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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/

Papadakis Racing to attend SEMA Show

Papadakis Racing to attend SEMA Show in Las Vegas

Driver Fredric Aasbo, team owner Stephan Papadakis to make appearances

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (October 31, 2017) — The SEMA Show this week is a highlight of the year for the team at Papadakis Racing as the automotive aftermarket industry gathers in Las Vegas. Formula Drift Champion Fredric Aasbo and team owner Stephan Papadakis will be at the show for a series of appearances and meetings with industry leaders.

The industry has a special opportunity to get a close look at the Papadakis Racing 2.7 liter Toyota 2AR four-cylinder engine that has powered the team to multiple Formula Drift series wins. The engine will be on display with Torco Racing Oils Fuels at Booth #24843.

Driver Fredric Aasbo is set to meet fans, answer questions and sign autographs with partner CTEK (Booth #24943) on Tuesday, October 31 at 11 a.m. and return again at 2 p.m. alongside Swedish customizer Johan Eriksson for the unveiling of the radical Dodge Charger RTR.

The Formula Drift champion will also join fans for a meet-and-greet to sign autographs at Nexen Tire (Booth #61012) in the Silver Lot outside the North and Central Halls at 12:30 p.m., and start the day on Wednesday, November 1 at 9 a.m. with a visit to Alcon Brakes (Booth #35233).

Papadakis has been named a finalist for the SEMA Gen-III Innovator of the Year Award, established to honor a young individual from the industry who is making breakthroughs in the areas of new products, new approaches to business, or setting new trends. Previous winners include Jonathan Mill, Keyway Innovations, Joe “Fonzie” Plesher, DipYourCar.com, and Blake Fuller, Braille Battery.

Awards will be presented Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the SEMA Industry Awards Banquet, the annual automotive specialty-equipment market’s premier awards ceremony celebrating industry excellence and achievements. Nearly 3,000 guests are expected to attend. In addition to the SEMA Gen-III Innovator of the Year Award, the program also includes the announcement of the SEMA Person of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, WD of the Year, Rep Agency of the Year, and tributes to this year’s SEMA Hall of Fame inductees: GiGi Carleton, Doug Evans and Barry Meguiar.

Also this week, the Papadakis Racing Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM and driver Aasbo will join other members of the Toyota Racing team at the manufacturer’s new campus in Plano, Texas, to celebrate Toyota’s motorsport successes. Toyota won the 2017 Manufacturer’s Title in Formula Drift.

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2016 SEMA Show drew more than 70,000 domestic and international buyers.


The Papadakis Racing team began drifting in 2004 and is the most winning team in Formula Drift history, earning the 2015 title with driver Fredric Aasbo, as well as back-to-back championship titles with driver Tanner Foust in 2007 and 2008. The Rockstar Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM is the latest competition build from the Hawthorne, California, based team.

Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S. The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis’ successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the NHRA’s Sport Compact 200 MPH club.

PAPADAKIS RACING IS PARTNERED WITH: Rockstar Energy Drink (www.rockstarenergy.com); Nexen Tire (www.nexentireusa.com); Toyota (www.toyota.com); TRD (www.trdusa.com), Motegi Racing Wheels (www.motegiracing.com); AEM Electronics (www.aemelectronics.com); SPC Performance (www.spcperformance.com); Gatebil Event (www.gatebil.no) RS-R (www.rs-r.com); Torco Advanced Lubricants (www.torcousa.com); BorgWarner (www.borgwarner.com); CTEK (www.ctek.com); Berk Technology (www.berktechnology.com); AEM Induction (www.aemintakes.com); Alcon Brakes (www.alconusa.com)


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Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/papadakis-racing-to-attend-sema-show/

Formula DRIFT Raises Over $20,000 for Natural Disaster Relief

Formula DRIFT Raises Over $20,000 for Natural Disaster Relief


Long Beach, Calif. – October 23, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras has raised over $20,000 to aid the natural disaster relief efforts.

A group of volunteers comprised of Formula DRIFT staff members, sponsors, and teams / drivers came together to organize and create a campaign via eBay Charity to raise money and awareness for three charity organizations: Americares, All Hands Volunteers, and Direct Relief. Casidi Tanaka-Fixmer of Formula DRIFT, Jessica Luo of STR Racing, and Michelle Forsberg, wife of 3-time champion, Chris Forsberg lead the planning and execution to help make this a success. Through the course of 7 days, special memorabilia and other items including an all-expense paid trip the Formula DRIFT season kick-off in Long Beach in April, were donated for the special auction that ended last weekend during the Formula DRIFT Finals.

“In light of the various natural disasters that have taken place, every little bit helps, and we are grateful for all of the fans, teams, and sponsors that have come together to help raise this donation,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Our hearts go out to the many families, friends, and fans that have been affected by these circumstances.”

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-raises-over-20000-for-natural-disaster-relief/

2017 Formula Drift End of Season awards


Formula Drift announced their annual awards at a special awards banquet over the weekend. Special thanks to Formula D ProAm partner US Drift for posting these on their Facebook page.

Here’s a look at all the awards that were handed out:

Fan Favorite Car of the Year: “Chucky” Ola Jaeger
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Dirk Stratton
Ace of the Year: Kevin Lawrence
Rookie of the Year: Travis Reeder

Fan Favorite Car of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Fan Favorite Driver of the Year: Kristaps Blušs
Best Personal Style: Ken Gushi
Best Drifting Style: Chelsea DeNofa
Hard Charger: Jhonnattan Castro
Spotter of the Year: Amy Bakchis (Aurimas Bakchis (Odi))
Spirit of Drifting: Robbie Nishida
Crew of the Year: Worthouse Drift Team (Piotr Więcek / James Deane.)
Crew Chief of the Year: Alex (James Deane)
Team Manager of the Year: Brian Bridges (Bridges Racing)
Most Improved Driver (31st [2016]- 20th [2017]): Jeff Jones
Comeback of the Year: Aurimas Bakchis
Top Qualifier of the Year: James Deane
Ace of the Year (29 wins – 3 losses / 90.6%): James Deane
Rookie of the Year: Piotr Więcek
Most One More Times (7): Odi Bakchis
Automotive Manufacturer Champion: Toyota Racing
Tire Manufacturer Champion: Falken Tire
Third Place Season: Odi Bakchis
Second Place Season: Fredric Aasbø
First Place Season: James Deane

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Article source: http://www.wreckedmagazine.com/blog/2017/10/16/2017-formula-drift-end-of-season-awards/

Formula DRIFT Round 8: O’Reilly Auto Parts “Title Fight” Results

Formula DRIFT Round 8: O’Reilly Auto Parts “Title Fight” Results;

Piotr Wiecek Takes the Event Victory and James Deane is Crowned Champion



Long Beach, Calif. – October 14, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Irwindale Speedway for Round 8: O’Reilly Auto Parts “Title Fight”. Piotr Wiecek in the Worthhouse / Falken Tire Nissan 240 takes home his first Formula DRIFT victory and clinches Rookie of the Year honors, while his teammate James Deane in the Worthhouse / Falken Tire Nissan 240 clinches his first Formula DRIFT Championship.

Deane completed an impressive season with four event victories and a third place finish at tonight’s finale to secure the championship. His sponsor Falken Tire swept the podium and won the Tire Manufacturer championship for their second consecutive time. Toyota wins their fourth consecutive Manufacturer championship.

“It’s been such an intense weekend at the biggest event I’ve ever competed in with the championship on the line at one of the craziest tracks I’ve ever driven,” said James Deane, 2017 Formula DRIFT champion. “It is also my birthday today so there was just so many emotions and with so many fans coming in from Ireland and Poland, I just wanted to put on a good show. It’s just been a dream season.”

The sold out crowd came for one last Formula DRIFT finale at Irwindale Speedway, which is often referred as the birthplace of US drifting. The Livestream drew over 1 millionviews over the course of the event.

“This was an incredible season that saw the rise of two exceptional international drivers. It’s a testament of the talent in the Series having the best drifters in the world choosing Formula DRIFT to compete,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We look forward to our 15th season and have some exciting things planned for next year.”

In the Top 4, Vaughn Gittin in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR faced off against Daijiro Yoshihara in the Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ. In his chase run, Gittin made contact with the wall giving the win to Yoshihara to move him into the Finals. While in the Great 8, Deane and Aurimas Bakchis, made contact, which Bakchis was deemed at fault. Deane failed to get his car fixed in the allotted time giving his Worthouse teammate the win to put him into the Finals. In the Finals, Yoshihara and Wiecek had a very close battle, but the speed and proximity of Wiecek was too much to overcome. Wiecek takes his first Formula DRIFT victory and secured his Rookie of the Year honors

“I feel amazing,” said Piotr Wiecek, winner of Round 8: Title Fight. “It’s such a great atmosphere and such a great sport. I’d like to thank my whole crew and teammate James. What an unbelievable season.”

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.

Round 8: O’Reilly Auto Parts “Title Fight”

1. Wiecek, Piotr

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan S15


2. Yoshihara, Dai

Falken Tire / Turn 14 Distribution Subaru BRZ

2nd Place

3. Deane, James

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan S15

3rd Place

4. Gittin, Vaughn

Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR

4th Place

5. Aasbo, Fredric

Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM

5th Place

6. Pawlak, Justin

Roush Performance Ford Mustang

6th Place

7. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi”

Falken Tires / Drifz Wheels / ARK Performance Nissan 240SX

7th Place

8. Heilbrunn, Alec

Monster BMW E46

8th Place

9. Denofa, Chelsea

BC Racing / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR

9th Place

10. Forsberg, Chris

NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z

10th Place

11. Essa, Michael

Achilles Tire / Essa Autosport BMW E46

11th Place

12. Field, Matt

Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance Nissan 240SX

12th Place

13. Hohnadell, Alec

Urban Air / Hoonigan / Nexen Tire Nissan 240

13th Place

14. Bluss, Kristaps

HGK / Mast / Motul / Wisefab BMW E92

14th Place

15. Gushi, Ken

GReddy Racing / Nexen Tire Toyota 86

15th Place

16. Castro, Jhonnattan

Gerdau Metaldom / Nexen Toyota GT86

16th Place

2017 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Championship Presented by BlackVue Final Standings

1. Deane, James

Worthouse Drift Team / Falken Tire Nissan 240

651.00 Points

2. Aasbo, Fredric

Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla iM

538.00 Points

3. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi”

Falken Tires / Drifz Wheels / ARK Performance Nissan 240SX

418.00 Points

2017 Manufacturer Championship Final Standings

1. Toyota

923.00 Points

2. Ford

751.00 Points

3. BMW

367.00 Points

4. Dodge

311.00 Points

4. Nissan

294.00 Points

6. Infiniti

174.00 Points

2017 Tire Championship Final Standings

1. Falken

1255.00 Points

2. Nexen

979.00 Points

3. Achilles

877.00 Points

4. Nitto

781.00 Points

5. Hankook

705.00 Points

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-round-8-oreilly-auto-parts-title-fight-results/

Formula DRIFT Round 8 Irwindale Event Information



Map to Parking Lots:       https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WfSoCTS9uqS2P2VHgyNm4DPH20Qusp=sharing



Saturday, October 14, 2017

9:00am – 7:00pm – WILL CALL: Open for Credential Pick Up
11:00am – 7:00pm – BOX OFFICE HOURS
12:00pm – 10:00pm – GATES OPEN TO SPECTATORS
2:00pm – 3:30pm – OPEN PRACTICE
3:30pm – LIVESTREAM: www.formulad.com/live
3:40pm – 5:30pm – MAIN COMPETITION: TOP 32
5:30pm – 7:00pm – HALF TIME BREAK
6:00pm – 7:00pm – VIP EXPERIENCE: Track Walk
7:00pm – LIVESTREAM: www.formulad.com/live
7:00pm – 9:30pm – MAIN COMPETITION: TOP 16
9:45pm – 10:00pm – TROPHY CEREMONY CLOSING

Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/formula-drift-round-8-irwindale-event-information/

Formula DRIFT Irwindale Ticketing Information – Saturday, October 14th


Formula DRIFT Fans,

Below is the ticketing link for the Round 8: Title Fight. Once all seats are sold out, we will be offering a limited number of General Admission tickets at the Irwindale box office starting Saturday at 11am.

If you have any further questions, please call the Irwindale box office at (626) 358-100 or email info@formulad.com

Tickets: https://tix.extremetix.com/webtix/3477


Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/fd-news/formula-drift-irwindale-ticketing-information-saturday-october-14th/

Formula DRIFT Hurricane Relief Charity Auction


Given the recent tragic events in our world with natural disasters, we have all found ourselves emotionally torn from the results and have in one way or another expressed a desire to help those affected. Therefore, we desire to increase our philanthropic involvement by leveraging the strong automotive and motorsport influence of Formula Drift; the drivers team, the team series sponsors, and the dedicated fans. How this will take place is Formula Drift will host an online auction beginning October 8, 2017 at 12:01am and ending October 15, 2017 at 11:59pm, the evening of the iconic final round and event of Formula Drift Irwindale; in which the final push for bids will be made via the live stream broadcast.


Article source: http://news.formulad.com/2017/behind-the-scenes/formula-drift-hurricane-relief-charity-auction/

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