A look into the Texas drift scene with a video on Lone Star Drift Round 2! A 12 minute mini film packing in all the action of the big drift weekend in Texas.
JustDrift kicked off their 2016 Pro-Am series, dubbed “Top Drift”, with the first round of competition taking place on the Balcony course at Willow Springs. Formula Drift veterans Taka Aono, Hiro Sumida, and Justin Pawlak judged the competition, and nearly 60 drivers registered to attempt to make the top 16 tandem bracket. Jason Kim and Adam Knapik had a fierce battle of V8-swapped S14’s in the final, but many people (including Justin Pawlak) were hyped on Kelvin Arreola’s podium finish in his sub-200hp Corolla.
Here’s a look at the podium results:
1st – Jason Kim – Nissan S14
2nd – Adam Knapik – Nissan S14
3rd – Kelvin Arreola – Toyota Corolla
Photo Credit: JustDrift
Streetwise Drift wrapped up their 2015 drifting season at Myrtle Beach Speedway this past weekend in 2016. The double event weekend wrapped up a 2015 season and issued three Pro 2 licenses to some of the best drifters in the southeast. Tyler Nelson took home a Pro 2 license in his HaloEFX liquid wrapped Nissan 240sx (above) along with Jonathan Nerren and Ricky Adams. Below are the results from the double round and 2015 Streetwise Drift season:
1st- Jonathan Nerren
2nd – Tyler Nelson
3rd- Nate Roberts
Winner- Ricky Adams
2nd- Tyler Nelson
3rd- Eric Loomis
Pro 2 Licenses
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.
Follow him here- https://www.instagram.com/dominicmartinezdrifting/
Texas Formula D ProAm affiliate Lone Star Drift wrapped up their season last weekend with the 6th round of their series at Gulf Greyhound Park. The above drivers are the three drivers who earned their Pro 2 licenses for the 2016 season.
Here’s a look at the Round 6 results:
1st Chris Tyrone
2nd Harrison Johnson
3rd Kyle Scott
4th Randall Waters
The following 3 drivers earned their Pro 2 licenses:
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.
The Just Drift series wrapped up this weekend for 2015. The series runs in Southern California with all of its events at Willow Springs International Raceway. These three drivers above are all now Formula Drift licensed for 2015. Here is how the series finished up with these new FD Pro 2 licensed drivers:
1. Trenton Beechum
2. Joe Tardiff
3. Kenny Chieu
Here is how the Round 4 podium finished up:
1. Joe Tardiff
2. Trenton Beechum
3. Jason Kim
Photo by AMDRIFT.com
One of the most unique Pro Am events of the season is when Midwest Drift Union invades the streets of Detroit, Michigan each year. Some unique builds like this C6 Corvette showed up to drive making the day even more unique/special in my opinion. Where was that car for Street Driven STL? Kyle Cross took this awesome snap of Shane Whalley chasing down this C6 Corvette in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Here is how the results finished –
1. Riley Sexsmith
2. Shane Whalley
3. Nick Thomas
4. Sam Henry
The 3rd round of the 2015 USDrift PRO/AM Series took place at Shenandoah Speedway this past Saturday in conjunction with Fresh Roots, offering drivers and fans both a competition and practice event. The event saw three fresh faces grace the USDrift podium for their first time with Tyler Nelson taking the top honors. Dylan Hughes made an introduction landing himself in second place in his first competition, and Chris Cotrupi rounded out the podium moving him into 5th place in the season points. Round 4 will take place in just a couple of weeks at VIRginia International Raceway on Saturday, September 5th.
Here are the results:
USDrift RD3 Results:
USDrift 2015 Standings After Three Rounds:
Streetwise Drift put Round 2 of its Formula Drift Pro Am series in the books today. They took over the Patriot Course at VIR which also saw an event from US Drift earlier this season. Jonathan Nerren continues his 2015 domination of Pro Am series with another podium finish at VIR. Here is how the podium wrapped up for the weekend –
1st- Tyler Nelson
2nd- Jonathan Nerren
3rd- Eric Loomis