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2017 Southwest Drift ProAm Round 1 [RESULTS]

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Southwest Drift held their first round of ProAm competition over the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, utilizing the Outside Road Course (ORC) to give drivers a unique track to showcase their drifting skills. The judges tower featured a star-studded lineup of judges including Forrest Wang, Alec Hohnadell, Joe Tardiff, Danny George, and George Kiriakopoulos. Vegas Drift, which operates the Southwest Drift series, has produced several Formula D drivers including Wang, George, and Odi Bakchis in the past. The next round of the Southwest Drift ProAm will take place over Memorial Day weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Colorado.

Here are the final results from Southwest Drift Round 1:

1st: Raz Naor
2nd: Nick Gross
3rd: Austin Kregle

Photo: Hans Marquez via Vegas Drift

2017 Street Driven Tour [SCHEDULE]

The 2017 Street Driven Tour schedule has arrived and it looks like it will be an awesome third season! Come enjoy drifting in a bash style format all day with some cool drifting games to break up the day and a big finish with a burnout contest. Street Driven Tour is returning to the same locations as 2016 but with a new track and some dates shifting:

May 19-20: Virginia International Raceway w/ Hyperfest
July 29th: Gateway Motorsports Park (St. Louis, MO)
September 23rd: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV)
October 21st: Lanier Raceplex (Atlanta, GA)

 

Tickets & More Info: www.streetdriventour.com

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

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