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.
With Fredric Aasbø and Papadakis Racing‘s recent Formula D championship win rapidly fading into the history books, we felt the time was right to hit up the man behind the team and its unique Pro drift machine, Stephan Papadakis, and ask him some very important questions. How, why, when and just what the hell happens next?
Firstly, although we touched on it in a previous in-depth look about the engine in the Papadakis Racing Scion tC, I can’t help but feel as though there has been surprisingly little noise about the fact that a four-cylinder engine took a competitor to overall Formula Drift victory this year. According to many people, this shouldn’t be possible these days. In fact, this is actually the first time a four-cylinder has won a championship in the history of FD. Why do you think there hasn’t been all that much talk about it, and what does this mean for everyone else? Do you think we’ll see more competitive four bangers in the future because of what you’ve achieved?
The last few weeks have been very busy, but I finally found some time to go through my Formula Drift Final Fight photos.
Right after Irwindale, I headed off to Gothenburg in Sweden to shoot some virtual car feature shots for the new Need for Speed game, and then jumped on a plane bound for Tokyo, Japan, and the D1 Grand Prix finals. I’ve been swamped with work, but more on that later…
The first-ever professional drifting event I attended was D1GP Japan vs USA at Irwindale Speedway in 2006, so you can imagine that the Southern California race venue is quite a special place to me. Dubbed ‘The House of Drift’ it holds a special place in the hearts of the drivers and teams too.
Thursday night November 12, 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.
2015’s action-packed Thursday night under-the-lights practices will be held monthly with events now set for: