March 27, 2014
In 2014 we have some big things planned for Track Attack in our products but also in our partnerships. This year we are partnering with up and coming Formula Drift driver Rob Primo, out of Seattle, WA. Rob has been a paving the road for drifters out of the Pacific Northwest in the US to work their way into the professional ranks.
Our goal is to help Rob be the best driver he can be and improve throughout the year with the capabilities that Track Attack brings to drivers. We’ll be with Rob throughout the year at the west coast Formula Drift events and all of his local events with NASA Northwest and Evergreen Drift. We’re also excited to bring you all the in-car action from his practice and competition rounds using Track Attack. As we get closer to Round 1 at Formula Drift Long Beach, we sat down with Rob to chat as he worked around the clock to get his car ready.
Track Attack: Thinking about driver development, what have you worked on during the off-season?
Rob: Since 2013 I have started to do a lot more visualization. Thinking back to the tracks I ran on the FD circuit and being critical of my driving. You have to be your biggest critic if you want to succeed. I also watch as many videos of other drivers as I can get. Watching drivers like Forsberg, Tuerck, Vaughn Gitten JR, Aasbo, Matt Field, Powers, and other get me super excited to get back out there. FD has some amazing drivers! I’m excited to share not just my highlight videos but also data and views of drifting at the Formula D level that are rarely seen so that other aspiring drivers can accelerate their development.
Track Attack: What’s new on the car for 2014?
Rob: We upgraded a few things. Didn’t want to reinvent the wheel as the car was pretty fast and consistent last year. But Turbo By Garrett has been amazing to our team and they provided us one of their new GTX4088R Turbos. This should hopefully get us into the 800 whp range and keep us fast. Pretty amazing we’re at this level with a non stroked 2JZ while still making tons of low end power. Garrett Turbos are amazing!
Also we looked to lighten the car. Lexan windows all around. A new fuel cell setup along with a tubed rear end.
Initially after last season we looked to just keep the car the same but in consulting with Ray from Garage Autohero we felt lightening the car would only be a good thing as my car was already way over the weight class I needed to be in for my desired tire size thus the tube frame rear was decided. Also putting all the weight in the very back of the car will provide some much needed traction. The lexan will also save some weight up high on the car.
We also upgraded our program. We have a full team. Ray from Garage Autohero and Brian Kirk from Portland Speed Industries (PSI) will be joining us throughout the season to be great company and provide awesome help. Joes Racing Products is on board we now have some key tools we didn’t have before. Keeping us ready and the car running proper. You all (Track Attack) have joined our program and I’m really looking forward to shooting all kinds of in car video with actual data! Having more than awesome music videos (which are great BTW) will allow me to really critique my driving and improve. It is starting to feel like a team this season!
Track Attack: What does the schedule look like in 2014?
Rob: Really excited about the year because we’re going to be on a race track all the time. Those tires will have to run for cover! I plan to run Formula D round 1 in long beach, Formula D round 5 in Seattle, Formula D round 6 in Texas, and Formula D round 7 at Irwindale. In between those events I will be running some NASA Northwest events on NW road tracks. I also may end up on Maryhill Loops a time or two like I did last year with Tuerck. But only time will tell.
So what does riding shotgun with Rob Primo in his Formula Drift tire shredding machine feel like? Here’s some footage from our initial drift testing with Track Attack at Oregon Raceway Park last summer.
We’re looking forward to get down to Long Beach for Formula Drift Round 1 and bringing the in-car experience back to everyone. Remember that you can drift with Track Attack at anytime, get it now on Google Play, Apple App Store for iOS and Windows Phone Store.
Make sure to keep up with Rob throughout the season on the Track Attack Blog and through social media: