Drifting Finally Launches At Aloha Stadium - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Drifting Finally Launches At Aloha Stadium

Sean Oliberos Sean Oliberos
Tracy Arkakai Tracy Arkakai

by: Stephen Florino

HALAWA (KHNL) - The sounds of screeching tires and smell of burning rubber filled the Aloha Stadium parking lot. It was the long awaited and first ever drift event in Hawaii.

The green flag drops, officially launching the sport of drifting in hawaii.

"It's been a long, hard battle," said Sean Oliberos, of the Xtreme Drift World Tour.

The group battled over a year to hold this event, and drivers were ready.

"Kinda nervous, more excited about everything," said drifter Gary Ganotisi. "I just wanna go out there and once I get in the zone, I'll just go off and I don't know what's gonna happen."

The biggest concern -- safety for both drivers and spectators. The hundreds watching were well protected behind water-filled barriers.

"Those are full of water and they weigh approximately a ton a piece, so I don't think a car is gonna move that," said Oliberos.

The course was also laid out so cars would spin away from the crowd, giving them a great view of every slide and burnout.

"Hot days. Nice whips. They're fantastic," said one fan.

"It's different from any other thing that you do, cause you not only smell the burning rubber, but the gas, and you hear the turbo spewing off, it's great," said Tim Slayton, another drift fan.

Tracy Arakaki, president and CEO of the Xtreme Drift World Tour called it a "great day" for Hawaii. He said the stadium now provides a location for drifters to practice their sport, since Campbell Industrial Park -- the only racetrack on Oahu closed.

"We're hoping to continue grow and Hawaii could be one of the mecca centers for a new motorsport, drifting worldwide," said Arakaki.

Saturday's event was a qualifier for local drifters.

The top 32 advance to next month's event, facing off against drifters from the mainland and Japan.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

    Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

    Friday, May 25 2018 5:03 PM EDT2018-05-25 21:03:01 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:43 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:43:36 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Ca...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this May 16, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies on budget on Ca...
    Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a think-tank that dismisses warnings of climate change.More >>
    Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a think-tank that dismisses warnings of climate change.More >>
  • Korea summit after all? Trump says 'everybody plays games'

    Korea summit after all? Trump says 'everybody plays games'

    Friday, May 25 2018 8:55 AM EDT2018-05-25 12:55:25 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:16 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:16:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 24, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea before signing the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," in the Roosevelt Room of the White Hou...(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 24, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about North Korea before signing the "Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act," in the Roosevelt Room of the White Hou...
    President Donald Trump is welcoming North Korea's statement that it was still willing to meet despite his cancellation of the summit.More >>
    President Donald Trump is welcoming North Korea's statement that it was still willing to meet despite his cancellation of the summit.More >>
  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:14:38 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly