The Formula Drift season is about to get underway this weekend starting September 4th. Usually kicking off in early April, it’s been very different for PowerStop driver Ryan Litteral to prepare and keep momentum from his successful 2019 campaign where he was donned Most Improved Driver by his fellow competitors.
Staying Ready During a Pandemic
COVID-19 Coronavirus has affected the whole world in ways we never thought possible, motorsports included. The Formula Drift season took a backseat, waiting to see if, when, and how competition could take place in 2020. During the hiatus, Ryan Litteral did not sit idly; he went to work.
Ryan took to the virtual track with racing simulators like Forza and Assetto Corsa. Whether he was streaming practice sessions on Twitch or running his own virtual drift competition, he was putting in the work to improve his craft in an uncertain world.
Drifting – In Real Life
Eventually, real, in-person events started to come back. Gridlife held its first drift event of the year at Autobahn Raceway in Joliet, allowing Ryan to bring the fan-favorite S14 PowerStop Party Car and get some actual seat time.
Check out some shots PowerStop Photographer Matt Marcu (@matt.marcu) grabbed, and check out Hoonigan’s Larry Chen Auto Focus video detailing the event and the S14 below:
Ryan’s Nissan 350Z Pro Car
The same 1000+ HP BEAST is back for 2020 with updated livery. We won’t waste your time with words, though, take a look for yourself!
Formula Drift 2020
Now that we’ve made it nearly a full calendar year since the 2019 season, it’s finally time to compete for another championship. Check out the schedule below and how you can follow along on the first doubleheader weekend of competition:
|St. Louis, Missouri (Rounds 1 & 2)
|Monroe, Washington (Rounds 3 & 4)
|Dallas, Texas (Rounds 5 & 6)
|Irwindale, California (Rounds 7 & 8)
Getting to the Track
Not only does Ryan Litteral uses the best brakes in the game for his Pro Car and S14 Party Car, he also has a PowerStop Z36 Truck & Tow equipped Ford F-350 pickup truck that tows his team, cars, and parts to and from the track. Here is his team installing the kit that he has to rely on each and every race weekend!
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