The arrival of drifting to North America’s western shores occurred in 2003, when Japan’s D1 Grand Prix hosted their first event in California. Due to the instant hit and success of this first demonstration event, there was an obvious opportunity that professional drifting events in the United States would be a major hit. Hence, Formula D emerged as the first company hosting sanctioned professional drifting events. Today, they are recognized as the greatest series in drifting competition in the United States.
Drifting is all about style. Unlike other motorsports where a person is graded on a timed course, drifting is graded through how a driver stands out with his driving abilities through maximizing his speed, angle and driving line. However, drivers also choose to stand out in any way possible, even in the car selection. This was proven by Team Orange leader Nobushige Kumakubo, when he decided to be the first in professional drifting to use an all wheel drive Subaru WRX. When asked why, Kumakubo stated that he wanted to bring more all wheel drive owners to his track back in Japan.