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Formula D Atlanta: Hotlanta

Hotlanta lived up to its name this year. Last year when i was down in Braselton for Round 2 it rained and was not as hot as it was this year. Wednesday night i got into my car and started the 12 hour drive to Georgia with a fellow photographer. He did not drive manual, so the 12 hour drive was up to me to conquer. 13 hours later and a 15 minute nap in a BP gas station we arrived at Road Atlanta. We went straight to the track to pick up our media credentials and make the meeting.

Moving forward to practice and qualifying on Friday where it seemed like everyone wanted to go in the kitty litter or throw up some dirt. It was probably about 90 degrees, pure sun, no clouds. No matter how much sunscreen you put on you were still getting sunburned. The weather in Georgia is known to go from one extreme to another and later in the day the temperature dropped significantly and dark clouds rolled in. It did not rain but made for interesting shots during qualifying.

Last but not least the fans in Atlanta are the best fans of the Formula Drift circuit. From Team Rowdy to Drift Scum, these guys go nuts. Team Rowdy made signs all night Saturday for the main competition, and Drift Scum booed and gave Vaughn Gittin Jr the finger every time he entered the keyhole.

Lets just say once again Road Atlanta lived up to its name once again. If you ever go, make sure you rent a golf cart and get there early. Enough with the talking, lets get on to the pictures!

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The crowd

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Peace!

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RADBUL

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TEAM ROWDY

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#Madmike

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Keyhole action

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It was a night of upsets

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4 Rotor

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Daigo keeping cool

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Karnage

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Clouds

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Kitty Litter time!

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Stacking them

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Stay tuned for a driver feature on this guy!

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Charging hard

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Get Nuts!

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The little Mazda that could

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Taylor Swift even came to see the action.

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Can you guess which one is LHD?

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Just a little dirt drop

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Yokoi!

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Excuse me sir

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Lil’ Tex

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One of my favorite shots

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Bakchis!

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Godzilla

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GET SIKKY

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Wangggggg

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I don’t know what this face is

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Tried to drift with no power steering

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Yummmm

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Charging up the hill

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Stay tuned for a driver feature on Joon too!

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Creating smoke from here to Japan!!

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One bad BMW

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These guys were nuts!

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The Rapper!

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#MAYDAYGARAGE x #GETSIKKY

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Lots of smoke

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The spring break kid

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Oppai!

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Daigo and his massive wheels

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The golden child

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Formula D Atlanta: The Podium Pursuit

Formula Drift Round 2 was filled with excitement, nerves, questionable calls (but when isn’t there), and battles that felt like they would never end. It was hot, and i mean real hot. No matter how much sunscreen you put on, it wasn’t going to help. Renting a golf cart was probably the best idea for the weekend. Road Atlanta is huge, and to get from the Paddock to the track, or from the Paddock to grid was insane. Up and down hills in that heat wasn’t happening. I must say Atlanta fans might be the best fans of the Formula Drift series.

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Sikky Racing: Mean Green Fighting Machines

Sikky Racing is made up drivers James Evans and “Rapper” Dan Savage.  James and Dan have been driving together from as far back as 2008 when they were competing in US Drift, the premier east coast Formula Drift Pro Am feeder series. It wasn’t until 2011 when James and the crew at Sikky Manufacturing / JE Import Performance would approach Dan to join forces. Dan piloted a Nissan S13 Hatch alongside James in a Nissan 350z. In that inaugural year as team, they traveled up and down the east coast of the United States, competing at XDC events and other various grassroots venus such as Drift Nirvana and East Coast Bash. 

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Formula D Long Beach: Dorifto Life

Im back with another post from Formula D Long Beach!!!! If you have ever shot Formula D Long Beach before than you know that the drifting is only part of the action. All the new liveries are released, all the new drivers get a taste of the action, and it sets the tone for the rest of the year. With that being said, Round 2 at Road Atlanta got very interesting with only one of the major names taking the podium. Up to this point it is still anyones game. Who will Podium in Atlanta? Will Chris Forsberg bounce back or will Aasbo take two in a row? Mad Mike will also be making his debut in Atlanta.