Formula DRIFT 2016 Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale

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Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale;
The 2016 World Championship Season Begins on April 10-11, 2016

Long Beach, Calif. – December 22, 2015 – Formula DRIFT will begin the 2016 World Championship season beginning with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 10-11. Tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website, www.formuladrift.com.

“We look forward to the start of the the 2016 season and the addition of the Canadian round of competition to the Pro Championship will add an extra dynamic to further grow the sport internationally,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The season kickoff in Long Beach is always exciting and sets the tone for the rest of the year.”

The World Championship will consist of a total of nine rounds of competition including eight Pro Championship rounds in the United States and Canada and two additional rounds of competition in Japan. Round 1: Streets of Long Beach marks the beginning of the season with Fredric Aasbo returning to defend his championship.

Reserved seat tickets are available online for purchase with the option to select from any of the available grandstands. VIP experiences are also available for purchase including reserved seating in Grandstand 18, a track walk during opening ceremonies and more.

Tickets are now available for Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 10-11, including reserved seating, 2-day ticket packages, and VIP tickets and can be purchased through www.formuladrift.com, Ticketmaster outlets, and the Long Beach Convention Center box office. Ticket prices start at $40 for grandstand seating with all seats reserved for Saturday’s competition day.

Ticketmaster Ticket Links:

2-Day Ticket (Friday and Saturday)
Saturday Only Ticket

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Formula DRIFT Announces 2016 Global Schedule

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Formula DRIFT Announces 2016 Global Schedule

 

Long Beach, Calif. – November 4, 2015 – Formula DRIFT has announced the 2016 schedule of events. The schedule includes World Championship, Pro Championship, and PRO 2 events. In addition, both Formula DRIFT Japan and the inaugural Formula DRIFT Canada will have their own respective four event schedules.

Entering the thirteenth year of competition, Formula DRIFT will expand the Pro Championship to eight rounds of competition by including the Montreal round. This is the first event outside of the United States to be included in the Pro Championship in the history of the Series. The World Championship will consist of eight Pro Championship rounds and two Japan rounds of competition. The PRO 2 Series will consist of four rounds of competition with a new stand-alone PRO 2 and Pro Am event announced on September 30October 1 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“With the continued success of our international presence, we look forward to growing the Sport domestically and internationally this upcoming season,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “In 2015, Formula DRIFT continued to be the global leader in millennial motorsports with 29 competitions held under the Formula DRIFT brand that resulted in 3 billion media impressions.”

In 2016, the Pro Series will continue to be broadcasted on CBS Sports and distributed globally by IMG Media with a reach of 360 million homes. Formula DRIFT Japan will be broadcasted on JSports. Each of the Series will be live streamed globally and was viewed by over 2 million people internationally in 2015.

For more information on Formula DRIFT Canada and Formula DRIFT Japan please visit: www.formuladriftcanada.com andwww.formulad.jp.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

2016 Formula DRIFT Schedule
April 8-9 World Championship + Pro Championship Long Beach, CA
April 15-16 Invitational Long Beach, CA
May 6-7 World Championship + Pro Championship + PRO 2 Atlanta, GA
May / June World Championship + Japan Championship Ebisu, Japan
June 3-4 World Championship + Pro Championship + PRO 2 Orlando, FL
June 17-18 World Championship + Pro Championship Wall, NJ
July 15-16 World Championship + Pro Championship Montreal, Canada
August 5-6 World Championship + Pro Championship Monroe, WA
September 9-10 World Championship + Pro Championship + PRO 2 Fort Worth, TX
September World Championship + Japan Championship Okayama, Japan
September 30 – October 1 PRO 2 + Pro Am Phoenix, AZ
October 7-8 World Championship + Pro Championship Irwindale, CA

Formula DRIFT Round 7: Final Fight Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 7: Final Fight Results;
Fredric Aasbo Takes the Event Victory and Wins the Overall Pro and World Championship

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Long Beach, Calif. – October 11, 2015 – Formula DRIFT presented by GoPro finished the 2015 Pro Championship and World Championship season at Irwindale Speedway. Fredric Aasbo in the Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC had a successful evening winning the final event of the season, while taking both the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship and inaugural World Championship.

Round 7: Final Fight showcased tremendous action to a sold out crowd at Irwindale Speedway. Drivers had to adjust to a new course configuration which created a new dynamic to the competition. Close to 400,000 viewers tuned into the Driftstream to watch the Finals weekend.

“History was made tonight with the crowning of the first World Champion,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “Having the PRO 2, Pro, and World Championship all come to a climatic finish at Irwindale Speedway made for a very special weekend. The fan base continues to grow each and every year and the sell out crowd was treated to a very entertaining event.”

Aasbo entered the event with a significant lead in the points standings, yet was able to keep his cool and drive consistent throughout the night. As the event unfolded, he was able to clinch the Pro and World Championship by moving on to the Top 16 competition creating a significant point margin that could not be overcome. Aasbo met with Hankook and Scion Racing teammate, Ken Gushi, who sat in second place in the standings, in the Finals. Aasbo edged out Gushi to take the win and make a clean sweep for the weekend. Gushi finishes the season in second place overall, his highest finish in his career. Number one qualifier, Forrest Wang, in the Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15 rounded out the podium with a third place finish. Two-time Formula DRIFT champion, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z finishes the season in third place overall.

The night was successful for Scion and Hankook as they finish with the Manufacturer and Tire Manufacturer season championship. Scion also finished one and two in the event and overall for the season. Hankook finished successfully with a first, second, and third place finish in both the event and overall championship, making for the first podium sweep for the tire manufacturer in their Formula DRIFT history.

“What an incredible night. Winning the event and clinching the Formula DRIFT U.S. Championship and the first World Championship, you couldn’t have scripted a better story,” said Fredric Aasbo, winner of Round 7: Final Fight. “It’s been a rollercoaster and we’ve had ups and downs over the past five years, but the team has stayed on top of everything helping to grow to a championship contender and I couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved this season.”

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Round 7: Final Fight Event Results

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC Winner
2. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S 2nd Place
3. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab Nissan S15 3rd Place
4. Pawlak, Justin Roush Performance / Car Crafters Ford Mustang 4th Place
5. Whiddett, Mike Red Bull / Mobil 1 / Mazda “Radbul” 5th Place
6. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 6th Place
7. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal Suspension / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 7th Place
8. Ng, Charles Maxxis / Sparkplugs.com / Speedhunters Infiniti G37 8th Place
9. Field, Matt CX Racing / Yokohama Nissan S14 9th Place
10. DeNofa, Chelsea BC Racing / GT Radial BMW 3-Series 10th Place
11. Foust, Tanner Rockstar Energy / Nitto Tire Volkswagen Passat 15th Place
12. Tuerck, Ryan Retaks / Maxxis / Nameless Performance Scion FR-S 12th Place
13. Yokoi, Masashi D-Max Nissan S15 Silvia 13th Place
14. Essa, Michael SLP Performance / Yokohama Chevy Camaro 14th Place
15. Saito, Daigo Achilles Radial Nissan GT-R 15th Place
16. Mordaunt, Pat DriftPaddock.com / Falken Tire Nissan 350Z 16th Place

2015 Formula DRIFT Championship Presented by GoPro Top 3 Final Standings

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC 530.00 Points
2. Gushi, Ken GReddy Racing / Hankook Tire Scion Racing FR-S 431.00 Points
3. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 382.00 Points

2015 Formula DRIFT World Championship Top 3 Final Standings

1. Aasbo, Fredric Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Scion tC 793.00 Points
2. Bakchis, Aurimas Feal / ARK Performance / Nitto Nissan 240SX 534 Points
3. Field, Matt CX Racing / Yokohama Nissan S14 407 Points

2015 Manufacturers Championship Final Standings

1. Scion 1113.00 Points
2. Nissan 640.00 Points
3. Ford 515.00 Points
4. Chevrolet 390.00 Points
5. Mazda 318.00 Points
6. Infiniti 229.00 Points
7. Dodge 222.00 Points
8. BMW 193.00 Points
9. Toyota 123.00 Points

2015 Tire Championship Final Standings

1. Hankook 1094.00 Points
2. Achilles 696.00 Points
3. Nitto 673.00 Points
4. Falken 659.00 Points
5. Yokohama 642.00 Points
6. Maxxis 555.00 Points
7. GT Radial 356.00 Points

Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Irwindale Speedway Results

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Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Irwindale Speedway Results;
Alex Heilbrunn Wins the PRO 2 Championship

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Long Beach, Calif. – October 9, 2015 – Formula DRIFT PRO 2 completed the final event of the 2015 season at Irwindale Speedway. Juha Rintanen in the Juha Rintanen Motorsports Nissan S14 takes the event victory while Alex Heilbrunn in the IMR BMW 3-Series wins the PRO 2 championship.

The PRO 2 finals provided an action packed evening for the Friday night crowd. Rintanen, the number one qualifier, met Cameron Moore in the final battle. Rintanen out drove his opponent to take his first PRO 2 victory and move up to third in the overall PRO 2 standings.

“I’m so excited as we had so many troubles over the past two years here in Formula DRIFT PRO 2,” said Juha Rintanen, winner of Round 4 of 4 events of the PRO 2 Championship. “We stayed here for two months and tuned the car better so it turned out for the best.”

The top eight finishers in PRO 2 will earn or renew their Formula DRIFT Pro license next season.

“It’s been great to see how PRO 2 has developed and it will be exciting to see these young drivers enter the Pro Championship,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The future of the sport can be found through many of these talented up and coming drivers.”

Peruvian driver, Heilbrunn put the finishing touch on his successful season with a fifth place finish to take the PRO 2 championship. Despite not finding the podium, Heilbrunn accumulated enough points through the season to enter the Finals with the title clinched.

“It feels amazing! I’ve had a great season and great team,” said Alex Heilbrunn, winner of the PRO 2 Championship. “It was good that everything came together and we were able to perform the way we wanted to and get the championship and I want to thank everyone that was part of it.”

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

PRO 2 Round 4 of 4 – Irwindale Speedway Event Results
1. Rintanen, Juha Juha Rintanen Motorsports Nissan S14 Winner
2. Moore, Cameron VIP Performance / Falken Tire Lexus SC300 2nd Place
3. Lawrence, Kevin Enjuku Racing Nissan S13.4 3rd Place
4. Jones, Jeff DNA Motoring Nissan S14 4th Place
5. Heilbrunn, Alex IMR BMW 3-Series 5th Place
6. Litteral, Ryan N/A 6th Place
7. Gray, Andy DriftEbisu.com / Achilles Tire Toyota Chaser 7th Place
8. Evans, James Sikky Racing Nissan 350Z 8th Place
9. Sumida, Hiro Bluemoon Performance / Tomei Powered USA Toyota Cressida 9th Place
10. Wicknick, Brandon Chase Bays / RUN2JZ Nissan S13 10th Place
2015 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Championship Standings
1. Heilbrunn, Alex IMR BMW 3-Series 354.00 Points
2. Evans, James Sikky Racing Nissan 350Z 229.00 Points
3. Rintanen, Juha Juha Rintanen Motorsports Nissan S14 228.00 Points

Formula DRIFT Cancels China World Championship Round

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Long Beach, Calif. – September 29, 2015 – Formula DRIFT announced today the cancellation of the final round of the World Championship that was originally scheduled for December 2015 in southern China.

The Formula DRIFT team has been working very hard to make this event a new and exciting part of our Series, but unfortunately Irena World and Goldenport Enterprises did not meet their contractual obligations. Our ability to operate events depends on the mutual effort of our partners and without that, we cannot put our sponsors, teams and employees at any unwarranted risk.

Due to the cancellation, Round 7 at Irwindale Speedway will be the final round of the World Championship and will be worth double points for the World Championship contenders. We will also still honor our World Championship prize purse.