I need to send out a huge barrel of thanks to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and Formula DRIFT. I was fortunate enough to experience race car driving and drifting this past week and holy smoke balls, it truly was the experience of a lifetime.
First I rode with 3-time KRC Cup Champion, 3-time IMSA GT3 Cup Champion, Driving Instructor and Race Car Developer Bob Faieta, who took me for a lap in a Porsche 911 GT3. I had no clue what to expect. I am no stranger to adrenaline rushes, in fact, I am constantly seeking new ones. I have ran with the bulls in Spain, jumped out of airplanes numerous times, etc…
Going for a lap on that track is now easily in the top 3 coolest things I have ever, and probably will ever, do. It is a rush that I highly recommend you experience.
After Bob took me for a lap in his Porsche, I moved on to drifting. I rode with Tyler McQuarrie who has set new course records for drifting here, there, and everywhere. This guy had a kamikaze look in his eyes and the second they buckled me in, my heart went bonkers.
Tyler is the kind of driver who completely and totally feeds off of adrenaline and he satisfies his hunger by pushing boundaries and taking it to the limit. He’s a bit nuts. Perfect for me.
We took off and within mil-seconds I was screaming bloody murder wondering, in a cloud of smoke created from burning rubber, why the wall in front of me is coming at me in what seems to be warp speed. I thought to myself, “how the hell did I get myself into this?” I was terrified and exhilarated all at once. What.A.Ride.
It also confirmed what I already suspected, I am on the verge of being clinically insane, BUT! in a fun way.
I had the time of my life and I hope to be able to do it again someday. The overall experience was super cool and everything from the sound of those cars to the smell of those burning tires are things I won’t soon forget and can’t wait to get back to.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is happening April 13-15 in Downtown Long Beach. Get tickets and more info at GPLB.com. You can also check out the Formula Drift action this Friday and Saturday, get tickets and more info here.