I disagree, the burnouts in pro street was one of the worst things about Pro Street, it's cool idea but, after about the 5th time it gets tiring and while after that it's either annoying or kind of pisses you off. I say this having more than likely OVER 200 hours in NFS Pro Street. I've played way more than mafia 2 and i have over 200 hours in mafia 2.
In older games if you pressed the gas/go button before the race your tires spin out and smoke, thats all good.
Yeah events should and will be there just like in SR 1 and 2.