Round One Re-cap from the Southwest Drift Series
Written by Nicole James
Photos by Hans Marquez
Round One kicked off the start of the Southwest Drift Series hosted by Vegas Drift this past Valentine’s day on the Bob Bondurant West track located at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in greater Phoenix, Arizona. The Southwest Drift Series gives drivers the opportunity to compete and ultimately be a part of the Formula Drift Pro Am licensing program. Events are all across the southwest including Colorado, Vegas, and New Mexico.
Drivers were given about three hours of practice on the track before the qualifying runs. The course started with drivers racing toward turn 1 to initiate and slide with speed into a tight left turn, transitioning into a long right sweeper, hitting a long straight with a manji to the left, transitioning to the right into another long right sweeper, transitioning left and carefully sliding around the last turn, and full throttle through the finish.
The judges at the event were Taka Aono, Tommy Suell, and George Marstanovic who all kept an eye on the action from the judging tower, while Brandon Wicknick and guest media judge, Drew Fishbien of OMGDrift.com, kept a look out on the finishing portion of the track.
Forty drivers came out to compete in the event hoping to qualify for the top 16 and ultimately be top 3 and take home a podium win.
Tony Cisneroes took first place in the first round of the Southwest Drift Series followed by Travis Avery in second place, and Joe Tardiff in 3rd.