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

2015 Formula DRIFT Awards

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2015 World Championship Awards

World Champion: Fredric Aasbo

2nd in World Championship: Aurimas Bakchis

3rd in World Championship: Matt Field

 

2015 Pro Championship Awards

Pro Champion: Fredric Aasbo

2nd in Pro Championship: Ken Gushi

3rd in Pro Championship: Chris Forsberg

 

Voted on by Fans

– Fan Favorite Driver : Mike Whiddett

– Fan Favorite Car: Daigo Saito’s Nissan Skyline GT-R (R35)

 

Voted on by Peers (other drivers/team members):

– Best Looking Suit: Forrest Wang

– Spirit of Drifting: Ken Gushi

– Crew Member of the Year: Nathan Tasukon (GReddy Racing)

– Crew Chief of the Year: Garrett Nikolich (Get Nuts Lab)

– Team Manager of the Year: Kenji Sumino (GReddy Racing)

 

Results are Stats Based:

– Most Improved Driver of the Year (2014 ranking to 2015 ranking): Alex Hohnadell (Ranked 31 in 2014, Ranked 10 in 2015)

– Comeback of the Year (Qualifying rank to finishing position; biggest jump): Dean Kearney (Qualified 21st, Finished 2nd)

– Top Qualifier of the Year (Highest qualifying percentage): Fredric Aasbo

– Top Gun (Highest head to head win percentage): Fredric Aasbo

– Ace (Most head to head wins): Fredric Aasbo

– Rookie of the Year: Masashi Yokoi

– Auto Manufacturer Champion: Scion

– Tire Manufacturer Champion: Hankook

 

2015 Pro 2 Championship Awards

– Pro2 Champion: Alex Heilbrunn

– 2nd in Pro2 Championship: James Evans

– 3rd in Pro2 Championship: Juha Rintanen

– Rookie of the Year: Alex Heilbrunn

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