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Be an Amateur Formula Drifter and Work Your Way Up to Professional Level

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Be an Amateur Formula Drifter and Work Your Way Up to Professional Level

Annie Clapano
December 12, 2006

Formula Drifting, or simply referred to as Formula D, is a new sport that is becoming more and more popular these days. As a matter of fact, in the United States alone, this adventurous sport is making a big name of its own and has been attracting quite a lot of followers who share the same passion for thrill and excitement.

Due to the popularity of Formula D and the exhilaration it brings to both the drivers and spectators, and probably to the judges (yes, Formula D racing events do employ judges), many thrill-seekers are welcoming the thought of being part of Formula D racing. It won’t be surprising to know if you are one of the many aspiring drifters. Are you? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as you might think it would be.

I hate to burst your bubbles, but you have to know that having the guts of competing in a very extreme race like Formula drifting and loving it aren’t enough. Sure, guts and love for the sport are some of the factors, but there are still others that you might want to consider. All of the other factors such as skills and knowledge will definitely guarantee you to have as much fun and excitements as you’ve always dreamed of while drifting, not to mention having a safe time.

The next thing you should know is that not everyone makes it to the professional level of Formula drifting. But wait! This isn’t the end of the world, now is it? You see, Formula D is like a wide ranging variety other sports, heart-pumping and blood-racing sports to be exact. Having said all that, scores of high-spirited individuals are dreaming of participating in this extreme sport. However, there are only a limited number of opportunities from which drifting wannabes can take advantage of.

There maybe is a possibility of you making it to the professional drifting, but the chances are slim. Now, are you going to give up on your dream of becoming a Formula drifter? Don’t just yet! You can always find a way to make your dreams come true. What about starting as an amateur drifter and work your way up to professional level? It is a good place to start, don’t you think?

In amateur drifting, you can have a lot of other options. Usually, an amateur is what you described as someone who partakes in an activity on a recreational level rather than doing so for a living. In fact, this would mean that you maybe are drifting in you own time, as well as doing it at local tracks. You don’t have to worry looking for nice tracks to indulge yourself in a heart-stopping experience you’ve always loved, because there are more than enough tracks in the United States and other venues that host amateur drifting events. The downside about this, though, is that there are only few locations in the United States that sponsor these types of events.

As mentioned above, you can and may practice on your own, but make sure not to participate in any underground activities. That is a big No-No! Not only they are illegal, they are also very dangerous. And since you are still a beginner, might as well take a drifting training course offered in selected areas in the country, which most of them found in California, before even thinking of racing.

Your may have a slim chance of joining Formula Drifting on a professional level, but if you put your heart and soul into it great things happen. All you have to do is take drifting course, participate in local drifting race events as an amateur drifter and practice more. Besides, if you have the skills and knowledge to maneuver a drifting car on a track, which are by the way the secrets of a good drifter, you have a very long way to go! So, good luck!

For more information on formula drifting, visit DriftingAddict.com.

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