My First Time Drifting an Oval
There’s a first time for everything right? Multiple opportunities will present themselves and that first time is when you grasp onto the opportunity. For me I was invited to drift at Rocky Mountain Raceways oval for a drift exhibition for Salt City Drift. That day Streetcar Showdown was happening and we were a part of the show.
To be honest, I was nervous about drifting the oval but when a door opens do you want to stay in the room you’re already in or do you want to take advantage and move onto the next room? Today I push the envelope of my driving. I get my car lined up, corner worker gives me the okay, I roll into the straight “Wow, this looks bigger than in videos” Come up in second gear and do quick flick in. Car slides a little and the slide stops halfway through. “This isn’t as bad as I thought” To which I then flick the car back in and drift the rest.
Now that my confidence was built up, I started to send it on the oval. It was a bit sloppy and my line was shallow but I really built up the confidence and tolerance to the speed. Eventually one of the veteran drifters rode with and told me to hit the bank in third gear. I did and was impressed with how the oval went that time. I didn’t think my car could really light up third gear but boy was it fun.
I come to find after only 4 runs my tires were done. I was really disappointing with the life of the tires I was using. I was using a set of Continental A/S tires I got for free. I slapped on the other pair and after one run those were destroyed also. I was extremely frustrated with the tires not lasting me.
So with tires looking moot, I opted to keep drifting but not hit the oval anymore. I really wanted to though, it is extremely fun to run down the straight and slide a massive bank down to the infield. I figure if I have a blowout in the infield, whatever. A blowout on the bank though, that might be expensive.
I got some more seat time in until the point of the tire nearly bursting and making itself cozy with all my rear suspension bits. I was disappointed with the tire life but not with the day. I had a blast drifting at RMR and I want to make sure I come again before it is shut down after this year. I am grateful for the opportunity and glad I could, in my mind, increase my capabilities as a driver.
With two hours left for us to use the oval, I grabbed a vest and ran down to the infield to take videos of the other drives sending it. To see some of the action of me driving and also attempting to not get mauled down by angry JZ swapped cars, check out the video above. Guys if you enjoyed this article and video please make sure to like it. YouTube’s algorithms are back with a vengeance so I will take all the help I can get. Anyway guys, thanks for checking this out!