GridLife South // Event Coverage


Gridlife is the closest thing to Forza Horizon in real life. If that doesn’t get you excited we are sorry that you only have a PS4. All joking aside though the Gridlife events bring, High Performance Driving, Time Attack, Drifting and a nightly concert all together at racetracks across the US. This is the first time Gridlife ventured down south and what better place to start than Road Atlanta.

While Road Atlanta has been home to drifting for years it has only been at turns 10A and 10B and the keyhole which was made especially for drifting. Gridlife mixed things up from the usual course as they also had drifting at the Esses starting at the top of Turn 2 down through turn 5 as well as full course drifting on the final day for the pros.

Before all the fun started we had to first get to the track. We were luck enough to bum a ride from a Florida drifter, Alex Schlagel, who just finished prepping his LS swapped S13 to drift with. We were also joined with Kelsey Rowlings who brought her Sr20 S14 Pro car from last year and Ethan Swindel with his Intergra he brought for Time Attack.  On the way up we had two tire blow outs but that wasn’t keeping us down as once we got to the track the excitement was real and we set up camp for an epic weekend.

The schedule was set so there was variety through the day with 30-40 min sessions rotating from HPDE, to time attack, and then drifting. The event had a very grassroots feel where it was all about having a good time and putting you car to work on the track. In fact the Hoonigan himself Hert brought his RX7 to drift. Unfortunately there was a problem with the engine, but with the help of fellow hoons were able to swap the motor at the track.  At the end of the day it was time for the nightly concerts with the main headliners Andrew W.K. and Waka Flocka Flame.

Gridlife South turned out to be an amazing event and we can’t wait for what they have in store for next year. For more information about the event head over their website,

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