Breaking News: Forrest Wang returns to Formula Drift
Just announced: Forrest Wang is returning to Formula Drift for the remainder of 2016 season.
Enthusiasts have been participating in a lot of discussion regarding Forrest Wang and his departure from the Formula Drift series after a questionable call during the recent New Jersey event. In a press release, Formula Drift stated they held off on making a public statement because “we first wanted to talk to Forrest and ensure we understood his perspective and view on the situation before addressing it. It’s important to the series that when we make public statements we do so with all the possible information available, and talking to Forrest was key before we made a public announcement.”
Formula Drift states they have “an open-door discussion policy” available to all participants in the series, adding, “if there are ways that we can help make parity and fairness better, we always strive for that without trying to take away from what makes drifting fun and exciting. Taking into account all of the diversity in the sport is certainly a challenge, but it’s a challenge that we continuously work on because we feel it is important in the integrity of the sport.”
According to Formula Drift, after Wang has taken everything into account and reevaluated his decision to leave the series, he has chosen to continue the season because he believes he still has a lot to offer, adding “he (Wang) loves drifting and feels that he still has plenty of opportunity to continue to make his mark on the Sport, and we wholeheartedly agree.”
Forrest Wang released the following statement:
Dear Fans, Sponsors, Friends, and Family
There have been many questions as to why I announced to leave the series so suddenly. I want to let everyone know that the incident between Chris Forsberg in NJ was not the cause of it. Sure, at that time there were a lot of emotions on both sides of the team and we felt disappointed with the outcome. I decided to announce my retirement because I felt that it was necessary to have my voice be heard, as I felt there were issues with judging and the direction that Formula Drift is taking. I appreciate how the sport of drifting has evolved over the years, but I feel that there is less emphasis on driver skill and style. It is a challenge to adapt and adjust to the changes but smaller teams like myself with a limited budget makes it almost impossible to keep up with the competition. I think that by implementing some new changes, it can be more exciting and will challenge the drivers as drivers.
Formula Drift has been open ears with my ordeal and has been very supportive and are willing to listen to what I have to say. It will be a challenge for everyone but I believe that it is important to work together to make drifting a sport that will be appreciated by all.
I’m passionate about drifting and have devoted my life to it. I don’t want to disappoint my fans, crew, sponsors and fellow drivers. I’m excited to return to complete rest of the season of 2016 Formula Drift. I appreciate all of the support from everyone, especially my fans, to give me the courage to speak up and return to the series.
Thank you -Forrest Wang
As a result of the conversation between Formula Drift and Wang, Formula Drift is taking immediate action to move judge Ryan Lanteigne into the announcers booth to judge in an effort to provide fans with a judges perspective in real time. “We believe this will alleviate some of the communication gaps that exist and lend additional transparency in the judging process,” Formula Drift said.
Ryan Lanteigne conducts the drivers meetings and he will also be able to communicate exactly what is expected of the drivers directly to the public audience. Formula Drift added, “Forrest is a supporter of this move. Secondly, Forrest has given us a number of suggestions for us to put on the agenda at our next Drivers Summit, which is being held the weekend of the Evergreen Speedway event.” Formula Drift says they will discuss different items and issues in the series and this occasion “allows for all participants to have their voice heard in order to build consensus.”