbrunn and Chen), and it was a hot, long weekend. The battles got really aggressive, and it is quite impressive for Alex Heilbrunn to take the win with a missing 3rd gear, as well as for Daniel Giraldo to come back after flux welding his shifter to take 3rd place. I was blown away by the hard work and dedication of the drivers and I can’t wait to see what Round 2 will bring us!
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Texas is the home to a pretty solid group of talented drivers, Garrett Hoyt (though technically being from Arkansas), is definitely no exception. I met Garrett last year when he was finishing up his previous Ls6 car cage build up in Dallas at Autocomp Racecars, and we pretty much became BFF right away. Over that weekend, I believe it was Lone Star Bash, I got to know him pretty well, and also noticed that he was an extremely good driver. He was very aggressive, and even more consistent. Unfortunately for him, at the time anyway, his fully built ls6 motor exploded in a fit of rage just a couple events later.
Jump ahead to round 1 of the 2014 lone star series this past weekend. Garrett had spent his offseason going full retard on a pretty intense 350z build. After realize how much time and money it was going to take, he decided breaking a few SR’s before even using them was the best option, and finally got a solid motor set in the car. Caught up with him that day at the event and chatted about his new setup, which low and behold, he liked even more than his more powerful v8 motor. HA! turbo forever! Garrett was the number 1 qualifier for the event and I believe finished 6th or 7th over all for the weekend! Heres a little bit of our discussion!
Q: What do you drive and why (specs and such)?
A: Well lets do this. I drive a 1995 Nissan 240sx, I’m running a red top sr20det with a top mount hybrid turbo. I have ISIS coilovers and arms and I can’t complain they feel really high end actually. Parts Shop Max super angle steering kit, with MCR Factory Knuckles. Also some PSM drop knuckles in the back. The car is perfect right now. Love it
Q: When did you start drifting and why?
A: I Started drifting back in 2009. I had my Jeep and yes, I was drifting my jeep wrangler around into people’s yards and shit, then I got my first 240sx. I started drifting because it was just so much fun. It is for sure the most fun you can have with pants on.
Q: So besides being the pants-less wonder, what are your goals with drifting? Is it all for fun or do you plan to take it all the way to pro level?
A: My goal in drifting is to always have fun. But I am very competitive and I want to go pro, that’s what I’m aiming for.
Q: When you aren’t working on your car or driving events, what do you do for fun?
A: When I’m not messing with my racecar or my buddy’s cars. I love to play the guitar. Acoustic of course.
Q: Who do you look up to both in the drifting world and abroad?
A: Well I really look up to Nate Hamilton. He has been like my coach and we have had a lot of seat time together. And outside of drift it is gonna sound cheesy, but it is my dad. My dad is such an amazing person. Couldn’t ask for anyone better.
Q: Not cheesy, admirable! Where are you from and What made you decide to make the travel to drive the Lone star series?
A: ARKANSAS!!! I was born and raised in good ol’ Arkansas. I was drifting up in Memphis but they don’t have the series that lonestar does. NO ONE DOES! I love the lonestar drift series. Great drivers and fast courses plus the amount of tandem that goes on is crazy. Love it down there.
Q: At this point in your “career” with drifting, what moment stands out the most for you?
A: The moment that stands out the most to me, well there are moments. 1st one is when I blew the ls6 that I was running last season. I shot two rods through the block. And the second one is coming back from the blown ls6, to a little sr20det and I was first place qualifier with it at round 1. I couldn’t be more happy with how the sr20 feels. Soooo much better then the ls6. True story. #V8hunterReborn
Q: Any advice for someone looking to get into drifting?
A: If you’re wanting to start drifting. All I can say is GO FOR IT, like I said earlier it is the most fun you can have with your pants on haha. Don’t do it on the streets though. Safety first kids!
Photos By: Justin Cunningham, Alex Callaway, and Jason Scott
The 2014 Just Drift season has kicked off with Round 1 of Top Drift taking place at Balcony over at Willow Springs. The weather was solid and served as a great precursor to Formula Drift Round 1 this next weekend. Here is how the top drivers finished:
1st: Alex Heilbrunn
2nd: Spike Chen
3rd: Daniel Giraldo
Lone Star Bash kicked off its 2014 drift season with a big Round 1 at Gulf Greyhound Park in
La Marque, Texas. The event was plagued with rain and poor weather but the top drivers in Texas still found their way over to the podium. Jason Scott produced all of our photography from the Lone Star weekend!
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The first round of the Pro 2 licensing series, Lone Star Drift, took place at Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, TX. With some bad weather during the day the event continued on regardless of water on the ground. Congratulations to the drivers who were able to take a spot on the podium:
1st Place – Josh McGuire
2nd Place – Mario Gomez
3rd Place – William Little
Photo: Jason Scott | Results: Stephen Bayles
Winding Studio shot and captured the Top 16 of Vegas Drift Round 2 in Phoenix. The video is just a RAW consumption video of the drivers running down from the 16 to podium. In case you were wondering how the podium finished we have a results recap right here.