Formula DRIFT Brings “No Limits” Style of Driving to Texas Motor Speedway for Firestone Twin 275s Pre-Race Show

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For Immediate Release

May 10, 2011

Formula DRIFT Brings ‘No Limits’ Style of Driving to Texas Motor Speedway for Firestone Twin 275s Pre-Race Show

Long Beach, Calif. – May 10, 2011 – Formula DRIFT has announced a non-championship point competition at the Texas Motor Speedway, “Ultimate Drifting,” presented by Scion and Motegi Racing. The drifting competition will proceed the high-speed action of the historic Firestone Twin 275s on Saturday, June 11, that also includes the IZOD IndyCar Series race.

Texas Motor Speedway’s pit lane and frontstretch will transform into a winding course for eight Formula DRIFT drivers as they race in a non-points competition spectacle free to Firestone Twin 275s ticket holders. The drivers include: Fredric Aasbo, the 2010 Formula DRIFT Rookie of the Year, Michael Essa, Kyle Mohan, Joon Maeng, Tony Brakohiapa, Patrick Mordaunt, Jeff Abbott, and a final driver to be named for a competition in the traditional bracket elimination format. The competition will begin at 6 p.m. CT.

“No pre-race show defines ‘No Limits’ better than our Ultimate Drifting presented by Scion and Motegi Racing,” Texas Motor Speedway Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Events Kenton Nelson said. “These are some of the most skilled drivers pushing their car to the limit to provide some intense racing, which sets the perfect stage for the excitement that will unfold during INDYCAR’s first twin races at Texas Motor Speedway.”

Ultimate Drifting sponsors Scion and Motegi Racing have continued to play a major role in Formula DRIFT and one of Texas’ largest single-day sporting events provided the ideal avenue to continue the growth of the sport.

“The opportunity to sponsor the Ultimate Drifting pre-race show was a natural fit for Scion,” Scion Marketing Manager for Gulf States Toyota Frank Bianchi said. “We are entering our third year as the title sponsor of Scion Drag-n-Brag at Texas Motor Speedway and have been a long-time sponsor in Formula DRIFT. Our current stable of drivers in Formula DRIFT includes Ken Gushi and reigning Rookie of the Year, Fredric Aasbo. This event gives us the unique opportunity to cross-promote those programs to a new fan base at one event.”

“Motegi Racing Wheels is excited to be part of another historic night at Texas Motor Speedway,” Motegi Racing Wheels President Jody Groce said. “The Firestone Twin 275s and Formula DRIFT on the same night is another example of the fresh and unique events that Eddie Gossage and his team continue to give the fans. The opportunity to leverage relationships with Fredric Aasbo of Formula DRIFT and Paul Tracy in IndyCar in front of 100,000 fans is huge for the Motegi Racing Wheels brand and our customers.”

Coupled with Ultimate Drifting presented by Scion and Motegi Racing, TRAFFIK, one of the largest touring car shows in the world, will provide a wide array of unique rides during its car show that will be held from 1-6 p.m. outside Gates 1 through 3.

Tickets, which begin as low as $31, for the historic Firestone Twin 275s and Ultimate Drifting, presented by Scion and Motegi Racing are available by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com, or by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500.

For more information visit: www.formulad.com.

For media inquiries about Formula DRIFT: John Pangilinan
The ID Agency
213.802.0863
john@theidagency.com

VegasProAm Rd 2 – Register is Now Open!

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When: Saturday Night June 11th 2011
Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring Lot

Drivers Register HERE

VegasProAm follows a Formula Drift style event format to help drivers get the feel of what will be expected from them at the next level of competition.

Schedule
1:00pm Gates Open to Drivers and Teams
1:00pm – 2:30pm Tech Inspection
2:35pm – 2:50pm Drivers Meeting/Safety Briefing
2:50am – 3:00am Parade Lap
3:00pm – 3:50pm Practice Session 1
4:00pm – 4:50pm Practice Session 2
5:00pm – 5:50pm Practice Session 3
6:00pm – 6:50pm Practice Session 4
7:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 7:45pm Drivers Staging in number order
7:45pm – 9:00pm Qualifying
9:10pm – 9:20pm Qualifying Results Drivers Meeting
9:25pm – 9:35pm Tandem Order Staging
9:45pm – 11:00 Top 8/16 Tandem Competition
11:00pm – 11:30pm Award Ceremony

Series Prizes: Series Champion will receive

* A Formula Drift Pro License
* 1 set of CP Pistons
* 1 set of Carrillo Rods
* 2 Belle 1 Communications Formula Drift Freq Programed Motorola UHF Radios

Series 2nd, 3rd
* A Formula Drift Pro License

Round 2 Event Prizes:
* VegasProAm Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

1st Place
* Brian Crower is awarding a $300.00 Gift Certificate
* Godspeed is awarding a $300.00 Gift Certificate
* U-Drift $200.00 Cash
* AIT Racing is awarding a $150.00 Gift Certificate
* HPS Silicone Hoses is awarding $100.00 Gift Certificate
* RETAKS is awarding a $100.00 Gift Certficate
* Baker Precision is awarding a $50.00 Gift Certificate
* Just Drift is awarding a Free Practice Session Voucher to 1st place
* Dstroyr T-Shirt or Product

2nd Place
* AIT Racing is awarding a $100.00 Gift Certificate
* HPS Silicone Hoses is awarding $60.00 Gift Certificate
* Baker Precision is awarding a $50.00 Gift Certificate
* RETAKS is awarding a $50.00 Gift Certificate
* Dstroyr T-Shirt

3rd Place
* Baker Precision is awarding a $50.00 Gift Certificate
* HPS Silicone Hoses is awarding $40.00 Gift Certificate
* Dstroyr T-Shirt

RETAKS will be awarding a Cash Prize for the most “Insane Entry”

Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 2: Road to the Championship;
Daijiro Yoshihara Takes the Victory and Lead in the Point Standings

Long Beach, Calif. – May 9, 2011 – Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 takes the victory and leads the points standings in the Pro Championship and Tires.com Triple Crown. Darren McNamara in the Falken Tire Saturn Sky places second and Toshiki Yoshioka rounds out the podium in third in the Retaks Nissan S13.

Round 2: Road to the Championship brought fans from all across the South East region together to watch an exciting round of competition. Road Atlanta hosted the event for the 8th consecutive year of Formula DRIFT.

“The championship chase heats up at Road Atlanta,” says Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Over the past 8 seasons the crowd has grown each year and because of that we are proud to announce a 3-year extension at this venue. We started here 8 years ago and look forward to continuing through 2013 where we will celebrate our 10th season.”

Toshiki Yoshioka found the podium again after a one year hiatus and placed in 3rd beating John Russakoff in the consolation round. The finals pitted Falken Tire teammates Daijiro Yoshihara and Darren McNamara. With consistent driving Yoshihara again found the podium this season and won his second consecutive victory at Road Atlanta. With this victory Yoshihara moves into 1st place overall in the Pro Championship standings and takes the lead in the chase for the Tires.com Triple Crown.

“The crowd was so crazy. I love this place,” said Daijiro Yoshihara, winner of Round 2: Road to the Championship. “I’m so happy to win at one of my favorite tracks in front of such a great crowd.”

The 2011 Pro Championship season continues for the first time in Florida for Round 3: Invasion at Palm Beach International Raceway on June 3-4. Tickets are available to purchase online now.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com