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FORMULA DRIFT FORMS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH DRIFT MASTERS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

Formula DRIFT – the world’s premier competitive drifting series – has entered into a partnership with the Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC). The aim is to create an open dialogue between the two series that will allow greater alignment and collaboration between FD and DMEC.

Formula DRIFT co-founders, Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage, will soon travel to Torun, Poland to continue discussions with the DMEC series organizers with a view to growing the partnership for the future. “The aim is to bring the drifting world closer together by aligning the two series and our methods of operation,” said Jim Liaw. “We all agree that by working together, we can expand the sport globally.”

As part of the initial agreement, Formula DRIFT will award PRO licenses to the top eight drivers in the DMEC series who do not currently hold them. This will allow these drivers to compete at the highest level in Formula DRIFT for the following season. At the same time, all current FD PRO license holders will be eligible to compete in DMEC events for the entire championship season or selected rounds.

To assist with their future entry into Formula Drift, the top three drivers from the DMEC series will be awarded a scholarship by FD and DMEC.

“I’ve been watching Formula DRIFT for years and always respected its professionalism,” said Arkadiusz Dudko, CEO, Drift Masters European Championship. “From the moment I became CEO, my goal was to reach an agreement with FD because the most important aspects for the future of global drifting is to create a coherent driver’s licensing system, understandable judging system and appropriate regulations that can be used around the world. I’m very happy we have signed this partnership with Formula DRIFT.”

The organizers of both drift series expect drivers to compete regularly on both sides of the Atlantic. This is seen as an extremely exciting prospect for drift fans worldwide. “It is a huge step for European drifting and one that has been needed for quite some time,” said David Egan, Public Relations Officer, Drift Masters European Championship. “For the first time, there is a defined system for driver progression in Europe, from national to international level, with the best DMEC drivers given the opportunity to compete in Formula DRIFT,” he continued.

Jim Liaw from Formula DRIFT is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “We’ve seen the benefits of Transatlantic competition in Formula DRIFT for several years. There are numerous examples of drivers who have successfully joined the series, such as Norwegian Frederic Aasbo who was FD Pro series champion in 2015 and remains the most successful driver in Formula DRIFT history.

“James Deane from Ireland is another successful drift exponent,” Liaw continued. “His first North American event was the 2008 Red Bull World Drift Championship in California. He then ran a partial season in Formula DRIFT during 2010 and dominated the 2017 Formula DRIFT season, winning four rounds and being crowned PRO class series champion. We see the inclusion of more European drivers in FD as good for the series and great for the sport.”

Other European drivers who have left their mark on Formula DRIFT include Dean Kearney (Ireland), Kristaps Bluss (Latvia), Piotr Wiecek (Poland) and rookie Federico Sceriffo (Italy). It is also hoped that Formula DRIFT drivers will join the DMEC series and both series will benefit from the influx of new drivers.

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and control. Formula DRIFT provides a series for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport.

Formula DRIFT has the most viewed livestream in the world, catering to more than 2.5M fans annually. The series is also featured on CBS Sports in the USA and distributed globally by IMG Media, reaching more than 400M households. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers, and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, visit cbssportsnetwork.com

For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit formuladrift.com

FOLLOW FORMULA DRIFT ONLINE

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Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for air times.

ABOUT DRIFT MASTERS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

In 2018, the Drift Masters European Championship (DMEC) will become the definitive professional drift organization in Europe. With a calendar including Europe’s highest-profile events and a grid of Europe’s most accomplished drivers, this is the championship European drift fans have anticipated for more than ten years. Drift Masters GP has also set about guaranteeing its success by combining the greatest organizational and promotional minds in European drifting into one DMEC event team. DMEC has truly become the “Champions League” of European professional drifting.

For all event and ticket information visit driftmasters.gp

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FORMULA DRIFT MEDIA CONTACT

Greg Emmerson
greg@theidagency.com

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2018/fd-news/formula-drift-forms-strategic-partnership-with-drift-masters-european-championship/


AEM INDUCTION SYSTEMS SPONSORS NEW FORMULA DRIFT HALFTIME SHOW

Formula DRIFT – the world’s premier competitive drifting series – is pleased to announce a new halftime show for the 2018 season. Sponsored by AEM Induction Systems, the show will be available to event spectators as well as viewers of the Formula DRIFT livestream broadcast.

AEM Induction Systems has a long history with Formula DRIFT. In the last 10 years, its sponsored drivers have won six FD championships. The company also uses the extreme environment created by the series to collect valuable product validation for its air filters.

Beginning with the Formula DRIFT final round at Irwindale Speedway in 2016, and at several FD rounds during 2017, AEM Induction Systems hosted the Maximum Driftcast halftime podcast from its booth in the paddock area. These shows were extremely popular with both FD fans and the Team AEM sponsored drivers thanks to some great story lines and interaction with the fans.

At the same time, Formula DRIFT was investigating different ways to expand its live broadcast. It has one of the most viewed livestreams in the world, reaching more than 2.5M fans annually. The series wanted to provide more stories to its fans and bring greater insight at each event, so it made perfect sense for Formula DRIFT and AEM Induction Systems to team up for 2018 to present the Formula DRIFT / AEM Halftime Show with Maximum Driftcast throughout the 2018 season.

Two more key Formula DRIFT partners, Nexen Tire and Motegi Racing, will also be on board as supporting brands, adding more content and features to the halftime show.

Maximum Driftcast has become a leading outlet for drivers to announce breaking news, tell their stories, and connect with fans like never before. Frequently, it is the fans who catch drivers off guard with the tough questions, and those moments are what make the show so great, along with the humor, knowledge and passion from the hosts Corey Hosford, Paco Ibarra and Sam Nalven. These elements will now be brought to the big screen, with FD fans able to enjoy the Formula DRIFT / AEM Halftime Show from the event venue or on their mobile devices via the livestream.

It can be viewed by accessing formulad.com/live during any live event as well as major platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. The schedule for each event is available at formuladrift.com

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and control. Formula DRIFT provides a series for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT hampionship. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport.

Formula DRIFT has the most viewed motorsports livestream in the world among millennials, catering to more than 2.5M fans annually. The series is also featured on CBS Sports in the USA and distributed globally by IMG Media, reaching over 400M households. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers, and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, visit cbssportsnetwork.com  

For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit formuladrift.com

ABOUT AEM INDUCTION SYSTEMS

Located in Riverside, CA, AEM Induction Systems has been a leader in the development of precision-tuned air intake systems for sport compact cars since 1987. AEM pioneered the DryFlow air filter and offered one of the first packaged intake systems on the market. Today, the same innovative design results in premium products for the latest tuner platforms and are truly, “Engineered To Outperform.” For further information, visit aemintakes.com

FOLLOW FORMULA DRIFT ONLINE

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facebook.com/formuladrift

twitter.com/FormulaDrift

Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for air times.

MEDIA CONTACT

Greg Emmerson
greg@theidagency.com

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2018/fd-news/aem-induction-systems-sponsors-new-formula-drift-halftime-show/


JE PISTONS PARTNERS WITH FORMULA DRIFT FOR LIVESTREAM VIDEO SEGMENTS

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JE Pistons – an industry leader in high-performance forged and billet racing pistons – has crafted a unique relationship with Formula DRIFT and will launch a new technical video segment that will air during the series’ livestream broadcasts.

Former Formula DRIFT driver Robbie Nishida will host two JE Pistons sponsored technical segments during each of the nine livestream broadcasts. The videos are designed to educate viewers on everything from the art of drifting to making power under the hood, chassis setup, and more.

Each video can be viewed during the Formula DRIFT livestream and will be available post-race via the series’ social media channels.

Entering its 15th season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as North America’s premier professional drifting championship series. As the first organization of its kind in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Competitors are judged on execution and style, rather than who finishes in the fastest time. As a result, drifting is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and is often compared to the freestyle nature of skateboarding and motocross.

“This is an exciting program for JE Pistons,” said Mark Gearhart, Senior Content Marketing Manager, JE Pistons. “We’ve come up with a unique approach to engage the growing Formula DRIFT audience with an entertaining and informative technical view of how the sport really works. At the same time, JE has a rich tradition of success in Formula DRIFT, so we’ll keep working closely with all our drivers and teams to find more horsepower, giving them the edge every time they arrive at the track. We’re very much looking forward to the season opener in Long Beach.”

JE Pistons are must-have components for the most successful Formula DRIFT competitors dating back to the series’ inception in 2004. JE has powered more Formula Drift champions than any other piston brand, with a roster including three-time champion Chris Forsberg, 2007-2008 back-to-back titlist Tanner Faust, 2011 champion Daijiro Yosihara, 2016 champion Fredric Aasbo, and more.

“Formula DRIFT is very excited about the new partnership with JE,” explained Formula DRIFT President and Co-Founder Jim Liaw. “It provides us with expanded coverage and greater understanding of various technical and lifestyle stories that happen during a FD round. Former pro driver Robbie Nishida will bring a fresh perspective and offer viewers a unique insight into our sport.”

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The 2018 Formula DRIFT Championship kicks off in Long Beach, CA on April 6-7. The opening round and each subsequent race will be streamed live on the Formula DRIFT website. Event tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased via the Formula DRIFT website, formulad.com

ABOUT JE PISTONS
JE Pistons is the leader in high-performance forged pistons with a reputation the competition can only follow. JE manufactures the highest quality pistons and components that professional engine builders, race teams, and high-performance enthusiasts trust and rely on.

JE Pistons combines technical excellence with responsiveness to meet and exceed customer needs. JE Pistons, Inc. is a growing and dynamic business, which prides itself on the spirit and professionalism of its employees.

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT
Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and control. Formula DRIFT provides a series for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport.

Formula DRIFT has the most viewed livestream in the world, catering to more than 2.5M fans annually. The series is also featured on CBS Sports in the USA and distributed globally by IMG Media, reaching over 400M households. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers, and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, visit cbssportsnetwork.com

For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit formuladrift.com

CONTACT
Mark Gearhart, Senior Content Marketing Manager, JE Pistons

mgearhart@rwbteam.com, 714-898-9763 (ext 4275)

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2018/fd-news/je-pistons-partners-with-formula-drift-for-livestream-video-segments/


NEXEN TIRE MOTORSPORTS ANNOUNCES 2018 FORMULA DRIFT PRO 1 SERIES TEAM DRIVERS

· As a reflection of the brand’s immense commitment to the sport, the news also reinforces the trust that top pro drivers have in Nexen’s tires – which are meticulously engineered to bolster pro racing performance, complete with proprietary technology.

· With the two-year co-tire sponsorship agreement, several Pro 1 Series championship drivers will race with the Nexen SUR4G tire for elevated grip, handling and challenging weather performance. The SUR4G will also serve as the semi-exclusive, preferred tire for the Formula DRIFT Pro 2 Series.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with Nexen Tire, who have been a proactive partner of Formula DRIFT and an active supporter of competition teams,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Our relationship not only continues but expands as Nexen Tire becomes one of two exclusive tire suppliers of the Formula DRIFT Link ECU Pro2 Championship, the precursor to the Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship.”

Nexen Tire Team Drivers For the 2018 Formula DRIFT Season:

· Fredric Aasbo (Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota) – 2015 Champion and 2017 second overall driver

· Chris Forsberg (NOS Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Nissan 370Z) – New Nexen team driver; Winner of three Formula DRIFT championships

· Ryan Tuerck (Gumout / Nexen Tire Toyota 86) – Newly signed to the Nexen team; will co-star with Forsberg in “Blackout Show”

· Alec Hohnadell (Rain X / Nexen Tire Nissan S14) – Formula DRIFT “Most Improved Driver” and professional stunt driver

· Jhonnattan Castro (Gerdau-Metadom / Nexen Tire Toyota 86) – First Dominican driver to be granted a Formula DRIFT license

· Dan Burkett (RAD Industries / Nexen Tire Toyota Supra) – Co-owner of popular race shop RAD Industries

· Josh Robinson (Australian Ute) – First year in Pro 1

· Kyle Mohan (Mazdatrix Mazda MX-5) – 15-year Formula DRIFT veteran; Co-owner of Kyle Mohan Racing

Additional Nexen team drivers will announced at a later date.

N’FERA SUR4G: PROPRIETARY TECHNOLOGY. EXTREME PERFORMANCE. ENGINEERED FOR CHAMPIONS.

Nexen launched the Extreme UHP N’Fera SUR4G tire in 2017, and the street-legal racing tire immediately took the motorsports industry by storm. Meticulously engineered for superior performance in Formula DRIFT, SCCA and time trials, the SUR4G delivers optimal grip and response, with minimal performance drop under extreme conditions. Last year, the N’Fera SUR4G team secured two wins and a podium finish, in addition to placing second in overall driver points and finishing second in the tire cup championship.

The 2018 Formula DRIFT season officially kicks off on April 6 with Round 1 of the series: Streets of Long Beach (Long Beach, Calif.).

For more information, please contact media@nexentireusa.com.

About Nexen Tire:

Inspired by Nexen’s global family of drivers to engineer superior performing tires – from championship-winning Formula DRIFT drivers, rock-climbing off-road enthusiasts to everyday commuters – Nexen Tire utilizes proprietary technology and the highest quality standards in the industry to guarantee world-class products backed by unrivaled customer support for the life of each tire. As a worldwide leader in high-performance, passenger, SUV / light truck and winter offerings, the company is second-to-none in research, development and state-of-the-art manufacturing. And as part of a select group of tire manufacturers worldwide that are specified as standard fitment on original equipment vehicles, Nexen delivers premium products at a sensible price. Find out more about how Nexen has your back at nexentireusa.com – and join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #WeGotYou #NexenTire #NexenRacing

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2018/fd-news/nexen-tire-motorsports-announces-2018-formula-drift-pro-1-series-team-drivers/


FORMULA DRIFT 2018 FINALS RETURN TO THE HOUSE OF DRIFT

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Formula DRIFT – the world’s premier competitive drifting series – is delighted to announce its return to The House of Drift at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California for the Final Round on October 12/13, 2018.

Irwindale Speedway hosted the very first drift event in North America and has become synonymous with the fastest growing motorsport in the world.

Towards the end of 2017, Irwindale Speedway management announced it would be closing and Formula DRIFT actively sought an alternative venue. Its 2018 schedule initially indicated the 2018 Pro and Pro 2 Finals would take place in Las Vegas. However, everybody associated with Formula DRIFT was delighted to learn that Irwindale Speedway is under new management and has signed a three-year deal to keep the series at The House of Drift.

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“We are excited to announce our return to Irwindale Speedway, although we never really left!” said Jim Liaw, co-founder and president of Formula DRIFT. “Fans and drivers alike appreciate its importance to the series, its place in the history of drift, and the amazing spectating opportunities its provides.”

With the return of Irwindale Speedway, the 2018 Formula DRIFT calendar is as follows:

Round 1 Long Beach, CA April 6-7

Motegi Super Drift Long Beach, CA April 13-14

Round 2 Orlando, FL April 27-28

Round 3 Atlanta, GA May 11-12

Round 4 Wall, NJ June 1-2

Round 5 Monroe, WA July 20-21

Round 6 St Louis, MO August 10-11

Round 7 Fort Worth, TX September 14-15

Round 8 (Finals) Irwindale, CA October 12-13

THURSDAY NIGHT DRIFT

More good news following the three-year agreement is the return of Thursday Night Drift to Irwindale Speedway. Amateur drivers will be able to test their skills on the Irwindale Speedway oval, giving drifters a regular place to meet and practice.

Each of the monthly Thursday night sessions will start at 4pm with vehicle tech inspections, followed by drift practice from 5-9pm. Thursday Night Drift sessions are open to the public and fans can watch from the grandstands or visit the pits. Admission is only $10* per person and spectators will be able to watch some of the best upcoming drivers. There will also be occasional appearance from professional drift drivers who sometimes use the opportunity to test their vehicles.

Anybody can run their safely prepared drift car for $75* and participants can register on arrival at Irwindale Speedway.

*Prices subject to confirmation.

FORMULA DRIFT PRO-AM SERIES

Negotiations are underway for a new Formula DRIFT Pro-Am series, which will take place at Irwindale Speedway. It will run a limited calendar through 2018 and is designed to encourage more amateur drifters to step up to the professional series. It will give everybody an opportunity to raise their skill level under competitive conditions. More details will follow shortly.

MAXIMUM DRIFTCAST

The Formula DRIFT team will be guests on the Maximum Driftcast podcast at 6pm PST today (Monday, February 26, 2018) to talk about the series return to Irwindale Speedway, the three-year deal, return of Thursday Night Drift and the Formula DRIFT Pro-Am series. You can access the podcast on iTunes or maximumdriftcast.com

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ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s ability and control. Formula DRIFT provides a series for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport.

Formula DRIFT has the most viewed livestream in the world, catering to more than 2.5M fans annually. The series is also featured on CBS Sports in the USA and distributed globally by IMG Media, reaching over 400M households. CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers, and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, visit cbssportsnetwork.com

For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit formuladrift.com

FOLLOW FORMULA DRIFT ONLINE

formulad.com

instagram.com/formulad

facebook.com/formuladrift

twitter.com/FormulaDrift

Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for air times.

MEDIA CONTACT

Greg Emmerson
greg@theidagency.com

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2018/fd-news/formula-drift-2018-finals-return-to-the-house-of-drift/


Tickets On Sale for Formula DRIFT Season Opener in Long Beach

Tickets On Sale for Formula DRIFT Season Opener in Long Beach;
15th Anniversary Season Begins on April 6 – 7, 2018;

Long Beach, Calif. – December 20, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship will kickoff the 2018 Pro Championship season beginning with Round 1 in Long Beach on April 6 – 7. Tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website, www.formulad.com.

“Just in time for the holidays, tickets for our 15th Anniversary season are now on sale” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The season kick-off is always exciting with new drivers and cars, it will be sure to sell out.”

The 2018 Pro Championship season will consist of 8 rounds of competition. Round 1 in Long Beach will mark the first event of the 15th season for the Series and the only California round of competition with the addition of St. Louis and the return to Las Vegas.

Tickets are now available for Round 1 on April 6-7 including 2-day ticket packages and VIP tickets and can be purchased through www.formuladrift.com, Ticketmaster outlets, and the Long Beach Convention Center box office. Ticket prices start at $43 for online pre-sale with all seats reserved for Saturday’s competition. VIP experiences are also available for purchase including reserved seating in Grandstand 18, a track walk during opening ceremonies and more.

For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/tickets-on-sale-for-formula-drift-season-opener-in-long-beach/


Formula DRIFT Announces 2-Year Title Sponsorship with Link Engine Management for the PRO2 Championship

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Formula DRIFT Announces 2-Year Title Sponsorship with Link Engine Management for the PRO2 Championship

Long Beach, Calif. – December 13, 2017 – Formula DRIFT has announced a 2-year sponsorship agreement with Link Engine Management for the Formula Drift PRO2 Championship.

Link Engine Management provides drivers from around the globe with world-class engine management technology. With a race proven range of WireIn ECUs, PlugIn ECUs, and more, Link has provided a winning formula for champions from various series. Link’s ECUs are sold in 65 countries by over 1,500 dealers.

“We’re excited to bring Link Engine Management to US. For years, we’ve supported drift around the world including such series as the British and Irish Drift Championships, ADGP Australia, D1NZ, and D1GP China, plus many of the top drift drivers in the world,” said Torry Skurski, North American Sales Manager for Link ECU. “With our new US based teams, we are excited to be supporting the most watched drift Series in the world, Formula DRIFT. Our product has proven itself with drivers such as James Deane and Piotr Wiecek, and we look forward to providing the support needed for more championships to be won.”

The sponsorship will allow expanded Livestream coverage and dedicated social media for the PRO2 Championship.

“It is great that we have found a company that believes in our vision of the PRO2 Championship as the breeding ground for the next generation of Formula DRIFT stars,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Their strong global network especially with the many series that are in alliance with Formula DRIFT will also aid the growth of the Series and the Sport.”

2018 Formula DRIFT Link ECU PRO2 Championship Schedule

Round 1:
May 11 – 12 – Atlanta, GA

Round 2:
August – St. Louis, MO

Round 3:
September 14 – 15 – Dallas, TX

Round 4:
October 12 – 13 – Las Vegas, NV

*Subject to Change

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-announces-2-year-title-sponsorship-with-link-engine-management-for-the-pro2-championship/


Formula DRIFT Announces 2018 Championship Calendar

Formula DRIFT Announces 2018 Championship Calendar

Long Beach, Calif. – December 5, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship has announced the official 2018 calendar for the Pro Championship and Pro2 Championship. The 15th Anniversary season will feature eight rounds of competition within the continental United States.

Notable changes include the addition of Gateway Motorsports Park, located just outside St. Louis, MO to fill a gap in the Midwest. Las Vegas will replace the iconic Irwindale Speedway for the season finale due to Irwindale’s closure this coming January.

“Returning to the Midwest has been a goal for us since our last event in Chicago back in 2006,” said Jim Liaw, President and Co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Since then fans in the Midwest have been calling for a championship round and today we are happy to announce our return to the region. With the closure of such an iconic track as Irwindale Speedway, it was fitting to replace the venue with a location that provides glitz and glamour for a season finale that only Las Vegas can as a tourist destination. We expect a huge influx of fans traveling into Vegas for this round.”

Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship will begin in April at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach for the 2018 season. The 2018 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship Schedule is below:

2018 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship Schedule*

Round 1
April 6 – 7 – Streets of Long Beach – Long Beach, CA

Invitational: Super Drift Challenge at the Grand Prix of Long Beach**
April 13 – 14 – Streets of Long Beach – Long Beach, CA

Round 2
April 27 – 28 – Orlando Speedworld – Orlando, FL

Round 3
May 11 – 12 – Road Atlanta – Atlanta, GA with Pro2

Round 4
June 1 – 2 – Wall Stadium Speedway – Wall Township, NJ

Round 5
July 20 – 21 – Evergreen Speedway – Monroe, WA

Round 6
August 10 – 11 – Gateway Motorsports Park – St. Louis, MO with Pro2

Round 7
September 14 – 15 – Texas Motor Speedway – Dallas, TX with Pro2

Round 8
October 12 – 13 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV with Pro2

*Subject to Change
**Non-Championship Points Competition

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-announces-2018-championship-calendar/


Formula DRIFT Extends Partnership with PASMAG for Official Fan Guide

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Long Beach, Calif. – November 20, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras has extended the partnership with PASMAG, part of the Performance Publication Media Group, to continue to create the Official Series Fan Guide. The three year extension will extend into the 2020 season.

The 2018 Formula DRIFT Fan Guide will celebrate the 15th year anniversary of the Series and will also mark the 10th consecutive year for the partnership between the Series and Publication, which began in 2008.

“Working with Jim and Ryan and the entire team at Formula DRIFT each year to produce the souvenir Fan Guide is an annual highlight for all of us at PASMAG,” said Tim Rutledge, PAS Mag Group Publisher. “The excitement and professionalism of the Formula DRIFT series is an inspiration to us all in the community and we’re thrilled to continue this amazing partnership for the 10th year in a row.”

The Formula DRIFT Fan Guide features 132 digest-size full –color, full-gloss format pages, which are perfect for autographs. The Fan Guide is available for free at each of the eight Formula DRIFT Pro Championship events and additional specialty events through the year as well as through the PASMAG dealer network and traditional retail stores. An enhanced digital version is available all season on PASMAG’s website, www.pasmag.com, and on the Formula DRIFT website, www.formulad.com.

“As we enter the milestone 15th season for the Series, we are excited to continue our relationship with PASMAG,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The special 2018 15th year anniversary edition of the Fan Guide will sure to be a collector’s item for the fans and we can’t wait for the new season to begin.”

For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-extends-partnership-with-pasmag-for-official-fan-guide/


Formula DRIFT Makes a Series of Announcements at SEMA;

Formula DRIFT Makes a Series of Announcements at SEMA;
Black Magic® Signs 2-Year Extension as Series Title Sponsor, PRO 2 Exclusive Tires and 2018 Provisional Schedule

Long Beach, Calif. – November 1, 2017 – Formula DRIFT has announced that ITW Global Brands has extended their support of the Series with Title Sponsor Black Magic and Official Sponsor Gumout for 2018 and 2019 season. Formula DRIFT also announced the addition of ITW Global Brands, Permatex and Fast Orange as Official Sponsors for the 2018 Pro Championship.

Additionally, Formula DRIFT announced that it has entered into an exclusive relationship with two tire manufacturers, Achilles Radial and Nexen Tire, who will serve as the Official Tire Suppliers of Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Championship. The partnership will help with team cost containment, company inventory management and competition parity. These steps will help continue to serve the development of the next generation of PRO drivers.

Formula DRIFT has announced the provisional schedule for the 2018 Championship Season. Notable changes include moving the final round of the season, which was previously Irwindale Speedway (now closed), to Las Vegas. Additionally, St. Louis and Montreal are in contention for venue prospects for the July event.

The Black Magic Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras will begin in April at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach for the 2018 season. 2018 provisional schedule below:

2018 Black Magic Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras Provisional Schedule*

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach
April 6 – 7 – Long Beach, CA

Invitational: Super Drift Challenge at the Grand Prix of Long Beach**
April 13 – 14 – Long Beach, CA

Round 2: Invasion
April 27 – 28 – Orlando, FL

Round 3: Road to the Championship
May 11 – 12 – Atlanta, GA with PRO 2

Round 4: The Gauntlet
June – Wall, NJ

Round 5: Throwdown
July – Monroe, WA

Round 6: TBD
August – St. Louis, MO with PRO 2 or Montreal, CANADA

Round 7: Showdown
September 14 – 15 – Dallas, TX with PRO 2

Round 8: Title Fight
October 12 – 13 – Las Vegas, NV with PRO 2

*Subject to Change
**Non-Championship Points Competition

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-makes-a-series-of-announcements-at-sema/


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