Somehow in all the craziness of Vegas, we didn’t get a chance to post the final results of the ProAm event that happened at Las Vegas Motor Speedway! Vegas Drift pulled off another great event, and was able to showcase the talent of several local drivers on the same course as the Formula D pro drivers. Here are the results of the final round of Vegas Drift ProAm 2012:
1st – Forrest Wang – Las Vegas, NV
2nd – Eric Hill – Huntington Beach, CA
3rd – Brandon Wicknick – Layton, UT
4th – Andy Hateley – Malibu, CA
Andy Hateley and Forrest Wang both have a plethora of experience, and both have driven in Formula D previously. The semifinal run between these two drivers at Vegas ProAm at Las Vegas Motor Speedway resulted in a car-to-car collision between Wang and Hateley when Wang was leading. Hateley was forced to retire due to the damage to his car, but both drivers earned licenses in Formula D. A photographer posted an image on Facebook, tagging both drivers, where the above comment exchange ensued between both drivers. We don’t create the drama, we simply report on it.
We found this scary video of Jim Guthrie’s crash during the Vegas Drift ProAm event at Las Vegas. Guthrie totaled the LS1-powered FD RX7 he was driving in Formula D last year at Irwindale, and it appears that this car will be written off as well. Fortunately, Guthrie was able to walk away from this crash unharmed, a testament to the rollcage design as well as the safety of the tire barrier that was added to the wall.
Round 4 of the Vegas Drift ProAm series will be happening simultaneously as the Formula D event later this month. The drivers list is a bit smaller than previous events, mostly due to requiring full FD-spec safety equipment. Nevada local Forrest Wang has been doing quite well in the local series, second only to his GetNutz teammate Garret Nikolich. Wang finished It will be good to see these guys do battle on the same track as the FD big boys. Wang has done well in XDC and NOPI Drift in years past, so it’s not surprising to see him near the top of the ProAm rankings.
Check out newest addition to the header above which has a new slot for “Find an Event” showing a complete calendar of events for 2012. We have over 20 drift series worldwide listed currently and are welcome to event submissions regardless of how big or small your drift event is.
Right now we are giving away some gifts from Slide America, Drift Alliance, and Drift Tengoku for people who are sending up a Facebook like (1 prize entry) and a Facebook share (5 prize entries) of our new page. We will close out this contest at the end of this week. No matter what we hope this calendar encourages drivers to show up to more events and fans to find their way from the Internet to a physical drift event by the end of this season.
Another great event went down in Las Vegas this weekend with Round 3 of the Pro Am series taking place! Forrest Wang took home the win who is now a Vegas local. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway track was driven on into the late hours of the night with a ton of fans coming out even with the 100+ degree heat. Here is how the podium stacked up:
1. Forrest Wang (Nevada)
2. Alex Villabrille (California)
3. Derrick Lopez (Utah)
Another great Vegas Drift weekend called Heating Up was a great representation of the drift action and local weather here in Las Vegas. This green S13.4 coupe took home top honors over the weekend with a great first place finish beating former Formula Drift/XDC driver Forrest Wang. This is how the podium finished up.
1. Garret Nikolich
2. Forrest Wang
3. Brandon Wicknick
Vegas Drift kicked off its series this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a huge turnout of drivers and fans. Formula Drift drivers Odi Bakchis and Tommy Suell were both judges for the Pro Am drift weekend. Round 1 Breaking Point is in the books with former Formula Drift driver Andrew Hateley taking home a victory. Here is how the top four finished.
1- Andrew Hateley
2- Garret Nikolich
3- Shawn Smith
4- Daniel Kuo
Vegas Drift threw Vegas Drift 022 which took place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway the day after the 2011 SEMA Show featuring tons of local and western United States talent. The event was part of the North American Festival of Speed and was a great time for drivers all around. Thanks to Nick from Vegas Drift who always runs great events and even let us keep our LS3 powered S13.4 at the event for storage until we could come retrieve it. Here is how the podium ended up for the event:
1st: Brandon Wicknick – Purple 1jz S13 Coupe
2nd: Buckey Laing – Red 13b-t RX-7 FC
3rd: Gary Ganotisi – Rootbeer SR’d S13 Hatch
Vegas Drift Round 3 finished up with a great event at the Bullring Lot over the weekend. The photo above shows George Marstanovic (which scored 2nd) at the Vegas Drift event. The winner was a California Pro Am driver in his green S14. The top four drivers in the series will get an invite to the Pro Am Finals at Irwindale Speedway.