Formula D Canada Unveils 2015 Calendar A series of 3 events and the Formula D World Championship

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Montreal, January 27, 2015. – Formula Drift Canada today unveiled the schedule for the season 2015. The series will include a total of three events, respectively, in Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières.  Formula D Canada will also present before the last round of the Formula Drift World Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache on 6 and 7 September. Last year, Formula D Canada held a first round of demonstrations in partnership with Formula DRIFT team at Autodrome St-Eustache. “With more than 25 pilots and 10 000 spectators, it is the leading drifting event ever held in Canada,” says Alan Labrosse, owner of the track and president of Formula D Canada. 18 drivers in the Formula D series Canada will take on the pros Formula Drift The Formula D series Canada held this year three events on Canadian soil. The top 16 drivers in the Formula D series Canada will each receive a license to participate in the ninth round of Formula D World Championship, to be held on September 6 and 7 at Autodrome St-Eustache. The public will also be invited to vote for the addition of two additional drivers on the websitewww.formulad.ca . In total, there are 18 drivers in the Formula D series that Canada will have the chance to compete against the pros Formula Drift.   Calendar Formula D Canada 2015 (times subject to change)

  • Round 1: June 21, Autodrome St-Eustache
  • Round 2: July 18, Autodrome Montmagny
  • Round 3: August 7-8, Trois-Rivières Grand Prix
  • World Championship: September 6-7, Autodrome St-Eustache

The Formula D World Championship is an international series of 10 events – 7 held in the USA and 3 held in Japan, Canada, and China respectively.  Currently, all drivers holding a Formula D pro license are admissible to the Formula D World Championship.  ‘In order to accumulate points in the World Championship, Formula D pro drivers will have to participate in at least 1 events outside of the US (Japan, Canada, or China),’  explains Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula Drift.  Also, the winning drivers of a World Championship round, as well as the top 8 drivers in the general class following the Canadian round will have their transportation fees to the final World Championship round in China in November 2015 covered by the Formula D organisation.  It is during this event that the champion will be crowned.  The victor of the World Championship series, the winner of each championship round, and the ‘Triple Crown’ trophy recipient will share a prize total of $300 000. 

‘The inauguration of Formula D Canada with a World Championship round held on Canadian soil represents a whole new step in the evolution of drift in Canada.  This expansion is only possible due to the passion Quebecers and Canadians hold for the sport,’ – Ben Woo, vice-president of sales and marketing for Formula D Canada.

In order to welcome the large number of spectators expected for the Formula D World Championship, the St-Eustache Autodrome will augment its seating capacity.  The event will also be live streaming on the Formula D website: www.formulad.com./live/

SCION CANADA – Formula D Main Sponsor

Scion Canada has been supporting Formula D Canada since its inception in 2014 and has become its main sponsor in 2015.   Scion Canada also supports drift pilot Pat Cyr and his Scion FR-S.  In 2015, his race car will be receiving a brand new 2JZ-GTE engine capable of 1000 horse power.  It also possesses a Wisefab made exclusively for the FR-S which produces an exceptional power and direction.

About Formula D Canada

Launched in 2014, Formula D Canada is a Canadian drift racing series officially sanctioned by Formula Drift.  The organization is comprised of a team with much experience in automotive sport and drift:  Alan Labrosse – president, Ben Woo – vice president of sales and marketing, David De Somma – event director, and Alexandre Crépault – director of communications.  For more information, visit www.formulad.ca

About Formula Drift

Formula Drift is currently in its 12th season and is renowned and recognized as the international leader of drift championships.  After having started in the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved to become a worldwide automotive sport which challenges driver skills in vehicle control.  Formula Drift provides a platform for professional dirft racers to compete on a national level to claim the coveted Formula Drift champion crown.  As the world leader in drift racing, Formula Drift pushes the sport to its extreme and attracts all levels and types of auto enthusiasts.  To obtain more information on the calendar of events and tickets, visit www.formuladrift.com.

 

Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale; The 2015 World Championship Season Begins on April 10-11, 2015

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January 14, 2015

Formula DRIFT Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Tickets On-Sale;
The 2015 World Championship Season Begins on April 10-11, 2015 

Long Beach, Calif. – January 14, 2015 – Formula DRIFT will begin the 2015 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.

“This marks the inaugural World Championship season,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We are excited to kick off this historic season on the Long Beach Grand Prix Street Course. The season opener is always one of the most action packed, with new cars, drivers and a sell-out crowd.”

The World Championship will consist of seven Pro Championship rounds in the United States and three international rounds of competition. Japan, Canada, and China will host the international events. Round 1: Streets of Long Beach marks the start of the inaugural World Championship season with Chris Forsberg 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 online with all seats reserved for Saturday’s competition day.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebookwww.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaDrift.

2015 Formula DRIFT World Championship Schedule
April 10-11, 2015 Streets of Long Beach, USA World / Pro
April 17-19, 2015 Streets of Long Beach, USA Invitational Event
May 8-9, 2015 Road Atlanta, USA World / Pro
June 5-6, 2015 Orlando Speedworld, USA World / Pro / Pro2
June 26-27, 2015 Wall Stadium, USA World / Pro
July 11-12, 2015 Fuji Speedway, JAPAN World
July 24-25, 2015 Evergreen Speedway, USA World / Pro / Pro2
August 21-22, 2015 Texas Motor Speedway, USA World / Pro / Pro2
September 6-7, 2015 Autodrome St. Eustache, CANADA World
October 9-10, 2015 Irwindale Speedway, USA World / Pro / Pro2
November, 2015 CHINA World

*schedule subject to change

Formula DRIFT Announces 2015 World Championship Details; $300,000 Prize Purse Up for Grabs

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November 4, 2014

Formula DRIFT Announces 2015 World Championship Details;
$300,000 Prize Purse Up for Grabs

Long Beach, Calif. – November 4, 2014 – Formula DRIFT has announced the 2015 World Championship schedule. Ten rounds of competition will consist of seven US Pro Championship rounds and three International rounds of competition beginning in March. In addition, drivers will now be competing for a total prize purse of up to $300,000 that will include the championship earnings, per round earnings, and new $100,000 Triple Crown bonus.

Entering its twelfth year of competition, Formula DRIFT will be the first professional drifting series to hold a true world championship. The world championship will consist of seven Pro Championship rounds in the United States and three international rounds of competition. Japan, Canada, and China will host the international events. All ten competition round points earned will go towards the inaugural World Championship.

“After 11 seasons of Formula DRIFT, we are excited to launch the World Championship,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “There is a ton of anticipation to take on this new challenge and raise the global standard for drifting by continuing to grow the Series domestically and internationally. We are here for the long run and thus laying this foundation for the future growth of drifting.”

All current Formula DRIFT Pro licenses holders are eligible to compete and aggregate points toward the World Championship. However, to be eligible to aggregate points toward the overall World Championship, drivers must attend at least one non-domestic US round. Additionally, each individual event round winner plus the top eight drivers in the series following the conclusion of the event in Montreal, Canada will qualify for a vehicle transportation and subsidy to the final round of the overall World Championship in China, where the World Champion will be crowned.

The Formula DRIFT Pro Championship will continue with seven rounds of competition with a champion to be crowned at the Irwindale event in October. The Pro 2 Series will also continue in 2015 within four of the seven US rounds of competition with events in Orlando, FL, Seattle, WA, Fort Worth, TX, and Irwindale, CA. Each of the ten rounds of the World Championship will be live streamed globally.

Drivers will now compete for a prize purse of up to $300,000 that includes championship, per round, and the new triple crown bonus. The triple crown bonus of $100,000 will be awarded to the driver that can win at three select rounds of competition within the World Championship. These rounds of competition will be announced soon. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaDrift.

2015 Formula DRIFT World Championship Schedule

April 10-11, 2015         Streets of Long Beach, USA              World / Pro
April 17-19, 2015         Streets of Long Beach, USA              Invitational Event
May 8-9, 2015              Road Atlanta, USA                          World / Pro
June 5-6, 2015             Orlando Speedworld, USA                World / Pro / Pro2
June 26-27, 2015         Wall Stadium, USA                           World / Pro
July 11-12, 2015           Fuji Speedway, JAPAN                     World
July 24-25, 2015           Evergreen Speedway, USA               World / Pro / Pro2
August 21-22, 2015      Texas Motor Speedway, USA             World / Pro / Pro2
September 6-7, 2015    Autodrome St. Eustache, CANADA     World
October 9-10, 2015       Irwindale Speedway, USA                 World / Pro / Pro2
November, 2015           CHINA                                             World

*schedule subject to change

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Entering its twelfth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s driving ability and vehicle control. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship crown. As the first official series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life and establishes itself as the world-wide leader for the Sport. For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit: www.formuladrift.com.

Formula DRIFT Asia Championship, Round 3, Sydney Motorsports Park Results

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Formula DRIFT Asia Championship, Round 3, Sydney Motorsports Park Results;
Australian Levi Clarke Takes Competition Victory in an all Australian Finals

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Long Beach, Calif. – October 22, 2014 – Formula DRIFT Asia Championship returned to Australia by making a stop at Sydney Motorsports Park for the first time as part of the World Time Attack Challenge weekend. Australian Levi Clarke in the Exedy Drift Team Nissan Silvia S15 takes the win.

The HiTec Oil Formula DRIFT Australia presented by Achilles Tire was the third stop in the seven year old Formula DRIFT Asia Championship. The Series returns to Australia by bringing the sport to a new venue, Sydney Motorsports Park, as part of the World Time Attack Challenge weekend. The South Circuit section that was used provided an unique and challenging, almost hill climb like, all uphill drift course. This 3-day event was an international spectacle with drivers from all over the world.

The Semi-Finals / Top 4 paired up Norwegian Aasbo against Australian Levi Clarke and New Zealander Whiter against Australian Nic Coulson. Aasbo had to forfeit to Clarke after one run due to mechanical issues and Coulson topped Whiter setting up an all Australian final. In the Finals, neither driver let up and drove aggressively but cleanly. At the end, top Australian drifter Levi Clarke stood on top of the podium to be the first Australian win to any Formula DRIFT competition.

“It’s good to be on top at Formula DRIFT,” said Levi Clarke, winner of Formula DRIFT Asia Championship, Round 3. “We had some great battles with Fredric Aasbo and the rest of the drivers.”
Formula DRIFT Round 4 | Sydney Motorsports Park | Competition Results:
1. Clarke, Levi (AUS) Exedy Drift Team / Nissan S15 Winner
2. Coulson, Nic (AUS) Team Xforce Performance Exhaust / Holden Commodore Ute 2nd Place
3. Aasbo, Fredric (NOR) RS-R / Toyota FT-86 3rd Place

Formula DRIFT Round 7: Final Fight Results

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Formula DRIFT Round 7: Final Fight Results;
Daigo Saito Wins Finale and Chris Forsberg is Crowned Champion

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Long Beach, Calif. – October 11, 2014 – Formula DRIFT returned to Irwindale Speedway for the 2014 Pro Championship season finale. Daigo Saito in the Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 takes the event victory. Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z wins his second career championship.

Round 7: Final Fight held at Irwindale Speedway did not disappoint the sold out crowd with an action packed weekend that featured the Pro Championship, PRO 2 Championship, Offset Kings car show and more. The Driftstream had over 200,000 unique viewers to the live stream for the event weekend.

“What a way to end the 2014 Pro Championship season,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We could not have asked for a more climatic ending with the championship determined at the very last battle of the season. The competitive rivalry that Aasbo and Forsberg had all season could not have been any more exciting.”

Entering the event, Forsberg lead the Pro Championship chase by a mere 26 points. As the competition progressed through the night both Aasbo and Forsberg would meet in the Top 4 to control their championship destiny. Aasbo in one of the tightest battles of the evening got the better of Forsberg for the fourth time this season in head to head battles, yet he needed to win the entire event to win the championship.

“A wild season for us. We wanted the championship so bad after last year,” said Chris Forsberg, 2014 Formula DRIFT champion. “Taking the win in Long Beach and holding the lead throughout the season to the Finals only to basically lose to Aasbo every time we went up against him. He was our kryptonite all season long. We were able to hold him off just enough to take the championship home and we are super pumped and very proud of our team for giving us the best car we ever had.”

The number one qualifier, Forrest Wang in the Get Nuts Lab / Hankook / STR Racing Nissan S14 went against Daigo Saito in the Top 4. In a close battle, Saito edged out Wang to make it into the Finals against Aasbo. In another closely fought battle, Saito beat out Aasbo, to win his third consecutive victory at Irwindale Speedway, having won the event in 2012 and 2013, and helping to award Forsberg with his second Pro Championship. Forsberg is only the third driver in Formula DRIFT history to hold two championships with his 2009 championship and now 2014 championship.

“This year we have had a very hard time with our results and ranking,” said Daigo Saito, winner of Round 7: Final Fight. “We are excited to earn a win to end the season here at Irwindale Speedway. This is also the third win for us in a row here and I am very happy.”

In addition to the 2014 Championship, both the Tire and Manufacturer Championships were determined at Round 7: Final Fight. Hankook Tire won the Tire Manufacturer Championship, while Scion won the Manufacturer Championship.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaDrift.

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship Presented by GoPro 2014 Final Standings

1. Forsberg, Chris Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z 561.50 Points
2. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 550.00 Points
3. Gittin Jr., Vaughn Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR 393.00 Points
4. Bakchis, Aurimas “Odi” Feal Suspension / Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX 364.50 Points
5. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14 331.50 Points
6. Moen, Kenneth Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX 310.50 Points
7. McNamara, Darren Falken Tire Nissan S14 298.00 Points
8. Kearney, Dean Oracle Lighting Dodge Viper SRT 287.00 Points
9. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 277.00 Points
10. Grunewald, Conrad Megan Racing / Top 1 Oil / BRE Chevrolet Camaro 262.50 Points
11. Nishida, Robbie Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 261.00 Points
12. Tuerck, Ryan Retaks Maxxis Tires Air Force PSI Scion FR-S 235.00 Points
13. Gushi, Ken GReddy Performance / Scion Racing Drift FR-S 227.50 Points
14. Saito, Daigo Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 224.00 Points
15. Field, Matt CX Racing Nitto Tire Nissan 240SX 221.50 Points
16. Essa, Michael Essa Autosport / Yokohama BMW M3 218.50 Points
Round 7: Final Fight Event Results
1. Saito, Daigo Achilles Radial Lexus SC430 Winner
2. Aasbo, Fredric Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC 2nd Place
3. Wang, Forrest Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire / STR Racing Nissan S14 3rd Place

Manufacturers Championship Final Standings

1. Scion 843.00 Points
2. Nissan 721.00 Points
3. Ford 670.00 Points
4. Lexus 485.00 Points
5. Chevy 471.50 Points

Tire Championship Final Standings

1. Hankook 1119.50 Points
2. Nitto 836.00 Points
3. Achilles 801.00 Points
4. Falken 681.50 Points
5. Maxxis 386.50 Points