American Matt Waldin wins Drift Mania Canada Championship

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Drifter Matt Waldin of West Chester, Pennsylvania
Drifter Matt Waldin of West Chester, Pennsylvania
Matt Waldin of West Chester, Pennsylvania has been crowned the Champion of the 2009 Drift Mania Canada Championship (DMCC) after sweeping the series with a podium finish at every round. Matt and his Tuner Icons Nissan 350Z finished the season with two first, two second, and one third place finishes.

On the track, Matt is known for his aggressive, foot-to-the floor driving style. “You have to charge hard,” he advises. “You don't win battles from being the lead car; you win them by being inches off the lead car’s door at eighty miles per hour.”

Parallel to K&N drifters Chris Forsberg and Vaughn Gittin Jr., Matt also began his career at Englishtown Raceway in New Jersey, practicing and competing at grassroot events. He worked his way up the ranks and now holds every North American professional drifting license.

“The key to our successful DMCC season was the reliability of the car,” says Matt. “If the car doesn't perform, we can't drive it to the limits. Being consistent on the track starts with a reliable setup.”

Part of Matt’s reliable setup includes K&N Filters. “Using K&N Filters in the Tuner Icons 350Z is the obvious choice,” he says. “The reliability and consistency of the car starts with the right filter.”
Matt Waldin is Champion of the 2009 Drift Mania Canada Championship
Matt Waldin is Champion of the 2009 Drift Mania Canada Championship

Matt intends to use his winning momentum to compete at Formula Drift Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway. “I plan to use all of the knowledge that I have gained running on banked ovals during the DMCC season,” he says. “At Irwindale, I will be satisfied with making the top sixteen, but the champagne doesn't pop unless you’re on the podium, so you can be sure we will be charging hard for this one.”

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