Xtreme Drift Circuit – Texas
By Sarah Forst
The Xtreme Drift Circuit finished up its third season at the 2012 finals this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The West Coast drivers competed for a chance at the Top 16 competition on Friday and the East Coast and West Coast drivers went head to head at Saturday's finals. There were already five rounds in the books going into the weekend's events with 3 East Coast competitions and 2 on the West Coast, a double round in Phoenix at the start of the season. The West Coast drivers had an opportunity to learn the track Friday while competing in their third round, balancing out the point structure.
|It was hotter than hades at Texas Motor Speedway with temps in the triple digits.|
XDC started as a quasi grassroots field of amateurs and some professionals that travelled the country to compete head to head in drifting competitions. The top drivers will be invited to compete in a drifting competition November 10-11 in Buenos Aires, Argentina against winners of other contests around the world. Most of these guys have some sponsors but are pretty much privateers making it a close race to the podium. XDC usually partners with Hot Import Nights (HIN) events to pull together the largest crowds. The drifting competition includes a $10,000 purse with $1000 going to the top qualifier and the other $9,000 split amongst the top 8 as long as there are 32 drivers competing. Any fewer results in the top 8 prize money being split in half.
|Your West Coast champ, Mike Pollard.|
The podium spots from the West Coast Finale on Friday were filled by:
Mike Pollard got the win at the West Coast finale in Dallas, powering his ZeroLift Nissan S13.
Forrest Wang took 2nd place in the GetNuts Labs S13.4
Rapper Dan Savage rounded out the top 3 in the Sikky S13 SilTruck
|This is what happens when you swap in an LS1 engine, Drift Tough adjustable rear arms, and a set of D2 Racing coilovers with inverted monotube struts and a 52mm shock.|
Forrest Wang (left) and Garret Nikolich (right) make up the Get Nuts Lab racing team. Forrest pilots a S13 with Toyota 2JXGTE engine making 600 horsepower. Garret drives the S13 with Toyota 1JZGTE engine pushing about 400 horsies. Both cars have Kouki S14 front end conversions.