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Round One: Streets of Long Beach | Formula Drift 2015 | Day One Practice Rounds

Written by Rebecca Nguyen

Photography by Hans Marquez, Matthew Fink, and Rebecca Nguyen

[dropcap style=”style1″]W[/dropcap]elcome to Formula Drift’s 12th consecutive year at the Street Course that utilizes Turns 9 – 11 of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.   In two short days turns 9, 10 and 11 of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach becomes the platform for many highly skilled professional drivers.  Chris Forsberg, defending champion of Formula Drift Long Beach and of the entire series of 2014, is obviously the one to watch, but he can’t relax here.  Along side Forsberg, drivers Fredric Aasabo, returning champion Tanner Foust, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Daigo Saito, Mad Mike, Forrest Wang and many other amazing talents have all gathered to burn rubber side by side.

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In addition to the high energy drifting, vendors from all of the world are here to show what they got as well.  From local to Arizona JDMfresh to Rays, Hoonigan apparel, Toyota/Scion, Rockstar, Seibon, Super Street, Nitto, Hankook and many more, booths are lined up right next to the pits.  While checking out the goods here, the smell of burning rubber and fumes of race gas overwhelm the senses to never let you forget the motorsport showcased here today.  Don’t lose your focus though, because the amount of golf cart equipped staff is overwhelming.  There is no lollygagging with this staff.  Every staff member has a job, and are constantly tending to them.  Overall professionalism here is impressive.

DSC_7314EFinishing up the open practice runs, these drivers are testing and pushing their limits.  Impressed by their skill, but more impressed by their mistakes CSJ is documenting it all.  Mistakes are to be made during these practice runs. Drivers can use this time to get accustomed to the track, re-evaluate the car of choice, adjust what’s necessary and of course above all, have fun.

Open practice began at 10 a.m. this morning and the first qualifying run begins at 1 p.m.

Saturday at 11 a.m. the main competition begins.

For live video footage, visit the Formula Drift Website. 

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