Formula DRIFT Round 3: Miami Heat Results;
Vaughn Gittin Takes His Second Consecutive Event Victory
Long Beach, Calif. – May 31, 2014 – Formula DRIFT entered Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time for Round 3: Miami Heat. Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the Monster Energy / Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR takes his second consecutive victory.
Round 3: Miami Heat entered Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time. The Pro Championship competition highlighted a jam-packed weekend of activities that included the kick-off of the PRO 2 Series competition and Offset Kings car show.
“Homestead-Miami Speedway provided a great new venue for our Championship,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The increasingly bigger fan base was treated to some impressive driving all weekend with the first event PRO 2 Series competition and Round 3 of the Pro Championship.”
The final battle pitted Vaughn Gittin , Jr. against points leader and the number one qualifier, Chris Forsberg in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z. The final battle was close, but Gittin was able to out perform his rival to earn his second consecutive event victory moving into second place overall in the championship standings. Forsberg retains the lead by with a ten point margin heading into the fourth round of competition. Rounding out the podium in third place was the number three qualifier, Kenny Moen in the Achilles Radial / Bridges Racing Nissan 240SX.
“It feels really amazing to be here and come to a brand new track and work with my team to get my Monster Energy, Nitto Tire Ford Mustang RTR on rails to be able to hit every mark and compete with some of the best drivers in the world,” said Vaughn Gittin Jr., winner of Round 3: Miami Heat. “Back to back wins is just amazing and we are working hard and it just feels good that its paying off and I’m just pumped.”
The 2014 Formula DRIFT Championship season continues with Round 4: The Gauntlet at Wall Speedway in New Jersey on June 20-21.
Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Series Round 1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Results;
Geoff Stoneback Takes the Victory
Long Beach, Calif. – May 31, 2014 – Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Series kicked off the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the first of four rounds of competition. Geoff Stoneback in the Geoff Stoneback Racing Nissan S14 takes the first victory in PRO 2 history.
The inaugural PRO 2 competition held at Homestead-Miami Speedway marked the start of the PRO 2 season. PRO 2 Series was introduced as an intermediary series between the Formula DRIFT Pro-Am and Pro Championship to help drivers get acclimated to the competition level and venues, while gaining valuable experience. As the first year of the PRO 2, drivers that are eligible include both licensed Pro-Am and Pro Championship drivers. In addition, the PRO 2 competition was available on the Driftstream for the fans at home and remaining events in the PRO 2 Series will be streamed live this season.
“PRO 2 proved to be successful in delivering quality competition for the Friday fans,” says Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “The PRO 2 drivers are able to compete against each other while gaining valuable experience on the professional level.”
Geoff Stoneback faced off against Nate Hamilton in the ONE44 Motorsports / Enkei Wheels Nissan 240 SX in the finals. Stoneback out drove his competitor to earn the very first victory in the PRO 2 and take the lead in the PRO 2 standings. Coming in third place was Carl Rydquist in the Road Race Engineering / Berk Nissan 350Z powered by Garrett Turbo.
“It was a long day running both in the Pro Championship and PRO 2,” said Geoff Stoneback, winner of Round 1 of PRO 2. “It was definitely great to run in PRO 2 as it bridges the gap between the Pro Championship and PRO 2. We are happy to be on the podium and the team did great.”
The 2014 Formula DRIFT PRO 2 season continues with Round 2 on July 18-19 at Evergreen Speedway. For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift and Twitter @FormulaD.
Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Standings After One Round
1. Stoneback, Geoff GSR Nissan S14 107.50 Points
2. Hamilton, Nate ONE44 Motorsports / Enkei Wheels Nissan 240SX 84.50 Points
3. Rydquist, Carl Road Race Engineering / Berk Nissan 350Z 74.00 Points
4. Lowe, Jeremy Enjuku Racing Mazda RX-7 67.00 Points
5. Savage, Dan Sikky Manufacturing Mazda RX-8 52.50 Points
6. Heyl, Brad Standard Automotive Apparel / Sikky Manufacturing Nissan 350Z 52.50 Points
7. Parsons, Will NonStop Tuning AutoComp Racing Toyota AE86 52.50 Points
8. Briggs, Dave Achilles Radial / Turbo by Garrett Nissan S14 51.00 Points
9. Primozich, Rob Garage Autohero Track Attack Nissan 240SX 38.00 Points
10. Coffman, Matt Coffman Racing / PSI Nissan S13 36.50 Points
11. Wolfson, Tyler GT Radial SAE Motorsport Mazda RX-7 35.00 Points
12. Evans, James Sikky Manufacturing Nissan 350Z 35.00 Points
13. Van Den Brink, Doug Denofa Motorsports BMW 35.00 Points
14. Hateley, Andy Hately Motorsports BMW E30 325i 35.00 Points
15. Ewerth, Ron Vision / Buddyclub / BRE Scion FR-S 35.00 Points
16. Cisneros, 116 Motorsports Nissan 240SX 35.00 Points
PRO 2 Round 1 Event Results
1. Stoneback, Geoff GSR Nissan S14 Winner
2. Hamilton, Nate ONE44 Motorsports / Enkei Wheels Nissan 240SX 2nd Place
3. Rydquist, Carl Road Race Engineering / Berk Nissan 350Z 3rd Place
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY TO HOST FORMULA DRIFT MAY 30-31
Round 3 of the only professional drifting series in North America will feature an international field
MIAMI – One of the most exciting forms of motorsports is coming to Homestead-Miami Speedway May 30-31. Round 3 of the Formula DRIFT Championship will feature drivers from around the world competing in well-executed, controlled sideway slides at high speed on the speedway’s 2.21 mile infield road course. Track President Matthew Becherer made the announcement.
“Unlike Ford Championship Weekend when NASCAR crowns champions during three days of racing, Formula DRIFT is not a race, but a highly technical dogfight,” said Becherer. “Of the 280-plus events we’ll host at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014, Formula DRIFT will undoubtedly be one of the most unique.”
Japan is credited with the creation of drifting as early as the 1970s. As it gained recognition in the 80s and 90s, it became a popular underground movement. Drifting, in simple terms, is when a driver intentionally puts his car into a controlled slide around a corner at high speed. It is a skilled motorsport that is based on execution, skill and style instead of the fastest time. But once it landed on American shores is when drifting really took off exponentially around the world.
Drifting is a learned technique in which the driver pushes the car to its limits while maintaining control for the full length of the curve. A car is drifting when the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction of the turn (for example, the car is turning left but the wheels are pointed right and vice versa). Drift cars are light to moderate weight rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive coupes and sedans.
Drivers will qualify individually to determine their position in a bracket that will then determine the “head-to-head” match- ups. Head-to-head runs are judged and based on a number of criteria with the winner moving into the next round.
The goal in drifting is not to have the fastest time or pass the most cars. Instead, it is judged on the skill of the driver, car control, speed, and proximity to the other car and barriers. The drivers will also be judged on how well they follow the predetermined “line,” which is the path that provides the highest speed and angle the cars can handle. The Formula DRIFT drivers will utilize Turns 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Homestead-Miami Speedway infield road course.
Individual daily tickets are $28 while two-day passes that include Friday (May 30) practices and qualifying are $32. Tickets for the event are on sale now here. They are also available by phone at 305.230.5255.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The 650-acre facility is active more than 280 days per year and will host NASCAR’s championship races during Ford Championship Weekend (November 14-16, 2014) for the 13th consecutive year. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Ford EcoBoost 400 is broadcast live on TV and radio to 200 countries in 24 languages. Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21- mile road course, generates more than $250 million annually for the region.
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