Formula DRIFT Announces New Judge for Pro Series

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Formula DRIFT Announces New Judge for Pro Series;
Takahashi to Take Leadership Role in Formula DRIFT Pro-Am


Long Beach, Calif. – April 6, 2009 – Formula DRIFT announces new judge for the professional championship series, Drifting veteran, Tony Angelo will be added to the judging panel and step away from professional competition. Ken Takahashi has taken a leadership role in Pro-Am to help build the amateur series.

“I am excited to take this position with the series. I have been competing with Formula DRIFT since its inception,” said Tony Angelo, veteran drifter and new Formula DRIFT judge. “This role will put my competition hat on the sideline, but being a judge is a challenge that I welcome and I look forward to helping the series grow and evolve.”

Angelo will begin his new judging position at the Formula DRIFT season opener titled, Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 10-11. Angelo will join current judges Ernie Fixmer and Andy Yen. Angelo will replace Ken Takahashi’s position as a judge.

Takahashi has accepted a new position in the development of the Pro-Am series. Takahashi will play a key role in helping amateur drivers develop their off-track repertoire and will guide amateur drivers to transition into the pro ranks. Takahashi will also be responsible for judging in the Pro Am series.

“This new opportunity is something that I am happy to give my heart to. Pro-Am development is essential to a healthy pro series so I am happy that Formula DRIFT values my expertise in this area of development,” says Ken Takahashi, former Formula DRIFT judge and Pro-Am leader.

“We are excited to announce Tony coming on to the team and also Ken stepping up to take this new role on the Pro-Am side. Tony brings with him years of experience behind the wheel and as a judge and Ken is the right guy to represent the drivers coming up through Pro-Am,” say Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Part of Pro-Am is a place to perfect your skill as a driver, but the other part is to perfect your skill as a professional representative of the sport and Ken will be instrumental in helping develop the new talent that Formula DRIFT wants in the Pro-Am arena.”

Attic x Formula D Official Launch Party Pictures!

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So this past weekend was the Official Attic x Formula Drift Launch Party at the Attic store in Buena Park.  If you guy’s don’t know Attic is the Official Street Wear Sponsor for the 2009 season, so that mean’s hit up Attic for all your street wear needs, tell them ceso sent you from Formula Drift.

The event was great turn out, it was hot, but it was a nice day to hang out and chill but overall I’ll just say it was just plain maddness.  I heard people camped out the night before which is pretty hard core.  As far as the Formula Drift cars, Joon Maeng S13.5, Drift Speed S14, Falken S15, and Hankook 350z came by and hanged out with us and displayed their cars for the 2009 season!  A lot of familiar faces came by just to hang out from both autmotive and clothing industry’s also and the lovely girls from Prestigous Models came out as well!

Lastly I would like to thank Attic (Derek, Jimmy, Al, Elvin, Justin, Gin, Nat, Matt, and the whole Attic Staff) for hosting this event,  Falken, Joon, Drift Speed,  Hankook/Dynamic, Prestigous Models, Wrecked Magazine, Go-Tunning, Crooks & Castles, IM-King, The Hundreds, Rogue Status, Foriegn Family, Triumvir, Franco Shad, Black Scale, Acrylickand DJ Wrew, and for the brands that I also miss on THANKS FOR COMING BY for the support!  And a big Thank you to Al, ( for taking these dope ass pictures) I love you…no homo!  On with the pictures…

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RD 1 Activities and Drivers Entry List Announced

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Formula DRIFT Prepares to Kick-off the 2009 Championship Season;
Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Activities and Drivers Entry List Announced

Long Beach, Calif. – March 31, 2009 – Formula DRIFT prepares to kick-off the 2009 professional championship season with a host of events leading up to the main competition weekend on April 10-11. Round 1: Streets of Long Beach also marks the debut of new cars and drivers and the return of top drifters from around the world.

“The 2009 Formula DRIFT season will be as entertaining and exciting as ever,” says Ryan Sage, vice-president of marketing and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “In addition to the main event on the 10-11th we have also lined up some great local, fan-friendly events in Long Beach to add to the overall weekend.”

To kick-off the season on Thursday April 9, Formula DRIFT will converge on Downtown Long Beach at 5 PM. The entire roster of drivers and cars will parade from the track into the heart of downtown. The competition vehicles will be on display on Pine and Broadway and fans will have a chance to meet and greet with the drivers. As an added bonus, 2-time Formula DRIFT champion Samuel Hubinette, will be premiering his new DVD “Drift Ya Later,” at Smooth’s Sports Grille. The festivities are free and will go from continue from 5 PM to 9 PM.

After the first day of Formula DRIFT action on Friday, April 10, Hooters on Pine Ave. in Downtown Long Beach will be hosting a reception for the Formula DRIFT teams. Fans are welcome to join in on the festivities with the drivers. The action takes place from 7 PM to 9 PM.

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach tickets are available via the Formula DRIFT website at Ticket prices start at $28 online for a Saturday reserved seat. Friday, April 10th has been opened to the public as a “Preview Day,” and will feature practice and qualifying. Fans can buy access to Friday’s event for just $5 more. Grandstands 16 and 18 have been expanded this season to give more fans the best view of the action. Taking place during the opening ceremonies on Saturday, April 11, West Coast Customs will be presenting reigning Formula DRIFT champion Tanner Foust with a custom-built GTO. The presentation will be aired on an upcoming episode of “Street Customs” on the TLC channel. West Coast Customs owner Ryan Friedlinghaus will be handing the keys to Foust exclusively at this event.

New cars and drivers will make their debut at the season opener. The addition of the Top 32 competition format at this event will give the fans the most excitement and action. The drivers will test their limits on the only actual course that takes place on real city streets.

Round 1: Streets of Long Beach Entry List
Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11

Calvin Wan
Carl Rydquist
Casper Canul
Chris Forsberg
Chris Kregorian
Cody Parkhouse
Colin Frost
Conrad Grunewald
Daijiro Yoshihara
Dan Pina
Darren McNamara
Doug VanDenBrink
Eric O’Sullivan
Gary Lang
Hiro Sumida
Ivan Lim
Jeff Jones
Jodin LeJeune
John Russakoff
Joon Maeng
Justin Pawlak
Katsuhiro Ueo
Kazu Hayashida
Ken Gushi
Kenji Yamanaka
Kyle Mohan
Matt Waldin
Matt Powers
Michael Essa
Michihiro Takatori
Patrick Mordaunt
Quoc Ly
Rhys Millen
Robbie Nishida
Ron Ewerth
Ross Petty
Ryan Tuerck
Ryuji Miki
Samuel Hubinette
Stephan Verdier
Taka Aono
Tanner Foust
Tommy Suell
Tony Brakohiapa
Tyler McQuarrie
Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Yasu Kondo
Falken Tire Nissan S15 Silvia
City Tire / Kallusive Clothing Nissan 350Z
ARK Performance / Frontmann Competitive Corp. Nissan S14.5
NOS Energy Drink / Maxxis Tire Nissan 350Z Roadster
Milano Motorsports / AIT Racing Nissan 350Z LS 1
DMAX / Cooper Tires Nissan S13
Cooper Tires / Sun Auto Nissan 240SX
Chevy Corvette
Falken Tire / Discount Tire Lexus IS350
Griggs Racing / Paxton Super Chargers Ford Mustang 5.0
Falken Tire / Sears Saturn Sky
Privateer Ford Mustang
Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Subaru STI
Spec Clutch / Hinson Super Cars Nissan S13.4
Greddy / OS Giken USA Toyota Cressida
Goodyear Racing / Binter Nissan S13
Comp. Turbo / K&N Filters Nissan S13
BF Goodrich / Eneos Oil TBA
JSP Fab / Falken Tires Toyota 84 Corolla
Maxxis Tire / LS Auto Nissan S13.5
Mazda USA / Cooper Tire / Bergenholtz Racing Mazda RX8
Driftspeed / Behrman Nissan S15
Maziora / Signal Auto Nissan Silvia S15
RS*R / Toyo Tires Scion tC
Maziora / Signal Auto Nissan Silvia S15
Mazda USA / Cooper Tire Mazda RX-8
Tuner Icons / Import Intelligence Nissan 350Z
Privateer Nissan S14
Tech Trix Motorsports / DTC Performance Mazda RX-7
Bridges Racing / Toyo Tires Nissan S13
PM Racing / Brian Crower Nissan 240SX
Driftspeed / Behrman Nissan S14
Red Bull / RMR Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Hankook Tire / Dynamic Autosports Nissan 350Z
BF Goodrich Tire / Eneos Oil TBA
Garage Boso / Falken Tire Nissan S15
Gardella Racing / Mobil 1/ Tomei Pontiac Solstice GXP
APEXi / Hankook Tire Mazda RX-7
Mopar / NuFormz Racing TBA
Cooper Tire / Crawford Performance Subaru STI
Technosquare / OS Giken Toyota AE86 Corolla
Rockstar Energy Drink / Hankook Tire Scion tC
Toyo Tires / Allegiant Air Toyota AE86 Corolla
Cooper Tire / Sam’s Autobody Ford Mustang
Falken Tire / GoPro Nissan 350Z
Falken Tire / Ford Racing 2010 Mustang GT
KAAZ USA Toyota AE86 Corolla

Attic x Formula DRIFT Official Launch Party 03.28.2009

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Attic is the official streetwear sponsor of Formula Drift’s 2009 season. This is the Official Launch event with Formula Drift to introduce the motorsports industry to the streetwear community and vice versa.

• This Saturday (March 28th) from 12 PM – 6 PM at Attic Buena Park. The event starts at 12 Noon but the sale starts at 9 AM.
• Formula Drift will be bringing out 5 of the drift cars that will competing this year to showcase.
• There will be media coverage by DSport Magazine and Import Tuner, and Wrecked Magazine
• Prestigious Models will be hosting the official “Ms. Attic” model search. They have a large database of amateur models they will be contacting for us to take pictures of at the event to find the official “Ms. Attic”.
• Food will be catered by Kogi Truck. You’ve seen them on TV and in newspapers.
• And finally, a massive 60% off sale to get a lot of you fans to come out to the event (must read details below to get the discount).

This is one of Attic’s biggest sales of the YEAR. Our famous Spring Cleaning Sale.
We made it very simple for you guys this time though. Instead of doing buy 1 get 1 free and stuff like that, we’re just going to give you 60% off your entire purchase. EVERYTHING in the store will be eligible for the 60% off (even sale items). Another added bonus is that if you purchase a Formula Drift Ticket ( Friday – GA Ticket & Saturday Reserved Ticket) for $25.00, you won’t have to wait in line for the sale! Tickets will be sold cash only and have a LIMITED Amount of Tickets, it’s first come first serve!

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: you will NOT be allowed to enter the store unless you show proof of text. In order to receive this text, you must text the keyword DRIFT to 69302. No exceptions. It’s really simple – just whip out your phone, send a normal text message to the number 69302, and inside the body of the text all you need to do is put the one-word keyword DRIFT and send the text message. It’s not case-sensitive so you don’t have to capitalize all the letters. If you have any questions, you can call the shop at 714-220-3116. This sale is for both Attic Buena Park and Attic San Diego, and the sale is from 9-6 on Saturday and 10-6 on Sunday for both locations.

Directions to the Attic Store:

8010 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
Corner of Beach and La Palma (You can’t miss it, across from Knott’s Berry Farm)