For Immediate Release:
After eight years with thirty-five events across eight states awarding twenty-four licenses to drivers to advance to the next level, Midwest Drift Union has officially ceased operations effective November 1, 2017.
Having ran the successful Drift Indy organization for years, Edgar Sarmiento and Jon Gillatt debuted the Midwest Formula Drift licensing pro-am affiliate in 2010 as the NOS Midwest Drift Union. Mike Feiock was the inaugural series champion in an FC Mazda RX-7.
As the series grew, it attracted drivers from all over the Midwest and beyond, even seeing some international flair with a sprinkling of Canadian competitors. In 2017, a sister series was added, the Southeast Drift Union, and the two were governed under the newly established collective, The Drift Group.
Several drivers would go on to compete at either the Formula Drift level, be it Pro or Pro 2, including Mike Feiock, Mike Skudlarek, Geoff Stoneback, Nick Thomas, Dirk Stratton, Hooman Rahimi and Alec Robbins.
With the decline of pro-am competitor interest over the last several years, the series finds itself no longer being able to sustain a thriving, competitive platform. This low driver turnout coupled with rising track and insurance costs no longer afford the series to put on the quality of events drivers and fans alike have come to expect.
Though this is the end of the MDU series, familiar events, such as the hugely successful No Star Bash, will continue under the Drift Indy banner.
Midwest Drift Union would like to thank its former title sponsors, NOS Energy Drinks, Import Image Racing and Enjuku Racing for nearly a decade of memorable events, from the ever-popular Gateway Motorsports Park and Kil-Kare Raceway to the iconic Streets of Detroit rounds held on public roads in front of the famous Michigan Central Station.
Midwest Drift Union would also like to thank the thousands of fans, dozens of vendors, track personnel and of course, the drivers, for making the series all it has been since 2010. To those drivers now looking to compete in another pro-am series in 2018, we wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.
Stay tuned to Drift Indy for information about upcoming events.