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Editorial Note: This is the first in a series of articles following Austin Kregle through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift.

In 2014 Austin Kregle competed in a round of the Southwest ProAm at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Arizona, where he qualified in 18th position out of 47 other drivers. Two years have passed since then and for the first time Austin plans on fully committing to this season and competing in every round of ProAm. Between his last ProAm event in 2014 to present, Austin has slowly been making changes to his 1995 Nissan 240SX to create a more competitive car for the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned series.

DSC_0853“I specifically got this car for drifting” Austin said of his S14 in Car Street Journal’s Marc [...]

Sunday, March 13, marked the latest Import Face Off, dubbed IFO, at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix Arizona. IFO is a sort of all-purpose event with drifting, drag racing, car show, and an audio competition. While the target demographic is imports, vehicles of all makes, models, and era’s are welcome and do attend.

The turnout wasn’t the strongest it has been in previous years in part due to the slightly high temperatures, but there were still many things to see and do under the warm Arizona sun. Spectators and participants came from all corners of the southwest to show and drive their sheet metal with cars in attendance from California, Nevada, Utah, and even Texas making an appearance, proving that IFO is a pretty popular event for  enthusiasts and tuners alike.

Out on the drift track, it was a drifters delight as tarmac temperatures were high and grip conditions were slippery to say

Recently I had a particularly disturbing experience: coming off the heels of Scottsdale Auctions Week, someone told me that I talked about cars way too much. The comment stunned me, how could I talk about cars too much? They went on to say I had posted way too many photos of cars throughout the week and that my obsession with this 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB long nose at Gooding & Co. was borderline “gross.”

Automotive is literally something I eat, sleep, and breathe. To the extent that all of my favorite TV shows and movies include anything with performance driving and cool cars, favorite songs all have some kind of car reference in them. My news feeds across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are filled with car pages, car news, car events, car memes, and posts from my car friends sharing their car-related things. As if that weren’t enough, I am

Editorial Note: Car Street Journal took on NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway. Here are shots from out Senior Photography Editor, Hans Marquez 

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Saturday, March 12 was the Windgate Ranch Festival of Speed. The event showcased some of the greatest sports cars, race cars, and classics from around the world.

Photography by Matthew Fink 

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Juan Pablo Montoya dominated the final laps of the 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to win the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener for the second straight year.

Driving the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Montoya led teammate Simon Pagenaud across the finish line by 2.3306 seconds, with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay placing third and Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves fourth on the 1.8-mile temporary street course.

“It was good,” said Montoya,“the Chevy was good all day. It was exciting to have a new paint scheme and come out and win with it. It’s just awesome. We started the year last year like this. I felt this morning we had a really good car and it paid off.”

The race saw just two full-course yellow conditions, tying a St. Pete record for fewest in a race. One yellow was due to a multi-car logjam triggered when the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda of Carlos

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