Photos from Round 2 located here…
“Round Two, serious-face time. Winged Warrior VI, and we were brining the show. It was another cold/early morning as all the drivers unloaded their cars at O’ Reilly Raceway Park this past Saturday. The fast track setup was no joke, and there was no room for error. It started with a fast 3rd gear decreasing radius sweeper from the main oval into the infield for two 2nd gear transitions, ending with a smoky sweeper back onto the main track.
During practice, it took most drivers a little time to get comfortable with the first initiation. Staring down the barrel at some k-rails has got to be intimidating, but even the new guys were trying to rip it up on the bank (I’m looking at you tclange, nice work buddy). As we all know, there is no room for error when you are on the chase to drive at a professional level. There were some love taps and hits during the day but everyone left the event with a running car. That really speaks to the level of talent the Midwest has developed. The last drift event at this track was in ’05, with a less manly setup, with what were high level drivers at the time, and no one ripped it up like our guys did this past Saturday.
The top gun top 8 tandem battle was on with some serious heat. The leader of the season, Clinton Florczyk, didn’t have much luck qualifying, but his other Neukin teammates did; Austin Barron qualified in eighth and Mike Feiock in the second spot. The match ups were the following… first place qualifier Bill Highlife Cook in his blood red 240sx vs Travis LaCombe in his Foxbody Mustang. Mike Feiock vs Kris Hackenson in the shiny S14. Brian Nackers Vrchoticky in the THMotorsports 350z vs Adam Ouziel in his Zerolift Autolab S13 coupe. And finally Cody Tobe of Dayton vs Austin Barron with the DriftClutch S14. All top 8 drivers took their parade lap around the track and there was no turning back.
Photos from this event are located here… Event rundown is below.
It was an easy start for the MDU staff, if not a bit chilly at 7:30. It took us a second to get into the track as we enjoyed our breakfast going over the day’s schedule. We went over our positions and started to get drivers ready. Everyone unloaded, suited up and tire’d up as they made it to the smooth ran tech booth manned by Zerolift Auto Lab. Jon and the Chusk numbered and bannered the drivers up, and we had most of them (aside from a couple stragglers – you know who you were :p) ready to rock well before the track opened at 10. As Greg Schartron and Mark Lenardon took to the center of the track, Round One of the NOS Midwest Drift Union Formula D Pro-Am Series was on!
Due to the amount of the drivers in attendance, we split everyone into three run groups. B & C were only caged cars so they could have some tandem practice before qualifications that afternoon. Each group got 2 hours of solid practice before qualifications with the guys getting anywhere from 10 to 20 runs an hour. Practice showed a lot of promise for the qualifications and competition but no one had an idea what was in store for us all that day.
For Immediate Release
January 5, 2010 (Indianapolis, Indiana) – Organizers from the various grassroots drift organizations met today to discuss plans they have in store for drifting enthusiasts this season.
“We are happy to report the formation of the Midwest Drift Union!” announced Michael Bailey of Zerolift Autolab/Street Life Tour.
“The organization is to bring the entire Midwest together. By uniting the region under one banner we are eliminating the state factions, the negativity, and bringing a positive environment to the Midwest as a whole.” explained founder Edgar Sarmiento of Drift Indy. “Community is about a sense of belonging, camaraderie, respect, and a mutual goal that everyone works towards achieving. It is our goal to host events, gatherings, help to develop drivers, and to build that camaraderie within the community.”
Are our boys in the midwest up to something? MDU coming 2010? Cant wait for it and am happy they are organized and spreading drifting even more. Support these events and watch for further info here…