Chris Mills started drifting not long after he received his driver’s license. Last year, he not only celebrated his 21st birthday but also earned his Formula Drift (FD) Pro License. Mills competed in the Golden Gate Drift Pro-Am series and finished as the series champion last year in the 2013 season. Mills is now set to drive FD this year in Otto Graven’s old 350z.
Read on to find out Mills’ unique additions to his new drift build and what he’s doing to prepare for the upcoming season of FD.
Q: What did you drive during your Pro-Am season?
A: My Pro-Am car was a very basic set up. I had cut knuckles and extended arms done by me. With a ls1 motor with ls6 cam and a 50 shot of nitrous to give me 400 hp. With stock rear end welded and that’s about it a very basic set up.
Q: You were the overall champ for Golden Gate Drift, how does it feel?
A: It feels amazing its a great feeling [e]specially [be]cause I came out to golden gate drift thinking I was not a top driver out [there] but as the day went on I got in my groove and was able to take home first place.
Q: What was your recipe for success during the 2013 season?
A: I think what helped a lot during my 2013 season was just making sure it was all about having fun.
Q: What are your plans for next year? Will you be running FD or Pro2?
A: Next year’s plan is to finish my 350z and run full season of fd.
Q: So you’re running pro, not pro2? Can I get your thoughts on pro2? Why not run that instead?
A: I have been preparing myself to go run with the big boys and I honestly think pro 2 would be a waste of my time since I’m not a big budget team it would not be in my best [interest] to spend close to the same amount of money to just run pro 2 when all I have been working for is pro1 and being able to throw down good tandem runs with the top dogs.
Q: So you’re willing to risk your license? How confident are you that you will earn enough points to prevent yourself from being relegated back to pro-am?
A: I’m very confident I will make more than enough points to keep my license.
Q: Tell us about your new build. You bought Otto Graven’s old car right? What changes can we expect to see on this car within the next year?
A: The 350z I bought is Otto Gravens old car and it is the perfect fd starter kit as you could say. The car came with a set up suspension package with full spares. So with this being an old fd car it doesn’t need much to get me to long beach. The things we are deciding to change out are the right hand drive set up. I will be converting to left hand drive. And then the body kit will not be so wide lol. And last but not least we will be installing a ls3 drift cave style to a 4 speed dog box to a speedway quick change rear end. We will be running an identical motor set up as matt field. A ls3 built with a vortec supercharger and nitrous with a tex t101a dog box to a speedway quick change rear end. And the wide body kit is gone lol
Q: Do you have any advice to aspiring professional drifters out there?
A: I guess I would have to say is make sure you’re having fun. [Be]cause if you’re drifting and not having fun you’re doing something wrong lol.
Q: Describe yourself in 3 words.
A: pretty lucky guy lol
Q: If you could change one thing about your driving technique/style, what would it be?
A: I would like to work more on my aggressive transitions this year.
Q: What do you do when you’re not drifting?
A: I am either at work til 5 then at the drift cave til bed time lol
Q: Who is your favorite pro drifter? Why?
A: It would have to be the man that trained me Matt Field. As a privateer team he is a badass. And is an insane driver.
(Photo Contribution: AFL Photography by Aaron Lundgren and Carbon Studios by Edward Khoma)
Mills’ Sponsors Include: Drift Cave, Radium, Chase Bays, 408 Graphics, DNR Performance, Grip Royal, and Daft Innovations