In a way, it was sort of fitting that the 2016 edition of Formula DRIFT Road Atlanta – round 2 of this season’s chase – ended with three series vets and past champs on the podium, considering the venue is famously where the planet’s premier drifting league got its start in 2004. As much as media types and talking heads want to hype the next generation of drivers, at the end of the day legends run this show, and it’s up to the young guns to carve out space among the sports’ elite.
10. Is Dai Yoshihara Finally Back?
Watching Dai Yoshihara in qualifying I felt he was looking really good and finally putting some runs together. I looked over at Chelsea DeNofa’s spotter in fact (and told him that Dai Yoshihara would win the event during practice). Sadly, Vaughn Gittin Jr. spoiled my prediction but Dai Yoshihara is starting to look back to his old self. He has been a driver looking really short on confidence so perhaps the return to the podium will help him remember what winning feels like. This was his first podium since Long Beach in 2013. His car has looked far behind the other 86/BRZ chassis in the sport but maybe this was the start of his comeback tour!