Since drifting became a thing in Central Florida Orlando Speed World has been there to support the growth of the sport.(But CRFC happened, but now it’s gone, RIP CFRC) And for most it felt like entering a colosseum as gladiator whom was about to combatant a couple of lions. These lions are metaphor for the walls that draped the outskirts of the track. I’ve seen many novice, really good drivers, pro-am and one pro driver eat it on those walls before Formula Drift enter the tracks yearly schedule. Not to say one couldn’t play it safe in the infield, but this is drifting playing it save only gets you so far.
After the well informed drivers meeting everyone quickly gather themselves to check into the tech hotel to clear their missiles, dori style street cars to full blown race ponies for that final approval before unleashing the builded cocktail of emotions on the track. Maybe it was autumn breeze or semi cool temperatures we were experiencing that day (in Florida any time it drops below 80 degrees is a blessing) but, everyone was one point. Most certainly an improvement from the staff and driver etiquette. Its was a tad weird to have everything run smoothly. However, why complain or look for faults in when things improving.
Among the all of those positive improvements being hashed along as the day came to a close. The one which stood out the most was the driving. Maybe its was sufficient time from last event for the drivers who were a little lack luster at the first full track event to come to a realization, that they needed more street time or focus to take this a little more serious and bring their A1 game to the playground. As this steady momentum of drifting starting to take flight in South Florida I think its safe to see the third renaissance of its chapter of drifting is well on its way in good direction.
Photo x shane prescod
Location @ Palm Beach International Raceway, FL