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Lance Feliciano - Tentative Backgrounder

Lance Feliciano - Tentative Backgrounder

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Formula-D is the name of United States drifting series (incidentally, is Japan's equivalent championship in Japan, the D1 Grand Prix Series). The series is sponsored by the popular video game series, Need for Speed (official name is Need for Speed Formula Drift Presented by Circuit City. It was inaugurated in 2004, and is a division of the Sports Car Club of America).
Formula-D is the name of United States drifting series (incidentally, is Japan's equivalent championship in Japan, the D1 Grand Prix Series). The series is sponsored by the popular video game series, Need for Speed (official name is Need for Speed Formula Drift Presented by Circuit City. It was inaugurated in 2004, and is a division of the Sports Car Club of America).

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"Somehow, I knew that I was born to
be a racer my whole life.”
 
Fil-Am Professional D1 Champ!
Lance Feliciano: Fast becoming an icon in the Drifting arena.
Lance Feliciano made history in October 2006 by being the only Filipino-American licensed professionalDrifting racing champ. At that time, he was among the only 38 licensed U.S. professionals from acrossAmerica. In a press release by Drift & RWD sports magazine, he was named "one of the next superstarsto watch in 2007
.Currently, Lance continues to be among the youngest professional racers in the world of Drifting.
“I want
to be the first Filipino car race champion in the United States. Now, it's more than a dream to me, it's mygoal in life. I want to be the champion of Drifting. After Drifting, I want to go to different kinds of racing..
.”
 As a kid, Lance liked to watch the popular drifting videos from Japan. His dad also used to teach him in
 
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the hills and mountains of Antipolo. He started joining amateur events in 2005. In October 2006, heentered the Pro-Am, amateur events you have to win if you want to turn Pro
. “
There was a Pro-Am withinthe whole west coast region. We all battled from the Irwindale Speedway, 55 to 60 drivers, and I wonfirst.
”, relates Lance.
He was ranked No. 1 in the west coast, and was sent to Las Vegas, in Laughlin, to represent the westcoast region. Lance Feliciano won the 2nd over-all in the nationals and was one, among only four, to geta Professional license. In November 2006, Lance was only 19-years old and was the youngest racer inthe world of Drifting to be given professional status"I knew that I was born to be a racer my whole life. I feel so passionate about racing that I can't think ofanything I'd rather do in my life but race. In 2005, I raced in the World Championship and people weresaying, "Who is this kid trying to prove something
 –
he just came from nowhere?' And I was coming on sostrong that they wrote about me and mentioned me in their press release saying: The Japanesechampions need to watch out because if the U.S. pro drivers are going to give them a run for their money.There's going to be plenty of rookies giving 100 percent, like Casper Canul and Lance Feliciano. Theseguys are definitely going to be the next superstars of Drifting."
Formula-D
Formula-D is the name of United States drifting series (incidentally, is Japan's equivalent championship inJapan, the D1 Grand Prix Series). The series is sponsored by the popular video game series, Need forSpeed (official name is Need for Speed Formula Drift Presented by Circuit City. It was inaugurated in2004, and is a division of the Sports Car Club of America).
 
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In the world of drifting, there's hardly any time to react or be scared when you're racing on the track orpracticing so it's vital that the driver is very confident. You have to think very fast and be fully committed
before you drift. “When I‟m behind the wheel, I learned to be very confident and to be very
smart on thedecisions that I make. I don't look back either. You have to have determination and full commitment whenyou decide something. I think that's what got me so far when it comes to drifting.
 Drifting is a sport where you can't be in total control all the time
. There‟s just so many factors involved.
 But Lance learns from every experience, whether if he incurred errors or whether if
it‟s
a remarkable run.
“I probably went through about 5 cars to where I am now. There was one time when I was pract
icing lateat night in the mountains. I crashed into the mountain and it was raining. I flipped over and my car was allmessed up. It didn't stop me -- the next day I was drifting again!"Drifting is one of the most expensive sports to be involved in. Not only because of the cost and themaintenance of the vehicle, but also because, at every run, the cost of tires is immense. Each tire costs atleast $180. On a good day, Lance normally burns 8 to 10 tires a day!
It‟s
not also unusual if he burns outtwo tires every four minutes.During the early days of his racing career, for the love of his sport, Lance sold virtually everything heowned. Plus, despite his busy racing schedule, he still holds a job. Becoming a licensed pro definitelyhelped in furthering his career as sponsors began to support his endeavors.
Be the Car
Not to mention dangerous, the high-performance, fine precision sport of drifting takes an awful lot offocus, coordination, and technique.
Being in the driver‟s seat requires being on
e with the car. Multipletasks and actions becomes a single fluid motion. Like the conductor of an orchestra, Lance creates adrifting symphony from all the minutiae. The result is a graceful and powerful combination of art,technology, and human ingenuity in perfect harmony. A masterpiece.
“When I enter a turn, whether if it‟s the first time or 
the same turn
several times around, it‟s always
 different, one-of-a-
kind, and can‟t be replicated
. Often, I just feel my way and respond to the car, engine,speed, slide,
tires…
all the different details become touchpoints that help guide me through the slide...
Lance explains.Drifting is definitely a precise sport. You need to have a keen mind, inherent talent, and a well-tuned,perfectly conditioned, rear-wheel drive car with excellent suspension.

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