It’s hard to believe that it’s been six months since I first set off with the HELIX team for Formula Drift in Long Beach. This season was nothing short of insane, and although I am not coming back to cover FD next year (sorry folks), I am walking away from this experience with plenty of fond memories and great friends.
Thanks to everyone who supported Shifted, Illantic, and myself throughout the season – from our sponsors to fans and readers. It was great meeting a lot of you in person on the road, I had no idea that my work and this humble little site had such a far reach.
Last weekend in Irwindale I decided to try my hand at making a video for the event. To be honest, I spent most of the time drinking with my friends watched a lot of drifting without a camera in my hand. Either way, here is what I came up with. Hope you like it!
9:26 AM Sunday morning. One of the team’s mechanics is pounding on my door looking for his backpack and bottle of Johnnie Walker that luckily the police did not confiscate the night before. Stumbling to the front of the room, I run into a concierge cart that mysteriously found it’s way to our hotel room. I reroute to the bathroom and stub my toe on a cooler that is overflowing with PBR and other forms of liquid shame.
We take a few minutes to recollect on the events that took place in the 24 hours prior that resulted in two citations and a hospital visit, but we quickly realize it was a lost cause and just chalk it up to “this is drifting.”
From what I understand, there are a number of Canadians that have photo documentation of what happened off the track. If you one of those Canadians, and you are reading this, e-mail me at AG@illantic.com and I will post up the photos of the madness.
Until then, here are photos from what was, surprisingly enough, the least chaotic portion of our weekend.
There was a serious lack of wind this weekend at Wall Speedway in NJ, the drivers reported having a hard time seeing through the lingering clouds of tire smoke.
Matt Field drove like a rock star yesterday, he put up a great fight after hitting the wall in qualifying.
Matt Waldin in the HELIX Drinks 350Z put up a good fight in his rematch with Otto Graven from Round 3 in Palm Beach, but in the end Otto came out on top.
Due to outrageous flight prices and a busy July schedule, I will not by flying out with the team for Round 5 in Seattle, but we will be firing on all cylinders in Vegas. If you come out for Round 6 in August, be sure to stay an extra night and celebrate my birthday with us!