A Spectator’s View – Formula Drift Irwindale – By AMDrift.com

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Every year in California, we Californians are so lucky to have two Formula Drift events each year. I am glad that I live in the central California where drifting events happen to be in 4 hours north, or 4 hours south. Formula Drift is one of my favorite “I GOT TO GO” drift events. No matter what the circumstances are, each year, I plan to attend both Long Beach and Irwindale.

 

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As always, Irwindale is packed with action and with fans from all around the world. The House of Drift is the only event that crowns the season champion in the end.

 

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As a spectator, I love to shoot on the sidelines and also watch the battle as it goes. I feel like as a spectator, I get to cheer with the crowds and have mixed emotions with the crowds as well.

IMG_8836Spectating is great in many ways because I like to enjoy it without being there to just try and get the best shots. I don’t want to worry about getting the best shots and missing out on the action when the event ends.

IMG_8750Sometimes relaxing and focusing on watching battle after battle feels great.

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Every driver fights hard, and sometimes gets lost in the smoke, or just too excited and ends up spinning out. Anything can happen.

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Matt Field is always the person who gives you something to talk about weeks after Formula Drift Final ends.

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The car show always has a huge turnout, with a lot of great cars to inspire about.

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The open pits in Formula Drift are always something that is great, where you can meet and greet your favorite drivers.

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Fredric Aasbo was so excited. From far from the stands, I could feel his excitement as he did a pretty long burn out.

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In the end, Fredric Aasbo ends up taking first place in the event and taking the 2015 Formula Drift Championship trophy home.

IMG_8559Irwindale is one of my favorite tracks, and it saddens me that if it gets turned into a shopping mall for cool kids to do car meets, I will never get to see The House of Drift again.

 

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