This past weekend was the Formula D Pro Am Nationals events where the top amateurs from across the country came out to battle it out for licenses to drive in the Formula D 2008 Season. The event was in Laughlin, NV, just an hour away from Las Vegas. Drivers came out from California, Texas, the midwest, and as far as the east coast.
Drivers were split into regions, each region having thier own Series to compete in to determine its top drivers. Touge Factory has been supporting ClubFR and the Midwest Cup Series for the North region of the US Drift Association. Last years nationals boasted of California Love with the majority of the entrants coming from California and all the top finishers all hailing from California. However this year the Midwest brought out 8 drivers. Rob Riter – IL, Simba Nyemba – IL, Juan Marquez – IL, Brian Peter – WI, Ryan Clemens – MN, Mike Pollard – MN, Clinton Florczyk – IN, Chuck Litterest (Competed in East division) – MO.
A lot of people doubted the skill level of the Midwest’s group of drivers, not being on a coast a lot of attention has not been on these 8 drivers. When it came down to competition all of the drivers stepped up their game and amazed the crowd. For Saturdays competition 5 of the 8 drivers (Ryan could only compete on Sunday), qualified top 16. During the tandem rounds the midwest drivers kept their game up and gave everyone a heartfelt battle. In the end Rob Riter, an employee of Touge Factory, stood as number 1 on the stage. Rob driving his 99 Black Mazda Miata eliminated all the competition and took the championship in the Pro Am. Rob was awarded with his Formula D license and a trophy filled with Jaeger (It wasn’t even cold! -Rob).
On Sunday all the drivers from the top 16 and the 0 point Formula D drivers got to battle it out for another chance at getting licenses. This time qualifying in the top 16 was 3 of 5 drivers from the midwest. Brian Peter in his S13 silvia from Wisconsin ended up taking second place, losing to Forest Wang in the final battle. The Formula D judges awarded all the top 16 with licesnes after seeing how good all of the drivers were.In the end 4 of the 8 drivers that came down to Laughlin got their licesnes. Those drivers include Rob Riter, Brian Peter, Ryan Clemens, and Chuck Litterst.
Congratulations to all the drivers from the Midwest, and all the other drivers at the Pro Am Nationals. Keep an eye out for all these amateurs as they join the pros and compete in the upcoming 2008 Formula D Season.