The phrase, “Everything is bigger in Texas” is a fitting description for many aspects of Texan culture. Hosting 9 “One more time” rulings, the Top 16 competition at the 6th round of the Formula Drift championship was no different.
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In the Northeastern United States, few tracks are recognized like Englishtown’s Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Though this track has built its name on being a premier drag racing destination over the years, they built a 1.3-mile tight road course a few years ago. Whether it’s learning driving techniques in their school, attending a drift event with Club Loose, or getting some open track time, this track is just right for the amateur, like me, looking for seat time.
Entering Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall, NJ on the morning of Formula Drift, you’re greeted by a sensory overload of tire smoke, loud revving engines, and colorful vendor booths. With practice time incorporated into the pre-race schedule, fans can listen as they anticipate their entrance into the speedway. Inside the guardrails lining the 1/3-mile oval track have seen better days, making it the perfect setting for the chaos brought with the 4th round of the Formula Drift series.
Whoever came up with the nickname “Hotlanta” could not have been more accurate. Home to its own genre of rap music, humidity, and a legendary racetrack; the “dirty south” city of Atlanta, Georgia played host to the second round of the Formula Drift series under sweltering heat from the sun.
In the relatively short span of 12 years, Formula Drift’s diversity has crossed planes many other tenured racing series have not. With drivers hailing from numerous overseas countries, engine transplants into every chassis under the sun, and race locations that require air travel. FD consistently draws sell out attendance at each event.