Scenes from Evergreen

Round 6 of the 2016 Formula Drift Championship is in the books. Aasbø and Gittin both lost early in the event, while Odi Bakchis took Chris Forsberg all the way to the final battle, where Forsberg spun out, sending Bakchis to the top of the podium. Forsberg remains in the overall lead, followed closely by […]

Formula D Long Beach – New Blood

Chelsea DeNofa has as reputation for being a completely insane driver. His checkers-or-wreckers style has usually landed him more on the wreckers side of things, for example when he and Tyler McQuarrie took a wall ride in New Jersey and again when he ripped his fuel lines and caught on fire while crashing into McQuarrie in […]

Luck Rains Down at FD Orlando

So where were we? In Atlanta, Odi Bakchis had won his first event and took the lead away from Fredric Aasbø, Ken Gushi had returned to the podium for the first time since 2009, and Chris Forsberg found his rhythm, getting back into the championship race. Daigo Saito and Tanner Foust were still unimpressive in their new […]

Bakchis Takes Over at Formula D Atlanta

After some time to reflect, I still think this was the best round of Formula D I’ve seen to date. Jersey last year was a good one, as was Irwindale in 2011, but this one was the best. For starters, Road Atlanta has always been my favorite Formula D track just from a visual perspective. […]

Formula D Irwindale: Redemption Song

The 2014 Formula D season did the unexpected by, in retrospect, having the most obvious outcome. Before 2013, no one would have picked Mike Essa as the champ. In 2012 no one thought a rookie could take the title. This year, Chris Forsberg had about as perfect of a season as one could hope for, […]

Formula D Texas: The Hammer Strikes Back

I’ll admit it, I wasn’t really looking forward to going to Texas this year. Long Beach is close to home, Atlanta is my favorite track, Wall is a good excuse to visit NYC, Miami is, well, Miami, and Seattle is where my family is. But Formula D Texas never got me excited. It’s hot, humid, […]

Formula D New Jersey and the Rise of the Hammer

At the halfway point of the 2014 Formula D season, things are getting interesting. Chris Forsberg managed to get on the podium for an unprecedented fourth time in as many rounds, Fredric Aasbø got his first event win, Odi Bakchis earned his first career podium finish, and Vaughn Gittin, Jr. was about as far from […]

Scenes from Road Atlanta

We take thousands of photos at every round of Formula D, but only a handful make it to the final story. Because not every photo is relevant, we always end up with at least a few rad photos with no place to put them. This is that place. Here you can find a bunch of […]

Formula D Long Beach and Decade #2

Thirty-one. Including this year’s Formula D Long Beach, that’s how many rounds I’ve been to now. It’s not even half of all the rounds there have been, and I still feel like a newbie around all the people who have been there longer than I have. I have been around more than most people though, […]

Formula D Irwindale: Essa and die Ultimative Driftmaschine

After qualifying was over and the Top 32 bracket was filled out, everyone realized how incredibly stacked it was. In the first quadrant of the bracket, there were three champions (Saito, Forsberg, and Yoshihara) and the current points leader (Essa). That’s half of the drivers in that quadrant. But in the same quadrant was also […]

Formula D Texas: Changing of the Guard

After an absense of eight years, Formula Drift finally made its return to Texas. That’s right, the last time pro drifting graced the Lone Star State with its presense was 2005. What was life like back then? A lot of this season’s drivers hadn’t even started drifting yet, but a handful of them were part […]

Formula Drift Seattle: A Turning Point

Just when this was shaping up to be the weirdest Formula Drift season on record, Round 5’s outcome was as tame as the Puget Sound weather. There was very little fan uproar about judging calls, and aside from a few (important) upsets, this event was rather…uneventful. Some would even call it a pleasant change. Not […]

East Coast Bash

You ever have one of those moments where you just make a snap decision to go somewhere last minute? Well that’s exactly how I ended up at East Coast Bash In New Jersey on a hot Saturday morning.

The Gauntlet

This round of Formula D seemed pretty normal compared to the first three rounds this season. There weren’t too many strange Top 32 battles this time, but there was still some weird stuff going on. Disappointment in qualifying, career firsts, and controversial judging calls all reared their heads at this round, but in the end […]

All Shook Up

This is shaping up to be a pretty interesting season, complete with intense battles, big swings in the standings, and fans angry at what they perceive as bad judging. The root of the weirdness is the new qualifying format and its tendency to create important battles early on in the competition. Those battles result in […]