For most of my life I would consider myself a traditional motorsports fan. Formula 1, Indy cars, and sportscars made up the bulk of the racing I kept up with both on television and in person. Like many, I viewed racing as who goes the fastest over a set distance or period of time.
Over the past dozen or so years drifting, a sport that originated in Japan, has gained more and more traction in the United States while attracting a younger audience than more traditional motorsports. As is often the case when new trends emerge, the traditional motorsports fan scoffed at this new form of competition. Many didn’t like the fact that the winners are determined based on a judging criteria rather than being the first across a finish line, or that driving technique is more important than out-and-out speed.