Lone Star Drift Round 1
This past weekend marked round 1 of the Texas Formula Drift licensing series dubbed Lone Star Drift. The new format for the series here in Texas is a lot different than most of the pro-am sanctions. Each event will be 2 days, with the first day being an “open drift” format for all drivers competing or not, followed by a big party on track that night. Spectators and drivers get to burn the midnight oil, and drink it, for free with their entry! Sunday, its down to business. There is open driving in the morning, then its time for qualifying followed by the main competition!
Saturday started off around 9am with drivers showing up from all over the US. We had guys from St. Louis, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Florida, Cali, Vegas, and more. The driving in our series has gotten more exciting, in my opinion, each year. Texas has been the birth place of many now FD licensed and competing drivers like Chelsea Denofa, Josh Steele, Nate Hamilton and Will parsons, but it seems that we are just recently starting to put ourselves on the map with our big flashy events, and amazing guest drivers.
Drifting started right away, around 10 am. Drivers hit the track to test out the course layout, and jumped right into tandem. We REALLY like tandem here, especially big 4-5-6+ car trains. Its one of my personal favorite parts about driving here. The spirit of driving is incredible, we all love to hang out, and we all love to bang on each others doors even more! Smoke filled the air right away as drivers attacked the course. A lot of guys now have cages so the tandem was really exciting right out of the gate!
Round 1 is always a blast, new cars, new drivers, new faces. This year was no exception. Like I mentioned, we had a ton of guys from around the country. You notice each group has their own style, some more aggressive, some more consistent, but all a lot of fun to watch drive. It was non stop action all day. From turbo powered JZ cars ripping through gears, to big loud v8’s pouring out smoke, and even your usual SR and KA powered cars hanging right in there with the big boys, we have it all.
The party kicked off at dusk. Tito’s vodka always comes out and has tons of alcohol for all of the of age spectators and drivers to kick back and relax with. DJ’s pumping out music and people dancing and having loads of fun. A couple of us had our ricer cars up at the tent with our strobe’s flashing along with the music. Nate Hamilton was out with us with his FD car and crew, and those guys always have their beer pong table and get down with their fans! Party wound down around 11:15 or so as the crowd thinned, and drivers went to catch some rest before we started up again bright and early!
Sunday started off with some typical out of nowhere random Texas weather. Saturday was muggy and warm, and as we showed up to the track sunday, we were greeted with cold windy air, and the look of some nasty rain on the horizon. Regardless, the drivers dove right back in to some tandem action, wasting no time! Open driving went on til about 2pm, and around that time some sprinkling had begun.
Qualifying got started as soon as possible, hoping to work through it around the rain. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. About 4-5 drivers in, the gates opened, and down came the rain. The drivers continued to lay down their best runs despite the extremely different track conditions from the day before. Top 16 was finalized, and the drivers took a break as we tried to see if the rain would pass. After some time, we realized that it was just going to get worse, before it got any better, so the decision to continue on with the competition was made. Drivers lined up and got ready to throw down against each other as rain poured down.
Despite the super wet, and now almost cold track, tandem was pretty exciting. Drivers were going just as hard as they would in the best conditions, getting super close and laying down solid runs. There were a few close calls, and some obvious lack of traction as the competition went on, but over all for how bad the weather got, there was no shortage of exciting tandem for the crowd, who stuck around like champs, to watch. You’ll notice there isn’t much media from the comp, it was pretty nasty, and a lot of the guys were seeking shelter from the weather. In the end, we had an all NA power podium, with 2 v8 powered s14’s and 1 350z. Congratulations to new comer to Texas Josh McGuire in 1st, local badass Mario Gomez in 2nd, and William Little in 3rd!
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