With this past weekend’s Formula Drift 2010 season opener in Long Beach, one thing was noticeably missing from the roster: a female driver. Years past, we have seen a couple of female entries including Yoshie and her S14. Popular magazines have done articles (more in mockery than in editorial) of import models learning how to drive alongside a professional drifter.
While women as a whole have been showcased as eye-candy within the automotive market, many worldwide are making a statement by showing off their skills of going sideways. There are plenty in America alone, many of whom are looking forward to stepping it up to the next level of professional drifting and making a name for themselves. Perhaps we’re not too far off in having a “Danica Patrick” of drifting.
Over in Japan, where drifting “originates”, many girls and women are taking it to the guys. They’re working on the cars themselves, driving, testing and tuning – and many of them are doing it extremely well. In the video after the jump, a “Girl’s Drift Festival” is captured on film with girls piloting all sorts of S-chassis going sideways, and fast. Check it out!