Formula DRIFT has announced a special charity event to benefit the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on December 13 at Irwindale Speedway. Professional drift ride-alongs from Formula DRIFT stars will be for sale to the public with proceeds to going to the relief fund (CLICK HERE to purchase a ride-along). Caption and Image Credit: Formula DRIFT
Super Drift Challenge And Toyota GP Of LB Agree To Night Races
For the first time in its 39 years, the world-famous Toyota Grand
Prix of Long Beach, April 19-21, 2013, will offer night racing with the
inaugural Formula DRIFT Super Drift Challenge on Friday and Saturday
nights during race weekend.
The Formula DRIFT Super Drift Challenge, which will take place at 7
p.m. both nights on the eastern end of the race circuit – turns nine, 10
and 11 – is expected to feature 16 of the sport’s top cars and
Committed to compete are 2012 Formula DRIFT champion Daigo Saito,
2011 champ Daijiro Yoshihara, plus Frederic Aasbo, Aurimas Bakchis,
Michael Essa, Conrad Grunewald, Ken Gushi, Tyler McQuarrie, Robbie
Nishida, Justin Pawlak, Matt Powers - more are expected to make
announcement to compete soon. Friday’s action will include practice and
qualifying runs, while Saturday will see the teams compete for a
$25,000 prize. On Sunday, the Super Drift Challenge cars will drift the
entire race circuit after the featured IZOD IndyCar Series race.
A view one gets from a ride-along - here, the trailing car is just leaving turn #9 and looking down the short chute toward turn #10. Image Credit: Edmund Jenks (2011)
“We are excited to change up the drifting action during the
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend from an exhibition show to a
competition. By doing this we will be able to showcase the true form of
competition drifting to the Grand Prix fans," said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. "The
icing on the cake comes in the form of night time drifting on the
streets. We are truly honored to be the first Series to be competing on
the streets of Long Beach at night!”
“The Grand Prix has enjoyed a long and productive relationship
with Formula DRIFT and this newly designed event takes it to a new
level,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “And
all this added excitement will be presented at no additional cost to
our race attendees. Plus, because of its unique location, there will be
no impact in any way on the businesses around the rest of the track.”
Prix fans that purchase any admission ticket for Friday or Saturday
racing activities will be able to see that day’s Super Drift Challenge.
Seating for the Super Drift Challenge will be in Grandstands 16, 18,
24, 25 and 26 on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.
In addition to the Super Drift Challenge, the 2013 Grand Prix will
again be headlined by the IZOD IndyCar Series®. Also featured will be
the Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series, the fan-favorite Toyota
Pro/Celebrity Race, Firestone Indy Lights and Pirelli World Challenge.
... notes from The EDJE
** Article first posted as Super Drift Challenge and Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach agree to night races at Examiner **