posted on June 04, 2012 02:03
Formula Drift Round 3 - Palm Beach
By Efrain Olivares
The word of the day at Palm Beach was ‘proximity’. That is, the Formula Drift judges put the emphasis on the tandem competitors on keeping proximity with the lead car. Sacrificing angle and line for the sake of maintaining door-to-door competition was the name of the game. As a result, Palm Beach International Raceway had the closest tandem competitions of the year, and tons of carnage.
The PBIR circuit was also revised from last year’s high-speed left/right/left flick. No surprises when Vaughn Gittin, Jr. qualified first, but Pro-Am driver Miro Ovcharik provided a huge surprise when he threw down a score good enough for second. Tyler McQuarrie put in his best qualifying effort thus far with his new Chevy Camaro, while sophomore driver Odi Bakchis raised eyebrows qualifying fourth, ahead of Darren McNamara in his second event in the left-hand-drive Nissan 350Z.
More surprises included Tony Brakohiapa, in his new Ford Mustang, qualifying in seventh. The revised, and more challenging, layout, along with a brief rainshower that fell during qualifying, led to several surprises in qualifying that would lead to many interesting matchups in the competition.
Gittin ran the table on this one, taking an easy unanimous win over Matt Field. While Field drove well, he didn’t have the speed and angle that JR had.
Monday, June 04, 2012 6:10 AM
Not really the quality of coverage that I'm used to seeing from MotoIQ. New writer or something? It was really hard to read through this. Keep it short and simple. And what's up with these photos? It's like the dude was standing 1000 feet away from the track standing in the same spot. Oh, by the way, the last two pictures are TOTALLY out of focus. Pretty disappointed...
Monday, June 04, 2012 9:43 AM
Just lost faith in motoiq to bring good formula d coverage. This is the worst coverage on the net. what happened to Justin Banner and David Karey?
Monday, June 04, 2012 11:04 AM
You know the internet can be a funny place to clown around on, but when you're screwing around with our livelihood - that's pretty messed up. Even though both Missle Drifter and BigJim signed up today with new accounts, it's easy to trace the IP addresses from your computers. Obviously, both of you are too scared to tell us who you really are.
Monday, June 04, 2012 12:17 PM
As my mamma use to say, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all.
And I guess it's a good thing the FD coverage is only a very small part of MotoIQ (7 days out of 356?) and that MotoIQ offers a lot more varied content that no one else has and unmatched in technical content.
Monday, June 04, 2012 3:22 PM
What a bunch of immature spiteful kids. It must be nice to sit at home behind a keyboard talking crap or or cropping the hell out of your pictures down to 800px and get away with all the mistakes while other people are out in the field taking pictures in some of the most adverse conditions. I would like to compare their entire motorsports portfolio to mine or see how their stuff looks on print on a wide track printer but I can care less.
Monday, June 04, 2012 3:51 PM
I have to speak up. Efrain was there to take over for me on Round 3 and I have to say, he did a swell job. I also have to say his style is different from mine. I am, and will always admit, that I write semi-gonzo. I make a story sound exciting because I want to make it so. Efrain is matter of fact, straight and to the point. However, we both tell the same story. I apologize to my fans and loved ones that I couldn't be there.
That being said, if you like my stuff great, but slamming a fellow writer isn't the way to show me appreciation. I'm not saying if you see a wrong fact to not call it out, but to slam him for his writing, no, that's not what I like.
Slamming Jerry, you know, I'll never claim to be a photographer, EVER. There are situations where you get the best shot you can and I know what David, Jeff, Jun, and Jerry go through because I try to work with my photographers side by side. I know what elements they are going through and it is not easy by any stretch of the imagination.
All being said, if you really want to make sure I write again, read my stories. Go to our advertisers. Purchase their products. Yes, even let MotoIQ know that you want me, however, do it constructively, not destructively. Tell them you like my writing style, tell them you enjoy the stories I write, but don't bash someone in the damn process.
Monday, June 04, 2012 4:01 PM
Do you people have any idea how much work goes into an article?! Good grief.
Monday, June 04, 2012 4:53 PM
I enjoyed the coverage. it was concise and to the point... i do have to correct you however on the Chris Forsberg vs Yoshioka battle. We have won 2 out of 3 times we have ran against him this year(winning our battle in long beach and then again in Palm Beach, only losing when our control arm broke in ATL).
Monday, June 04, 2012 6:20 PM
Well, a lot has been said during my extremely busy day but yes, I feel Justin is more narrative in his writing than Efrain. I would like to correct you on page 7 though. Unless there was a cancellation I don't know about, there are still FOUR of seven events left which gives lots of time for possible crazy changes in the points standings. I believe Eric once responded to some comments stating something like; Motoiq is not above criticism. BUT those first couple comments had douchbaggery written all over them.
"Worst coverage on the net..." - REALLY...I mean seriously...REALLY?
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 12:33 AM
Justin is not going anywhere, he has plenty of assignment other than FD. Look for more of his stuff real soon.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 2:26 AM
For those of you that didn't like this article....go check out Speedhunters and see the garbage those "journalists" write.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 10:53 AM
It's too bad that the Falken pits are off-limits to spectators, I would have liked to meet some of you guys. Doesn't help that the main event day is so hectic that I'm sure some of you forget your own names. Maybe next year I'll come for the practice days as well.
I was standing between the first two outer clips after the first transition. I was close enough that there was an energy drink can on the tire wall in front of me that was covered in tire sheddings flung up from the cars. I was literally 15 feet from the back end of the cars. So much carnage at that corner.
Quick question. Are the discarded practice tires drilled due to sponsorship requests or some legal/liability issue or am I totally off-base? I couldn't even count how many tires were left in the parking lot after people realized the sidewalls were drilled out. I almost ran one over that some dickhead rolled across the lot.
Such an awesome time. Looking forward to ATL and PBIR next year. Maybe I'll actually meet some of you all then.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 7:13 PM
The sidewalls are drilled for liability reasons. People will sue for anything nowadays. Our pits are more open after the top32. Before that we generally are too busy to talk to fans. The media that Dai gets is pretty disruptive to our work as well,especially my job which involves talking to him a lot.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 7:16 PM
Plus I am usually not in sight. I am usually in the truck lounge going over data logs and figuring how to get more out of the car and driver.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 8:32 PM
ROFLMFO!!!!!!! OMGosh Jeff, that is so f'in' funny!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 1:17 AM
That's after I had been up for 3 days straight and was sick to boot.
Sunday, June 17, 2012 6:12 PM
I must say, while I think the pics were good and I liked the writing, I found this article harder to follow than typical drift posts on MotoIQ. And I felt it before I read the first two comments.
I think if at the beginning there was an overview of the course, either a zoomed-out photo or map or something, would help me a lot in figuring what was happening in the photos - after so many photos taken at (apparently) similar spots on the track, I'm still not sure what line the drivers really should be taking.
Not at all trying to bash, I regularly read and enjoy MotoIQ, but I think this leaves some room for improvement.
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