Hello Formula Drift fans!!!!
It’s that time of year that tires fear, and FD fans love. It’s Formula Drift season! And we are starting it off right on the streets of Long Beach! The best of the best have assembled with one thing in mind…. The Formula Drift championship!
I woke up bright and early, ate a quick breakfast, grabbed my trusty Sony camera, orange vest and rushed out the door. My Jeep isn’t very good at sliding, so I figured I would leave it to the professionals, and kept in a straight line all the way to Long Beach. I arrived at the venue and was greeted by k rails that were set up almost like bunkers, ready for the war that was about to take place. The practice sessions were underway, and I saw several drift stars doing donuts to warm their tires. The weather couldn’t have been much better! I made my way to the media tent for the morning meeting. It is very clear that safety is the top priority here at FD.
I met up with another photographer and we walked around the show and the pits. It was awesome getting to see my favorite cars and drivers. I wanted to get a good spot to shoot from so we headed over to the track early. I found a little hole in the fence and got ready to shoot. You could feel the excitement in the air. And then it happened…. the announcer’s voice blared over the speakers, The crowd roared and off in the near distance you heard nearly 2 thousand horses come to life!
The action was intense! As the cars screamed by, the deafening sound made you want to cover your ears, but at the same time, you just had to savor the beautiful noise!
It was my first time being trackside at an FD event, and I will say it is intimidating seeing these cars coming straight at you with the throttle pinned and smoke bellowing out of the back.The drivers were pushing their cars and themselves to the limits in a heart pumping, tire massacre. The drifters were keeping it clean until Conrad Grunewald came a little hot into the first corner and slammed into Fredric Aasbo.
Luckily both drivers were ok. There were several surprises in the match ups. One was Vaughn Gittin Jr. getting eliminated in the first round. There were several extremely hard fought battles on the streets of Long Beach. One great fight was Patrick Gooden vs Chris Forsberg. Patrick put up one heck of a fight, but in the end it just wasn’t enough to hold off Forsberg. Justin Pawlak and Ryan Turek also fought it out. Justin sent Ryan back to his trailer with a pair of solid runs. One other upset was Kenny Moen defeating last years champ Michael Essa due to a mistake by Essa on his following run.
Forsberg later took to the track again to destroy Justin Pawlak. When all was said and done it came down to the consistently strong Kenny Moen going up against the dominant Chris Forsberg. The judges really had their work cut out for them because both runs were extremely strong by both drivers.
But in the end Chris Forsberg was named thewinner for Formula Drift Long Beach! And man was he excited! He climbed the safety fence, He jumped on top of his car and he hugged everyone in sight.
I would like to thank Everythingdrift for having me out! I had a great time! Congratulations Chris Forsberg on the well deserved win! Until we meet again, see you at the track, look for me in the smoke!
You can see the rest of my shots at the link below.