Thursday Night Drift Details:
- Held in Irwindale, CA at Irwindale Speedway | Inaugural event
- $100 to participate in drift sessions | Open to public | Reoccurring
- Michael Essa, Forrest Wang, Kyle Mohan, and Justin Pawlak attend
- Interview with privateers Tyler Barnick and Melissa Miller
Everyone has his or her go to activity to escape boredom. For some it's a stroll on the beach and on the opposite end of the spectrum are those that slide their way to excitement. To cater to these hooligans Formula D established the inaugural Thursday Night Drift event held at the Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA, otherwise known as the "House of Drift."
While Formula D spec cars are usually backed up by large corporate sponsored budgets , the every day drifter tests and tunes on a much more frugal budget. Formula D cars can crash and look brand spanking new by the next round like a Playstation reset button where as the rest of us don't have it that easy. It's a hobby that requires deep pockets and balls of steel. This is what makes an event like Formula D's Thursday Night Drift special. We have grass-root drifters honing their skills in a safe, affordable and legal environment instead of Takumi wannabes driving their cars off a cliff.
For just $100 the event allows you to drift with beginners and even pros such as Michael Essa, Forrest Wang, Kyle Mohan, and Justin Pawlak who attended. Forrest Wang put on a show and brought his competition 2JZ powered Nissan 240sx. For the inaugural event, drivers had access to multiple track layouts that included the pro-level banking to simpler two-corner infield runs. For $10 the public could watch the action from the stands and pit area. Planned to occur once a month at Irwindale Speedway, the inaugural Formula D Thursday Night Drift had tech begin at 2pm, gates opened at 4pm and drifting commenced at 5pm and went until night. See schedule below for the next Thursday Night Drift meeting.
Spectacular as it was to see the pros at a non-competition event, it was inspiring to see the privateers go at it. Especially Tyler Barnick. Every time I saw his beige Nissan 240SX run I found myself shutter happy just because of how consistent he was. And you can hear it too; he was smashing on that throttle. We even found girl drifter Melissa Miller getting sideways with her Nissan 350Z. (Sexy right?) On her last run she made contact with the wall, but luckily enough the battle scar wasn't too severe. We interviewed these up and coming drifters to find out what they thought about of the event (see page 2).
Formula D Thursday Night Drift Schedule: