August 2010

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On Friday, September 3rd the Evergreen Drift ProAm competitors will face each other for the final time in 2010 to determine who takes the championship, the Formula Drift Pro license, and the ProAm Nationals invitations.  The coveted license will be awarded to the season champion and invitations to Nationals are awarded to 2nd through 5th place season finishers with one wild card invite to be awarded by Evergreen Drift officials.

The current standings for the top contenders are:

  1. Peter Funatake - 349 points
  2. Mike Phillips - 308
  3. Andrew Coomes - 274
  4. Kohei Nakamura - 192
  5. Kyle Pollard - 171
  6. Nik Jimenez - 157
  7. Walker Wilkerson - 150
  8. Trent Stromkins - 104

The points are close and drivers will be forced to go all in and leave nothing on the table to earn the prize in the unpredictable game of ProAm competition.

To top it off we are holding an Open Drift in conjunction with the ProAm event for even more drift action. It is the very last open drift of 2010 and the last chance to practice for the final round of the Grassroots Competition series which has it's final round on 9/12.

This is also the last chance to participate in the NWN All Forum car meet. Come to the back gate, park in the pits, and show off your car. Forums are encouraged to roll in together and rep your community. Beat the fair parking and park in the pits!

Start Labor Day weekend early and enjoy drifting!

Due to the Fair there are some changes to prices, parking, and schedules so be sure to check these details!

NOTE: Traffic in Monroe is heavy during the fair so please leave early and allow extra travel time! We recommend  you carpool to save on parking costs and hassles!

Schedule:

  • 12pm - Back Pit Gates Open
  • 1 pm - Open Drift and ProAm practice Starts
  • 4 pm - Front Gates Open for Fair Combo Tickets
  • 6:30 pm - ProAm Qualifying
  • 8 pm - ProAm Opening Ceremonies
  • 9:30 pm - ProAm Podium

Pricing:

Fair/Race Combo Tickets

  • What: Ticket for Fair and Drifting
  • Where: Tickets only available at Fair Ticket Booths on the 3rd (no advanced ticket sales). Entry through fair gates and front of Grandstands
  • When: Fair hours 10am - 10pm. Carnival hours 11am - 11pm.  Speedway Grandstand gates open at 4pm (No entry to Speedway Grandstands prior to 4pm).
  • Parking: Park in main fair parking lots. $8 per car. No Re-entry.
  • Prices:
    • Adult (16 - 61): $12
    • Youth (6 - 15): $8
    • Seniors (62+): $8
    • 5 & under: FREE

Back Gate Entry

  • What: Entry for drivers, pit crew, forum car meet participants, and fans.
  • Where: The back pit gate. See the Registration Page for directions.
  • When: 12pm until 8pm
  • Parking: 1 car included with driver entry fee, Hot Pit Pass, or Forum Meet Entry
  • Prices:
    • ProAm Competitor - $150
    • Open Drift Driver - $80
    • Hot Pit Pass (Driver Crew Only) - $20
    • Spectator with Car - $15
    • Spectator - $10

For additional information, directions, and special event details see the ProAm Event Info page.

Don't miss this last chance for open drift and witness the final battles of the 2010 Evergreen ProAm Championship!

If you weren't able to make it to Vegas today and tomorrow for Formula Drift you can still watch live streaming coverage on Driftstream!

Head to http://www.justin.tv/driftstream to see clips of last night's practice and tune in this afternoon to watch qualifying. If you are waiting for the live stream to start or missed anything you can watch the previous sessions and FD rounds (even Seattle) in the archive. You can also chat with drift fans from around the world!

Keep an out out for locals Nikolay Konstontanov, Victor Moore, Roland Gallagher, and Ian Fournier. Roland has experience on this course from running it at last years Vegas ProAm which should boost his confidence. Nikolay is coming of a top 16 finish from Seattle and both Ian and Victor are in strong positions to qualify as well.

Hopefully the video crew will also cover the Vegas Drift ProAm round that is going in conjunction with the FD event.

DriftStream Link: http://www.driftstream2010.com/

Schedule -

Friday 8/20 (PST)

  • 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM - FD: QUALIFYING All Drivers, reverse ranking (Track)
  • 11:45 PM - 12:00 AM - FD: Drivers‘ Meeting / Qualifying Results (Driver's Area)
  • 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM - FD: OPEN PRACTICE: Top 32 (Track)

Saturday 8/21

  • 4 PM - Drift Stream goes Live
  • 5 PM - Vegas Drift ProAm
  • 6:30 PM - Top 32 begins
  • 10:30 PM - Top 16 Opening Ceremonies

Update!

Nikolay qualified 31st and will face Kyle Mohan in the top 32.

Roland qualified 33rd missing out on the top 32 by a hair.

Ian, Victor, and Dean Keanery were unable to qualify in the top 32. Good job guys and go Nikolay!

Official Round 5: After Dark Qualifying Results

Go Northwest drivers!

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The end of the season in rapidly approaching.

Come out and join us for the second to last Open Drift event of 2010!

This event has run groups and tracks for all experience levels from beginner to pro and instructors will be on site to help with your technique.

Full event information is on the Registration page like always.

Let's kill some tires!

Congratulations to the winners of ProAm Round #4!

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Photo: Photo Finish Media

  1. Trent Stromkins - $300 and $25 Longacre Racing Certificate
  2. Peter Funatake - $200
  3. Walker Wilkerson - $150
  • Top Qualifier - Walker Wilkerson - Longacre Racing Tire Pressure Gauge

The lineup featured ProAm drivers from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia:

  • Andrew Coomes
  • Peter Funatake
  • Mike Phillips
  • Nik Jimenez
  • Kyle Pollard
  • Trent Stromkins
  • Walker Wilkerson

Walker has jumped into ProAm mid-season and made the podium in his 2nd showing. He took top qualifier honors for round 4 and has proven to be a tough adversary straight out of the gate.

Trent is a 5/8ths OG and 2009 FD ProAm Nationals veteran. This is is first Evergreen event this season due to engine rebuilding woes. With is car back together he drove down from BC by himself to compete just for fun.

The final battle took 2 one more time rounds to settle as both drivers made errors due to mechanical difficulties. Peter Funatake lost power steering and Trent had a loose downpipe that caused him to lose power if he let the engine drop below 4000 rpm. Both drivers had to use all their skill to drive around these problems.

It was a tough decision but the judges chose Trent for his consistent wall riding high speed lines on the bank.

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Photo: Photo Finish Media

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The season standings have been updated and with one more round to go Peter Funatake's second place finish keeps him in first place overall ahead of Mike Phillips by 41 points. With the drivers all gunning to finish in the top 5 to earn the invitations to ProAm nationals anything could happen at the final round on September 3rd. Sunset is starting earlier and it will be a showdown under the Friday night lights that drift fans won't want to miss.

Evergreen Drift would like to thank all the dedicated fans, volunteers, sponsors, and drivers that make these events so great!

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After Round #3 the battle is on! The top two competitors are within 15 points of each other, let's see who will get closer to their professional FD license at the end of this round Mike Phillips or Peter Funatake.

Washington maintains it's substantial lead over Oregon and BC in the regional points race. You can see where everyone stands on the ProAm results page.

Check out all the action and find out who will emerge victorious in this fourth round of the championship.

  • Got a cool car? All forums and enthusiasts are again invited to park in the pits to show off your ride in the Northwest Nissans hosted All Forum Showoff Meet. If you are interested in being the organizer for your forum email drift@evergreendrift.com for more details and we'll give your group a shout out over the PA!

Click through to the event details page for full event information including online pre-registration for drivers and media, schedule, prices, and car meet details.

The video guys have finished some edits from the last Grassroots competition round.

Gaelen Norman, who usually shoots photos, took some time between his runs to film and then throw together this video.

The next video is from newcomer Will Nakassa. It opens with a pan of the top 16 opening ceremonies which is why you see a bunch of the drivers with their hands on their hearts for the national anthem. Will doesn't have the full HD setup that some of our other video guys do but he pulls it off with a lo-fi feel. A cool edit with some Black Sabbath!

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Congratulations to the Round 2 podium finishers!

  1. 'Miata' Mike Lukomskiy  - $200

  2. Tyler Grimsley (+ Top Qualifier) - $150 + $25 Longacre Certificate and Mechanics Gloves for Top Qualifier

  3. 3rd - Nick Schnell - $120

Event results for all drivers can be found here.

After 2 of three rounds Mike Lukomskiy is now leading with 202 points. Right behind him is Tyler Grimsley (159), Nick Schnell (146), and Chris Armstrong (140). With only one more round left in the Grassroots Championship we'll see who can take the top honors home. Can Mikes winning streak be stopped? Will some new driver show up and take points away from the current leaders? Looks like we'll have to wait till 9/12 to find out!

Thanks to all the drivers, fans, and especially the workers pulling double shifts!

And thanks to all the photographers and media. Check out these galleries for more action and check back for video as it gets finished!

Miata Mike FTW -

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Top 16 Lineup -

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Next up: ProAm Round #4 on Friday 8/13. See you there!