Yes! We made it! Time to forget about yesterdays misfortunes, and focus on what an exciting time we had today at Wall Stadium! As we drew closer to the event’s entrance, the sounds of shrieking tires echoing throughout the venue was blissful, the kind of experience you can only get at Formula Drift! There was a bit of a scare when I thought I forgot my ticket at home, luckily I did not, and we entered just in time to catch the qualifying runs!
Oh man, what a sight to see the perilously banking Wall in person! It’s so steep! And to imagine these FD drivers flying in open throttle is completely bonkers! My only exposure to a track with good banking was Orlando Speed World, and even theirs weren’t as steep by comparison; it’s proven to be a great feature to execute some exciting battles, and although this may be too early to say, but the Wall is definitely one of the best FD venues out there!
The day carried on, the sun was definitely in attendance, and tire smoke plumed above the track. But, before I knew it I was witnessing one of the saddest crashes happen before me; my time in South Florida has granted me front row seating since the beginning of our drifting scene, I’ve had the chance to get to know plenty of talented drivers, especially Chelsea Denofa. Seeing him and Tyler McQuarrie crash on the bank sucked, other motorsports and their fans appreciate a “good crash” here and there, but in drifting, it hurts to watch every time. Not entirely sure why that is, probably to do with the driver-fan relationship, or how much of an extension these vehicles are of the drivers themselves. Intense though it was, more importantly the drivers were just fine, and it too was just part of an awesome FD New Jersey experience! I love this venue, the Wall’s seating setup is choice, not a single bad angle to sit and observe. Seeing the crowd enjoy their time here was fascinating, nothing but love and support for the sport of drifting, and not a bad way to spend a sunny June afternoon!
Photo x Katarina Rdultovskaia and shane prescod
Location @ Wall Stadium Speedway, NJ