Formula DRIFT Launches “Formula DRIFT Insider” Web Show;
Weekly Web Show to Debut Today
Long Beach, Calif. – August 11, 2011 – Formula DRIFT has announced the launch of a new web program, “Formula DRIFT Insider.” The premiere episode will debut today, August 11, 2011 on the website, www.formuladrift.com.
Formula DRIFT has teamed with Ubiquity Studios to produce a weekly web show that will provide viewers with more in-depth coverage on the sport of drifting and the Series. Coverage will include event reviews, exclusive interviews with key figures of the Series, trending topics on-going in the Series, and custom segments.
“We are very enthusiastic about this new venture with Ubiquity,” said Ryan Sage, vice president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Formula DRIFT has always been on the progressive front with new media, especially social media and this web show is just another extension of that.”
The weekly web show will run in a 5-7 minute format and will air throughout the remainder of the season. Formula DRIFT Insider can be viewed on all Formula DRIFT social media platforms including the website, Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo pages.
“Ubiquity Studios is excited to partner with Formula DRIFT on this exciting project to create and produce Formula DRIFT Insider. This content is extremely dynamic and is a perfect fit for our award winning team and state of the art digital production studio,” said Ubiquity Broadcasting Corporation CEO Chris Carmichael. “We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with FD and see this as one of many exciting franchises we will be developing with them over the coming months.”
Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown Results;
Daijiro Yoshihara Takes the Victory and the Lead in the Standings
Long Beach, Calif. – July 23, 2011 – Formula DRIFT returned to Evergreen Speedway for Round 5: Throwdown. Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Nissan S13 takes the victory and the lead in the overall Pro Championship points standings. Attendance records were broken as the event reached capacity for the venue.
Round 5: Throwdown reached capacity as fans came in droves to Evergreen Speedway. Attendance was up over 10% from last season continuing the increase in numbers for the Series. Fans were treated to an exciting round of action from the top drivers in the sport.
“The Pacific Northwest has an amazing fan base, which was proven today,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We are excited to see the growth of the sport and the Series this season with a continued increase in attendance at each event.”
The competition heated up with the final four drivers aiming to move closer in their chase for the championship. Fredric Aasbo in the Need For Speed / Scion Racing TC went head to head with Rhys Millen in the Red Bull / Hankook Hyundai Genesis Coupe and edged out the former champion earning third place. The Finals matched up the 2009 champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z with Daijiro Yoshihara. Yoshihara took the victory and gained the lead in the Pro Championship point standings and remains the leader with a commanding lead in the Tires.com Triple Crown bonus.
“It feels great to be in the lead,” stated Daijiro Yoshihara, winner of Round 5: Throwdown. “After the Top 32 when Justin Pawlak was taken out of the competition I knew I had a good chance to win, but I didn’t want to think about points and focused on winning one round at a time, which worked! We have 2 competitions left so I need to focus on them still before I can think too much about the championship.”
The Formula DRIFT Championship continues for Round 6: After Dark at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on August 26 – 27. Tickets are available to purchase online.
Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway is currently close to capacity. Tickets purchased online are available at Will Call still, but no guarantees for anyone arriving looking to purchase a ticket at the door.
Formula DRIFT would like to thank all of the fans of the Pacific Northwest for their continued support of the Series. The event is streaming live via the DriftStream for those at home that would like to check out the action for themselves.
Formula DRIFT Round 5: Throwdown is shaping up to be a great event with perfect weather. Tickets for the event are now only available at the TICKET WINDOW at Evergreen Speedway. Don’t miss a chance to see a spectacular event today.
Formula DRIFT Top 32 Qualifying Scores from Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway
1 T. McQuarrie #17 94.5
2 J. Pawlak #13 93.5
3 R. Millen #67 89.6
4 D. Yoshihara #9 86.9
5 O. Bakchis #723 86
6 C. Grunewald #79 85.1
7 J. Maeng #51 83.7
8 F. Aasbo #151 82.1
9 D. Kearney #43 81.3
10 R. Tuerck #44 80.3
11 M. Essa #101 76.4
12 V. Gittin #1 75.7
13 M. Powers #665 75.1
14 W. Wilkerson #95 74.7
15 C. Forsberg #64 74.5
16 A. Lee #81 72.8
17 A. Pfeiffer #88 71.4
18 O. Graven #113 71.2
19 D. McNamara #8 71
20 C. Ng #84 66.8
21 M. Field #777 66.5
22 K. Mohan #99 65.1
23 T. Yoshioka #21 64.6
24 R. Gallagher #425 62.8
25 R. Petty #808 61
26 K. Gushi #33 60.6
27 C. Martinez #951 60.5
28 R. Nishida #31 57
29 J. Jones #29 56.1
30 R. Kado #614 55.2
31 D. Mertzanis #323 52.3
32 L. Longberger #28 52.2