Posts Tagged "Las Vegas Motor Speedway"

6 Places That Could Replace Irwindale Speedway Once it Shuts Down

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I wrote an article last week about the future of Irwindale Speedway which you can read here if you want to know what the facts I was able to gather from various sources on what the future holds for the House of Drift. For the time being, the track is standing and operational but the future is not promising for this icon of American drifting. I put some serious thought into what Formula Drift will do once the track turns into a shopping mall and came up with these six realistic options.

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1. California Speedway in Fontana, California
The reality is that California Speedway is the only other large racing venue in Southern California that can house 20,000 people and provide a track event. California Speedway has been host to a D1GP Drivers Search back in 2004 and a JGTC weekend drift event on the infield. I think this is the most likely alternative for Formula Drift but it will be far from a turn key operation for them. The place needs grandstands moved onto the infield regardless of where they want to drift and the walk from the parking lot will be a HIKE. Let’s also not forget about how much hotter the weather can get in Fontana even though the tracks are 35 miles apart. My guess is they would setup a course on the infield (hopefully not the old JGTC course because it sucked) and build the event around whatever area they want to use.

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2. Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona
If I made this list before the 2015 SEMA Show I wouldn’t of had this track on my 12 Places to replace Irwindale Speedway list. However, Formula Drift added the Pro 2 finals here for 2016 and you have to consider they are test piloting this race facility for future expansion. Why else would they be rolling into Arizona and splitting off Pro 2 to have its own final? I have the least amount of personal knowledge with this venue but it seems like successful events have happened here such as the Turbo by Garrett event called Boostfest. Not sure how setup and layout would work but I imagine this venue is near the top of the list regardless of these issues. Saying this venue has proximity to Southern California is a stretch at a solid 6 hour drive for most fans in the area.

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3. Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada
A grand return to the City of Sin seems like a natural fit for the series. By their own records, they pulled in around 16,000 fans to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the past before leaving the venue and region for Texas. The event took place at night during August and still maintained a heat index of well over 100 degrees. I was always a voice shouting for an earlier in the year Las Vegas drift event but who knows what the cards would hold if they return. The Vegas scene is a strong one with frequent events hosted by Vegas Drift and now Street Driven Tour is throwing down every September at LVMS. I can see fans traveling to this one with the couple hour drive from SoCal along with the added bonus of a fun weekend in Vegas.

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2016 Street Driven Tour is Here [SCHEDULE]

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The Street Driven Tour just released a solid 2016 schedule found above and below. The series attracted some of the best drifters in America over 2015 including Vaughn Gittin Jr., Ryan Tuerck, Chris Forsberg, Matt Powers, Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, Geoff Stoneback and many more! The four venues are VIRginia International Raceway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Las Vegas Motor Speedway to round out the new season. Below is a video of Street Driven Las Vegas!

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Street Driven Tour Invades Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Here is the official event video from Street Driven Tour Las Vegas. It featured one of the strongest drivers lists of the season and some of the best tandem trains of the year at Street Driven by far. Sit back and watch the Street Driven Tour X StanceWars Las Vegas event wrapped up in one great video. Chris Forsberg even brought out the old K-Sport Nissan 350z with a new flat black look and Voodoo 13 sponsorship.

2015 Southwest Drift Round 3 at LVMS [RESULTS]

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Southwest Drift Round 3 fired off at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a great weekend in the south drag lot. Once the Great 8 hit the tandem battles went insane and many of the battles were door to door action! Zach and his Nissan 350z took top honors. The judges were a star studded cast of Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, and Tommy Suell. Here are the results:

1st Place – Zach MacGillivray
2nd Place – Trenton Beechum
3rd Place – Ethan Hunter

Introducing the 2015 Street Driven Tour [SCHEDULE]

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The Street Driven Tour is set to unleash a festival of fun and automotive madness next year. The concept is to brings tons of entertainment, fun, and automotive madness all under one roof for a big event/party. Drifting will of course be a centerpiece of the events with all day drifting bash-style and a main event with Drifting Mini Games and cash prizes.

Some drivers such as Chris Forsberg and Brandon Wicknick have already posted up the schedule and shared excitement for it. As we get into 2015 the Street Driven Tour events will release more details and information on what is happening at each event weekend! Keep an eye out for more details as the Tour gets closer, full schedule:

May 2nd- Virginia International Raceway w/ Hyperfest
July 4th- St. Louis @ Gateway Motorsports Park
August 1st- Atlanta Motor Speedway
September 26th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway

 

2014 Vegas Drift Round 4 Introduction and Top 16 [RECAP]

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Just in time for Round 4 of the Vegas Drift Pro Am Championship at the Outside Road Course of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, new pavement was laid down and would look to shake things up in the points. As grip increased, so did the excitement and close calls which lead to a great event at the end of the day!

Four days prior to Round 4 on Saturday Las Vegas Motor Speedway finished repaving the surface of the Outside Road Course. Not only that, but parts of the former course were laid back down with fresh pavement and allowed Vegas Drift staff to create a new, exciting course that would be very D1 styled as it was fast, short, and deceivingly technical.

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Drivers would charge down the straight, heading towards the “Alamo”. They would then initiate into drifting right on the edge of the pavement just a few feet from the retaining wall. This double apex turn would lead to the first clipping point and continue the right hand turn. Immediately the drivers would have to transition to a right-left s-turn with two front clipping points for each before apex ending the course on the last straight.

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2014 Vegas Drift Pro Am Round 4 [RESULTS]

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Vegas Drift Round 4 finished off this weekend with some great driving at LVMS! Justin Banner was there to report on all the events happening and send us a write up soon for Wrecked Magazine. He also fired us this podium list of how they finished up:

 

1st Brandon Patterson
2nd Travis Avery
3rd Kasey King

Vegas Drift Round 3 Formula Drift Pro Am [RESULTS]

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Round 3 of Vegas Drift is in the books with some familiar faces on podium! Here is how the results came in from Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

1. Spike Chen
2. Cameron Moore
3. Riley Fremont

2014 Vegas Drift Pro Am Round 1 at LVMS

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Vegas Drift started their season early this year, opening with Vegas ProAm Round 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend on January 18, 2014. Nick Dizon of Vegas Drift had the genius idea of hosting the first round in the winter months, enabling drivers to give all instead of underperforming due to the sweltering Vegas spring and summer heat. Also another genius idea, was the addition of a “media judge” to the judging panel. Each round, this would give a seasoned media personality a chance to experience the tough decisions a drift judge has to make. This round, I would be that guy, and let me tell you, judging isn’t as easy as I thought it was!

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A large group of 49 drivers from all over the continent registered and gave their all to get some points early in the season. Once qualifying was all said and done, 16 skilled drivers moved on to the Top 16 competition.

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Kasey King and Alex Heilbrunn were the first pair of drivers to go out and battle. Kasey was able to defeat Alex and move on to the Great 8.

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The next pair out were Mike Fulkerson and Joe Tardiff. Joe’s V8 S13 suffered mechanical issues in the drive train, so Mike Fulkerson moved on to the Great 8 with ease.

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2011 Vegas ProAm competitor and former Formula Drift license holder, Mauricio Ornelas, took to the track against Ethan Hunter. Ethan Hunter was able to put together a solid enough run to defeat Mauricio and move on to the 8.

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16 year old Riley Fremont took on Brian Saip, and moved on to fight again. Riley is a driver to watch as he grows and gains experience.

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Wild man AJ Galant faced Brandon Patterson, who amazingly hasn’t seen any track time for 2 years. AJ fought hard, but it was Brandon who moved on to the Great 8.

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Faruk Kugay and George Kiriakopoulos lined up and took to drifting. The judges awarded Faruk the win after a short battle.

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All the way from Washington, Cameron Moore faced Mikey Stark in an exciting battle, and went “One More Time” twice, until Cameron was decided the victor by nearly a hair.

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Freshly FD licensed Spike Chen went head to head with Josh McQuire. Spike was able to impress judges and keep moving forward in the competition.

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Moving on into the Great 8, Mike Fulkerson would face Kasey King. Fans of Mike were concerned that being underpowered, he wouldn’t be able to take out Kasey. Mike Fulkerson did just that, and grabbed a spot in the Final 4.

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The next battle in the Great 8 was Riley Fremont against Ethan Hunter. Riley straightened on his lead run, which gave Ethan a for sure win and moved him on.

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Brandon Patterson met Faruk Kugay at the line and continued his streak after Faruk put rubber in the dirt coming out of the last turn.

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Spike Chen and Cameron Moore created a stir when there was car to car contact at the beginning of the run. Spike left the track, but came back to battle Cameron twice after a OMT call by the judges. Spike Chen was able to move on after Cameron suffered mechanical failure from beating on his car all day.

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Spike Chen hit the track shortly after his battle with Cameron Moore to meet with Brandon Patterson in the battle that would take the winner to the fight for 1st place. Things didn’t go as Spike had planned, with Brandon knocking him out and sending him to fight in the battle for 3rd place with the loser of the next pair.

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Mike Fulkerson and Ethan Hunter went OMT in their battle to Final 4. Fulkerson would knock Hunter out, sending him to the 3rd place battle against Spike Chen .

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Wasting no time as the sun had set on Vegas, Spike Chen and Ethan Hunter took to battle with 3rd place on the line. The judges awarded Spike with the win, earning him 3rd place in round 1.

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In one last battle, Mike Fulkerson met Brandon Patterson in a heated driving match for 1st place. In the end, Mike Fulkerson was not able to hold off hard charging Brandon Patterson, and took 2nd place.

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Here is the bracket above breaking down all the tandem battles from Round 1 (full size link here). Below is how the Top 16 qualified with the driver location and score.
Qualifying Order / Car Number / Location / Score
1 41 Heilbrunn, Alex California 85
2 48 Gallant, AJ Nevada 82
3 7 Stark, Mikey Nevada 81.3
4 38 Ornnelas, Mauricio California 81.2
5 16 Saip, Brian Nevada 81.1
6 40 Chen, Spike California 76
7 25 Kugay, Faruk California 73
8 27 Tardiff, Joe California 72
9 29 Fulkersen, Mike Utah 71
10 219 Kiriakopoulos, George Nevada 70
11 63 Mcguire, Josh California 69
12 17 Fremont, Riley South Dakota 69
13 37 Hunter, Ethan Colorado 68
14 33 Moore, Camron Washington 66
15 21 Patterson, Brandon California 64
16 8 King, King Colorado 64

2014 Vegas Drift Season is Here [SCHEDULE]

Check out the 2014 Vegas Drift schedule just released today! The guys have 12 events spanning the whole year with a 5 round Pro Am series featuring one round in Arizona at the former Firebird Raceway. Here is how the Vegas Drift series stacks up which they confirm have no conflicts Golden Gate or Just Drift for 2014.

 

January 18th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway ORC – Pro Am Round 1
January 26th- Wild Horse Pass (Former Firebird)
February 16th- Bakersfield, California with Import Face-Off
March 8th- Wild Horse Pass Road Course – Pro Am Round 2
April 27th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway ORC – Pro Am Round 3
May 4th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway Drag Lot – Import Face-Off + Mini Comp
May 31st- Las Vegas Motor Speedway ORC – Pro Am Round 4
July 26th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway Drag Lot – “Night” Practice Event
August 30th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway Drag Lot – “Night” Practice Event
September 20th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway ORC – Pro Am Round 5
November 15th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway Practice Event
December 5th- Las Vegas Motor Speedway / “Best of Vegas Mini Comp”