It Doesn't Matter How Many Motors You Blow Up to Make It in Formula Drift

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Don’t let the chill and laid-back culture of drifting fool you: Getting in and staying in requires just as much focus and devotion as any other kind of motorsports. Just let professional drifter Chelsea DeNofa tell you.

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Perhaps you know DeNofa from the grape-purple Ford Mustang he’s driving this season of Formula Drift. Or from even before then, when he was one of the great underdogs in American drifting, going toe-to-toe against drivers with more powerful and expensive cars in his BMW 3 Series.

Drifting, it seems, was part of DeNofa’s life as soon as he got his driver’s license. It’s been a lifelong love affair and he has no plans to give it up. He’s even started his own drifting school in Oregon.

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There are ups and downs in everyone’s career. DeNofa’s include blowing up a lot of motors. Like six motors in eight events in 2015. And nine motors in eight events in 2016. And also clipping a wall.

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But then, when Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s team was looking for another driver, DeNofa asked to join and was accepted.

Check out more from DeNofa in this mini-documentary.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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yesidrivea240
Yes I drive a 240... Sort of

The drift doc “Keep Drifting Fun” that came out a few years ago had one of my favorite lines about drifting.

“Drifting is the dumbest thing you can do in a car”

I agree, and that’s why I love it. Going sideways, flicking the car, not giving a fuck. Its a way to feel free and not be constrained to any type of limitations, except your own abilities.