THURSDAY NIGHTS GO “SLIDEWAYS” at IRWINDALE Speedway May 14, 2015

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Thursday night May 14,  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.

2015’s action-packed Thursday night under-the-lights practices will be held monthly with events now set for:

  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 19
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 1
  • November 12
  • December 10

Each of the Thursday night sessions will start with a (public invited) technical inspection for the competition vehicles at 4PM and drift practice will run flat out from 5 to 8PM. 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 2015 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.

Thursday Night Drift Requirements

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 Group C Requirements:

  • Helmet: No open face, SA2010, SA2005
  • No loose items: Interior, trunk
  • Fire Extinguisher: secure mount, 2lb min
  • Fluid Leaks: No Fluid Leaks
  • Catch cans: Coolant, Oil if non OEM
  • Gas Cap: Present and sealed
  • Fuel line: check hose clamps and fittings
  • Battery: Secure mount, positive covered
  • Brake light: Min 2 functioning
  • Brake pedal: good feel maintain pressure
  • Key or Master cutoff operation, location marked
  • Lug nuts: Present and secure
  • Steering: Smooth, no binding
  • Tow hooks: Front and rear (OEM at own risk)
  • Hood and Trunk: Securely latched
  • Windshield: OEM or Lexan secure mounting
  • Seat: OEM with stock belts or FIA with harness

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Group B Requirements: plus listed above

  • Suspension: Coilovers or Non OEM suspension
  • Differential: Welded or clutch type
  • E-Brake: Functioning, cable or hydro

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Group A Requirements: plus listed above

  • 6 point roll cage: 5”x0.095 DOM
  • Door Bars: Nascar or X on both doors
  • Harness bar and Diagonal
  • Seat belts: 5 point minimum required
  • Fire Suit: SFI 3-2A/5 with fire resistant gloves and shoes

For Technical Inquiries: Kevin@formulad.com

2015 KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge – Results

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 KMC Super Drift Challenge Results;

Conrad Grunewald Takes the Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – April 19, 2015 – Formula DRIFT hosted the KMC Super Drift Challenge during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Conrad Grunewald in the Always Evolving / Replay Camera Chevrolet Camaro takes the victory.

The KMC Super Drift Challenge for the third consecutive year brought motorsports action under the lights during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a filled capacity within Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the famous street course. Sixteen of the top Formula DRIFT drivers competed for a $25,000 prize purse.

“We were excited to be able to showcase competition drifting under the lights on the streets of Long Beach,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Then to see a capacity turn out for the fierce competition capped off an eventful Saturday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.”

The action under the lights along created a unique and competitive environment for the drivers. Number one qualifier, Forrest Wang in Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan S14 finishes in third place for the second consecutive year. Conrad Grunewald met Robbie Nishida in the Achilles Motorsport / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 in the finals. Grunewald outmatched Nishida to take the event victory.

“I’d like to start off by thanking my partners because without them I wouldn’t be here. I couldn’t be happier with wining tonight,” said Conrad Grunewald, winner of the KMC Super Drift Challenge. “It’s almost surreal to be running at night in Long Beach. It’s an honor to walk away with a win amongst such great competitors.”

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 8-9, 2015. Tickets are available and can be purchased via www.formuladrift.com.

Super Drift Bracket

KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge – Event Info and Drivers List

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The KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge, which will take place both nights on the eastern end of the race circuit – turns 9, 10 and 11 – will feature 13 of the sport’s top cars and drivers.

Friday’s action will include practice and qualifying runs, while Saturday will see the teams compete for a $25,000 prize purse. On Sunday, the Super Drift Challenge cars will drift the entire race circuit after the featured IndyCar Series race.

Grand Prix fans that purchase any admission ticket for Friday or Saturday racing activities will be able to see that night’s KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge. Seating for the Super Drift Challenge will be in Grandstands 16, 18, 24, 25 and 26 on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Drivers List
Odi Bakchis
Joon Maeng
Mike Essa
Robbie Nishida
Dean Kearney
Brandon Wicknick
Forrest Wang
Conrad Grunewald
Charles Ng
Jeff Jones
Alec Hohnadell
Kyle Mohan
Justin Pawlak

Friday, April 17             

7:00 AM          Gates Open
7:45 AM          TUDOR Championship Practice
8:00 AM          Lifestyle Expo Opens
10:45 AM        Pirelli World Challenge Practice
11:45 AM        Pro/Celebrity Race Practice
12:30 PM        Verizon IndyCar Series Practice
1:30 PM          Indy Lights Practice
2:00 PM          Verizon IndyCar All Driver Autograph Session in INDYCAR Paddock (open to all spectators)
3:00 PM          Pro/Celebrity Qualifying
3:45 PM          Verizon IndyCar Practice
4:45 PM          TUDOR Championship Qualifying
6:00 PM          Lifestyle Expo Closes
6:45 PM          Tecate Light Fiesta Concert (Concert Stage)
7:00 PM          KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge Practice (Turns 9-10-11)
7:45 PM          KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge Qualifying

Saturday, April 18

7:00 AM          Gates Open
7:55 AM          SPEED Energy Off-Road Series Practice & Qualifying
8:00 AM          Lifestyle Expo Opens
8:30 AM          Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying
9:15 AM          Indy Lights Practice
10:00 AM        Verizon IndyCar Practice
11:40 AM        Pro/Celebrity Race
12:55 PM        Indy Lights Qualifying
2:00 PM          Verizon IndyCar Qualifying & Firestone Fast 6
3:30 PM          TUDOR Championship Pre-Race
4:05 PM          Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase (Race #3 of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – 100 min)
6:00 PM          Lifestyle Expo Closes
6:45 PM          Rock-N-Roar Concert Starring Vince Neil of Motley Crue (Concert Stage)
7:00 PM          KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge Finals (Turns 9-10-11)

 

Sunday, April 19                                                                                                        

7:00 AM          Gates Open
7:20 AM          SPEED Energy Off-Road Race #1
8:00 AM          Lifestyle Expo Opens
8:38 AM          Indy Lights “Drivers Start Your Engines”
8:45 AM          Indy Lights Race
10:00 AM        Verizon IndyCar Warm Up
11:20 AM        Mothers Exotic Car Parade
11:50 AM        SPEED Energy Off-Road Race #2
1:30 PM          Verizon IndyCar “Drivers Start Your Engines”
1:37 PM          TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH (Race #3 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series)
3:55 PM          Drifting Demonstration
4:30 PM          Pirelli World Challenge Race  (1 hour)
5:30 PM          Lifestyle Expo Closes

*Schedule subject to change without notice

CLICK HERE for more information about the entire Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend.