A look into the Texas drift scene with a video on Lone Star Drift Round 2! A 12 minute mini film packing in all the action of the big drift weekend in Texas.
Here is a Lone Star Drift 2016 schedule showing all the events for the Texas series. They have two key trips to Texas Motor Speedway mixed with a couple other venues around the state. A video below made by Aaron Losey explains how they have eliminated qualifying for the 2016 season.
Round 1 of the Lone Star Drift Series, March 19-20 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 2 of the Lone Star Drift Series, April 16-17 – Mineral Wells Airport, Mineral Wells, TX
Round 3 of the Lone Star Drift Series, May 28-29 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 4 of the Lone Star Drift Series, July 9-10 – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Round 5 of the Lone Star Drift Series, Aug 20-21 – Mineral Wells Airport, Mineral Wells, TX
Round 6 of the Lone Star Drift Series, Sept 17-18 – Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX
Round 7 of the Lone Star Drift Series, October 15-16 – Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Explanation of New Competition Format/No Qualifying: http://www.lonestardrift.com/new-lone-star-drift-2016-competition-format/
The Thirsty Film team captured a highlight reel of Dean Kearney performing in his Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper. The Achilles team has been adapting and building this Dodge Viper chassis over the past couple seasons has been huge! Dean Kearney carries some great sponsors such as SPEC Clutch to help with the difficulty of developing this chassis.
Dean Kearney debuts his new look Dodge Viper for the 2015 Formula Drift season. I really like the new black/red livery he has going on and it seems a nice change in wheel choice from this render as well. We have been told Dean and team has made some serious changes to the build during this off-season but not a ton of information has been given to us on exactly what has been reworked. He is carrying some partners such as SPEC Clutch, BC Racing, and AEM. Dean’s program remains on the Achilles Radial program for tires and continues to carry Oracle Lighting as a title sponsor. Dean was my pick for one of the most improved drivers of 2014 and I think he could make a Top 10 finish for the season if he and the car improved over the off-season.
The guys at Lone Star Drift are throwing a wild end of season event at Mineral Wells in a big way! Aaron Losey from Lone Star Drift is flying out two D1GP drivers to drift with everyone in RHD cars. The D1 drivers coming will be Tsuyoshi Tezuka and Masashi Yokoi. You can check out the last gallery of Lone Star Drift to see how things are going in the Texas Formula Drift Pro Am series.
Date: August 16/17th
Location: Mineral Wells Airport, Texas
It’s been awhile since I’ve been down to the Longhorn State, so I reached out to pretty boy Stewart Leask for some news on drivers down there. He mentioned a fourth generation Toyota Cressida driver by the name of Dewayne Ramsey. Who? I had never heard the name, so I reached out and scheduled a time to speak to Dewayne.
Dewayne Ramsey has been going sideways since 2008. Originally from Panama City Beach, Florida Dewayne Ramsey recently relocated to Houston, Texas. He was a military brat that was spoiled by the Japanese drift scene. Dewayne attended his first event as a spectator at the Ebisu Drift Matsuri in 2007 and was instantly hooked. Fast forward a couple of years, he returns to Florida where the Cressida and a 1JZ motor swap sounded like a great idea.
Edgar Sarmiento: Dewayne, thanks for taking the time to sit with me dude!
Dewayne Ramsey: No problem dude!
ES: So I’m not very familiar with drivers that don’t drive the East Coast or Midwest, but I really want to find out more about Texas scene and the drivers down there. My dude Stewart Leask mentioned you, and said you were ripping it up last year during the Fabricated Motorsports Pro Am Series. I am really interested what’s going through your head as a driver. Do you want to be a Formula D driver or something?
DR: The only thing really running through my head is the amount of money I was spending traveling from Florida to Texas for each round. I recently moved to Houston so that should save me some money. I would definitely love to drive the FD Pro Series with amazing drivers on awesome courses, who wouldn’t?
ES: I also see you are rocking the four door Cressida. Any reason why you aren’t driving a 240SX or RX7 like everyone else?
DR: My decision to drive the Cressida was due to me wanting to run a JZ series engine in a car with a longer wheelbase. I really like how the car transitions and keeping a Toyota engine in a Toyota certainly keeps things simple. I have no problems with other chassis, obviously the S-chassis proves to be solid drift cars every year!
ES: What’s all done to your car? Looks super sweet by the way!
DR: The car has a pretty simple setup. I really focused on the fine-tuning of the alignment settings and spring rates instead of a big crazy engine build. I’m running an internally stock 1JZ with a precision 5858 turbo, big injectors, AEM EMS V2, Spec clutch and flywheel on my built R154. BC Racing coilovers, Excessive Manufacturing mounts, control arms, and changed out all the bushings on it. The car makes 460hp/440tq on VP Q16 race fuel. Excessive manufacturing knuckles, tie rods, Mishimoto Radiator, a dual caliper setup that I made work with my Powered By Max Hydro E-Brake. I’m sure I’m missing some other boring drift car stuff though.
ES: That’s pretty sweet dude, seems simple! DeWayne, what would you say it takes to be a competitive driver at a Pro Am level? Have you thought about being a pro driver?
DR: In my opinion, I think to be competitive in any organized racing series it takes the commitment of spending a lot of time and money traveling to events. A reliable drift car is very important to me and I feel like it’s key to being competitive! Tires are very important too! I switched tire brands mid-season so I had to adjust my driving and learn a tire that had entirely different characteristics!
I think it will be very challenging to make the jump from Pro Am events to Pro events. For 2013, I saw a few friends compete in their rookie year of FD, and seeing them fight issue after issue was pretty rough. Pro Am events are typically one or two days long, while Pro events are over a weeklong when you account for the traveling, prepping, and everything else. The new Pro1 Pro2 series should make the transition easier. Someday I plan to drive in it.
ES: Thanks for the honest answer! What would you tell drivers that want to get into driving competitively? Any advice?
DR: Stop sucking and actually drive events! Seat time is very important!
ES: Thanks a ton for the sit down Dewayne, and I can’t wait to see you at an event sometime in the near future! I’ll make sure to keep an eye on you during the Fabricated Motorsports Pro Am season. Do you have any shout outs you would like to send out?
DR: First my mom, she has helped me more than I could ever ask for. Also all my friends that helped change tires, repair the car, and drive the truck/trailer to events: Chris Neiheiser, Brian Beattie, Hannah Mahan, Sean Williams, Ryan Harrington, Mike Fowler, Aaron Conley, Erik Brooks, Will Little, and so many others! Aaron Losey for throwing these sweet events that allows me to drive nearly as often as I want. And an old friend, Robbie Nishida for always lending advice on driving!
Photos by Jason Scott
The weeks interview I sat down with Dmitriy Illyuk who has taken Europe by storm recently in a SR powered S13 Nissan. With help from his partners like Kenda Tire and WiseFab he has managed to bring home a championship from EEDC and both of the local Ukraine drift series titles as well. His new build is in the works with a VK56 shooting for the 1,000 hp mark. Listen to him talk about drifting as a whole in Europe and break down his trophy winning chassis.
Episode 6 comes out just after Christmas (Boxing Day for some of you) and has Wrecked Magazine sitting down with Niall Gunn from Drift Allstars. The big European series is taking on 8 countries in 2014 and showing off some of the biggest names in European drifting like James Deane are returning to the series for the new year. We check out some video of 14 year old driver Jack Shanahan who ran the 2013 season for Drift Allstars in this interview as well. Finishing up the interview we talk about European rulebooks, policies, and what is coming around the corner for the continent of Europe.
Wrecked Magazine weekly Episode #2 has arrived and we got a hold of Formula Drift x Achilles Radial driver Robbie Nishida before he headed back home to Japan. Robbie dishes on the current declining state of car culture in Japan along with its movement and changes in the drifting scene. Robbie also talks about how he almost left Formula Drift before his program came together with Achilles Radial and his Toyota Soarer.
We also had Robbie Nishida walk us through Speedhunters Battle of the Weekend from Irwindale with his Achilles Radial teammate Daigo Saito. He gives us his perspective of the tandem battle breakdown. Robbie talks about how his build and Daigo’s are the same and different. He even hints about some things he has in store for the 2014 season.
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Victor Moore has bee a huge contender and big name driver in the northwestern US region for quite a few years now. His Formula Drift car is sponsored by Drift Office, SPEC Clutch, Sway Gear, and BC. Victor will be running Hankook Tires for the 2013 season and have one bright S13 on the grid. Victor is another 2JZ engine heading to Formula Drift for the 2013 season! What do you think of his 240sx?