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2014 Vegas Drift Round 4 Introduction and Top 16 [RECAP]

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.

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 Round 4 [GALLERY]

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Matt Ulfelder took on Vegas Drift with an impressive gallery from Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Watch as these guys do Pro Am battle as the season quickly comes closer to finishing up! Follow the link below to see all the drifting that went down at Vegas Drift Round 4! 


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2014 Vegas Drift Pro Am Round 4 [RESULTS]


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

Danny George and Friends Episode 4 – Secret Sauce

This episode features Pro Am drifting, girls dancing with headphones on, and one passionate guitar player. Oh, and Noel Lee (founder of Monster Cables) somehow makes a cameo on a segway.

Event Recap from Formula Drift Pro Am series Vegas Drift Round 3

The weather is starting to get hot, but the temperature was perfect for the third round of the Vegas Drift Formula Drift ProAm championship! That didn’t mean the action wasn’t hot as there were multiple one more times and some great battles. Here is your coverage of Vegas Drift!


Vegas Drift is unique to the Formula Drift ProAm world in that there is a guest judge from Formula Drift media at every round. Gary Garger of Everything Drift would be the 5th man on the 5 judge panel that included Patrick Mordaunt, Odi Bakchis, Forrest Wang, and Danny George. To make judging more accurate, two judges sit near the finish area of the track while the other three judges are at the RV. These two judges would make or break calls all day long and we’ll get into the advantages in another story.

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Vegas Drift Round 3 Overload from LVMS [GALLERY]




Vegas Drift Round 3 fired up over the weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was a blast! This really fast track gives the challenge of speed to these drivers along with some very difficult terms and berms to match. You almost wonder why Formula Drift never opted to run this road course instead of the parking lot! You can catch the results of Round 3 here or you can dig into this huge gallery produced by Justin Banner.

Vegas Drift Round 3 Formula Drift Pro Am [RESULTS]


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

The New Path of a Formula Drift Driver – Promotion and Relegation


The way you become a Formula Drift driver has changed largely now that a promotion/relegation system is in place here in the United States. We are going to break down moving forward how you can now become a Formula Drift driver and how you get relegated back to Pro Am. The 2014 exemption rules are ignored for the sake of clarity in this post.


Formula Drift Pro Am
You must win a license from one of the following series by finishing in one of the top three places in a Pro Am series. Here is the list of series you can attend and each series has three licenses to gives away.  These Pro 2 licenses are only allowed to be given to the top three ranking drivers of the series based on championship points:

Just Drift
Midwest Drift Union
Golden Gate Drift
Lone Star Drift
Vegas Pro Am
Evergreen Drift
Streetwise Drift
US Drift
Formula Drift Asia
PR Pro Drift


Formula Drift Pro 2
Once you have earned a Pro Am license you will be placed into the Formula Drift Pro 2 series. This is how you must perform in the Pro 2 series to be promoted and avoid relegation.

Promotion: Top 8 Drivers in Pro 2 championship points will be granted a Pro license for following season.

Relegation: To avoid relegation back to your local Pro Am series you must score 64 points in the four round Pro 2 season based on the same points structure as the Pro Championship. This means in four rounds of competition you need a minimum of two Top 16 placements to retain a Pro 2 license. Pro 2 is only run as a Top 16 format and the final round at Irwindale can only be run if you do all other rounds first keep in mind.


Formula Drift
Now that you finished in the Top 8 of the Pro 2 series you want to stay drifting with the big boys. No promotion is required past this point but with a poor performance you can be relegated back to Pro 2.

Relegation: Unlike years past that required a certain point count to retain your place it is now based on championship rank. You must retain a finish within the Top 32 of driver championship standings to keep your license for the next season.

*Note that all Formula Drift drivers not ranked in the Top 16 of driver points are allowed to enter and run Pro 2 to protect their respective Formula Drift license.

Vegas Drift Pro Am Round 2 – Full Top 16 [VIDEO]

Winding Studio shot and captured the Top 16 of Vegas Drift Round 2 in Phoenix. The video is just a RAW consumption video of the drivers running down from the 16 to podium. In case you were wondering how the podium finished we have a results recap right here.

2014 Vegas Drift Round 2 [Results]


The second round of the Vegas Drift Pro Am series took place in Phoenix at the Wild Horse Pass West Road Course today. Check out who took the top three spots on the podium –

1st Place – Brandon Patterson
2nd Place – Mauricio Ornales
3rd Place – Spike Chen

Photo Taken by: Jarod Deanda