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DirtFish Domination at RedBull RallyCross

In September, the traveling racing circus, RedBull Global RallyCross, came through the Northwest stopping at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe transforming it into so a tight and technical rallycross circuit and then after two chaotic days storming off to the next stop of the series. It was like a tornado. It was loud, blusterous, muddy and purely awesome! 

Evergreen Speedway is like a second home for me, since that is where a majority of the drift events I attend are held. So it was thrilling to see RedBull transform the place into a tight and technical rallycross track with sections of deep muddy, banking tarmac and the series staple 70 foot kicker. 

This is DirtFish Rally School's home event in the series. The pressure was on for them to dominate the event. A win here would show the Northwest and the country why they are the premiere rally school. And under a myriad of changing conditions and mechanical issues and all out racing, that is just what DirtFish did. Dominate. Conner Martell, DirtFish's GRC Lites driver, walked away with a decisive victory with fastest in qualifying, winning his two heats, winning the semi final and winning the final! This is also coincidentally Conner's first overall win in the series. Huge congratulations to him and the team. Being an employee of DirtFish, I couldn't help but feel a sense of pride as I walked around the event seeing all the people wearing DirtFish gear and applauding Conner on his victory. It was definitely a DirtFish take over of the event. 

Hopefully next year the RedBull Global RallyCross will return to the Seattle area and be hosted by none other than the DirtFish Rally School....sounds like a Forza Horizon Festival waiting to happen.

Check out the Instagram video above for a quick look at all the DirtFish action of the event. 

EVD Open Drift April 4th, 2016

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!

DriftCon AfterDark 2015

When the sun goes down, the beasts come out to play.

DriftCon AfterDark is a special event. A night time a car show and drift event that feels more like a festival from DiRT 3 than your typical car event. The 'festival' started in the wanning hours the day, with a diversity of beautiful cars big enough to satisfy every type of fanboy rolling in under the warm golden sunlight. Every car show should start just before sundown. That golden sunlight and stunning automotive works of art made for a photographer's and carguy's paradise. There were vendors of all kinds selling many things I wish I could afford. There was music filling the atomsphere from cars parked in the show, vendor boths, and from the main stage with some beautiful dancers interprating the electronic rhythm and beats. As the night drew closer, the music was accompanied by the whistles of turbochargers and booming V8s from the track as the drift competion got under way. It all made for a pleasing cacophony of sounds baraging your ear drums.

Night fell. The stadium lights flickered and fizzed on. And now the party's main event began. Drift events during the day are impressive enough by themselves; but a drift event at night, that is like seeing a color image of the Orion Nebula for the first time. The track is alive with neon colors, flashes, flames, and clouds of colorful smoke. Many of the drift cars sported colorful neon glowing accents that looked as those the world of Tron was the event. Combine that with the occasional bright flashes from flaming backfires and you were treated with a very colorful and adrenaline pumping spectacle. The tire smoke takes on much more of a presence as the stadiums shine through it giving it weight and character. The drivers were on their game during the competition, putting on a spectacular show for the fans. Once the winners had been awarded, the drivers went out for more drifting games: Biggest Reverse Entry, Parallel Parking, and Tandems. The fun and games carried the festival and now fluorescent-lit car show late into the night. 

A big thank you to ImportMeet.com for hosting this spectacular event. I cannot wait for next years.