The sun rose over a chilly Miller Motorsports Park. The rain had stopped, but the already slick surface of the west paddock was puddle ridden. The drivers arrived and unloaded their cars, and prepared them for a full day of drifting.
Nick and Brandon gathered the drivers for a meeting and a rundown of the course. Some showers had returned, which made it feel even colder than it did earlier. After fielding few questions and introducing the DJ (Joey Harrington, aka G-Type, aka The Hair, aka Trueno the Panda), the drivers went out for a parade lap. And then the fun began
The guys took the first few cuts somewhat conservatively. I say somewhat, because the slick track was a bit of a trick to get used to with the water.
The cones at the entry of the first big right hander took a beating from a few of the drivers, but then OP went on course…
DERP! By the way, the E36 M3 is apparently built like a tank. His car showed no signs of damage, and he gave ride alongs the rest of the day.
Turbo and N/A S chassis were taking cuts, mustaches not required.
Your favorite Pro/Am drivers and the resident Formula D driver were out giving ride alongs, and showing off some tandem skills.
Then this showed up. Things were getting wild, crazy even.
Thankfully a contest broke out, which calmed things down. David Curtis took the win, and whatever prize came with the respect and adulation. All was calm.
Well, at least it wasn’t weird.
What the hell?
The last and final event of the Drift Utah season is tomorrow, September 21, in the Midway at Miller Motorsports Park. $6 to watch, $5 for a single ride along, $20 for an all day Ride Alone Pass, $90 to come take some solo cuts, $140 to dance with a partner. Register here, and make sure to come spectate by 4pm. Thats when the contest starts!
And as always:
Words and photos by Michael Chandler