Good read. I have heard plenty of rumors about this but never any half legitimate argument over it. Without XDC, we have no other national pro-am series. Either step up to FD or drive one of the few "state-wide" pro-am series'. Although I still don't know the facts, I hope they aren't trying to scam anyone, and are really trying to make drifting better.
Quick Note: I realize after I wrote this that is sounds incredibly negative towards XDC. I want to clarify that I would drive their events for fun if life ever allowed me to and pretty much all drifting is fun. Period. But this is why I think XDC is having a hard time and will continue to have a hard time unless they change somethings up.
In most people's eyes XDC is not a ProAM series as there is no where to go from XDC . Also, another major complaint of XC is the huge burden it places on amateurs to have to drive across country to follow events. It has also been especially saddening that at the few xdc events I have been at (not competing just present in the pits) they were fairly unorganized and unprofessional. The only driving force seemed to be the prize money.
The actual ProAM's are starting to offer much larger prize pools as they grow in popularity. I don't know about the TX one yet but I know that the winnings for the Vegas ProAM have seemingly doubled from last year to this season. It is also nice because it gives the amateurs experience driving with licensed pro drivers. A lot of people have the impression that ProAM is just a licensing series, but it is actually a licensing and RE-licensing series. There are 4 licensed FD drivers licensed or previously licensed in the Vegas ProAM series. This is great as it helps the pool of drivers to grow as they come back and share their experience with the rest.