Essa Autosport Welcomes SLP Camaro To 2015 Formula Drift Program

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DKAR-4467Essa Autosport is excited to announce a new partnership with SLP for the 2015 Formula Drift season. Michael Essa will be piloting a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro SS generously provided by SLP, stepping away from the BMW platform the team has popularized in Formula Drift since Essa’s early professional drifting career. Together with SLP and parent company Roush, Essa Autosport will be teaming up with friend Justin Pawlak, making for an interesting Chevy/Ford conglomeration in the Formula Drift paddocks.

DKAR-4470With the first round of Formula Drift quickly approaching on April 10-11 in Long Beach, the Essa Autosport team has their work cut out for them. The Camaro is currently in the tear down stage for upgrades such as Formula Drift legal cage and restraints, drivetrain upgrades such as transmission and differential, and several steering and suspension upgrades to make the car handle Essa’s extreme angle driving style. The full tear down, weight reduction, and power adding process will be extremely limited due to budget and time restrictions. Essa Autosport expects an interesting 6-7 weeks of building the car and sourcing parts.

DKAR-4486Testing is expected to be done nearing the car’s debut in Long Beach. Cutting it close to the big event ensures that no corners will be cut in the build in order to make early testing days. Essa Autosport has high expectations for the addition of the Camaro to their professional drift program. The first year in a chassis is tough, but Essa’s team is excited and motivated to work through the shake down and tuning process to earn results and podium appearances they strive for.

The 2015 Formula Drift season opens on April 10-11 in Long Beach, one week before the world renowned Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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[CONTEST] Win a Scion Racing GReddy FR-S R.C. Car – Enter Now!

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Ken Gushi GReddy Racing Scion FR-S RC Car

We’ve got two Scion Racing GReddy FR-S RC cars made by Team Associated and we’re giving them away! All you need to do to enter is enter our Instagram contest for your chance to win. See below for full prize package and details.

The Apex Scion FR-S is the newest addition from Team Associated’s Qualifier Series. Built on the all-wheel-drive Apex chassis, the Scion Racing GReddy FR-S replica comes fully assembled and Ready-to-Run with factory-installed Reedy brushless power.

What: enter for your chance to win (1) one autographed Scion Racing GReddy FR-S RC car and (1) one autographed Scion Racing hat. Both items autographed by Scion Racing driver Ken Gushi.

When: the sweepstakes runs from today until 10:00 a.m. PT on February 23, 3015.

Enter: users have to repost the sweepstakes photo posted on the @ScionRacing Instagram account, and include a mention of “@ScionRacing” and the hashtag “#ScionRacing” in the caption.

There’s a limit of 1 entry per person. A total of (2) two winners will be selected from Instagram. See here forofficial rules.

Scion Racing KG RC Giveaway FINAL

Ken Gushi GReddy Racing Scion FR-S RC Car

Ken Gushi GReddy Racing Scion FR-S RC Car

Ken Gushi GReddy Racing Scion FR-S RC Car

Ken Gushi GReddy Racing Scion FR-S RC Car



THE SOUTHWEST DRIFT SERIES – a Formula Drift Pro/Am Licensing Affiliate Series

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 1st 2015
THE SOUTHWEST DRIFT SERIES – a Formula Drift Pro/Am Licensing Affiliate Series

The Southwest Drift Series is a 5-event Pro/AM travel points series that was built off of the success of Vegasdrift’s Pro/Am Series. Local up-and-coming drifters and aspiring Formula Drift Pro 2 drivers will have the opportunity to compete in Top16 competitions across four different states to develop their skills on a variety of tracks and course configurations. The Southwest Drift Series kicks off the 2015 season with Round 1 – Phoenix Pro/Am in Chandler, Arizona at Bob Bondurant’s West Road Course on February 14th. This driver development series will provide aspiring professional drivers and grassroots track day enthusiasts a higher level of drifting.

Formula Drift Pro 2 Licensing
The top 3 Drivers in series points will earn a Formula Drift Pro 2 License.

The Southwest Drift Series – Season Event Schedule
Round 1 – 2/14/2015 Phoenix Pro/Am at Bondurant West, Arizona
Round 2 – 4/26/2015 Vegas Pro/Am at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada
Round 3 – 5/30/2015 Vegas Pro/Am at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nevada
Round 4 – 6/28/2015 Denver Pro/Am at Colorado National Speedway, Colorado
Round 5 – 9/5-6/2015 Albuquerque at Napa Speedway, New Mexico W/ NO COAST BASH!

Judges/Judging Format
The Southwest Drift Series Judging Staff includes current Formula Drift Drivers, previous VegasProAm series champions / licensees, and Special Guest Media Judges. A five-judge 2- location format has been established to provide competitors with multiple live judging angles. A new FM radio modulation system will provide spotters and teams with live scoring information from the judging tower. Current judges include Forrest Wang, Odi Bakchis, Brandon WIcknick, George Marstanovic, Tommy Suell and Ernie Fixmer.

Live Stream Beta Testing
A basic Live Stream Beta Testing Program will commence with Phoenix Pro/Am Round 1 (Regionally Based), and will continue to be developed through a CDN partnership with The GT Channel, and technical support from our communications partner Belle-1Communications.

Car Shows
At selected rounds, Car Street Journal (AZ) and LV Racing Scene (hosts of the Las Vegas Car Show “EOS”) will host their signature car shows bringing street style and some truly amazing builds out to the track paddocks.

The Southwest Drift Series is currently sponsored by 702 Graphics, Megan Racing, STR Racing Wheels, Garrett Turbos, CP/Carillo, Kaaz, Brian Crower, ACT, Belle-1 Communications, Get Nuts Laboratory, Maverick Motorsports, Battle Version, Baker Performance, and FatLace.

For more information, visit Competitors with rulebook and technical questions should contact Interested media please apply online at

General event questions, sales and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Nicholas Dizon –