IR Drift Chron.com Coverage By Mikael Hinojosa

Will Parsons' Turbo 4AG AE86 vs Stewart Leask's LS1 S13 at IR Drift

Our good friend Mikael Hinojosa joined us for a great night of drifting Thursday April 1, 2010, at IR Drift.  Mikael is a big fan of the TX drift scene and has been to several drift events as a participant, photographer, and spectator.  Mikael put his photo and journalistic skills to work and uploaded a recap article on chron.com.

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Quoting Mikael Hinojosa’s chron.com article…

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Aaron Losey's LS1 S13

This past Thursday, Anime Matsuri, Maydaygarage, Top Secret and Import Reactor joined forces to bring together a beautiful drift event to Gulf Greyhound Park. Sure, Houston has had drift events where anyone can bring their rear-wheel drive car to practice but this was bigger. The best drivers were selected, most of them local to Texas, to fill 13 positions to compete for $3,000 in cash. 1st place prize was set for $2000, 2nd place was $700 and 3rd was $300.
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Aaron Losey of Fabricated Motorsports who helped put this event together said, “I was contacted several months ago by the gentlemen at Import Reactor and Anime Matsuri to throw them a drift event. They wanted the drift event to be big, awesome, fast, at night, with walls, etc. I was excited to be a part of this, so I agreed to do it. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Maydaygarage.com was a huge part of everything.”
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The competition began with thirteen cars warming up, led by professional drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. in his signature teal and blue 2010 Falken Mustang. Thirteen drivers were each judged individually by speed, angle, and line to weed out “the Great Eight.” Vaughn would be a judge in the competition as well as Mickey Andre.
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The qualifiers from eighth to first were as follows: Cory Gilbert, Ameen Rizvi, Fielding Shredder, Stewart Leask, Will Parsons, Chelsea Denofa, Russell Walker, and Sammy Tiger. In order to narrow them down from eight to four, those drivers would have to run against each other in tandem battles until they found their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
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Tires; one of the biggest expenses in drifting
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The first tandem battle was against two S13’s, Cory Gilbert went against the top dog Sammy Tiger. After four runs, Vaughn still couldn’t decide who would move on and made them go another two. Sammy, who made a long drive in from Atlanta, made back to back perfect runs to show how hungry he was and advanced. Ameen, who represented his local business 786 Motoring, went head to head with the San Antonio native and 2nd place qualifier, Russell Walker. Both displayed a find example of how to roast your tires on the first run, but on the second run Walker over-corrected and hit the wall advancing Ameen.
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“The battle against Russell was difficult because he is a great driver and i know what he’s capable of. Russell gave me a run for the money when he led first, but after I led he hit the wall giving me the win,” Ameen said.
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Fielding Shredder in his newly painted yellow 240SX, went against Chelsea Denofa in his green NonStopTuning sponsored BMW. Shredder also slapped the wall with his front end on his second run advancing Chelsea. Stewart Leask, who drove in from Dallas, drew in the crowd with heavy smoke and a dragging rear bumper to take out Will Parsons’ NonStopTuning sponsored Toyota AE86, and follow the rest to the Final Four.
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The Finals were rough, especially the battle between Ameen and Sammy. This caused a bit of a ruckus in that one of the runs where Sammy followed, he smashed the wall pretty hard causing much damage to his front end and rear quarter panel. You would think this would have caused the win for Ameen, but judges argued that Ameen came into the turn to slow causing Sammy to mess up.
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Ameen replied, “My car was having technical issues all day and it just so happened my ignition cut out on me on the straight away when I was leading against Sammy tiger. Although I agree that he definitely deserved the win since my car messed up, I didn’t agree with how people were making it seem as if I did that on purpose. I also don’t believe that I caused him to wreck.”
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Since Ameen was out for 1st or 2nd he was then called for a battle against Chelsea for third place. “He’s also a good driver with a wicked powerful car; almost twice the horsepower of mine. So I go up against him, pissed off and with nothing to lose. I drive the crap out of my car, push him from the start. He straightens out, slides off course and sets me up for the win and third place,” Ameen said. When I asked Chelsea about his performance he replied, “[I] broke transmission and did not drive very well due to difficult gear changes.”
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Stewart Leask & his LS1 powered Nissan 240SX
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Stewart went to battle against Sammy Tiger for 1st place. Even though Sammy’s car was broken, he still managed to drive it as hard as ever. Both put down amazing runs then were called back to await the results. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was going to award the second place trophy as they gave the special guest Smokey Nagata of Top Secret Japan, the honor to award the first. We all watched as Stewart Leask jumped for joy when he found out he got to take home the $2,000 prize. Sammy was also excited and very grateful to take second.
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“I felt confident with my car’s ability to make it around the course, but driving against who I drove against was no easy task! Will, Chelsea and Sammy are amazing drivers and each one has specific skills that makes them difficult to drive against. I am always my hardest critic and with each run I feel there is always room for improvement. The end result is that I am very happy with my runs and I enjoyed the opportunity to compete against the best drivers Texas has to offer. I am thankful to everyone who worked hard to make this event possible and all of my family, friends and team sunworks who were there to support me,” Stewart Leask said.
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Overall, Import Reactor Drift was a great success in that the crowd was entertained, Texas drifters were rewarded, and celebrities made appearances. Hopefully, Import Reactor Drift let everyone know how entertaining this sport really is. With attendance, we can help the sport grow and continue to have more events like these in the near future.

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