2008 Pro Am Nationals
Pro hopefuls went head to head for the chance to acquire their licenses to compete in the 2009 Formula D drift series. Drivers came from all over the US to prove they belong with the best at the Long Beach Pier which also played host to the Red Bull World Drifting Championship.

Congratulations Arizona driver Joe Dinunzio and his LS1 powered 240sx for being awarded his pro license. More results coming soon. Click HERE to see photos from the event.
SEMA 2007
SEMA 2007 was a blur of autmotive exhibition. Manufacturers, Vendors, Buyers, Sellers, Gear Heads, Inventors, Models and more. There was simply too much to look at in a weeks worth of roaming exhibition halls. Industry parties enterained guests of SEMA in the evening making for an always memorable experience. Click HERE to see a small tour of what SEMA 2007 had to offer
Brady Dohrmann is the proud owner and accomplished driver of this fine Phoenix, Arizona located 240sx. Scorching tracks with astonishing times of 1:06 at Phoenix International Raceway, 1:57.2 at Buttonwillow, and 1:29 at Willow Springs, this car and driver have proven themselves time and time again against the finest competition on the west coast. Click HERE to view the article as it was featured in Dsport Magazine Issue #53.

Southwest Showdown Drift Event @ P1 Kart Circuit Tucson, AZ

Southwest Showdown @ P1 Kart Circuit Tucson, Arizona, April 26th 2008 - The first event of the Arizona Drift Machine Amateur Series went down with a lot of excitement on a typical clear sky Tucson afternoon. A high speed e-brake entry to a series of technical turns, proved a mighty challenge to beginners and pros alike. Forrest Wang took first place beating Joe Haven in the final with Dayton Beck wrapping up third place in the advanced group. In the beginner group Sean Fahey walked away with first place honors as Joel Mondragon and John Lawson wrapped up second and third place respectively. Congratulations to those who placed and a big thanks to P1 Kart Circuit for contributing one of the best facilities in Arizona to the local drift scene. Click HERE to view the photos.


Formula D April 11, 2008.  Streets of Long Beach
Formula D @ Streets of Long Beach, California, April 11th 2008. - The finals looked poised for a 350z matchup between Chris Forsberg and Tanner Foust until Samuel Hubinette had his hand in foiling the battle of the Z's by defeating Foust in the semi-finals. Forsberg slayed his oponnents one by one until the final showdown against Hubinette which he won narrowly after some very close runs. Congratulations to Chris Forsberg for his 1st place podium finish, an incredible accomplishment given the field of competition. Click HERE to view the photo gallery.

Drift Assault Nopi Qualifier March 22nd, 2008 @ P1 Kart Circuit, Tucson, AZ
Drift Assault Nopi Qualifier @ P1 Kart Circuit, March 22nd, 2008 - Turn Style Drift hosted the first drift event ever at the scale replica of Suzuka, otherwise known as P1 Kart Circuit in Tucson, Arizona. Five drivers were awarded their licenses to compete nationally in the Nopi Drift Series. Congratulations to Jeff Jones, Jordan Yeh, Cyrus Martinez, Jeremy Vanleeuwe, and Matt Vigil. Click HERE to view the photo gallery.
Club Drift
Club Drift @ Southwest International Raceway, February 23rd, 2008 - AZDrift Machine hosted it's first Tucson event. It was a good day to come out and practice and destroy plenty of tires on the SIR cheese grater parking lot. Things are heating up as drivers prepare for the spring race season as plenty events headed our way. Click HERE to view the photo gallery.


Editor's Ramblings - April 28th 2008

The spring season has been a busy one here in Arizona. Several events have already passed and many more are coming up in the month of may. Already we've been privileged to host a Nopi Drift Series qualifier and the upstart of a new amateur drift series within one month of each other. FIR plays host to one of the larger events of the year as NASA puts on it's annual Hyper Drive event. Expect plenty of time attack, road racing, and drifting as Modified puts on its Tuner Shoot Out, Super Street runs the Super Lap Battle, and Trial by Fire hosts Drifting. It should make for an exciting day of motoring so mark your calendar for May 24th.

As always, it's a great time in Arizona and the southwest for motoring. N.A.S.A. and Club Racing Arizona are playing host to many racing and drifting events. Take a look at the schedule in the events section, where you'll find event dates and links to their respective registration and info pages. You'll also find exciting photo coverage, showing why the Southwest is the hottest region for motorsport year round.

You can take certified instructed driving courses and race in several different classes of road racing. Drifting fever has bitten many car enthusiasts, but it's important to keep your new found interest off the streets and keep it on the track. There's no excuse that there aren't any events to practice at. So register, take the proper instruction, and drift responsibly in a controlled environment where you can trully hone your skills.

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