Back for its second year, the Street Driven Tour, in collaboration with U.S. Drift and HyperFest returned to Virginia International Raceway to usher in the 2016 season with three days of bash-style drifting, Drift Mini Games, NASA-sanctioned road racing, Rallying, a car show, vendors, live music, entertainment, and a whole lot more.
NASA-sanctioned road racing and time trials occurred all weekend on VIR’s 3.27-mile, 18-turn Full Course. The Time Trial consisted of a diverse field of 38 entrants in the 2016 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge (UTCC) a fastest-lap event around the track. While the VIR Rally Area hosted the NASA Rally Sport competition and ride-alongs throughout the weekend, as well.
On Friday however it was a different race taking center stage for the event of the weekend: the first-annual “Barbie Car Race,” in which NASA and Street Driven drivers battled each other through three elimination rounds of plastic, motorless, wheel-to-wheel racing down VIR’s turns 14 through 16. Modifications encouraged, cheating mildly tolerated, and in the end Captain Jack Sparrow doppelganger Jay West edged out U.S. Drift organizer and FD judge Brian Eggert, employing a not-so-subtle shove technique for the win and to take the inaugural trophy.
Drifting took place on both Saturday and Sunday on VIR’s Patriot Course, which is a smaller circuit within the perimeter of the Full Course. This included “bash-style” drifting in three run groups for intermediate to pro-level drifters, as well as drift ride-alongs with several of the Formula Drift pros:
● Vaughn Gittin Jr., in his Ford Mustang RTR Formula D Competition car
● Chris Forsberg, in his Infiniti “Drift Sedan” and all-new twin-turbo Nissan 370Z
● Ryan Tuerck, in his 2JZGTE-powered FR-S “Street Car.”
● Geoff Stoneback, in his supercharged, V8-powered S14 Nissan 240SX
Plenty of talented drifters turned out for to tackle Patriot’s technical turns and elevation, and impressive performances were witnessed from: Enjuku Racing’s Nate Hamilton and Kevin Lawrence, Austin Meeks, Tommy Van Cleef, Rapper Dan Savage, Doug Van Den Brink, Faruk Kugay (who also performed as the event M.C.!)
Street Driven Tour’s “Drift Mini Games” also returned to usher out the weekend, with three crowd-favorites taking place on the Full Course after NASA racing had ended for the day:
Hard Parking Challenge: Where entrants drift toward a wall of boxes and compete with who can come to rest the closest, without contact. Ryan Tuerck won here, coming to rest just inches from the wall.
Drift Soccer: Competitors drift into a soccer ball resting on a tee and attempt to knock it into a goal (won by Rapper Dan Savage, the only competitor to score repeat goals).
360 Drift: In which competitors connected two turns of the VIR Full Course with 360-degree drifts. Chris Forsberg, Ryan Tuerck, and Tommy Van Cleef all put on great performances, but Kevin Lawrence’s 360 was deemed the cleanest, earning the win.
HyperFest will be back next year, but the Street Driven Tour continues all summer, inviting drifters and attendees to its three remaining U.S. events. Next up is St Louis where the Street Driven Tour will take over Gateway Motorsports Park on the 30th of July. The Tour then heads South to Atlanta to partner with Southrnfresh at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Las Vegas is where it all ends in 2016 at the Motor Speedway on September 24th. We look forward to seeing you there at one of the upcoming events.
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