Photography by Stephen Sullivan. Recap by Anthony Alaniz.
Originally built as a horseracing track, Evergreen Speedway saw a very different type of horsepower recently. Formula Drift, more commonly known as Formula D by those in the know, made its stop in Monroe, WA, for Throwdown, its fifth round of competition.
Evergreen Speedway is not only nestled amongst the beautiful, tree-lined backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, but it also has some of the most die-hard drift fans in the nation. They made their present felt at this year’s event.
The track, the oldest on the Formula D circuit, offers large banking turns and tight transitions, making it one of the most action-packed events in the series. The track is a photographer’s delight, with silky smooth pans at some of the lowest shutter speeds delicately capturing the smoke billowing out from the cars’ fenders.
Irishman Darren McNamara clinched the victory with some unimaginably clean runs. Dean Kearney nabbed a second-place finish, laying out a few interesting runs paired with some of his not-so-liked starting tactics. Chris Forsberg had to share third place with Fredric Aasbo after both received an equal amount of points.
In overall points for 2014, Forsberg and Aasbo maintain their first and second place positions, respectively, while crowd favorite Vaughn Gittin Jr still sits in third.