What is Drifting?
Driftworks defines drifting as “a driving style in which the driver uses the throttle, brakes, clutch, gear shifting and steering input to keep the car in a state of oversteer while maneuvering from turn to turn.”
In short: it’s the sport of oversteering around a course while keeping the nose or tail of the vehicle as close to the wall or inside of a turn (known as a clipping point) as possible. Think of it as a “controlled slide”. It’s popular among import enthusiasts similar to how drag racing is popular for muscle car enthusiasts.
Drift competitions (also called “tandem” drifting) involve two vehicles drifting together where one leads and the other “chases”. The lead vehicle tries to touch the clipping points and set the sharpest slide angles possible while the chase vehicle tries to match the lead and stay as close as they can (sometimes door-to-door!). After one pass they switch positions and repeat the pass. The full round is judged by a panel on technique, angle, and technical skill. Unlike other motorsports, drifting does not have a timing element. It’s about style and technique, not beating a clock.
Our Drifting Facilities
In the summer of 2018 we built and opened our concrete drifting track. It’s north of the drag strip and west of the concessions building. The entry road follows the drag strip’s return road heading west then turns north to connect to the drift track (pictured below on the left).
Concessions and restrooms are available during drift events. We also have powered parking spots and camping space available for an additional fee.
Our inaugural drift weekend in August was a great success with drift crews visiting from all over the region. Formula Drift Pro2 driver Alec Robbins joined the opening celebration by shredding tires and taking spectators on ride-alongs. Major thanks to ND Drift for putting on the fantastic opening!
What’s the drifting schedule?
Check our Schedule page to find out when our next event is coming up. For drifting we do driver pre-registration online due to a limited number of driver spots. Our drift weekends for 2019 consist of a Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. Drivers can get about 26 hours of seat time at a single event.
- May 24-26: Drifting the Plains #1
- June 20-23: SRD $10k Drift Challenge
- July 12-14: Drifting the Plains #2
- August 9-11: Drifting the Plains #3
- August 30 – Sept 1: Drifting the Plains #4
- October 4-6: Drifting the Plains #5
Driver registration is done in advance due to a limited number of driver slots. Check our Instagram @topenddragways or the events page for announcements when registration opens and closes.
What are the requirements to drift?
We use the ND Drift rulebook (click here).