So it's been a while since I have been out to the track at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. But it was like visiting an old friend you hadn't seen in a long time. In a way many things had changed and yet it hadn't. Many familiar faces with a smattering of new ones come to try their chops at sliding a car and having some fun in a perfect pacific northwest spring (almost summer like) day. The smells of burnt rubber, high octane gasoline and screams of engines being flung to the ragged edge filled my senses. It was good to be back at the track. Oh yeah! You could feel it in the air. It was electric (and very smokey courtesy of drivers like Cameron Moore and Brandon Schmidt turning rubber into clouds).
Being that this Open Drift was a week before the first official Pro Am competition of the season, many heavy hitters were out putting the final touches on their set ups. Cameron Moore, Dio Ortiz II, Tyler Grimsley, Travis Reeder, Matt VanKirk and Brandon Schmidt were a few of the top drivers putting on a good show on the huge 5/8ths bank. It was great to see these drivers pushing each other to go bigger and faster, pushing their skills and comfort zones in preparation for the upcoming competition.
Adrenaline spiked, ears ringing, and sun shining. It's going to be a good season! Good luck to all the drivers.
Take a look through the gallery and enjoy a video of Brandon Schmidt throwing it around the track!