It's Nationals Time!
The Evergreen Drift ProAm guys have all arrived safely and completed the first day of practice intact
Walker did manage to hit a road kill bear with the trailer some where in NorCal bending up an axle. The bent axle killed a tire so after a good pressure wash, tire change, and axle straighten Walker and company made it to LA.
The Evergreen Drift banner is up on the NWN canopy thanks to Mike Phillips!
FD Pro practice was up first and Ian Fournier, Nikolay Konstantinov, and Roland Gallagher are looking strong and ready to rock. The Pro field is stacked with lots of entries so they have their work cut out to qualify in the top 32.
For ProAm practice Mike Phillips was the first to have some problems. His ring gear decided to blow up doing his first warmup burnout! He missed practice but has sourced another diff and will be ready to rock at tomorrows practice before qualifying.
Andrew Coomes missed out on some run time while trying to fix a oil blowby issue but as he has drifted at Toyota Speedway two times before he was able to put down some clean runs in short order.
Walker Wilkerson, Nik Jimenez, and Kyle Pollard got in lots of trouble free runs and got better and better as the session went on. All three are looking good putting in solid qualifying worthy runs and running really close to the inner bank wall like gangsters!
Props to the guys from Vegas Drift for running operations for the ProAm Nationals.
There are 20+ drivers at Nationals this year and everyone is trying to qualify for Saturday's Top 16 battle. The depth of talent is markedly improved over the last two years Nationals events so the fans should get a great show and the drivers will have to fight from start to finish to get to the podium and earn their pro licenses.
If you can't make it to Toyota Speedway catch all the action on the Drift Stream!
The session times to tune in are:
- ProAm Practice - 11:30am to 1pm
- Pro Practice - 1pm to 4pm
- Pro Qualifying - 4pm to 6pm
- ProAm Qualifying - 7pm to 9pm
- Pro Practice - 9pm to 10pm
- ProAm Practice - 1pm to 2pm
- FD Practice - 2pm to 3pm
- ProAm Top 16 Main Event - 3pm to 4pm
- Pro Top 32 Main Event - 4pm to 5:45pm
- Pro Opening Ceremonies - 7:30pm
- Pro Top 16 8pm to 10pm
Also, Justin Shreeve, Abbitt Wilkerson, and Yoshi Shindo are on the case and have the media on lock down. Hit up MotorMavens for the fruits of their labor.