It's amazing what a single trip to the track can do for you. When a friend brought Aurimas "Odi" Bakchis to watch Thursday night drifting at Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, CA, he had no idea that on that night his life would change forever. Over four years later, Odi had not only become a regular at AMP but a top driver in the Formula Drift USA series in 2011 and 2012.
Formula Drift USA series racer Aurimas "Odi" Bakchis drifting Nissan 240SX at Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, CA
Never failing to show to practice in his Nissan 240SX since a few weeks after that first night in February 2009, Odi learned to drift at AMP. Attending AMP's Racing Academy, Odi made good use out of the facility's drift track. Within a year, he started competing in local amateur competitions. Shortly thereafter, and within his first season of competitive drifting, Odi earned his professional Formula Drift license after placing first overall in the Vegas Drift ProAm series!
Even after placing second overall in the Top Drift ProAm Series, Odi still calls AMP his home, and rightly so. The Southern Californian facility has been found in the Inland Empire for over 50 years, providing enthusiasts and racers a venue for kart racing, drifting, time attack, pocket bikes/mini-moto, motorcycles or supermoto racing.
In 2011, Odi entered the Formula Drift USA series and earned the coveted honor of being the 2011 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year by finishing the season as one of the Top 16 drivers in the series. Today, Odi is usually found at the Thursday night drift sessions at AMP for practice in his Nexen Tire Nissan 240SX; that is when he's not competing in the 2013 Formula Drift season.
Only last year did AMP and K&N Filters partner up, thanks to a chance meeting at the Formula Drift Long Beach event in the Fall of 2011. It took very little time for the two join forces, with K&N supplying product for AMP's weekly drift show as well as in the Pro Shop. But Adams Motorsports Park isn't all about drifting, although the facility created its own series - the Grassroots Drift Series - in 2010, as well as expanded its weekly program to include Sideways Sundays in 2011. It also is the longest-running karting facility in the country, having opened its doors in 1959, and helps support a variety of charities and organizations such as Donate Life, Cade Foundation, Children's Foundation of America, blood drives, and local high schools.