Do you want to see a future Formula Drift Champion? Look no further than Alec Hohnadell. At only 20 years old, Alec already has 3 seasons as a pro under his belt and is the youngest driver in Formula Drift.
Alec was born to compete, he began racing motocross at the age of 4 and had seen over 100 podium finishes until he transitioned into racing jet skis at the age of 14. There he won 7 national championships and one world championship.
At 16 years of age, Alec attended a local drift event and fell in love with the sport. After six months of drifting at local events, Alec entered the Streetwise Pro-Am drift series and podiumed at every event! With this, he managed to win the Pro-Am Championship.
Alec decided to skip Pro 2 and go straight to the super competitive Pro 1 series and compete with the big boys at the tender young age of 17. Only Ken Gushi was younger when getting a pro licence.
Last year Alec got his first podium at the Seattle FD round. For this year Alec decided to step up his game and build a state of the art pro car. He enlisted the help of Forrest Wang’s Get Nut’s Lab, the builders of some pretty damn pretty and competitive cars to create the beauty features on these pages. Let’s check it out!
The heart of the S14 is a potent Chevy motor built by Golen Engine that starts with the extra stout GM Motorsports heavy duty cast iron LSX block.
You won’t be blamed for thinking the race for points in the 2016 Formula DRIFT Championship was over after Round 5 at Autodrome Saint-Eustache in Canada last month. Going into Round 6 at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., just outside of Seattle, a total of nine drivers bogarted the 15 podium spots up to that point, the three drivers at the top of the standings taking the lion’s share of wins, places and shows – with 2010 series champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy Ford Mustang RTR earning two wins (at Road Atlanta and Wall Speedway), 2015 champ Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Scion tC claiming two wins (at Orlando Speed World and Saint-Eustache) and a runner up (at Long Beach), and 2009 and 2014 champ Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Nissan 370Z picking up two second-place finishes (at Wall and Saint Eustache) as well as two third-place finishes (in Atlanta and Orlando).
Irwindale’s own Formula DRIFT open practice sessions will resume on the course that the entire civilized world now knows as the legendary “House of Drift” … aka: Irwindale Speedway right at the top of the 605 freeway.
Each of the Thursday night sessions will start with a (public invited) technical inspection for the competition vehicles at 4:00PM and drift practice will run flat out from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. The fan gates open at 4PM and there’s plenty of close-free parking.
Open to the public (fans can watch from the stands and visit the pits as well) admission is only $10 per person. These will be nights when fans can see some of the best of the best getting tuned-up for the 2016 season as well as catching the acts of some of new, upcoming Drift talent as they test their driving skills and machines against the established pros.
Anyone can run their properly-equipped* car for $75 and they can register right at the track on Thursday night.