'Drifting' ... season slides into action in Concord

Mar. 16, 2013 @ 07:21 PM

Dozens of drivers and enthusiasts, from amateur to pro, turned out at Concord Motorsports Park February 24 for the first professionally organized drifting event of the 2013 season, hosted by StreetWise Drift, a Charlotte based organization that promotes safe and organized drift shows and competitions in off-street, track settings. The event pulled in cars and drivers from across the east-coast, including a few from Union County.  

Drifting, as defined by Wikipedia,  is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner. A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa).

Starting as a fad in Japan some years ago, drifting has evolved into a competitive motor-sport throughout Europe and the United States, with localized events taking place in the Charlotte and Concord area.

The next event hosted by Streetwise Drift is Saturday, March 30, at Metrolina Expo, in Charlotte. For more information about the event, visit www.streetwisedrift.com or call 704-577-3560.