Round 6: Showdown – Event Information & Layout

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Friday, September 13, 2013 – Practice / Qualifying
11:00am – 7:00pm – WILL CALL: Open for Vendor/Sponsor/Team – Will Call
11:00am – 1:00pm – LOAD-IN / SETUP Vehicles OK to drive in and drop-off – Venue
11:00am – 10:00pm – Venue Open: Credential Holders ONLY – Main Paddock
11:00am – 11:30am – ProAm: MANDATORY Drivers Meeting – FD HQ
11:30am – 12:00pm – ProAm: Open Practice – Track
12:30am – 2:00pm – ProAm: Qualifying – Track
2:00pm – 10:00pm – GATES OPEN: PUBLIC – VENUE
1:00pm – 1:30pm – FD: MANDATORY Drivers Meeting – FD HQ
1:30pm – 2:00pm – MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL ‘Hot Area’ Access Credential Holders – FD HQ
2:00pm – 3:00pm – FD: Open Practice – Group 1 – Track
3:00pm – 3:30pm – ProAm: MANDATORY Drivers Meeting; Qualifying Results – FD HQ
3:15pm – 4:15pm – FD: Open Practice – Group 2 – Track
4:00pm                   – DRIFTSTREAM: Live Broadcast (www.formulad.com/live)
4:30pm – 7:30pm – FD: Qualifying – All Drivers, Knock Out Format – Track
7:45pm – 8:45pm – FD: Autograph Signing – TBA
9:00pm – 9:30pm – FD: Mandatory – All Drivers Meeting; Qualifying Results – FD HQ
9:30pm – 10:30pm – FD: Open Practice – Top 32 – Track
10:30pm – 8:00am – Clear Grid (Noise Ordinance) – Venue/Track

Saturday, September 14, 2013 – Main Event
11:00am – 7:00pm – WILL CALL
11:00am – 1:00pm – LOAD-IN / SETUP Vehicles NOT OK to drive in & drop-off unless pre-arranged w/ FD Official – Venue
11:00am – 10:00pm – Venue Open: Credential Holders ONLY – Main Paddock
12:00pm – 12:45pm – ProAm: Practice – Track
1:00pm – 1:30pm – FD: MANDATORY Drivers Meeting – FD HQ
1:30pm – 2:00pm – MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL ‘Hot Area’ Access Credential Holders – FD HQ
2:00pm – 11:00pm – GATES OPEN: PUBLIC – VENUE
2:00pm – 3:30pm – ProAm: Top 16 Competition – Track
4:00pm – 5:00pm – FD: Open Practice – Top 32 – Track
5:00pm                   – DRIFTSTREAM: Live Broadcast (www.formulad.com/live)
5:00pm – 7:00pm – FD: MAIN COMPETITION – Round of 32 – Track
7:00pm – 8:30pm – “Half Time Break” – Main Paddock
8:30pm – 8:45pm – National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies – Track
9:00pm – 11:00pm – FD: MAIN COMPETITION – Round of 16 to Finals – Track
11:00pm – 11:30pm – FD: Trophy Ceremony & Closing – Main Paddock

**All schedules are subject to change without notice. Any questions on possible changes can be address with any FD representative on-site.

Vaughn Gittin Jr. Penalty Clarification

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Formula DRIFT has received various inquiries regarding the nature of the recent penalty handed down to Vaughn Gittin Jr. The following is a brief synopsis of the events that transpired and the ending result.

During Round 5 at Evergreen Speedway, we conducted standard technical inspection on the #25 car and found a part that was deemed to be out of compliance with 4.3 of the Formula DRIFT Technical Regulations. Following the event, we conducted a thorough investigation into the part (third link mount) that we deemed to be out of compliance. Vaughn Gittin Jr. was involved in the investigation and complied with our requests. We were able to determine through the investigation, that the part was indeed out of compliance. Factory Ford tolerances are the standard in which third link mounts must be within to be compliant on this chassis. The part in question was found to be an after-market part, that while made for the chassis in question, did not meet the factory tolerances and thus out of compliance. The penalty assessed is in no way an indictment of Vaughn Gittin Jr. or his team as cheaters. Our investigation did not reveal any evidence as such. Our investigation did not reveal any evidence that the part in question would create a competitive advantage. It stands that the team made a mistake. Drifting, by nature is a subjective sport, however, the technical regulations implemented by Formula DRIFT are black and white and so therefore must be administered in that way. To that end, the five (5) member panel of the Disciplinary Committee convened and returned a majority vote of the penalty that is currently listed on our website.

We hope the information we provided helps give additional clarity to the situation. Please contact our office for any further questions.