Today, at the close of the series’ 2017 season at Irwindale Speedway, two monumental moments in the sport have come to pass: A thoroughly European team and driver have won Season Championship honors in the American series, and the beloved House of Drift has given us our final of so many fond memories along the way.
Formula Drift’s season opener on the streets of Long Beach, California saw a new challenger mix into the fray between the series stalwarts. Fresh from a seven-year hiatus, James Deane shook up the Formula Drift competition.
True to form, the Irwindale stop of Formula Drift provided a massive retire rate, but the long list of DNF racers didn’t upset the excitement and drama in the championship race!
Formula Drift competitors can be split into two groups – the ones who have won the coveted championship and those who have yet to do so. Three former champions took advantage of the optimal conditions in Atlanta and filled the podium, shutting out the challengers. More here!
Formula Drift’s 13th season opener in the rain was comparable to professional bull riding on ice. That is, if a rider had to navigate a bull sideways through the slippery city streets of Long Beach, California while riding next to another bull.