Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Ticket Update

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Formula DRIFT Long Beach Seating Sold Out!

For the first time in Formula DRIFT history, Formula DRIFT has sold out all of the seated tickets in the venue located in downtown Long Beach. Due to this incredible occurrence, Formula DRIFT has consulted track and city officials and will offer a very limited general admission/stand room only ticket for tomorrow’s main event. The ticket will include admission to the event and access to the Long Beach Grand Prix viewing area on the Shoreline side of the track near grandstands 24, 25 and 26. These tickets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis and sold at a rate of $27 at the Long Beach Convention Center box office.

If you have any further questions you may call the Long Beach Convention Center box office or send an email to info@formulad.com

Formula DRIFT Announces Live Stream Expansion for the 2012 Season

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Long Beach, Calif. – April 10, 2012 – Formula DRIFT has announced today that they will continue to air all domestic Formula DRIFT rounds through the Driftstream program that will expand for the 2012 Pro Championship Season.

All on track action will be shown via the Driftstream, located on formulad.com/live, including the first practice through to the last tandem competition on both Friday and Saturday event days. With an average viewership of over 150,000 unique IP’s in 2011 Formula, Formula DRIFT has signed a number of agreements that will expand the distribution of the already popular live stream. In 2012, Formula DRIFT will be distributed live through Justin.tv, Metacafe Live, Dailymotion Live and Youtube Live.

“Formula DRIFT worked diligently in the off-season to reach out to our existing partners and develop new relationships that will help make our live broadcasts more attractive. We feel that we are leading the charge of what is a progressive and new way to reach and develop a fan base.,” said Ryan Sage, vice president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Additionally, with partner Ubiquity Broadcasting Corporation, we are excited to be expanding our coverage of the events as well, making the live experience better to watch from home or work. We will start with a few shots of the competition on Friday and expand to a full broadcast by main day. We will also be adding a live half-time show and new graphics.””

Additionally, Formula DRIFT has signed a deal with Flingo, as a new “on-demand” option providing content to all Web-enabled televisions that carry the Flingo application. There are currently 10,000,000 of these devices in the U.S. and 40,000,000 world-wide and include Insignia, LG, Samsung, Vizio, Sanyo, Western Digital, as well as Netgear devices – covering more than 8.5 million screens in 118 countries worldwide. The combined viewership of all the 2012 Driftstream partners is over 200,000,000.

“The FormulaD app offers a window into the exciting world of drifting, one of the fastest growing categories of extreme motorsports. FormulaD pioneered drifting in the United States, and it’s not surprising to see them become a pioneer in the Smart TV arena,” said Ashwin Navin, CEO and co-founder of Flingo. “Our partnership enables FormulaD to reach millions of people in their living rooms with the convenience of a TV remote control at any hour of the day with a more dynamic, engaging viewing experience than traditional broadcast.”

The Formula DRIFT Driftstream begins broadcasting tomorrow at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 6-7 starting at 10:00 AM (PST).

Formula DRIFT Announces New Judge for the 2012 Pro Championship

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Formula DRIFT Announces New Judge for the 2012 Pro Championship;
Brian Eggert Added to the Panel of Judges

Long Beach, Calif. – March 28, 2012 – Formula DRIFT has announced Brian Eggert as the new judge for the 2012 Pro Championship. Eggert will be the third judge joining Andy Yen and Ryan Lanteigne on the panel.

Brian Eggert is an experienced drifting judge having worked with the USDrift Series and several other regional events. Eggert has also worked alongside Drift Association helping to co-create the Pro-Am Series for Formula DRIFT. Since 2003, Eggert has helped create regional chapters across the country in an effort to make safe and legal drifting accessible for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Through USDrift and NASA, Eggert has helped promote the sport of drifting and sanctions 8 organizations hosting events in over 20 states.

“I am very honored to be given the opportunity to work with Formula DRIFT and look forward to being able to continue help progress the sport of drifting,” said Brian Eggert, Formula DRIFT judge. “The skill level in Formula DRIFT is unmatched and being able to work with the current judges will be a great experience. The judges in the Series have been made up of a remarkable group of people and I look forward to continuing my role in the Series.”

Eggert will begin his role as judge at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 6-7. He will be taking the position of Tony Angelo, who stepped down to return to the driver’s seat and will be joining the current judges Andy Yen and Ryan Lanteigne.

“Brian is a great addition to the Series and the judging panel,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “His extensive experience and passion for the Sport will make him an asset and help make the proper judging calls throughout the season.”

The 2012 Formula DRIFT season kicks off on the Streets of Long Beach on April 6-7.

X-mini™ Increases Support of Formula DRIFT in 2012

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Long Beach, Calif. – March 20, 2012 – Formula DRIFT has announced the continued support from X-mini that will include the introduction of the “X-mini Rookie Challenge.”

The X-mini™ Capsule Speaker™ is the leader in pocket-sized portable speakers hailing from Singapore and currently sold in 80 countries around the world.

Ryan Lee, CEO of Xmi Pte Ltd, the company behind the X-mini™ Capsule Speakers™, said, “X-mini™ is proud to be a partner of Formula DRIFT and we are thrilled to offer support to the growing talent pool competing in the Formula DRIFT circuit.”

X-mini™ will continue as an associate sponsor of the Series through the 2012 Pro Championship Season and will introduce the new “X-mini™ Rookie Challenge.” Any Formula DRIFT rookie driver placing two X-mini™ Rookie Challenge decals for the season will be eligible for the bonus prize. For every Formula DRIFT X-mini™ Capsule Speaker™ sold via Formula DRIFT, five dollars will be placed in a pot. X-mini™ will match the Formula DRIFT pot dollar for dollar. The eligible rookie with the most championship points will win the entire earnings at the end of the season. Additionally, the Driftstream will provide updates on the X-mini™ Rookie Challenge standings throughout the live event.

“We are excited to continue our relationship with X-mini™ and also to have them support the young guns of drifting,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “This will be a great incentive for the 2012 rookies to compete for.”

Later this season Formula DRIFT and X-mini™ will release a limited edition branded speaker. The speaker will feature Formula DRIFT logo and traditional red and black colorway.

For more information visit: www.formulad.com
www.X-mini.com

Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale

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Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale;
Ninth Season of Competition Begins on April 6-7, 2012

Long Beach, Calif. – February 15, 2012 – Formula DRIFT prepares to begin the ninth professional championship season. Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 6-7 tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website, www.formuladrift.com.

“We are especially excited to kick-off another season in Long Beach,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “This will be our fifth consecutive year utilizing the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course, which is the only street course in the Championship. With new drivers, new competition vehicles and non-stop drifting action we are expecting another sell-out crowd.”

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach will feature the championship defense for Daijiro Yoshihara, the debut of the Scion Racing FR-S driven by Ken Gushi, and the introduction of a new judge to the Series. New drivers and vehicles will make their debut at this season opener including 2011 Formula Drift Asia Champion Daigo Saito leading the international charge of drivers from 14 nations.

Tickets are now available for Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 6-7, including reserved seating, 2-day ticket packages, and VIP tickets. Tickets can be purchased through http://formulad.com/schedule/tickets/, Ticketmaster outlets, and the Long Beach Convention Center box office. Ticket prices start at $28 online with reserved tickets available for Saturday’s competition day. 2-day packages are also available along with VIP ticket packages. Save on additional fees by purchasing your ticket at the Long Beach Convention Center box office directly.