As we prepare for our inaugural round of the newest Formula Drift Pro-Am series in the country, we’d like to take a minute to layout the general scope of how things will go based on our staff’s experience running Midwest Drift Union events since 2010.
We follow a straightforward format similar to many other Pro-Am and grassroots events. After everyone gets checked in at the gates and get everything unloaded, tech inspections will begin. Our lead safety/tech expert, Brad Foy, will inspect every car to make sure it meets our requirements and address any questions drivers may have concerning vehicle configuration.
Next will be the drivers meeting, where a lot of us will all be meeting each other for the first time. Our judges, Nick Swann, Mike Skudlarek and Pat Goodin, will go over in detail what they’ll be looking for during competition. This is also where drivers will be split into run groups.
With your run groups designated, you’ll hit the grid where Thomas “T Diddy” Lange and Rob Aponte will be coordinating the on-track activities.
Next up will be a morning of practice alternating between two run groups from 10 – 2:30. After a break for lunch and a meeting for competition drivers, qualifying will begin.
Qualification will determine our top sixteen bracket, with that announcement being made in a follow-up drivers meeting.
This all leads to a top sixteen competition just like every other competition series. However, unlike Formula Drift, SDU will have a battle to determine third place.
And of course, there will be a small podium ceremony to announce our top three finishers.
We hope to see as many people as possible as we kick off the 2017 season on Saturday at Orlando Speedworld. The Facebook event page can be found below: