Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


July 1, 2014

Indy Drift a success at LOR

BROWNSBURG — Lucas Oil Raceway hosted Indy Drift this weekend, where participants veered and swerved at speeds up to 80 mph.

For many, drifting is the thrill of a lifetime. Drivers intentionally oversteer their cars and the rear wheels lose traction, giving the appearance that the car is “floating” across the track.

“It’s the most awesome form of adrenaline,” Chris Naujokas of Kentucky said. “It’s the best thing you can do with a car, it’s amazing. I can’t even describe the feeling of being so in control of something so out of control, being able to hold it at the limit and being able to bring it back under control.”

Jay Schroeder, originally from Indianapolis, began drift racing seven years ago and helped begin Indy Drift. Afterwards, he moved to Chicago. He came back Sunday for his first race since leaving the Hoosier state.

He couldn’t resist the thrill.

“It’s in my blood, being around cars, doing this,” he said. “The same reasons that got me doing this the first time in a parking lot, being stupid and trying to figure this stuff out, are the same reasons I’m back today.”

He said that a location like Lucas Oil is ideal for new drivers due to its spacious track and limited risks.

“Something like this is a really good event to learn at,” Schroeder said. “There’s a lot of wide open space, you can really feel out your car and there’s not a lot of room for error, you can drive pretty liberally.”

Brownsburg’s Brandon Carr was at the event on Sunday, participating in only his second race. He admitted that there are safety risks, but said he feels well protected.

“With your helmet and everything you’re pretty safe around here,” Carr said. “The main thing you have to think about is your car. It’s kind of the name of the game. If you hit the wall, you hit the wall. That’s part of it.”

Naujokas said that bad things can happen at anytime, but occur mostly when drivers let up off the throttle.

“When you let go of the gas, the car will regrip and try to go straight,” he said. “Wherever your car is pointing is the general direction of where your car is going to shoot forward at whatever speed you’re going.”

Carr said the hobby is a costly one, but wouldn’t give it up for anything.

“Anything can break at any time, there’s stuff all through the track that can break it and you’ve just got to fix it on the fly,” he said. “The community is really good with extra parts and helps you out.

“Its fun, its exciting, it gets your adrenaline pumping. You just want to go back and do it a million times.”


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