[PROAM] Vegasdrift round 5

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What: VegasProAm Round 5 (Competition)
Where: Outside Road Course @ The Las Vegas Motor Speedway
When: September 20th  2014 (Saturday)
Cost: $155.00 online pre-registration until 9/17/2014
Day of event registration $175.00- competition is capped at 50 drivers
Venue Gate Fee: $10.00 – Children under 12 $5.00

Course Configurations:  Drivers registered for ProAm will have access to all 3 courses, the ProAm 3rd-4th gear course, a separate good beginner/intermediate level driver 3rd gear portion of the ORC Practice Course, and the Skid Pad Learning Lot.


Thursday Night DRIFT at Irwindale Speedway on September 18, 2014

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September 18th

The 4th Irwindale Thursday Night Drift sessions will be tomorrow on September 18, 2014 will be open to the general public.  Admission to the track’s grandstands will start at $10.00 including free parking.   Gates will open at 2:00 PM.  Drifting will start at 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

PRO Drivers that will be attending tomorrow will be:

Carl Rydquist
Hiro Sumida
Kyle Mohan
Dennis Mertzanis
Yosiki Yoshioka
Ken Gushi

Formula D Thursday Night Drift Schedule:
September 18
November 13
December 18

Ticket Prices:
$10.00 To Watch Drifting
$15.00 To Watch Drifting & Drag Racing
$100.00 To Drift

Schedule of Events:

2:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Venue Open
2:00 PM – 9:00 PM – TECH: All vehicles must pass tech before running
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM – MANDATORY: Drivers Meeting
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – OPEN PRACTICE – Groups C,B,A

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[ARTICLE] Thursday Night Drift @ Irwindale Event Center by AMDRIFT.COM

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If you live in Southern California and are into motorsports, you know that safe and legal facilities to drive your car to it’s limits have become scarce over the past 10-15 years. Thursday Night Drift at the Irwindale Event Center is kind of a big deal to us. For all the young readers, let me explain why.


DKAR-8051Many years ago, Southern California had plenty of legal places to race. A few of those places were Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, Lions Drag Strip in Wilmington, Carlsbad Raceway in Carlsbad, Brotherhood Raceway on Terminal Island, and even a really cool track most of us never had a chance to see, Riverside Raceway. Some of you might even remember Ascot in Gardena, but that memory is almost reserved exclusively for old timers, lol. Many of these were closed and gone before drifting became popular, but we the people who live the drift life have suffered our own losses over the past 10 years. “It used to be a racers paradise here”, says Mike Kojima during one of our discussions of Southern California motorsport venue history.Auto Club Speedway in Fontana terminated the privilege to hold drift events in the parking lot, unless you are some huge corporation with gobs of money, then its ok. Heck, even drag racing itself has been off and on at AutoClub Speedway. Drifting died at Orange Show Speedway, aka National Orange Show Speedway, drift activities have come to a halt at the former Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, etc. There are just too many motorsport venues to name that we’ve lost with urban growth and ignorance to blame.


IRW_DriftNight-15Due of the lack of available local motorsport venues, street drifting has become as popular as street racing was back when the first Fast and the Furious movie was released. As cool as it may seem in the media, street drifting isn’t considered an acceptable form of seat time on the professional and amateur level, but the availability of industrial backroads in the LA area have drivers who have never been to an organized event, looking like experienced ProAm drivers.


DKAR-8820To gain seat time and experience going sideways, one has to drive far out of the LA area to attend a Just Drift event at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, right outside Lancaster, CA. For those looking to get more, Vegas Drift holds regular events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The cost and time of traveling to and from, sometimes isn’t an option for most looking to get seat time. Sometimes a driver would like to get off work for the day, and go drifting. Traveling just doesn’t make sense to the average guy.


DKAR-8273We are excited that Formula Drift has teamed up with Irwindale Event Center to bring the LA area a great opportunity to drift at The House of Drift. On select Thursday evenings, the oval that FD Round 7 runs every October, plays host to Thursday Night Drift. Everybody is invited to drive, from first time drifters, to pros looking to hone their skills on the FD layout. It is definitely worth noting that FD staff who come out to run this event, are doing so because they love drifting.


DKAR-8205At $100 to drive, Formula Drift will tech your car, give you a chance to show your skill by running a simple layout, put you in a run group, and let you drift all night. You get to interact with Formula Drift staff in a relaxed environment, learn more about your car and what professional drift organizations are looking for in terms of build, safety, and driving, and most importantly, hang out and have a good time. The best thing about all of the above, is that you don’t have to drive hundreds or thousands of miles to do it.


DKAR-9121Spectators pay $10, which gets you a seat in the grandstands, and an opportunity to enjoy a California sunset while watching some drifting. For an additional $5, you can make your way over to the drag strip and enjoy some straight line racing too. Such a great opportunity for a night of motorsport fun.


DKAR-9111Our friend Justin Banner is the voice of Thursday Night Drift. Justin has been announcing for Top Drift and Vegas ProAm this year, so its awesome that he was able to land the announcing job for these events. We are all about the growth of everybody involved in drifting, and Justin is absolutely enthusiastic about the sport.

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