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Heading into the event Aaron Day was leading in points with 180. Right on his heels was Cameron Moore was Cameron Moore with 177 after an uncharacteristic Great 8 finish in round 2. Brian Lockbaum was right behind him with 175 points.

Lockbaum vs Ross
Lockbaum vs Ross

Qualifying was more exciting than usual with drivers jumping all over the place in ranking before the final scores were in. At one point 4th-place driver Ben Whyte was tied with Cameron Moore for 1st with 77 points. The big surprise of the round was former Grassroots driver Dio Ortiz II qualifying 7th during his first-ever ProAm competition.

Cameron Moore – 86
Aaron Day – 77
Ben Whyte – 76
Cody Ross – 72
Brian Lockbaum – 59
Chris Golde-Wells – 58
Dio Ortiz II – 54
Andre Escalante – 53
Kelly Thorpe – 53
Joseph Lin – 46
Chase Warfeld – 0
Shane Cannon – 0

Unfortunately for Shane Cannon he understeered coming off the bank and plowed into the wall during his first qualifying run and would be done for the rest of the event.

Aaron Day vs Joseph Lin
Aaron Day vs Joseph Lin

With 10 drivers qualifying there would be two battles in the top 16. The first battle would be Kelly Thorpe vs Andre Escalante. After a one-more-time (OMT) ruling from the judges Andre spun on his lead run while Kelly drove low on the bank with shallow angle and at some point went two-tires off. The judges ruled that Andre’s non-zero run was better than Kelly’s non-zero run and Andre moved on to the Great 8. The second battle was Joseph Lin vs Dio Ortiz II. It was a close battle but Joseph’s experience on the 3/8ths course paid off and gave him the win.

The first Great 8 battle of Cody Ross vs Brian Lockbaum would result in another OMT. Lockbaum appeared to have transmission issues and clipped the bank wall but held it together and didn’t lose drift or go off-line. It wasn’t enough, however, and Cody Ross moved on.

The next battle would be a repeat of round two, Aaron Day vs Joseph Lin. During round 2 Aaron Day had built up a sizable lead on Joseph Lin. Joseph tried to close the gap but was too aggressive and slammed into Aaron. Thankfully this round was less dramatic and Aaron moved on to the Final Four.

Ben Whyte vs Cody Ross
Ben Whyte vs Chris Golde-Wells

The remaining two Great 8 battles would be Andre Escalante vs Cameron Moore and Chris Golde-Wells vs Ben Whyte. Both Andre and Chris called for a competition time-out before their battles to do some emergency repairs to their cars. Andre made it back in time for his battle but Cameron’s line was higher, smokier, and had more angle. Whatever issue required him to call a competition time-out arose again and he was unable to make it back to the starting line, giving Cameron the win.

Chris Golde-Wells and Ben Whyte both received zeroes on their chase runs and the judges ruled for an OMT battle. On both runs Ben was driving incredibly hard but in the infield his engine was making odd noises and he would lose angle giving Golde-Wells the win. I spoke with Ben later and he said he was having issues shifting down into 3rd.

Cameron Moore vs Aaron Day
Cameron Moore vs Aaron Day

Cameron Moore and Cody Ross had an incredible run that was thankfully uneventful and Cameron would move onto the 1st/2nd place battle and Cody would fight for 3rd/4th against Chris Golde-Wells. Chris dropped out of the competition with a transmission failure, leaving Cody 3rd place after completing a bye run. In a slightly less-than-dramatic finish Aaron Day drops out of the competition with a clutch failure giving Cameron Moore the win.

Current overall ProAm points are as follows:

1st – Cameron Moore – 285
2nd – Aaron Day – 275
3rd – Brian Lockbaum – 240
4th – Ben Whyte – 207
5th – Cody Ross – 189
6th – Joseph Lin – 182
7th – Jonathan Burns – 137
8th – Christopher Goldie-Wells – 136
9th – Tyler Grimsley – 131
10th – Andre Escalante – 128
11th – Tony Carreon – 113
12th – Shane Cannon – 57
12th – Kelly Thorpe – 57
12th – Dio Ortiz II – 57

Grassroots

Out of the 22 drivers that made it out 15 put a qualifying score on the board.

Aaron Leavitt – 93
Mike Goddard – 89
Brandon Schmidt – 87
Johnathan Raymer – 79
Trevor Wright – 77
David Wooten – 77
Eddie Gonzalez – 77
Zachary Richards – 75
Tristan Barton – 73
Nathan Snyder – 73
Anthony Plowman – 72
Michael Secrist – 71
Parker Lindquist – 69
Jesse Hayes – 64
Jackson Beaumont – 60

Mike Goddard
Mike Goddard

With 15 qualified drivers Aaron Leavitt got a bye run which automatically puts him into the Great 8. All the battles during this round are pseudo tandem, so where wasn’t much drama. In the top 4 Nate Snyder was paired up against Jesse Hayes in a Japanese 4-banger vs American V8 battle. Jesse lead by a few car lengths but Nate came in hard to close the gap but spun coming into turn 2 and Jesse would get the win. In the 3rd/4th battle it played out exactly the same with Nate closing the gap, maintaining angle, speed, and smoke but couldn’t hold it around turn 2. In the battle for 1st Jesse Hayes spins on his chase lap, then is passed by Aaron Leavitt who would take the win.

Nate Snyder vs Jackson Beaumont
Nate Snyder vs Jackson Beaumont

Current Grassroots standing:

1 – Aaron Leavitt – 258
2 – Parker Lindquist – 237
3 – Johnathan Raymer – 227
4 – Mike Goddard – 207
5 – Nathan Snyder – 199
6 – Jackson Beaumont – 193
7 – Zachary Richards – 166.5
8 – Braydon Batunbacal – 156
9 – Lucas Dourado – 144
10 – Michael Secrist – 132
11 – Anthony Plowman – 124
12 – Tristan Barton – 104
13 – Jesse Hayes – 89
14 – Kristian Watkins – 85.5
14 – Trevor Wright – 85.5
16 – Travis Takamori – 85
17 – David Wooten – 80
18 – Sehwan Kim – 77.5
19 – Alex Ramirez – 67
20 – Brandon Schmidt – 60
21 – Spencer Gatrell – 58
22 – Eddie Gonzalez – 57
23 – Evan Smith – 56
24 – Erik Harshberger – 55
24 – Gaston Morrison – 55
24 – Jeramy O’Harrow – 55
27 – Matt Larkin – 54.5
27 – Peter Taylor – 54.5
29 – Joshua Chang – 42
30 – Ariel Paz – 41
31 – Shain Cannon – 22
32 – Aaron Mosman – 21
32 – Cole Werner – 21
34 – Anthony Hamblet – 20.5
34 – Brad Davis – 20.5
34 – Brandon Pierson – 20.5
34 – Cameron Caldwell – 20.5
34 – Jamin Pak – 20.5
34 – Kohl Wiebe – 20.5
34 – Lief Havdale – 20.5
34 – Lucas Barker – 20.5
34 – Ryan Martin – 20.5
34 – Skyler Jenkins – 20.5
34 – Travis Stull – 20.5

EVD ProAm 2014 Round 2 Points

Rank Driver Car # Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Aaron Day 24 95 85 180
2 Cameron Moore 33 108 69 177
3 Brian Lockbaum 302 83 92 175
4 Ben Whyte 6 75 65 140
5 Jonathan Burns 160 65 72 137
6 Tyler Grimsley 188 64 67 131
7 Joseph Lin 555 56 63 119
8 Tony Carreon 206 57 56 113
9 Cody Ross 101 0 106 106
10 Andre Escalante 615 65 0 65
11 Christopher Goldie-Wells 329 63 0 63
12 Shane Cannon 0 57 57
13 Chris Johnson 813 0 0 0
Jordan Lynch 0 0 0
Jeremy O’Horrow 0 0 0
Spence Gatrell 0 0 0
Cody Hall 225 0 0 0
Kelly Thorpe 86 0 0 0

EVD Grassroots 2014 Round 2 Points

Rank Driver Car # Round 1 Round 2 Total
1 Johnathan Raymer 919 104 64 168
2 Parker Lindquist 110 65 93 158
3 Braydon Batunbacal 9 55 101 156
4 Aaron Leavitt 13 94 56 150
5 Mike Goddard 85 77 69 146
6 Lucas Dourado 10 64 80 144
7 Jackson Beaumont 100 56 75 131
8 Nathan Snyder 50 65 63 128
9 Zachary Richards 77 54.5 55 109.5
10 Kristian Watkins 57 20.5 65 85.5
11 Travis Takamori 84 85 0 85
12 Sehwan Kim 86 20.5 57 77.5
13 Michael Secrist 20 55 21 76
14 Alex Ramirez 209 67 0 67
15 Anthony Plowman 95 0 61 61
16 Spencer Gatrell 8 0 58 58
17 Evan Smith 13X 56 0 56
18 Erik Harshberger 32 55 0 55
Gaston Morrison 109 55 0 55
Jeramy O’Harrow 81 0 55 55
21 Peter Taylor 4 54.5 0 54.5
Matt Larkin 111 0 54.5 54.5
23 Joshua Chang 4X 22 0 22
24 Ariel Paz 559 20.5 20.5 41
Tristan Barton 1 20.5 20.5 41
26 Shain Cannon 101 22 0 22
David Wooten 206 0 22 22
28 Aaron Mosman 12 21 0 21
Cole Werner 22 21 0 21
30 Anthony Hamblet 43 20.5 0 20.5
Brandon Pierson 35 20.5 0 20.5
Cameron Caldwell 666 20.5 0 20.5
Kohl Wiebe 65 20.5 0 20.5
Lief Havdale 77X 20.5 0 20.5
Ryan Martin 2 20.5 0 20.5
999 20.5 0 20.5
123 20.5 0 20.5
Skyler Jenkins 369 0 20.5 20.5
Lucas Barker 88 0 20.5 20.5
Jamin Pak 46 0 20.5 20.5
Travis Stull 41 0 20.5 20.5
Brad Davis 120 0 20.5 20.5
Trevor Wright 101X 0 20.5 20.5
44 Cody Beitner 929 0 0 0
Dylan Dethman 326 0 0 0
Jesse Hayes 3 0 0 0
Johannes Bello 14 0 0 0
Nick Garcia 86 0 0 0
808 0 0 0
200 0 0 0
131 0 0 0
7 0 0 0

 

EVD Grassroots Round 1 Points

Rank Driver Car # Q Rank Q Points Place Points Round
1 Johnathan Raymer 919
5
4
1
100 104
2 Aaron Leavitt 13
3
6
2
88 94
3 Travis Takamori 84
2
7
3
78 85
4 Mike Goddard 85
1
8
4
69 77
5 Alex Ramirez 209
3
6
Great 8
61 67
6 Parker Lindquist 110
6
4
Great 8
61 65
Nathan Snyder 50
6
4
Great 8
61 65
8 Lucan Dourado 10
8
3
Great 8
61 64
9 Evan Smith 13X
9
2
Top 16
54 56
Jackson Beaumont 100
12
2
Top 16
54 56
11 Michael Secrist 20
13
1
Top 16
54 55
Gaston Morrison 109
14
1
Top 16
54 55
Erik Harshberger 32
16
1
Top 16
54 55
Braydon Batunbacal 9
16
1
Top 16
54 55
15 Zachary Richards 77
22
0.5
Top 16
54 54.5
Peter Taylor 4
24
0.5
Top 16
54 54.5
17 Joshua Chang 4X
9
2
Top 32
20 22
Shain Cannon 101
9
2
Top 32
20 22
19 Cole Werner 22
15
1
Top 32
20 21
Aaron Mosman 12
16
1
Top 32
20 21
21 Lief Havdale 77X
19
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
999
19
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
Cameron Caldwell 666
21
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
1
23
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
Sehwan Kim 86
25
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
Ryan Martin 2
26
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
Ariel Paz 559
27
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
Anthony Hamblet 43
28
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
123
29
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
Kristian Watkins 57
29
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
Kohl Wiebe 65
31
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
Brandon Pierson 35
32
0.5
Top 32
20 20.5
33 Johannes Bello 14
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
Cody Beitner 929
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
808
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
Dylan Dethman 326
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
200
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
131
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
Matt Larkin 111
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
Nick Garcia 86
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
7
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
Jesse Hayes 3
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0

EVD ProAm Round 1 Points

Hey everyone,

Better late than never, here’s the current standings for Evergreen Drift’s 2014 ProAm round 1.

Rank Driver Car # Q Rank Q Points Place Points Round
1 Cameron Moore 33
1
8
1
100 108
2 Aaron Day 24
2
7
2
88 95
3 Brian Lockbaum 302
4
5
3
78 83
4 Ben Whyte 6
3
6
4
69 75
5 Jonathan Burns 160
5
4
Great 8
61 65
6 Andre Escalante 615
6
4
Great 8
61 65
7 Tyler Grimsley 188
7
3
Great 8
61 64
8 Christopher Goldie-Wells 329
9
2
Great 8
61 63
9 Tony Carreon 206
8
3
Top 16
54 57
10 Joseph Lin 555
10
2
Top 16
54 56
11 Chris Johnson 813
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
Cody Hall 225
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
Kelly Thorpe 86
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0
Cody Ross 101
DNQ
0
DNQ
0 0

The PNW Prepares to Invade Atlanta

Long Beach is always an exciting time for drifters and their fans in the Northwest. A typical Formula DRIFT season for PNW drivers is Long Beach, Monroe, and Irwindale, so the season opener counts for a full third of their whole season. With cars often being finished last minute, budgets are razor thin, and nights are long and sleepless. Just getting to Long Beach with a running car can often be a struggle in itself. This year we had Rob Primo, Kory Keezer, and Jeremy Richter. Chris Jeanneret was also there with his car but since the car wasn’t quite finished he and his team chose to preserve the car and compete in Atlanta.

We’ll start by recapping Primo’s experience. His blog post on Track Attack has the full, in-depth breakdown along with in-car videos, but here’s the simple version. Primo went into round one with a whole new mindset. No pre-show jitters, no what-ifs. It’s time to drive the hell out of the car. On his first run he decided to look for the tire marks of the previous cars to give him a starting point for his initiation. Unfortunately this cause him to overshoot where he should have initiated and end up sideways in the tire wall. The damage was cosmetic and Primo was back in line, lapping every chance he could.

The cool thing was that I wasn’t shaken at all. I knew I had the ability to drive this track and that I made a miscalculation and didn’t realize how fast the car was in its new form. I warmed up the tires and proceeded to lay down run after run. Each getting better and better. I hot lapped the course as much as possible until my run group was done.

On his first qualifying run he tapped the clipping point and pushed it out of the box, resulting in a zero. The second run was clean but the line wasn’t good enough to net a high score and Primo ended up qualifying below 32nd. Kory got to California a little early so he could get some break-in time at near by Willow Springs. There he encountered oil pressure drops which brought an end to practice that day. The next morning he put in a new oil pump and went at it again. Oil pressure was better, but still not ideal. Unfortunately the low oil pressure took its toll on the motor. From Kory’s Facebook page:

Sorry guys.. Stayed up all night to fix the oil pressure issue only to have the motor blow once again during practice.. I can honestly say my team and I gave it everything we had to get this thing fixed and reliable.. Just wasn’t enough this time.

Jeremy Richter had better luck. The only mechanical failure he encountered was a serpentine belt that popped off during a qualifying run. Despite that, he was still able to qualify 32nd and represent the Northwest against 2013 Formula DRIFT champion Mike Essa. Jeremy wrote:

Qualifying with my first run in Long Beach was an amazing moment for me, especially when i entered the first corner on my second qualifying run to have the serpentine belt pop off and hit the wall on the end of my run. I really thought i was done for the weekend.

Essa took the victory and moved onto the top 16, eventually getting the third place podium for that round. So where does that leave our drivers? Jeremy encountered a last minute mechanical failure and was not able to find a new block in time.

I was supposed to be leaving for fdatl this morning. Thats not happening anymore due to cracking a ring on my motor i believe and not having the time or money to get it taken care of. As most people know, i fund almost everything out of my own pocket with the help of a great group of people. i’ve really pushed to have a reliable car so i would hopefully be able to make all 7 rounds this year and see what i could do in fd. … I can’t thank all the people that have stood behind this year or offered to help in some way or just gave me the motivation to keep pushing to try and make this dream a reality. In the end i am still doing this for fun and not trying to make a career out of it. So thank you to everyone that has believed in me or has just told me i can do this, this means more than you know when you feel like all the odds are against you.

Kory’s motor is rebuilt and his goal has been to hit all seven round, but not many details have been released. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Primo’s situation is a bit different. His Garage Autohero/Portland Speed Industries monster never came back from Long Beach. In fact, he loaded it onto a trailer, kissed it goodbye (metaphorically, but you never know), and sent it to Atlanta for round two.

We wanted to go east. I reached out to a driver I really respect and have known for a while. He just so happened to have a spot available. So my trailer ended up coming back to the NW empty as my S14 headed east. This is my whacky way of saying we are running 6 or possibly all 7 rounds. We may by pass Jersey, as most of the team won’t be there and the track honestly doesn’t look fun. But that is a call we will make in a few months.

Chris’s car is finished and ready to take on Atlanta along with Primo and possibly Kory. You can get updated on Chris’s car and program by watching Import Meet’s Built to Drift videos.

The only Northwest drivers that have driven the East coast events are Walker Wilkerson and Andrew Coomes, so this next few rounds should prove to be exciting. Let’s hope we make waves.

Update: Primo has kindly pointed out that Rolland Gallagher has competed in Atlanta as well.

Update 2: Just got word from the man himself that Kory Keezer won’t be competing in Atlanta this weekend due to not being able to secure transportation for his car.

Need for Speed (spoiler free)

Need for Speed came out two weeks and some change ago and I just got around to seeing it. A lot of the reviews floating around are bashing it for how absurd it is, how unrealistic it is, and… I don’t know, I stopped reading the reviews because it was apparently it was either written by someone who complains about everything or it was an attempt to get page views — and ad revenue. So what’s the big to-do with EA’s Need For Speed?

Simply put, it’s Need for Speed. I’m not being redundant, I mean that it’s the movie adaptation of the video game. If you’ve ever played the later Need for Speed games like Carbon, Undercover, and The Run you should know what to expect from the movie. The games feature exotic cars being raced through the city and countryside, sometimes being chased by cops, with segments of the game loosely tied together with thin-at-best plots. That’s the movie.

To put it another way, Forza, Gran Turismo, and rFactor are simulators. You’re put in a real-world car that acts like a real-world car on a real-world (or at least realistic) track and everything is very realistic and reasonable. Then there are games like Need for Speed, Ridge Racer, and Crazy Taxi. You drive around like a lunatic throwing realism to the wind with a grin on your face. Are these games bad because they’re not realistic? No, they’re fun and worth playing based on their own merits and the movie is worth watching for the same reason. Sure it isn’t Gone in 60 Seconds but who cares? The Fast and The Furious movies are beyond absurd (the safe in Fast & Furious?) but no one called bull- on that. Or the runway in Fast 6? It was a laughing stock but we still love it.

Need for Speed is a movie with a lot of awesome cars doing awesome stuff; there’s explosions and a guy gets punched in the face; there’s a pretty girl with a cute accent. Then there’s more awesome cars and explosions. It’s by no means a great movie but it’s entertaining and it achieved what it set out to do.