Thursday night June 9, Irwindale’s own Formula DRIFT open practice sessions will resume on the course that the entire civilized world now knows as the legendary “House of Drift” … aka: Irwindale Speedway right at the top of the 605 freeway.
Each of the Thursday night sessions will start with a (public invited) technical inspection for the competition vehicles at 4:00PM and drift practice will run flat out from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. The fan gates open at 4PM and there’s plenty of close-free parking.
Open to the public (fans can watch from the stands and visit the pits as well) admission is only $10 per person. These will be nights when fans can see some of the best of the best getting tuned-up for the 2016 season as well as catching the acts of some of new, upcoming Drift talent as they test their driving skills and machines against the established pros.
Anyone can run their properly-equipped* car for $75 and they can register right at the track on Thursday night.
Formula DRIFT Round 3: Unchartered Territory Results;
Fredric Aasbo is Victorious and Takes Over Lead in the Standings
Long Beach, Calif. – June 4, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue returned to Orlando for Round 3: Unchartered Territory. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire SR by Toyota tC takes the victory to move into the lead in the Pro Championship standings.
Round 3: Unchartered Territory returned to Orlando Speed World for the second consecutive year. The event weekend featured both the Pro 2 championship and Pro Championship with a full schedule of on-track action.
“We experienced extreme heat this weekend, but the fans in Central Florida have proven to be diehard drift fans,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “In three events we have seen three different drivers at the top of the standings. This season is shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons in the history of the Series.”
The weekend was full of surprises as a couple of the top drivers were taken out early in the competition creating opportunity for many of the drivers to close the gap in the standings. Veteran driver, Tyler McQuarrie in the Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro face off against defending champion, Fredric Aasbo. After two “One More Time” battles, Aasbo got the slight edge to advance to the finals. Two-time champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z faced off against Latvian driver, Kristaps Bluss in the HGK / Mast / Motul / Achilles BMW E46. Bluss’ consistent driving was the determining factor as he moved in the finals for his first time in Formula DRIFT. In the final battle, Bluss on his lead run over rotated coming to an almost full stop which caused Aasbo to make contact and ultimately giving him the win and the lead in the Pro Championship standings. Forsberg finished in third place and moves into third place overall.
“What a crazy night. The heat out here in Orlando and with the top dogs going out early, we got really lucky in the first couple battles.” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 3: Unchartered Territory. “As the event went on we really turned it up and went to the finals against Kristaps, who had a tough blow and messed up on his lead. Not exactly how we want to win, but we’ll take it and move ahead to New Jersey.”
The 2016 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue to Round 4: The Gauntlet on June 17-18 at Wall Speedway. For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and snapchat formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.
Car #88 driven by Chelsea Denofa was disqualified from the Round of 32 due to a violation of the2016 Formula Drift Pro Technical Rules and Regulations US Version 2.0. It was discovered that a chemical adhesive was used to bond the tire to the wheel. Additional aids, such as chemical adhesives used to prevent the tire from debeading allows teams to run tire pressures lower than those that do not use additional aids, which is specifically in violation of Section 3.6. Denofa will still receive qualifying points but will not receive any head-to-head competition points for this Round.
WHEELS Beadlocks, wheel screws and any additional form of attachment device between wheel and tire is prohibited.
Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Round 2 Championship Results at Orlando Speed World;
Marc Landreville is Victorious
Long Beach, Calif. – June 3, 2016 – Formula DRIFT PRO 2 returned to the Orlando Speed World for the second round of the the PRO 2 championship. Marc Landreville in the Perry Performance Nissan S14 takes the victory and the lead in the standings.
Round 2 of the PRO 2 Championship delivered an entertaining evening of competition for the Florida fans. In the semi-finals, Matt Madrigali in his Nissan 240 went head to head with Jeff Jones in the Nexen Tire / DOC Racing Nissan 240. Jones outdrove his opponent to reach the finals. Number one qualifier, Marc Landreville, in the Perry Performance Nissan 240 faced off against Andrew Lewis in his Nissan 240. The battle was close, but Landreville was able to advance to the finals against Jones for the second consecutive event. This time Landreville was able to edge out Jones to take the top spot and move into the lead in PRO 2.
“I feel great to get first place so we are really happy,” said Marc Landreville, winner of Round 2 of the PRO 2 Championship.
The 2016 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Championship will continue to Round 3 on September 9-10. For more information visit,www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebookwww.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaD, and snapchat formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.