Posts Tagged "Formula D Pro Am"

Is the Future of Drifting Coming from Northern California?


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.




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2015 Lone Star Drift ProAm – Round 6 & Season Championship [RESULTS]

Lonestar-License Earners

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:

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Three Palms Raceway Owes Rent, Payouts, Taxes, and More


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.



2015 Just Drift Pro Am Top Drift Round 4 [RESULTS]


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


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2015 Midwest Drift Union Round 2 on Streets of Detroit [RESULTS]


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

2015 USDrift PRO/AM Series RD3 – Shenandoah Speedway [Results]


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:

  1. Tyler Nelson [NC] – Mayhem Garage Nissan S13
  2. Dylan Hughes [MD] – MA-Motorsports Nissan S13
  3. Chris Cotrupi [NC] – Nissan S13

USDrift 2015 Standings After Three Rounds:

  1. Jonathan Nerren [NC] – 291pts
  2. Austin Meeks [SC] – 259pts
  3. Fred Keogh [NY] – 233pts
  4. Thomas Palmerino [MD] – 191pts
  5. Chris Cotrupi [NC] – 179pts
  6. Tyler Nelson [NC] – 177pts
  7. Troy Manners [PA] – 153pts
  8. David Bellomo [VA] – 133pts
  9. Miro Ovcharik [NJ] – 116pts
  10. Dylan Hughes [MD] – 101pts

2015 Streetwise Drift Round 2 at VIR [RESULTS]


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

Faruk Kugay Steps into Formula Drift Pro 2 at OSW [VIDEO]

Faruk Kugay hails from Northern California and made the hella long drive to Orlando, Florida so he could participate in Pro 2. So Faruk is coming off a great performance at Golden Gate Drift Pro Am last season. We even caught up with him back then and made a little documentary of him back in Pro Am.

2015 US Drift Round 2 at Wall Speedway [RESULTS]


US Drift Round 2 went in the books recently with a challenging course at Wall Speedway following up the Formula Drift weekend. A few former Formula Drift drivers joined the mix and one 350z with the most insane angle we have ever seen landed on the podium as well. Here is how they finished up for Round 2 of the US Drift series-

1. Miro Ovcharik
2. Austin Meeks
3. Fred Keogh

Just Drift Top Drift Round 3 at Walt James [RESULTS]


Just Drift Round 3 wrapped up at the Walt James Oval over the weekend with a solid podium and a best tandem award from Koyorad. The event saw many drivers losing due to two tires off on the tricky course which shook up how things finished. Thanks for the snap AMdrift. Here are the results on the podium with Adam Knapik winning Best Tandem and in front:

1st. Trent Beehum
2nd.  Matt Madrigali
3rd. George Kilada