Formula DRIFT Announces Partnership with Network A to Launch First Digital and Mobile Channel Dedicated Exclusively to Drifting

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Long Beach, Calif. – April 6, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue has announced a partnership with Network A (www.networka.com), the leading global action-sports channel, to launch the first digital and mobile channel dedicated exclusively to drifting. The Formula DRIFT channel will feature livestreams of all of the North American events as well as select events from Japan and around the world. It will also offer a full line-up of highlights, interviews, classics, and original programming featuring the greatest drift drivers and cars. The livestreams, video-on-demand, syndication, and social-platform video distribution will all be powered by the Sportsrocket media platform.

“We are very excited to join forces with Network A on this new initiative for fans of Formula DRIFT,” said vice president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT, Ryan Sage. “The partnership will usher in a new era of access and programming innovation for our sport.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Formula Drift to bring exclusive access to the most entertaining series in motorsports, said Brian Bedol, CEO of Sportsrocket, the parent company of Network A. “Network A audiences have asked us for more drift programming, and this was an opportunity to step up in a big way. Our Sportsrocket sports media platform allows us to provide big-league level services to emerging organizations like Formula DRIFT.”

The channel will officially launch later this spring, but will provide a preview through www.formulad.com and www.NetworkA.com for the launch of the 2016 season from the Streets of Long Beach, April 8 and 9.

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

All Is Right in the House of Drift By The DRIVE

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Geat clouds boil, escape made impossible by packed grandstands. The white, burned-hair funk of tire smoke settles onto sweating skin of every age, sex, and color, all united by grit and noise, standing and cheering. Two cars atomize tens of thousands of miles of perfectly good tire before one driver’s subtle misstep erases tens of thousands of dollars of bodywork with a deafening impact on the Irwindale Speedway banking. The crowd leaps to its feet, cheering hard enough to drown the wail of the victorious remaining driver and his engine.

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2016 Achilles Radial Drift Driver Announcement

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2016 Achilles Radial Drift Driver Announcement

SANTA CLARITA, CALIF., March 24, 2016 – Achilles Radial will expand on existing motorsports programs in 2016, with Formula DRIFT remaining as the cornerstone of their global effort. Achilles Motorsports is dedicated to providing top quality product to racers from the grassroots to professional level. This commitment to the racing community is the focus of the marketing efforts for the brand in North America.

Formula DRIFT USA

Achilles Radial is proud to announce the roster of talented drivers that will compete on Achilles Radial 123S and ATR Sport 2 tires in Formula DRIFT USA during the 2015 season. Anchored by Formula DRIFT veteran Robbie Nishida, fan favorite Dean Kearney and 2013 Champion Michael Essa, the team includes returning drivers and new faces, both within the PRO and PRO2 ranks.

The drivers that will be competing on Achilles Radial tires for the 2016 season are listed below:

PRO Series

Robbie Nishida, Dean Kearney, Andrew Gray, Kristaps Bluss, Brody Goble, Marc Landreville, Michael Essa, Kenny Moen, Charles Ng, Juha Rintanen and Faruk Kugay

PRO2 Series

Joe Tardiff, Chris Filippi, Ethan Hunter, Dirk Stratton, Doug VanDenBrink, Riley Sexsmith, Sheng Nian, Austin Meeks, Rafello Ambivero, Donovan Brockaway and Aaron Day

You can see Team Achilles PRO compete at the 2016 Formula DRIFT season opener in Long Beach, California on April 8th and 9th and PRO2 at Formula DRIFT Atlanta on May 6th and 7th. For more information on Formula DRIFT, visit www.formulad.com.

European Drift

Achilles Radial will support several drift teams in Europe for the 2016 season. We are pleased to partner with Steven Donnelly / Team Diemax as well as the HGK Racing team as they compete in various drift events throughout Europe in 2016.

For more information on HGK Racing, please visit www.hgkracing.com.
For more information on Team Diemax, please visit www.facebook.com/stevendonnellybdc

USA RACER SUPPORT PROGRAM

Achilles Motorsports offers a racer support program to drivers in all Formula DRIFT sanctioned pro/am series in the US and Canada. Drivers who are interested in taking part in the racer support program should visit http://www.achillesmotorsportsllc.com/racer-support-program.html

The program offers discounted pricing to qualified drivers and contingency programs within many of the race series in the US.

Formula Drift Pro/Am Contingency Program

Drivers who actively take part in the AMS Racer Support Program and compete in an approved US and Canada Formula DRIFT licensing series are eligible for the following contingency payout for the 2016 season:

1st Place: $200.00 Achilles Bucks

2nd Place: $100.00 Achilles Bucks

3rd Place: $50.00 Achilles Bucks

Achilles bucks can be used to purchase tires and promotional items from Achilles Motorsports.

Drivers who take part in the AMS Racer Support Program and receive their Formula DRIFT PRO2 license will automatically have a place in the Achilles PRO2 program.

Please contact Cheralyn Hale, Director of Marketing, at racing@achillesmotorsportsllc.com with any questions about the racer support program and to receive guidelines for the contingency program.

For more information about Achilles Radial, please visit www.achillestiresusa.com and like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/achillestire or follow us on Instagram @achillestire.

Formula DRIFT Announces 2016 CBS Sports Network Television Schedule

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Long Beach, Calif. – March 22, 2016 – Formula DRIFT presented by BlackVue has announced its 2016 CBS Sports Network television schedule. “Formula DRIFT” will begin on Sunday, May 15 at 5:30 PM (ET). The fast paced action featuring bracketed head-to-head match-ups will anchor the coverage and be featured across 12 episodes. Coverage will also include an additional 8 shows of the behind-the-scenes program, “Formula DRIFT Insider.”

“We had a phenomenal opening year with CBS Sports Network,” said Ryan Sage, Vice President and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT. “With awesome primetime original airings and well placed re-airs, CBS Sports Network has become an incredible partner to the Series and a destination for Formula DRIFT fans.”

The “Formula DRIFT” schedule adds to CBS Sports Network’s robust lineup of motorsports programming, which includes more than 350 hours of coverage throughout the year. The program will consist of live to tape coverage of each of the eight rounds of the Pro Championship including the newly added Canadian round of competition along with eight additional episodes of “Formula DRIFT Insider.”

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

The 2016 Formula DRIFT Championship begins on April 9-10 in Long Beach, CA. Tickets can be purchased through www.formulad.com, Ticketmaster outlets, and the Long Beach Convention Center box office.

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

Nexen Tire Announces Partnerships with Formula Drift and Scion Racing by Toyota

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Diamond Bar, CA, Mar. 17, 2016 – Nexen Tire America has announced an official two-year partnership with Formula Drift as a Major Sponsor for the 2016 and 2017 race seasons. The sponsorship will include signage on Formula Drift live stream, on track signage, and video commercials both onsite and on CBS Sports coverage.

Nexen Tire has also reached agreement with Scion Racing by Toyota and will be represented by its top two drivers. Driving for Nexen will be 2015 Formula Drift Champion Fredric Aasbo with Rockstar Energy Papadakis Racing and driving the Scion Racing by Toyota tC. Also representing Nexen is 2015 Formula Drift runner-up Ken Gushi with Greddy Performance and driving the Scion Racing by Toyota 86.

Additionally, Nexen has signed two-time Formula Drift Champion Tanner Foust with Rockstar Energy. Foust will be competing in a VW Passat R.

“We are making a long-term investment in motorsports to help increase our brand awareness and image,” said James Kwon, Nexen Tire America CEO. “Formula Drift is a great avenue for us to showcase our Ultra High Performance line of products while creating engagement with our fans and consumers.”

President and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT Jim Liaw comments on the partnership with Nexen. “We are excited to have Nexen Tire return as a major partner in Formula DRIFT. Nexen has made great advancements globally since the last time they were in the Series and this is reflected by their commitment to the 2016 and 2017 championship season, and with the signing of some of the best Formula DRIFT drivers and teams. We are looking forward to this partnership for the coming years.”

The Formula Drift investment is just a piece of Nexen’s new push into the motorsports arena. The company has launched a new Extreme Ultra High Performance tire which it will use for competition. The N’fera SUR4 is a UTQG 200 tire designed for Formula Drift, SCCA and Time Trials is available immediately in 20 sizes. The SUR4 has optimal grip performance and response with minimal performance drop under extreme conditions.

To manage its latest push into motorsports, Nexen has hired Paul Jho as Senior Motorsports Manager to lead the Formula Drift team and the roll out of the N’fera SUR4 to the market. “We are looking forward to a very competitive season with Frederic Aasbo, Ken Gushi and Tanner Foust as our new ambassadors in Formula Drift,” said Jho. “There is no better way to showcase our cutting-edge technology and performance of the new N’Fera SUR4 tires than to witness our drivers place podium after podium this coming season.”