The Drift League pro-am championship is counting down the days to its inaugural, set for June 1st at the House of Drift, Irwindale Speedway, and in advance of the big day came a chance for competitors to see if their cars were ready. Series presenters MotoIQ held a tech day at their compound in Gardena, Calif., where just under a dozen drivers brought out their whips to get the once over by engineer, author, editor, and king nerd Mike Kojima and his staff.
We saw a lot of familiar vehicles among the stream of cars rolling through, including a bunch of Top Drift guys (the area's other Formula D-sanctioned pro-am series), like Milton Villamor's 2JZ S14, Daniel Kuo's FD3S RX-7, Josh Mason's LS-swapped Mustang, Daryl Priyono's E36, and Don Boline's Concept Builders 350Z. We also saw a few really clean rides that weren't there to get teched, they were just passing through, like Gary King, Jr.'s R33 Skyline. Of the cars that did go through tech, many were getting dinged for a variety of reasons, mainly improper harness installation, unsafe seat brackets, absence of a driveshaft loop, and improper fire extinguisher mounting.
The Drift League 2018 season will consist of four single-day competition events, all held at Irwindale Speedway. The series is scheduled to hold its four rounds of competition on Fridays through summer, specifically June 1st, July 20th, August 31st, and September 28th. Rule sets and judging criteria will be based on current Formula DRIFT standards. Each round of competition will include practice time, a qualifying session, and a Top 16 tandem eliminations competition.
TDL's objective is to help aspiring drifters prepare for the professional levels of the sport. Organizers are emphasizing proper vehicle prep, mechanical and safety inspections, and how to run a pro-level drift program. Formula D Pro 2 licenses are up for grabs for the top finishers in the series. For more info visit The Drift League's website or hit them up Facebook and Instagram.