Formula DRIFT Announces Black Magic as the Title Sponsor for the Series
Long Beach, Calif. – November 10, 2016 – Formula DRIFT has announced an agreement with the Black Magic® car care brand to become the Title Sponsor of the Formula DRIFT Championship, now called the Black Magic® Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras.
“This new partnership with Black Magic is not just great for Formula DRIFT, but for all of the hard working participants in the Series,” stated Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Black Magic will allow us to expand the Series as well as reinvest into strengthening our foundation. We are looking forward to this new era of Formula DRIFT.”
In addition to the entitlement sponsorship news, Formula DRIFT has announced the Black Magic® Championship Cup powered by Gumout®. Drivers will compete throughout the year to win the cup with the top driver taking home the trophy at the end of the season.
“Black Magic is excited about the partnership with Formula DRIFT,” says Rusty Waples, Group Brand Manager of Black Magic / Gumout. “Both brands are powerful with auto enthusiasts and a natural fit with Formula DRIFT. We can’t wait for the 2017 season to kick-off!”
The Black Magic Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras will begin in April at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach for the 2017 season.
2017 Black Magic Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras
Round 1: Streets of Long Beach
March 31 – April 1 – Long Beach, CA, USA
Invitational: Super Drift Challenge at the Grand Prix of Long Beach**
April 7 – April 8 – Long Beach, CA, USA
Round 2: Invasion
April 28 – April 29 – Orlando, FL, USA
Round 3: Road to the Championship
May 12 – May 13 – Atlanta, GA, USA
Round 4: The Gauntlet
June 2- June 3 – Wall, NJ, USA
Round 5: True North
July 14 – July 15 – Montreal, Quebec, CANADA
Round 6: Throwdown
August 4- August 5 – Monroe, WA, USA
Round 7: Showdown
September 1- September 2 – Texas, USA (Option 1)
September 8- September 9 – Texas, USA (Option 2)
Round 8: Title Fight
October 6 – October 7 – Irwindale, CA USA (Option 1)
October 13 – October 14 – Irwindale, CA, USA (Option 2)
*Subject to Change
**Non-Championship Points Competition
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USDrift and Midwest Drift Union joined forces earlier this month for their first ever BRO/AM collaboration event at the newly opened Dominion Raceway road course for both of their fourth and final rounds of the 2016 season. Each series would run their own Top 16 brackets with the winners from each series’ event competing against each other for bragging rights of the best on this side of the Mississippi River, as well as winning their weight in Smartmouth Brewing Company beer.
Repeating a similar end to that of the 2015 season, Austin Meeks from Spartanburg, SC would win the last event of the USDrift season again. This time Meeks would win in his Committed Service Brand swapped LSX V8-powered 1996 Nissan 240SX running on Achilles Radial Tires. Riley Sexsmith, from Hamilton, Ontario in his 2007 NV Auto 2JZ powered Subaru Impreza STI running on Achilles Radial Tires would take the win in the last event of the Midwest Drift Union season.
Since the final tandem was an exhibition match, the judges from both series would vote and if there was a tie, the announcer would cast the deciding vote with help from the crowd if needed. However, after both runs, the judges went with 3 votes for Meeks, 2 votes for Sexsmith, and 1 vote for a “One More Time”; giving the win and a 154lb assortment of Smartmouth Brewing Company beer to Meeks for the win.
The 2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series concluded with Round 4 and a huge congratulations to all who competed this season, especially to Dylan Hughes, Chris Cotrupi, and Matt Pollock who all earned their 2017 Formula DRIFT PRO2 Licenses. The 2017 USDrift schedule should be released shortly and include some more track day events at Dominion Raceway that aren’t strictly competition based.
2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Round 4 Standings:
2016 USDrift PRO/AM Series Season Standings:
Full season standings can be found on the USDrift website here.
Formula Drift made its final stop of the year at the House of Drift Irwindale Speedway for it’s signature final round of the season. Three drivers would enter into the round in contention for the championship – Points leader Chris Forsberg, 2nd place Fredric Aasbo and 3rd Vaughn Gittin Jr. Forsberg would be chasing down his 3rd championship title trying to pass Samuel Hubinette and Tanner Foust on the list with 2 titles. Aasbo would be defending by trying to defend his 2015 title and become the second driver to win consecutive championships.
Daijiro Yoshihara showed a resurgence and put down one amazing Qualifying run and earning the #1 Qualifier position and in doing so earned him one of the three bye run’s for the weekend due to zeroes and mechanical failures in qualifying.