Motorsport Network Join Forces with Formula DRIFT as Media Partner
Motorsport.com sites now ‘Official Digital Media Company’ for popular motorsport series
Long Beach, Calif. – April 19, 2017 – Motorsport Network the owner of Motorsport.com and Autosport.com, continued its North American strategic growth today by launching a new content agreement with Formula DRIFT.
This new relationship with one of America’s most popular forms of motorsports will enhance coverage for fans and followers of the unique series. Through the new relationship with Motorsport Network, fans can turn to Motorsport.com and Motor1.com for exclusive content from the series.
Formula DRIFT officials look forward to advantages the new partnership can provide to its organization and dedicated followers.
“Formula DRIFT already has the second largest social media profile in all of American motorsports,” said Jim Liaw, president of Formula DRIFT. “This partnership with Motorsport.com and Motor1.com will help grow our fan base even more via added reach and the ability to provide coverage in multiple languages – which is very much needed to our international appeal.”
The 2017 Formula DRIFT schedule includes eight locations in the United States and Canada.
Exclusive content agreements are part of an overall business plan for Motorsport Network according to North American Director of Business Development Hector Scarano.
“We’re very excited to add Formula DRIFT to our family of partnerships with racing organizations throughout North America,” Scarano said. “We look forward to having Motorsport.com and Motor1.com help grow awareness of this unique and very popular series to new fans throughout the world.”
Motorsport.com and Motor1.com readers can view exclusive content on the both websites and accompanying social media platforms. The next round of the Formula DRIFT Championship will be held in Orlando from April 28-29.
One of the original members of the Formula DRIFT PRO/AM licensing series, USDrift, is about to kick off their season in the Mid-Atlantic region. This year’s four event schedule includes two oval tracks (Shenandoah Speedway and Kilkare Raceway) and two road courses (Summit Point Raceway and VIRginia International Raceway). Also notable, is the final event taking place in conjunction with Midwest Drift Union and Southeast Drift for a return to the days of the regional PRO/AM series meeting up and battling it out for bragging rights of who has the best drivers.
Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge Saturday Results;
Forrest Wang Takes the Victory
Long Beach, Calif. – April 8, 2017 – Formula DRIFT returned for night two of the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge as part of the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Forrest Wang in the Get Nuts Lab / Zestino Tires Nissan 240 is victorious.
For the second consecutive night the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge brought drifting under the lights during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. On Saturday night of the doubleheader weekend, fans were treated to a fast paced and action packed evening.
“Drifting at night and under lights truly is a testament of the drivers skill,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The drivers really put on a show tonight to close out our fifth consecutive year drifting at night during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.”
Night Two of the doubleheader weekend did not disappoint as the drivers put it all on the line for a chance at the prize pool. The Top 4 pitted last night’s runner-up, Alex Heilbrunn in the IMR / Nitto Tire BMW M3 against Dean Kearney, in the Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper. Heilbrunn’s consistency helped put him back into the finals for the second consecutive evening. Jhonnattan Castro in the Gerdau Metaldom / Nexen Toyota GT86 faced off against Forrest Wang in the semi-finals. Wang drove hard all weekend and the plume of smoke from his vehicle on his lead run made him a tough opponent. Castro had difficulty in the chase position, which helped give Wang the win to put him in the Finals. Wang took advantage of car issues that Heilbrunn was experiencing to beat him and take the win, while giving Heilbrunn yet another second place finish during the weekend.
“We came. We conquered!” said Forrest Wang, winner of the Motegi Super Drift Challenge. “I’m bummed that we didn’t compete last weekend, but at least I got to drive here in Long Beach this weekend to show people my style.”
The action continues to Round 2: Unchartered Territory at Orlando Speed World on April 28-29. 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.
Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge – Saturday Night Results
1. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Zestino Nissan 240 Winner
2. Heilbrunn, Alex IMR / Nitto Tire BMW M3 2nd Place
3. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper 3rd Place
4. Castro, Jhonnattan Gerdau Metaldom/ Nexen / Toyota GT86 4th Place
5. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance Ford Mustang 5th Place
6. Burkett, Dan RAD Industries, Nexen Tire, Toyota Supra 6th Place
7. Essa, Michael Achilles tire, Essa Autosport M3 7th Place
8. Jones, Jeff DOC Nissan 240 8th Place
9. Beechum, Trenton Beechum Racing Ford Mustang 9th Place
10. Mohan, Kyle Built 2 Apex / Mazdatrix / KMR 2016 MX-5 10th Place
11. Rintanen, Juha STR Racing / Nexen Tire Nissan 240 11th Place
12. Field, Matt Falken Tire / Vapetasia / ARK Performance Nissan 240 12th Place
13. Hamilton, Nate Team Enjuku, BC Racing, Hankook Tire S13.4 13th Place
14. Litteral, Ryan NRG Innovation / Federal Tire Nissan 240 14th Place