ChumpCar World Series who has started a drift circuit for 2014 has put a cancelation to its season opener this weekend at Road Atlanta. We have reached out to official channels and haven’t gotten a reply yet. It does appear the next two event they are throwing at Texas and Portland are still going to continue on.
Road Atlanta turned into a problem venue for them it appears early on when they had to change the track location from Turn 10 to somewhere else due to an exclusivity agreement with Road Atlanta and Formula Drift. I have spoken to some drivers who confirmed they got an email notification that the event is canceled this weekend and are awaiting refunds right now. We will keep you guys posted as we get more information on the ChumpCar series.
The US Drift series has made tons of changes and added some serious tracks to the 2014 calendar. With the addition of Edgar Sarmiento (Drift Indy/MDU) to the team in 2014 they are set to take on some amazing tracks including Road Atlanta. We did confirm with US Drift they will be running the official Formula Drift course for Round 3 at Road Atlanta as well. Here is the full schedule:
Round 1- HyperFest at Summit Point Raceway (June 7/8)
Round 2- New Jersey Motorsports Park (July 18/19)
Round 3- Road Atlanta – On Formula Drift Track (August 30/31)
Round 4- Street Life Tour (September 20/21)
Round 5- Virginia International Raceway VIR (October 4/5)
It looks like crew chiefs can throw away those adjustment notes from Road Atlanta this May because the track has received some new pavement ahead of the 2014 drifting season. You can see the fresh pavement laid out on the drift course here. If you look up and over to the right of the image the horseshoe is not repaved at the moment. Not sure if that is being let alone or repaved as well. I wonder what this will mean for the teams this season. I predict more grip and higher entry speeds coming down the big hill!
A complete recap of the 2013 Formula Drift season with Odi Bakchis including a look at his shop Feal Suspension. His program did tons of fun things this year including adding nitrous at Road Atlanta which he mentions in the video is his favorite track. Odi talks about his Nexen N9000, Air Force, and his new angle kit form Wisefab.
Here is a video made by KW Suspension highlighting Chris Forsberg Racing and his struggles at Road Atlanta. The car broke and broke but the CFR team was resilient and repaired it in time for Chris to get on the track and compete! Listen to Chris break down the course at Road Atlanta and talk about what all broke with the 370z. His KW Suspension held strong of course throughout the weekend.
Corey Hosford has been putting out some great videos this year, including his 5-step training video with Chris Forsberg before the season started. His latest video recap from Atlanta includes a fairly-normal weekend recap, followed by some additional antics with his partner-in-crime and spotter Dustin Millard.
A New Jersey local Miro Ovcharik has been making his rounds to Drift Mania and Formula Drift recently. Brian Casse sits back and chats with Miro Ovcharik about what he is learned and what his pursuit of drifting is all about. Miro shares that he always wanted to be a professional race car driver and drifting has found him that outlet and opportunity.
After shooting some photographs I just loved at Road Atlanta we put some of them into wallpaper form in sizes: 1024×768, 1140×900, 1250×800,1680×105, 1920×1200. The new wallpapers include some tandem battles and a nice compilation of insane entries from Conrad Grunewald, Michael Essa, and Chelsea DeNofa to top off the new wallpapers. Head over to the Wallpapers section and update your desktop today.
Here is what happened from my perspective. It obviously was an Insane situation for both Fredric and myself. From inside the car here is what I saw and feel happened.
I initiated along with Fredric, then all of a sudden the rear of his car was coming back towards me rather than maintaining the angle we both initially tossed out. I tried to adjust to not hit him and that adjustment pulled me out of drift because my wheels were counter steered when the car gripped up we made contact. Once contact was made and I jumped his hood the car landed with some momentum. I then kicked the clutch and stayed in it completing the course.
From the video it is clear Fredric “double initiated” and in that split second you can see of the video of his car straightening back up before he really flicks it out.When I say the “rear of his car was coming back at me” that is when that happened.
Its not that I was not expecting him to initiate early at all. You can clearly see I followed his lead when he initiated. Aasbo is not hard to sync with because how he clearly does a big weight transfer prior to initiation.
After the run Frederic and I laughed and talked about it on grid. He admitted his misjudged the course and went in too slow and entered a bit early and apologized to me.
I completely understand the challenge that was ahead of him leading first as the grip was very inconsistent given the on and off rain. 3 options would have happened given the scenario and no way to test the track due to FD rules. It could have been to slick and he could have landed in the kitty litter or he could have guessed perfect OR what happened could have happened (coming up short). He chose the safest smartest route and the significant grip the track still had caught him out and then me because I was doing my job which is to follow the lead car. Bottom line is that he misjudged the grip levels out there and led us in too slow and initiated to early, which is why he had to toss it twice to get it in drift. I did everything I could to avoid contact initially which actually backfired a bit as everyone has seen. When the contact passed and the car was still moving I stayed in it and completed the course.
I did not break his car like everyone assumes and in fact nothing happened that I am aware of (besides some panel damage) and his toe alignment which he fixed. Mine was out about 1 inch but we chose to not fix it and save our 5 minute ruling. He blew his 3rd gear on his chase run and that is why he got a 0 on the second half of it putting us into a one more time battle which I clearly won.
I have huge respect for Fredric and his team. They could have taken the easy way out and just said they couldn’t fix the car, but instead they wanted to battle it out.
I am pretty surprised that we both were able to hold it together and complete the course. I am also impressed that Fredric and I didn’t even seem to miss a beat and continued the battle! Just goes to show the commitment we both have out there!
For the second consecutive event, Fredric Aasbo was at the center of the most talked about run of the weekend, this time for a different reason. After a brief sprinkle, Aasbo initiated earlier and perhaps using a different method than Vaughn Gittin Jr expected, and JR ended up driving over the top of the hood of Aasbo’s Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC. During Aasbo’s follow run, Aasbo spun out, which led to a 1-more time, in which JR was able to secure the win and move on, eventually ending up on the podium.
This video was randomly found on Youtube, and there seems to be quite a bit of discussion on the outcome.