One of our Media Partners EverythingDrift.com got to talk with Dean after this past weekend’s ProDrift event where he talks about how he did going against another Formula Drift driver in the Top 16 and how he is prepping for Irwindale.
EverythingDrift: So how was it returning to ProDrift for their final event and Qualifying 6th overall in a car you have never driven? How do you feel you placed overall through out the competition?
Dean “Karnage” Kearney: Returning to Prodrift was awesome! I have had the idea of returning to Prodrift on my mind for quite some time, even to do the odd event or maybe a full season but to return for what was the best European drift event ever staged to date was incredible. The Prodrift finals had the normal huge domestic entry in excess of 50 cars split into 2 classes over two days while the large number of international champions meant that even qualifying for Top16 was going to be tough and leave a lot of competitors upset! Lets not forget, this was not an exhibition event and there was still a 2011 Prodrift championship to be decided away from the glitz and glamour of all the International names competing. The crowd may have been in favour of all these top drivers competing but there was some drivers who were hoping to wrap up a season strong and could have done without all these FD and current champions from other series. I made a last minute decision to enter after seeing the hype built up around what is called “Japfest” which is held annually at Mondello Park and where Prodrift have used Japfest to stage their finals each year. A large crowd is guaranteed especially with the likes of Dai Yoshihara and Team Need for Speed who are all seasoned Formula Drift competitors so after a few phone calls to try and track down a car capable of being competitive my entry was confirmed on Thursday evening.
Kenneth Moen to be special guest driver in place of Samuel Hubinette in the SHR Dodge Challenger at Formula DRIFT Round 4: The Gauntlet this weekend at Wall Speedway in New Jersey.
Kenneth Moen is an established drifter from Norway who has been successfully competing in Europe for the last two years and recently has been competing this season in Formula DRIFT. Moen will take the place of Samuel Hubinette as Hubinette has obligations to race in TORC, in which he won the last race.
Dean Kearney will continue drive in the SHR-V-LEDS Dodge Viper at this event.