Author Archive: Nicole Ellan James

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About Nicole Ellan James

Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Ford Mustang which she bought as her first car at the age of 16. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn, and uses the car to participate in track events. Nicole is Editor-in-Chief of Car Street Journal, an online publication catering to the car enthusiast community, as well as an Editor and writer for ClassicCars.com, Fox Sports, and Autofluence. Follow Nicole on Instagram (@Nicole_ellan), Twitter (@nicoleeellan), and Facebook. Use her hashtags: #highheelsandhorsepower #V6withsomebite

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Car Street Journal got Behind the Wheel with Austin Kregle and Andrew Schulte throughout the 2016 Southwest Drift series, a multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned ProAM driving series hosted by VegasDrift.

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Editorial Note: This is the final in a series of articles following Andrew Schulte through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez, Matthew Fink, and Nicole Ellan James. 

[dropcap style=”style1″]W[/dropcap]ith 121 points, Andrew Schulte earned seventh place his first year competing in all four rounds of the Southwest Drift series hosted by Vegas Drift. In the final round of the series Schulte qualified in 12th position, resulting in a head-to-head with Traverse Hillabech. Schulte nearly missed his battle due to mechanical issues with his 1993 Nissan 240SX resulting in Schultes first run of the battle to also be his first run of the day, Hillabachs advanced.

14233814_10210679563004656_1789952177_o-1-1024x683During the first round of the series, Schulte qualified in 16th position resulting in a head-to-head battle against the number one qualifier. [...]

Editorial Note: This is the final in a series of articles following Austin Kregle through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez, Matthew Fink, and Nicole Ellan James. 

[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]hroughout the entire 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosted by VegasDrift, Austin Kregles goal has remained the same: to qualify and keep the car in one piece.

During the final round of the series, Kregle qualified in seventh position, entering the Top 16 competition for the first time behind the wheel of his 1995 Nissan 240SX. His first battle put him against the only other driver in the competition powered by an SR motor, Preston Watson.

Despite similar power levels, Watson maintained closer proximity to Kregle in the chase position and advanced in the competition.

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[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]he House of Drift Irwindale crowned Chris “The Force” Forsberg the 2016 Formula Drift Pro Champion at the final round of the series, held October 7-8 in California, while Matt Field scored his second consecutive event-victory in the series after an intense one-more-time battle against Dia Yoshihara, the events number one qualifier and second place winner.

Forsburg lead in overall series points going into Round Eight – the title fight, but in the chase position against Pat Mordaunt during his first Top 16 battle, Forsberg suffered a crash leading to Mordaunt advancing in the competition.

Forsberg’s fate was then left to Matt Field as he went head-to-head with the Norwegian Hammer. In the chase position Aasbo made contact with Field which led toff Fields advancement to the Great Eight and  secured the championship for Forsburg.

Field then went on to battle Forrest Wang and Ryan Tuerck before his fight for the event victory with Yoshihara.

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[dropcap style=”style1″]T[/dropcap]e Top 16 drivers have been selected to compete in Round Eight, the title fight for the 2016 Formula Drift Pro Championship, currently underway at the House of Drift – Irwindale Speedway, in California.

Chris Foresburg, Frederick Aasbo, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. have been in the running to earn the 2016 series championship title. Foresburg leads the trio with 507 points in the series with the 2015 series Champ, Aasbo, short just 37 points. Gittin Jr. suffered a crash during his top 32 battle with Pat Mondaunt, effectively giving Mondaunt the advance.

The Top 16 will determine whether Foresburg becomes the first-ever three-time Formula Drift champion or is Aasbo becomes the first-ever driver to earn the championship consecutively.

Drivers headed to battle in the Top 16 are as follows:

  • Yoshihara
  • Stoneback
  • Bluss
  • Rintanen
  • Foresburg
  • Mordaunt
  • Pawlak
  • Heilbrunn
  • Tuerck
  • M. Whiddett
  • McQuarrie
  • Ng
  • Wang
  • Bakchis
  • Field
  • Aasbo
Photography by Matthew Fink 
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