Formula D Irwindale: The Mayday Perspective pt. 1

Seven deep and over 1000 miles from home, Mayday Garage ventured out to the west coast to watch and cover the finals of North America’s premiere drift series, Formula D. Drifting, Hardparkers and Shorties were on our agenda for the duration of our stay in California and I think we accomplished our goal. Today we are going to venture into the core of Formula D, Drift. Formula D Final round was taken by the Rockstar NASCAR Motorplant Scion, driven by Tanner Foust. Following him for the day was series points leader Vaughn Gittin Jr. Our friend Linhbergh from Speedhunters had told us that we had picked a great event to go to because the amount of drama that ensued throughout the event. From series rivalries to wrecks, we witnessed an amazing event for sure.

Last years series winner, Chris Forsberg.  Consistent all day, but a spin out would take him out.

Last years series winner, Chris Forsberg. Consistent all day, but a spin out would take him out.

Rhys Millen, a force NOT to be reckoned with!

Rhys Millen, a force NOT to be reckoned with!

Gardella Racing, great team, great driver, but luck wasn't on their side this past weekend.  Either way, balls out in style.

Gardella Racing, great team, great driver, but luck wasn't on their side this past weekend. Either way, balls out in style.

Justin Pawlak driving the Falken Stang like a bat out of hell.

Justin Pawlak driving the Falken Stang like a bat out of hell.

Conrad Grunewald's Hankook Camaro is no Joke

Conrad Grunewald's Hankook Camaro is no Joke

The competition was stiff, even amongst teammates.

The competition was stiff, even amongst teammates.

Wrecks, not uncommon

Wrecks, not uncommon

California doesn't play, they were out to support in full force.

California doesn't play, they were out to support in full force.

The Man of the Day

The Man of the Day

Event Coverage: An XDC Round 5 Preview

This past weekend I made my way out to Fort Worth Texas for the 5th round of XDC. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty stoked for the event being that a national drift circuit hasn’t touched base on Texas soil in over 3 years. The weather however was not very welcoming as we arrived on track day as a band of rain happened to sit its ass right on Fort Worth for about 12 hours. The rain did eventually stop however right when the event started started and everything proceeded on schedule. There were some pretty clean cars out there and some unexpected results in this round of the drift circuit. All of which I will get to in part one. Until then, take a brief look at what was going on this weekend at XDC rd. 5.

Plenty of People rocking CCWs nowadays, but this IS pulled it off really nice.

Plenty of People rocking CCWs nowadays, but this IS pulled it off really nice.

"more than meets the eye" - insert Peter Cullen.

"more than meets the eye" - insert Peter Cullen.

Nice to see different platforms sitting pretty.  One of the good things about the offset movement is everyone can play

Nice to see different platforms sitting pretty. One of the good things about the offset movement is everyone can play

No bullshitting, I think there was probably 50 G35s out there. Nuts!

No bullshitting, I think there was probably 50 G35s out there. Nuts!

Real Mugen, impressive!

Real Mugen, impressive!

Couple of nice Squats.

Couple of nice Squats.

Dunno what I think about this color.  Really the only thing that comes to mind is Cotton Candy, clean none the less!

Dunno what I think about this color. Really the only thing that comes to mind is Cotton Candy, clean none the less!

The Rain stopped, and people rolled out to scope whips and cheer their local drifters go into battle.

The Rain stopped, and people rolled out to scope whips and cheer their local drifters go into battle.

They also come out to watch tow trucks race ambulances around the track.

They also come out to watch tow trucks race ambulances around the track.

In the next part of the coverage I will be back with some in depth coverage of the drifting that went down over the weekend.

Nate Hamilton, who podiumed for his first time in the XDC series with a second place win.

Nate Hamilton, who podiumed for his first time in the XDC series with a second place win.

Chelsea Denofa, current points leader in the series suffering from suspension problems all day couldn't wasnt able to place.  He did however pull a 100yd burnout, pretty impressive.

Chelsea Denofa, current points leader in the series suffering from suspension problems all day couldn't wasnt able to place. He did however pull a 100yd burnout, pretty impressive.

Pink Passion was on fire all weekend, this missile was no joke.

Pink Passion was on fire all weekend, this missile was no joke.

Chris Forsberg, professional drifting badass and one of the XDC judges at the event.  I have mad respect for this dude and have followed him since he first went pro, he's legit.

Chris Forsberg, professional drifting badass and one of the XDC judges at the event. I have mad respect for this dude and have followed him since he first went pro, he's legit.

And the guy who took home the cheese, Doug van der Brink.  This turbo mustang was boss.

And the guy who took home the cheese, Doug van der Brink. This turbo mustang was boss.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the real deal with photos from Chris Reno and Ervin Llanera, so stay tuned!

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JohnP