Alex Lichlither recaps his first trip to Atlanta for Round One of the 2023 Formula Drift ProSpec Series. From the early test and tune process, through practice, and qualifying.
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Wednesday - Practice
First stop - Road Atlanta! I have been waiting for 6+ years to drive here. I was absolutely ecstatic that this was now a Prospec round for us in Formula Drift. I have a new team, new media crew, and new parts on the car so it was time to go to work! Being this is the first FD event of the season, we have our annual tech inspection. Our tech inspection was scheduled for 10:40am. One of the new additions for all drivers in the series is the Type S Decel lights. There are now two light bars going from roof to hood on each side of the front windshield to display when we are accelerating, deaccelerating, on in a neutral state. These lights are controlled by the LINK ECU’s internal accelerometer. This is a tool for judges (as well as fans), to have a better idea of what the driver is doing while racing on track.
Drivers meeting began at Noon. After the meeting, we had to get our pictures taken for the headshots to be used during the livestream. Practice was from 3-6pm. It has been shortened this year. We get less time and now there are more drivers than last year. During practice, I got 6 laps in. Two laps were a wash from drivers making mistakes. But I also went off track in a couple of my lead laps too so I know I messed up some laps for other drivers as well. I ended practice wishing that I had had a bit more…
We ended the day with a drivers meeting at 7.
My first ever round as a competitor in Formula Drift is in the books.
From the moment I arrived at the track, it was clear that I was in a whole new world - the level of professionalism and attention to detail was on a completely different level than I had ever experienced in drifting, from the tech experience to the driver's meetings, everyone was so on point.
Road Atlanta is always one of my favorite tracks. The elevation change and high speeds make it iconic. This year was no different. It's always super fun coming back here and trying to go faster every lap.
NonStopTuning is proud to announce the latest signing to our professional drift team, Zandara Kennedy!
Zandara "Zee" Kennedy is a professional stunt performer and stunt driver from Vancouver, Canada - if you watch movies or TV, you've most likely seen her in action, maybe even on fire. She loves to drive anything with a motor, from scooters to tractor trailers, and is happiest when driving them sideways.
Her desire to perfect her craft brought her attention to drifting, where she worked with coach and FD Veteran Taka Aono (former NST driver) to improve her skills and eventually earned her FD license in 2021 - she will be competing in the ProSpec category in the 2023 season of Formula Drift.
When not on set or under her cars, she loves to share her passion for drifting with as many people as possible, especially through ride-alongs. She works with the Della Penna Next Gen foundation, Racing Pride and Athlete Ally to promote diversity of all kinds in motorsport.
For 2023, Zandara will be campaigning a new chassis - an 800HP 2JZ swapped Nissan 240SX freshly kitted out with NST goodies.
"I'm thrilled to be working with NST, a company with such an extensive investment and history in North American drifting, and a clear passion for providing their customers with the best possible products that will help them get the most out of their vehicles. I'm very excited to see what we can achieve together this season!"
We look forward to working with Zandara and her crew, providing products and support as they pursue their rookie year in Formula Drift.
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