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About Hans Marquez

Hans has always been into cars. From playing in his Dad's 69 Charger when he was a couple years old till this day, cars has been in his blood. He currently drives a 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX that he drives daily and is part of a large Subaru Community in Arizona (Flat4phx). He is the Lead Photographer/Media for Car Street Journal, joining back in early 2013. He has many influences that have helped him grow as a photographer such as the famous Larry Chen, and John Zhang. He's also been published with various publications aside from Car Street Journal such as: www.classiccars.com, Fox Sports, and DuPont. He's always growing learning different techniques and working on his skill daily.

The 2017 Southwest Drift Series comes to an end as this weekend, 21 drivers made their way to Musselman Honda Circuit in Tucson,
AZ for the last round of the Vegas Drift Southwest Drift series presented by Vegas Drift. Most of the drivers were local who made the short two-hour drive from Phoenix to compete, as others were from neighboring states such as California, Nevada, and Colorado. The weather was mild for a typical Arizona summer day, but with cloud cover and a slight breeze, it was no problem being outside enjoying some pro-am drifting. This night was also the night that the 2017 series champion would be crowned, with the top 3 drivers earning their Formula Drift Pro 2 license.

NASA AZ – West Track

Weekend racers hit Wild Horse Pass for September’s local track day event

On the second Saturday in September, NASA AZ put on their monthly track day
at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. This time, instead of running the East Track,
drivers took to the West Track for some early morning racing. The weather turned out to
be quite mild for the time of year, as it was mostly overcast with temperatures hovering
in the high 80’s. This made for a great day of driving and spectating (oh, and
photography). The turn out for this event was very pleasing. Drivers from all experience
levels showed up to run their stock daily such as WRX’s, Mustangs, Camaros, and even
a Prius, to fully built race cars such as Austin Newmark’s purple Mazda Miata and Ritch
Marziale and his Dodge Viper Competition Coupe. The gates opened at 4am for racers
to begin their registration and tech inspection, with the first group [...]

Arizona drivers dominated in the 3rd stop of the Southwest Drift Series.
The stage was set and the hometown drivers couldn’t have put on a better show
as Vegas Drift held its third round of the Southwest Drift Series at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Drifters from
surrounding states and here in Phoenix came to drive their best, as the points chase is
on, and so is the race for the season championship. Coming into the weekend, Raz
Naor of Los Angeles sat in a solid 1st place with 118 points. Nick Gross (Phoenix), sat
in 2nd with 98 points. Andrew Schulte (Phoenix) held 3rd place with 94 points. In 4th
place, was Austin Kregle (Phoenix) with 74 points.
The day started out with practice in the hot Arizona sun. The XDC style track was
set up for high speed coming into the initiation, with clipping [...]

Beating the Heat

Local NASA racers take the to track early to beat the Arizona summer sun.

On June 3rd, racers took to the track at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park to push their cars to the limit on their East Track. The 1.25 mile road course allowed HPDE, Time Attack, and Time Trial racers to stretch their cars legs for NASA’s condensed schedule event. With the Arizona summer in full swing, it was crucial to keep the cars cool and prevent catastrophic overheating. Track gates opened at 4am for racers to begin with their registration and tech inspection. The first group of racers took to the track promptly at 6am. Since this event was only a half day event, opposed to the usual full day or even two-day event, the turnout for all racers was quite spectacular. All groups with varying experience levels led to an abundance of racers showing up, making for some great racing variety and plenty of cars to see. With each group getting 15-20 minutes of track [...]

It was at that moment, we instantly knew it was show time as the first car left the start line and headed into the first turn of this long drift layout. Our local Arizona drivers meant business claiming the top two positions. Qualifying 1st with 91 points was Austin Kregle in his 1995 Nissan 240sx S14, fresh with a Toyota 2JZ-GTE swap. Kregle worked up until the last minute to ensure his car was properly prepped for Round 1 of competition. With almost zero seat time with the new powerplant, Kregle proved himself a skilled driver as he blazed the track with style and set the bar for the remainder of the competition. For second place qualifier, Nick Gross with his fresh S14 set a strong score of 88 points. After battling engine gremlins in the last rounds of competition in 2016, Nick came back even more determined to earn a shot at [...]

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