[dropcap style=”style1″]M[/dropcap]att Haugen emerged victorious in his thousand-horsepower Hyundai Genesis, securing first place in Round Three of the 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift after a head-to-head battle with the days’ number one qualifier, Andy Hateley, in his supercharged LS3 BMW E30.

_DSC8156“It was awesome winning in my home state,” Haugen told Car Street Journal, adding the win “couldn’t have been more perfect because more of my friends and family were able to make it and it was fun to really put a show on for them.”

Having lost to Haugen, Hateley secured a second place podium finish while Arizona driver, Andrew Schulte, earned the final podium position in his LS2 powered 1993 Nissan 240SX after a battle with Mike Burns.

“We needed to hold it down for the Arizona drift scene and that’s exactly what [...]

Editorial Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles following Andrew Schulte through the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest Drift series hosed by VegasDrift. Photography by Hans Marquez.

Earning a third place finish, Andrew Schulte took hold of his first podium finish of the season in his 1993 Nissan 240SX during Round Three of the 2016 Southwest Drift series hosted by VegasDrift.

During the first round of the series, Schulte qualified in 16th position resulting in a head-to-head battle against the number one qualifier. Calm and confident, Schulte was not going to give him and easy victory.

_DSC6605Schulte qualified in 14th position during Round Two of the series, earning a battle against the event [...]

Bear Rzesnowiecky emerged victorious, displaying strong car control in varying weather conditions in his final battle against Andy Hately, securing the win for Round Two of the the multi-state Formula Drift sanctioned 2016 Southwest ProAm series, June 12, hosed by VegasDrift.

The final podium finish was secured by Dr. Levi Wait, of Drift Colorado, after a battle against Steve Mass from South Dakota.

Round Three of the 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift is scheduled for August 27 at the Musselman Honda Circut in Tucson, Arizona.

Photography by Hans Marquez and Rebecca Nguyen

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

Andrew Schulte has proven to be a dominating force on the track in his 1993 Nissan 240SX during the first half of the 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosted by VegasDrift.

In Round One of the series Schulte qualified in 16th position resulting in a head-to-head against the number one qualifier. Calm and confident, Schulte was not going to give him and easy victory.

_DSC3738Round Two, held June 12, at Colorado National Speedway in Denver, Colorado, Schulte qualified in 14th position resulting in a battle against the number three qualifier, Bear  [...]

Typically police cars are easy to spot and most of the time under cover police cars are just as easily spotted if you know the few things to look for. In Phoenix, Arizona, it seems as though the local police are catching on to the fact that they are easily spotted and are gearing up to change that.

Recently two high performance cars, a red Dodge Challenger and yellow Ford Mustang were recently acquired by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The vehicles will remain unmarked to look like any other sports car out on the road but will have the necessary police lighting and equipment to help catch dangerous drivers.

Officials say that when law enforcement is not perceived to be around many drivers drive aggressively speed along Arizona highways. By keeping the new muscle cars unmarked state troopers will be able to better observe criminal violations, and then be able to take

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

Austin Kregle, competing in his 1995 Nissan 240SX, set out to dominate the short-track oval of Colorado National Speedway in Denver, Colorado, June 12, during Round Two of the 2016 Southwest ProAm series hosed by VegasDrift.

Kregle was significantly more aggressive and noticeably more confident as he pushed his car to new limits that had not been seen during Round One of the series.

_DSC3734Looking very competitive, on his last practice run prior to qualifying runs Kregle crashed sustaining minimal damage. The decision was made to compete i [...]

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