Formula DRIFT, Irish Drift Championship, and British Drift Championship Form Strategic Alliance

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Formula DRIFT, Irish Drift Championship, and British Drift Championship Form Strategic Alliance

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 8, 2017 – Formula DRIFT has aligned with the Irish Drift Championship (IDC) and British Drift Championship (BDC) to form a strategic alliance to develop the future rules and regulations for drifting.

“Drifting, by it’s very nature, has always been geographically segregated and this, in my opinion, naturally restricts global progression,” stated David Egan, CEO, Zigen Promotions – Irish & British Drift Championship.  “Those in a position of influence generally work independently, without the additional knowledge gained by fellow organizations. I believe this strategic partnership with Formula Drift opens a positive channel to which we can combine resources and experience, with the betterment of the sport being the prime objective.  I think the correct time has come to work together for what has always been a common goal: making the sport of professional drifting as successful as possible for all involved.”

The two of the most reputable and longest running drifting organizers have come together to forge a closer relationship to work hand in hand in an effort to improve the sport.  As part of the new relationship, IDC and BDC champions will receive Black Magic Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras Pro licenses, while the #2 to #8 ranked drivers from IDC and BDC will receive a Formula DRIFT Pro2 Championship license beginning in the 2018.

“We have had long time ties to Europe via various European drivers that have come into the Series,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT.  “There is no better time to deepen these ties to ensure the future of our sport.”

“Professional drifting has witnessed a dramatic increase in global popularity and professionalism within recent years and I feel that much of this success can be credited to the ambitious and methodical approach of the Formula Drift championship,” stated David Egan, CEO, Zigen Promotions – Irish & British Drift Championship.  “While we at the Irish and British Drift Championships have certainly forged our own paths and enjoyed numerous successes, we have looked to Formula Drift (as a world leader) for inspiration from afar.”

For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Round 3 Seattle Results

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Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Round 3 Seattle Results;

Hometown Hero Matt Vankirk Takes the Win

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 4, 2017 – The Formula DRIFT PRO 2 season continued to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington. Local driver Matt Vankirk takes the win and moves to second place in the PRO 2 standings with one event remaining in the season.

PRO 2 returned to Evergreen Speedway for the third event of four for the season. The young drivers took center stage for the Northwest fans.

“This was one of the most exciting and competitive PRO 2 events,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The drivers pushed the limits and gave the fans a great show.”

The semi-finals pitted Matt Vankirk in the Fortune Auto / Achilles Nissan 240 with number one qualifier, Dirk Stratton in the Lingenfelter Performance / Achilles Corvette. Vankirk outdrove his opponent to move into the Finals. On the other side of the bracket Josh Robinson faced Dylan Hughes in the DHR Dirtfish Nissan 240. Robinson had a few errors that gave Hughes the win. The finals was a tight battle and after a One More Time, Vankirk was able to edge out his opponent to get his first victory of the season and move within 20 points from the current leader, Travis Reeder.

“It was a tough fight here. The team worked hard, ” said Matt Vankirk, winner of PRO 2: Seattle. “And we came out with the win. Hats off to my team and all my sponsors.”

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 7: Showdown at Texas Motor Speedway on September 8-9, 2017. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Formula DRIFT PRO 2: Seattle Results

1. Vankirk, Matt

Winner

2. Hughes, Dylan

2nd Place

3. Stratton, Dirk

3rd Place

4. Robinson, Josh

4th Place

5. Lawrence, Kevin

5th Place

6. Reeder, Travis

6th Place

7. Schmidt, Brandon

7th Place

8. Brockway, Donovan

8th Place

9. Jaeger, Ola

9th Place

10. Filippi, Chris

10th Place

11. Goble, Brody

11th Place

12. George, Danny

12th Place

13. Meeks, Austin

13th Place

14. Szilveszter, Gyorgy

14th Place

15. Beechum, Trenton

15th Place

16. Waters, Randall

16th Place

2017 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Championship Standings After 3 Events

1. Reeder, Travis

Nissan 240

228.00 Points

2. Vankirk, Matt

Fortune Auto / Achilles Nissan 240

208.00 Points

3. Stratton, Dirk

Lingenfelter Performance / Achilles Corvette

154.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Round 8: Title Fight Tickets On-Sale

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Formula DRIFT Round 8: Title Fight Tickets On-Sale;
2017 Pro Championship Finals at Irwindale Speedway;

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Long Beach, Calif. – August 2, 2017 – The Black Magic Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras will conclude the 2017 Pro Championship season on October 13-14 at Irwindale Speedway. Tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website, www.formulad.com/schedule.

The final event of the season never fails to disappoint with drivers putting it all on the line for their chance to complete their season on top of the podium on a high-note. The high-energy and exciting competition at Irwindale Speedway is one of the largest drifting events in the world and will feature world-class drivers, fan midway featuring over 60 companies on display, the AutoCon car show, and the crowning of a champion.

“Formula DRIFT has always showcased the best drifters from around the world and the level of international talent within the Series is at an all-time high,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The chase for the championship will come down to the wire with previous champion, Fredric Aasbo, from Norway battling against Irishman James Deane with Latvian driver, Kristaps Bluss and former champion, Michael Essa on their heels.”

Tickets are now available for Round 8: Title Fight, including reserved seating, 2-day ticket packages, and VIP tickets and can be purchased through www.formulad.com. Ticket prices start at $40 online with all seats reserved for Saturday’s competition day. VIP experiences are also available for purchase including reserved seating, front of the line autograph pass, and VIP track walk.

For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes and on the Formula DRIFT Livestream.

Behind the Scenes of the Power Rangers: Cosmic Drift

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This Saturday, the short film, “Power Rangers: Cosmic Drift,” will premiere to the live Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown audience on the big screen and simultaneously to the Livestream viewers at 4:45 PM (PST) on Saturday, August 5. “Power Rangers: Cosmic Drift” features Formula DRIFT professional drivers, Matt Field and Chelsea DeNofa, as members of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Cosmic Drift team.

“Power Rangers: Cosmic Drift” merges the worlds of Saban’s Power Rangers and automobile drifting. It is a celebration of their shared origins and spirit—born in Japan and loved by the U.S. and globally – the two share themes of unity and synchronization.

Additionally, direct from outer space (and a recent documentary on Netflix), the Japanese action comic punk band Peelander-Z lend both their musical and theatrical talents to Cosmic Drift. http://peelander-z.com.

Check out the Behind the Scenes photos from the video production taken by @emotiveimage

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