Words by: Michael Raffia and Alvaro Gabaldon / Photos by Tucker Scharf
Lowered Lifestyle calls Florida home but there’s plenty of reasons to leave the Sunshine State in pursuit of automotive rapture – namely Formula Drift. This season will be no exception, and for Round One in Long Beach we did a little Cali living vicariously through Tucker Scharf. There was no way we weren’t going to have 900hp Passats and new S15 FD competitors decorating our site. So if you didn’t get to go to Round One, and you missed the live stream, your friends at LL are here to help. The day lives on in photos.
Fredric Aasbo took Long Beach by storm for his first win of the season in a contest that saw many big name stars headed home early. Both Daigo Saito and Mr. Vaughn Gittin were knocked out halfway through the bracket. Tanner Foust’s new 900hp mid-size sedan also made a quick exit in Round One, knocking into a wall and falling behind Justin Pawlak’s very angry mustang.
What FD event would be complete without the crowd favorite wall taps the cars leave at Long Beach’s infamous corner? Each driver left a distinct tag from their rear bumper, like signing a yearbook with your favorite color sharpie. As we watched Twitter on race day, you knew every time the drivers hugged the wall a little too hard as they attempted to push the proximity meter up to 11. But remember, these gauges don’t go to 11–you’re supposed to stop at 10–10 means wall.
New car debut’s, new drivers, and gnarly concrete walls all keep Long Beach a fan and media favorite. When you combine the rivalry, the matchups, the brackets, and the upsets only one thing comes to mind, March Madness (too bad it’s April). Now its time for the most picturesque circuit in the series. The bus loads for ATL soon, see you there!