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For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see it live, here’s the mayhem… 6 O’clock news stylee!

Here’s the story behind the feature:rn–rnI was contacted by the PR department of Formula D about a week before the Atlanta event, and was advised that they had given my contact information to Fox5 News about a television spot showcasing the series, and my participation as a local privateer campaigning the series in it’s entirety. They advised me not to count on it for sure… and to beleive it when we see it – but sure enough: Fox5 Sports hit me up!One of the sportscasters came down to One3 and interviewed me (none of that interview was used)… asking the normal barrage of drift-related questions: what is drifting, where did it come from, how is it judged, how I got into it… etc. They shot some footage of me at my desk, and told me that Karen would meet me out at the track on Friday morning.Formula D secured a full hour (which was later whittled down to 15 minutes due to track restrictions) of “practice” time to shoot the news spot. It was going to be Alex Pfeiffer, Casper Canul, and li’l ol’ me. Alex and Casper were going to run tandem, and I was going to run solo. We got on track, ran a coupla solo runs… and Casper blew his water pump.They ran up to my car and said “Okay… you’re gonna run tandem with Alex… you up for that?” At this point, I had only run tandem with friends in parking lots… but I wasn’t about to pass this up. “Let’s do this.” I told’m… and it was on. There really isn’t any other way to describe it, other than it was fxxxcking insane, and fxxxcking awesome all at the same time. It’s just like Casper says in his interview… everything happens so fast – it’s wild! Karen then met me back in the pits and interviewed me again. She was really stoked on drifting. I thought it was cool that she was so amped about the sport.Anyway… Slipstream (Formula D) is effing AWESOME for setting this up. It was an amazing opportunity that I would not have been a part of if they hadn’t pulled for me. I feel really lucky, and extremely thankful. They are the BEST!!!Who knows… maybe next year they’ll do a follow-up! ;)

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What an amazing weekend. First and foremost… I want to thank each and every one of you guys who came out this weekend to hang out, cheer me on, and lend a helping hand. I could not have made it through the weekend without you guys. You all know who you are, and I love each and every one of you!!! This weekend was single handedly the craziest weekend of my life. I got to run tandem with Alex for Fox5 News, which was insane… I semi-struggled during practice, but managed to lay it all down for qualifying to make Top 32… we sold out of t-shirts… I only spun twice all weekend… I didn’t get sunburned… my parents came out to cheer me on… I could go on and on. To sum up a shorthand version… it was awesome. I have to thank Dunlop Tires for supplying me with FM 901’s for the event. They worked GREAT! I was pleasantly surprised how long they lasted. Batlground Engineering gets a HUGE thanks for helping me out with the car… getting the clutch/flywheel installed, suspension, and overall support. The car ran extremely well. A tad underpowered for the elevation changes… but otherwise very solid. The new clutch works great! The flywheel will take some getting used to… I hit redline way faster now. I had sooo much fun this weekend. It’s hard to beleive that last year I was against the fence at this very event as a spectator thinking “this shxxxt is amazing… I HAVE to get out there and do this”… and then a year later I’m on the other side of that very same fence actually doing it. It’s been a long crazy road… and a rough one at times… but all worth it after this weekend. Thanks again you guys. For real… you are all so awesome… and I fxxxcking love you guys. Here are a few pictures from the event. Photo credits: CodyWellons.com, Drift411.com, Mar<12, and Battle Mike:

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This was the point on track where my 167 horses didn’t want to kick much ass…

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Gratuitous safety equipment shot…

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The best pit kru EVAR!!!! (I love you guys!!!)

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Hubinette’s SRT Viper in a cloud of smoke…

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Gittin’s Mustang is Satan reincarnate… seriously – this car is pure EVIL!

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Kumho unveiling the only colored smokable tyres on the planet…

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Kitty litter is not fun. :(

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Video Mayhem:

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Well… I managed to drive the e46 all the way to Wall Speedway just outside Somerset, NJ… compete for a qualifying spot for Saturday’s main event… and drive all the way back to Atlanta. All in all… I think the event was a huge success!!! Aside from the bottom line aspect of not wrecking my car in my first FD event… I had an absolute BLAST! It was such a great weekend. A few weeks prior to the event, I felt my clutch start to slip. It wouldn’t snag when I would throw it into gear hard… kinda slip a li’l on the highway… you know – normal “time to replace your clutch, yo…” signs. I thought I could baby the car up until the event and everything would run smoothly… but just two days before the event I realized: the clutch was a lost cause. I had a feeling it would do what it did on the track… and for the most part – it did. The event was held at a circle track, and the first corner was the entire 35 degree embanked 180 degree turn. Coming into the embankment, the car wanted to understeer horribly. Since the clutch was dying… clutch kicks didn’t do anything (but make it worse, lol). Trying to power through it didn’t do much either… since the clutch wanted to slip anyway. Once I came off the embankment (via a rough ass transistion), and I broke traction things were fine… although the clutch didn’t want to hold the power too well. Once the tension on the driveline was released with wheelspin… the clutch would do a decent job of holding on. Either way… it didn’t phase me. I was so stoked to be out there tearing shit up with everyone else, that it didn’t matter. All issues considered… the car performed quite well… and it was an effing amazing time! Chip and Tara made the hike down from Albany… and it was rad to chill with them & kick back and enjoy the main event, and not have to worry about driving. It had been a while since I’d been in the grandstands (I’m usually out on the track shooting video for the site)… I forgot how excited everyone gets. It was awesome… despite it being freezing. This was my first time driving on Dunlop FM 901’s, and I really liked them! They were extremely progressive in feel. Once the car snapped loose, it was very predictable… especially on kick-back. I’m really stoked to be driving for them this season. I don’t know if I would be able to pull it off without them! If this event was a precursor to the rest of the season… it’s going to be rad for sure. I’m super-excited for the Atlanta event! Bwaahahaha… home-feild advantage, lol. ;) Anyway… here’s a few pictures out on the track… enjoy!

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Waiting to enter the speedway…

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Dunlop styles…

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Staged to run…

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Let the understeer begin!…

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Yeaaah… there we go.

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Pitted on Saturday next to Marty (ATL reprazent!!!)

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If you’d like to check out more pictures from the weekend… check these links:– DriftMechaniks:com Sneak Peek

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A coupla video clips courtesy of www.studiorhoad.com:

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The Notorious Interstate Slide – what happens after nine hours of driving and gridlocked/single-laned traffic boredom sets in. ;)

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That’s about it for now… see you guys in Atlanta. We’re going to bring’m hell, yo… we’re gonna bring’m HELL! :D

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