May 2011

Even record breaking rainfall can't keep the Northwest drifters from coming out and having a good time. Despite dumping over an inch of rain all day Saturday and a forecast for more of the same on event day thirty plus drivers showed up filling out six run groups!

Normally, a wet event has a pretty big drop in driver count but not this day.

Here's to the drivers and fans who fear no precipitation.

 

We arrived to find a lake separating the pits and staging but at least the course was clear!

This K rail is 4 fee tall.

Because of the old track surface rain turns Evergreen into an ice skating rink. At past rain events the on track pace has been a half speed spinfest. It seemed the drivers on this day figured out the track in one run group and were up to near dry speed laps with a surprisingly low amount of spins for the conditions.

The Hot Lap run group was bombing around the track with a 4 car train of ProAm drivers Chris Jeanneret, Kory Keezer, Wyatt Sloan, and Tyler Grimsly. Here Tyler is followed by Chirs at a safe distances to get a chance to avoid any spins.

Also in the hot lap group for the first time this year is Kohei Nakamura. Bob from Drift Office has put together a car for Kohei to drive in ProAm and other Northwest events and we're stoked to see Kohei ripping it up again and brining his fashion to the pits and I'm sure the podium in short order. 

The wet track always creates some drama with near misses. Around a dozen drivers got a good close look at the wall in front of the grandstands coming off the bank, some stopping with inches to spare.

Ryan Bliss, the pilot of this V8 FC vert was having a great time and even dropped the top when the rain paused in the afternoon. Unfortunately, when it started to sprinkle again the track got extra slick and he ended up giving the wall a small love tap with his front fender!

The changing conditions ended up catching Wyatt out resulting in the second hardest hit in Evergreen Drift history.

His poor S13 is a couple of feet shorter now.

The Evergreen Drift crew jumped into action to attend to the driver and his passenger, David of GwagDesignes.com and Drifted.com corespondent.

The on site EMT's checked out the guys and decided to play it safe due to the neck soreness that Wyatt was experiencing. Neck injuries can be worse than they seem so you can never be too careful. The Monroe Fire Department was called in who transported them next door to Valley General to be checked out.

Evergreen is committed to drivers safety and has experienced medical and emergency responses crew on staff at every event and a hospital literally right across the street from the track to handle situations like this.

We hare happy to report that the X-Rays came back clean and besides some minor scrapes, cuts, and whiplash both guys were released shortly in good spirits.

Because the EMTs were engaged and the wreck happened just forty minutes before 6pm Evergreen staff had to cut the day short. Not the best way to end an event but everyone is relieved that the Wyatt's safety gear did its job. The wreck served as a good reminder of the risks involved in slinging a car around at freeway speeds near walls.

Evergreen urges drivers everywhere to take a good look at their safety gear and mounting for things like batteries, seats, and belts to make sure they are up to spec and built to withstand a severe wreck like this. You never know what might happen at the track!

Check these links for more coverage of the event. Thanks to David of GwagDesigns.com and Josh Reading of Big Boy Media for the post pics!

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425 has stepped up and is supporting Evergreen Drift and Evergreen Speedway in a big way.

They have a awesome showroom and online store with parts and driver equipment. Need to check out a seat or helmet to see if it fits? Visit the show room in Bellevue to try it out in person.

425 is the place to get your Longacre Racing parts and tools at.

Check out their latest video for customer reviews with cameos from Evergreen Drift drivers!

 

Take a look at the 425 Motorsports site for the latest deals and let them know you are an Evergreen Drift driver or fan and they will set you up!

 

 

Evergreen Drift drivers will be at this Saturday's Evergreen Speedway race for a drift exhibition and to participate in the driver autograph session.

Confirmed Drivers are:

  • Roland Gallagher - Formula Drift Pro
  • Kory Keezer - ProAm
  • Rickey Henderson - Grassroots points leader

We'll be handing out free Evergreen Drift stickers!

The drivers love to put on a good show and it's cool to see the Saturday NASCAR fans get excited about drifting. I've you've never been to a Evergreen Speedway race you may find there is something to watching cars go left really fast!

 

Formula Drift recently announced a non-points exhibition competition at Texas Motor Speedway on June 11th as part of the pre-event activities for the Firestone Twin 275s that includes an IZOD IndyCar Series race.

Wrecked Magazine posted the drivers list minus one TBA driver:

  • Michael Essa
  • Kyle Mohan
  • Joon Maeng
  • Tony Brakohiapa
  • Ken Gushi
  • Chris Forsberg
  • Fredric Aasbo

Roland Gallagher is reporting he has been selected as the final driver for the Texas Formula Drift exhibition competition.

Check this preview video.

 

Way to go Roland! Show Texas what the Teal Tiger can do!

 

 

 

 

Rob Primo's new beast is tuned and getting prepped for ProAm round #2. The 2JZ is putting down 569 rwhp and 455 ft lb of torque on a conservative tune. We can't wait to see this car return to the track after its two year rebuild!

 

FD will be streaming live from Atlanta today and tomorrow.

Tune in to watch all the action from Round 2 in Atlanta.

Formula Drift Live Stream

Watch Evergreen Drift ProAm graduate Walker Wilkerson take on Road Atlanta for the first time. Can he repeat the amazing performance from Long Beach and stay on top of the Rookie of the Year standings?

While you are waiting check out the MotorMavens feature of Walkers refreshed car.

Here is the schedule for Atlanta so you can tune in and catch all the action.

Schedule (EST times - Subtract 3 hours for PST)

Friday, May 6, 2011 - Preview Day

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 pm– Gates Open to the Public – Venue
  • 11:45 am – 1:45 pm – Pro/Am Qualifying - Track
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm – FD Autograph Signing Session – NOS Booth
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – FD Open Practice (Group 1) – Track
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – FD Open Practice (Group 2) – Track
  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – FD: QUALIFYING – All Drivers, reverse ranking order – Track
  • 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Pro/Am: Top 16 Competition – Track
  • 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm – FD: OPEN PRACTICE – Top 32 – Track

 

Saturday, May 7, 2011 - Main Event

  • 10:00 am - 10:00 pm – Gates Open to the Public - Venue
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pmOPEN PRACTICE: Top 32 – Track
  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 32 – Track
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – "Half Time" Break
  • 7:30 pm – National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies
  • 7:30 pmMain Competition: Round of 16 to Finals – Track
  • 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Trophy Ceremony & Closing – Main Paddock

As promised here is the Big Boy Media ProAm recap.

Congratulations to Mike Phillips for winning the ProAm closest to contest.

Here we see ProAm rookie Kory Keezer leading defending champion Peter Funatake in fine form.

Click on over to see the full article!

Source: EVD Pro-Am Round 1

 

Check this Grassroots Round 1 recap from Gaelen Norman at Big Boy Media.

Big Boy Media or "BBM" has been stepping it up in the Northwest and brought their "Closest To" unofficial competition to Evergreen for the first time.

Brandon Franulovic earned the coveted Closest To sticker for For Grassroots Round #1. Brandon's number is 187 and it is safe to say he murdered that wall tap!

Bonk on the image for the the full rundown on the event.

BBM will post up their ProAm recap next so make sure to subscribe to their site for tons of Northwest coverage.

Source: BigBoyMedia.net - EVD Grassroots Round 1

 

 

 

 

Round 1 is in the bag with plenty of sun, fun, and crazy action.

Congratulations to the podium finishers!

 

Round 1 Pro-Am Results

1st - Andrew Coomes - $500
2nd - Mike Phillips - $300
3rd - Peter Funatake - $200
Top Qualifier - Andrew Coomes - $50

 

Grassroots Results

1st - Ricky Henderson - Free Event Entry, 425 Motorsports Certificate, Longacre Tire Pressure Gauge
2nd - Brad Elder  - Free Event Entry, 425 Motorsports Certificate, Longacre Tire Pressure Gauge
3rd - Dave Nedelcu - Free Event Entry, 425 Motorsports Certificate, Longacre Tire Pressure Gauge
Top Qualifier - Kellan Bulman

We are tallying up the full points for all drivers and will have them posted shortly.

Hang tight for full results, photos, video, and event recap goodness!