“Holy sh*t! Did we just see a beef bear?” said Zack Hughes, an extremely talented photographer, unashamedly announcing the bizarre resemblance between the cows and forestry in the area! As the talk of mutating cows and bears rambled on through the truck, it dawned on me just the kind of stuff we can come up with while on a road trip with your buds. It’s pretty awesome! Joking aside, nothing beats the fact that we were on our way to Desoto Raceway, helping our friend Kevin Philips test and tune his drift car.
Really, imagine: an open, all-you-can-shred, oval bank track, all to yourself. Yeah, that’s pretty tight! How did Kevin manage such a feat? With the help of Desoto Drift promoter Jen Carol! She pulled some strings and made the magic happen, it’s this level of track time that would prove to be resourceful for Kevin, as he prepares to embark on his journey toward a ranking Pro-Am driver! Kevin Philips and his rag-tag pit crew members Zach Hughes, and Damien Fernandez, was able to get a lot of needed practice in multiple problematic scenarios. It was great to see him and his crew take this opportunity so seriously, when the real thing happens, every second spent here counts.
As we all know, sometimes things don’t always work as planned. Kevin’s 350Z started acting up, a blessing in disguise really since it pinpointed some inadvertent issues causing his car to stall mid drift, shutting it down completely and forced to have to push from the track. After some bickering and tinkering, everyone resumed their roles and got the car up and running. They were triumphant on their first pseudo-real run, and of course, Kevin continued his celebration of this minor mishap by running some hot laps. I’ve got to say, if they can keep it together as they have today, as a team, they’ll definitely go far! In racing, it’s not just the driver who wins, it’s the people who do a great job supporting them that breeds success.
Photo x Luis Ochoa, Jake Downs, Shane Prescod
Location @ Desoto Speedway, FL