The phrase, “Everything is bigger in Texas” is a fitting description for many aspects of Texan culture. Hosting 9 “One more time” rulings, the Top 16 competition at the 6th round of the Formula Drift championship was no different.
During Friday practice, teams were eager to get out onto the new course layout that made use of the infield of Texas Motor Speedway.
The track was run in reverse configuration this year. By virtue of this revision, the track posed greater challenges for drivers than in years past.
To work on their lead/follow strategy, the teams began the weekend practicing tandem runs with competitors.
Michael Essa in the SLP Performance Chevy Camaro squared off against Texas-native Nate Hamilton in his Enjuku Racing S13.4.
Foreshadowing competition later in the weekend, Ken Gushi in his Greddy Racing Scion FRS led a confident Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial Nissan GTR around the fast Texas course.