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!
Event victor Odi Bakchis in the ARK Performance Genesis and third placer Ken Gushi in the Greddy 86 shake up the points chase
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).
My recent visit to Autodrome St-Eustache in Montreal, Canada, for Formula Drift was a little different in that it was not an exhibition event. That’s right, for the first time ever a Formula Drift Pro round was held outside of the United States.
While not everyone on the grid made it up to Québec for the event, the majority of the Pro field – and especially those teams chasing championship points – were there. Here is a collection of my favorite images from the round with a little bit of commentary littered throughout. Enjoy!
I get non-stop requests to post more photos of Mad Mike, but as you guys probably know, the past two events have not been so kind to the Kiwi drifter. Mike blew a motor in Jersey, and it seems he just can’t catch a break this year. I love the Miata that he built, but I think it’s time to bring out the TCP Magic-built FD3S RX-7 from Japan. What do you guys think?