I had the opportunity to go to the Formula Drift Finals this year on a DSport press pass. One cool thing that Formula Drift did this time was to limit “press vests” to magazines only. Meaning, if you weren’t there taking photos for a magazine, you don’t get a press vest. The press vest allowed you to get on the in-field. I think that did a lot to keep the in-field relatively open. In the past, there’d be like 50 people cramped in the confines of 4 concrete barriers. If you didn’t head down to the in-field an hour ahead of time, you weren’t going to get a good spot. During qualifying, there was probably only like 6-8 people on the in-field.
Anyhow, I was pretty excited about going this time since Robbie Nishida qualified 1st out of the non-seeded drivers the day before. Ed was pretty excited about the prospects of the next day’s main event. Robbie ended up qualifying 7th overall, under Rhys Millen, JR, and Tanner Foust (not in that order). Unfortunately, Robbie was too aggressive during the first round against #10 qualifier Bill Sherman and spun out just before the finish line.
Anyhow, this was the first time I’ve seen the Rockstar/Nitto Nissan Silvia S15. And I must say, its my new favorite car in the Formula Drift lineup. The Nissan Silvia S15 is just a nice car, period. Throw on an aggressive color scheme, some wheels and a good ride height and it looks crazy. Prior to this car, I really liked the RS*R Nissan Silvia S15. The white/red color scheme looked really good on that car. In contrast, I’m not too cool with the Hankook Nissan Silvia S15. It just looks old or something. I think its just too black/white and the orange makes it look “dated”.
Anyhow, I think I got a fair amount of decent pics. Here’s one of my favorites so far. I still have a few hundred to go through. But I posted a few on Flickr so far. Check ’em out.