It’s been a minute since Hot Import Nights has been in New Jersey and they had brought it back to the first venue at the Meadowlands Expo Center. I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this event after how things were previously ran a few years back. Although quite a few of my friends had laughed at the thought of going, I wanted to check it out for old times sake.
The Gauntlet is a very fitting name for round 4 of the Formula D series held in New Jersey. A oval track ran backwards with guard rails that will eat up your car faster than Cerberus with his 3 heads, just finishing a lap around the track can make you feel like Hercules.
The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway in New Jersey is one of the most brutal tracks on the Formula D circuit that the drivers face year to year. With the steep banking turns and harsh transitions from bank to flat really takes its tolls on both the cars and the drivers. The turn 1 guard rail seem to have collected more casualties this year more then any other even taking out #1 qualifier Ryan Tuerck on his home track.
Conrad Grunewald went on to take top position on the podium with points leader Justin Pawlack taking 2nd and teammate Daijiro Yoshihara in 3rd staying right behind Justin in the points count.