Well, back to reality…the office on a Monday morning..coming back from The House of Drift, Toyota Speedway, Irwindale, the home of the 2009 Formula D Pro-Ams. It was my first time to witness drifting at this spectacular track, and I got to witness it as 24 of the nation’s top amateur drifters battled it out for their Formula D 2010 professionals licenses. Comradery, drama, wrecks, and awesome driving were all witnessed as each driver drifted with an FD license in mind.

Ian Fournier the winner of the Formula D Pro-Am National Event

Ian Fournier the winner of the Formula D Pro-Am National Event

Mayday traveled to the Formula D National Pro-Ams with the intention of covering the drivers that traveled from Texas to show what they had, and they performed awesome. All four drivers that left to compete for the formula D license qualified:

Ameen Rizvi

Ameen Rizvi

Ameen Rizvi

Chelsea DeNofa

Chelsea DeNofa

Chelsea DeNofa

Russel Walker

Russel Walker

Russel Walker

Stewart Leask

Stewart Leask

Stewart Leask

Here is the roster of the top 16, from the event. Thank god for wreckedmagazine.com, as I had lost my list. :X.

Ameen Rizvi
Andrew Coomes
Brad Hettinger
Charles Ng
Chuck Litterst
Cyrus Martinez
David Blunt
Derek King
Ian Fournier
Jacky Sin
Jeffory Abbott
John Russakoff
Johnny Kanavas
Keith Wong
Kelvin Arreola
Mike Pollard
Nikolay Konstantinov
Roland Gallagher
Russell Walker
Stewart Leask
Tommy Roberts
Trent Stromkins
Victor Moore
Chelsea DeNofa

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When time came for the top 16 to battle it out tandem style, all four of the Texas placed in the Top 8, with Houston’s own Ameen Rizvi placing 4th! Having to duke it out (for third place) between himself and Chelsea Denofa who is a Philly native, but currently resides in the surrounding Houston area as well.

Winning order was as follows:

1st- Ian Fournier
2nd- Mike Pollard
3rd- Chelesa DeNofa

There were so many good drivers out at Formula D, spreading from Jersey to the west coast.

Also out at Irwindale was a J-tuned car meet, thrown by the notorius J-tuned.com blog/website. There were definitely a few really nice cars, but I have to admit I was a bit disappointed as I had heard that there was going to be a good couple hundred cars out there showing, but there was only about 40. Either way, they came and repped, and there were some clean whips.

I was also very fortunate to have acquired a media pass for this event, as it had given me access to catch virtually all of the action, as well as meet some of the industries most popular bloggers and photographers. One imparticular that I wanted to thank was Larry Chen from driftfotos.com. Being that this was my first California event that I went to cover, Larry was giving me pointers throughout the day as well as telling me locations to shoot and whatnot. A stand-up guy for sure, and he drives one mean as Farlaidy 240z!. I also had the leisure of meeting much of the Motormavens.com crew including Antonio, Yoshi, Abbot and a couple others; Linhberg Nguyen from Speedhunters.com; Ross Fairfield from Dead Pirate Productions; The Infamous Mike Garret formerly of AutoOtaku.com and who is now also with the Speedhunters crew; Joe from stickydiljoe.com aka The Chronicles; and Joey from WreckedMagazine.com. There were some others as well, but I am forgetting names with sites, Will, Nate (from modified), Steve, Clinton and..hmm damn, I lost some stuff in the Airport :(

Stay tuned for pt. 2 of this coverage!

JohnP

More Pictures can be found here in the pt. 1 Gallery

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