As the 2013 Formula Drift season came to its final event, GSR Autosports driver Michael Essa sat with a sizable points lead. It was abundantly clear that the cards were in his favor – only two other drivers stood a reasonable chance to take home the overall win: Chris Forsberg and Fredric Aasbo, and it was still a long shot for both. Third place, however, was still up for grabs, and the Nitto team still stood a chance to take home a trophy.
As the sun set over Irwindale, California, Formula Drift Round 7: Title Fight was underway to settle the battle for 2012 Formula Drift Champion. Entering the final round of competition, seven drivers had a chance of securing the 2012 championship, but only one would be crowned.