May 27, 2007
Cordele -- It's called the figure skating of racing, and that's meant as a compliment.
"Drifting" made its way to South Georgia Sunday, for the Sports Club Car of America event at the Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele.
The SCCA is traveling back-and-forth between Memphis and Cordele this summer, holding competitions to help grow the sport.
In drifting, the twisting course is laid-out on a flat track, with drivers racing through the course, sliding through turns, and always seemingly on the verge of spinning out.
The 41-participants at the track this weekend ranged from seasoned pros to daily drivers attempting to drift for the first time.
Drifting is not a timed race.
Instead, it's judged like figure skating or gymnastics, with points awarded for speed, line, angle, and style.
Degree of difficulty is also taken into consideration, with drivers needing to take full advantage of the capabilities of their car.
Event organizer Jamey Cicalese says drifting is an art form.
"Blowing lots of smoke, getting the crowd involved, that's the style part of it, that's bonus points. It's the judged sport, the finesse, the artistic side of motorsports."
The series will be back at the Watermelon Capital speedway in July.