About MDU 2016-12-27T15:23:46+00:00

After co-hosting an event at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) with Look-Out Drift and Clubloose, we realized that our well-organized events needed to be shared with the whole of the Midwest. And at the end of 2009, Edgar Sarmiento and Jon Gilliatt teamed up to form Midwest Drift Union.

With four years of running sold-out Drift Indy events in Indianapolis, we’ve put that experience to use organizing our Midwest Drift Union in 2010 as a Formula D ProAM Series. We’re striving to have a series that will allow the best in the region to drive together, compete, and have fun sharing in the passion of drifting.

Our goal is to provide a platform that will allow veteran drivers the opportunity to make it to the next level (Formula D), to give new drivers the seat time they need, and to provide a whole lot of entertainment along the way! Our events are ran so that each driver will be able to run out of tires before the day’s out. We’re all about practice, building better drivers, and having fun with the sport of Drifting!

Event Format & Judging

Please note that competition rules and criteria may change from event to event so always check back for the latest updates. The following scoring categories will be used: Speed, Angle, Line and overall Style.

The speed at which the car starts the drift and the speed maintained throughout a run. A speed gun will be used to measure initiation speed and will be discussed by judges from event to event on what they are looking at each individual track. A car must maintain as much speed as possible while staying in complete control. Any point at which the car slows below what it should will result in a loss of some/all points possible in this category.

The oversteer drift angle that the car is able to achieve through the various corner of a course. Angle is not measured by any instrument, and is variable from one car to another based on vehicle steering components and power level.

The line is the specified path that the judges present in the drivers meeting as the ideal way to navigate the course. Generally, the car should be high to the outside of the corner and then tighten down to get as close to the apex or designated “clipping point” as possible and the then swing wide again to the outside of the exit of the corner. Transitions between corners should be done in a controlled fashion.

The overall style of a driver is presented by overall presentation, aggressiveness and flow of the run while completing each individual run. Each judge will have 10 points to give for each run presented.

During the qualifying rounds each driver will have 2 runs in which they will have to perform. The scoring is as follows Speed 30 points, Angle 30 points, Line 30 points, and each judge will have 10 points to use on each run for style, also known as overall impact of the run. Top 16 drivers will have a chance to go head to head during competition, if a driver has not passed or met the Midwest Drift Union tandem criteria or fails to follow rules they will be force to give the bye to their opponent.

Points System:

PositionQualification PointsCompetition Points

Driver FAQ

Interested in driving in an MDU ProAM event this year? Make sure you read all the Q&A’s and go over the technical inspection sheet and rules so you’re on the right path to have the best time on the track.

Q:Can I drive at any event?
A:Yes, you can run all of the events organized and ran by Midwest Drift Union or partners running under the Midwest Drift Union sanction body. We have the mentality that every driver that comes out and has fun and is willing to learn will eventually learn how to drive. Practice sessions are always ran at all events before any competition. Even if it’s a competition, you can qualify and get feedback from veterans on what you can improve on.

Q: Do I need a FIA seat?
A: You do have to have an approved seat to compete during tandem competitions, but any seat is always good to have so that you are not all over the place in the cockpit of the car. Please look at the technical rules to give you an idea of what equipment is necessary for any and all events.

Q: Can I wear Shorts and sandals?
A: No. Jeans and closed toe shoes required for Single runs.

Q: Do I need a racing suit?
A: Yes if you plan on competing in the tandem competition, and a cage is also neccessary to do so too.

Q: How many tires should I bring?
A: It all depends on the track and your power level. If its your first event bring more than you think you could possibly use and adjust from there for the following events.

Q: Are there tools at the track?
A: No, you should bring your own and do not rely on borrowing from people. However if a tire machine or air is available at the track it will be posted under event information.

Q: When should I get to an event?
A: Times are always posted in the specific event information and you should follow and know to show up always an hour before to pass tech and work on anything necessary to get on the track.

Q: Who is in charge at events?
A: Midwest Drift Union staff will always be wearing a staff shirt, or please locate Aaron Bledsoe or Brad Foy for any technical advice and help before getting on the track.

Q: Who do I pay to enter an event?
A: Instructions on payment for the event, will usually be displayed on the event thread on our main website.You should have a paypal account to register for events, some events you will be able to just register with a credit card.

Q: I need medical attention who do I ask for help?
A: Please under any circumstance if you need any kind of medical attention let a Midwest Drift Union staff official or safety official on site.

Q: Am I allowed any pit passes?
A: Usually at each event one pit pass is given for entry to each driver, pit person should arrive with the driver at the time of check in.

Rule Book & Tech Inspection Downloads

Midwest Drift Union Championship Rule Book

MDU Drift Day Rule Book

Technical Inspection Form

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