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Motegi Racing giving away a set of wheels this weekend at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach to a randomly selected person who snaps a photo of their logo at the event, posts it to their Facebook page, and fills out an entry page at http://aftermarket.motegiracing.com/contest/
They’ll announce the winner on their Facebook page on Monday 4/15/13.
During tonight’s MotoIQ Radio Show, Vice President, Co-Founder Ryan Sage will discuss details of the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge. The event is set to take place during the weekend of the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 19-20.
CLICK HERE for more information about tonight’s show that will air on 3/14 at 8pm PST/11pm EST.
Formula DRIFT Announces Entry List for Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge;
Inaugural Nighttime Event to Take Place April 19-20 at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Long Beach, Calif. – March 1, 2013 – Formula DRIFT has announced the entry list for the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge on April 19-20, part of the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend. Sixteen drivers and two alternates have been named to compete for the $25,000 prize pool.
“We are excited to bring the action and excitement of a drifting competition at night for the first time in the 39-year history of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge will feature the top drivers in the world competing for a large prize pool.”
The sixteen drivers and two alternates include:
Driver /Hometown /Nationality
Forsberg, Chris / Doylestown, PA / American
Powers, Matt / Pacific Beach, CA / American
Bakchis, Odi / Kaunas, Lithuania / Lithuanian
Yoshioka, Toshiki / Hiroshima, Japan / Japanese
Grunewald, Conrad / Houston, TX / American
Essa, Michael / Los Angeles, CA / Indian/American
Saito, Daigo / Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Nishida, Robbie / Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Tuerck, Ryan / Derry, NH / American
McQuarrie, Tyler / Walnut Creek, CA / American
Yoshihara, Daijiro / Hachiouji Tokyo, Japan / Japanese
Aasbo, Fredric /Ski, Norway / Norwegian
Mohan, Kyle /Anaheim, CA / American
Angelo, Tony / Doylestown, PA / American
Denofa, Chelsea / Philadephia, PA / American
Kado, Ryan / Sacramento, CA / Japanese/American
Wilkerson, Walker / Snohomish, WA / Japanese
Jones, Jeff / San Fernando Valley, CA / American
Ticket holders for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be able to watch the competition taking place in Turns 9,10 and 11 of the world-famous street course from Grandstands 16, 18, 24, 25 and 26 on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6:30 PM. The drifting course will be the same one used by Formula DRIFT in its first event of the season the weekend before the Grand Prix.
Practice and qualifying heats for the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge will take place Friday night, April 19, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Final eliminations will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.
In addition to the Super Drift Challenge, the 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will feature racing from the IZOD IndyCar Series, Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series, Firestone Indy Lights, Pirelli World Challenge and the Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD Stadium SUPER Trucks.
Ticket prices range from $28 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $130 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. Pre-paid parking packages are also available, along with handicapped seating, IndyCar Paddock passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of Hospitality Club packages.
Fans can select and pay for their seats, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com. Tickets can also be ordered by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED, and callers can request a printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information. Also featured on gplb.com is the latest Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach news, downloadable ticket brochure and racetrack information, photos and ongoing announcements of special race week activities.
Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB and on Twitter @ToyotaGPLB.
Formula DRIFT has announced a special charity event to benefit the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on December 13 at Irwindale Speedway. Professional drift ride-alongs from Formula DRIFT stars will be for sale to the public with proceeds to going to the relief fund.
“Hurricane Sandy affected a lot of people on the East Coast and we realize the help that is needed to restore the quality of life for many,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The Series has many friends, fans and family living in the affected parts of the country and we invite everyone to come attend this special event to help support those in need.”
Formula DRIFT ride-alongs from the Series top drivers such as Daijiro Yoshihara, Justin Pawlak, Odi Bakchis, Kyle Mohan, Jeff Jones, Danny George and more will be available to give once in a lifetime ride-alongs that will be for sale.
Raffle tickets will also be on-sale at the event for a chance to win great prizes from Formula DRIFT partners including:
ACT, EBC Brakes, Electric, Fatlace, K&N, K1 Speed, Keep Drifting Fun, Motegi, Racers Edge, Tony Angelo, Scion Racing and Vaughn Gittin Jr.
Those that purchase a ride-along will be entered into a raffle for prizes donated by the following companies:
Alpinestars, America’s Tire, Falken Tire, K&N, K1 Speed, Fatlace, NItto Tire, Discount Tire Center and Racers Edge.
The event is FREE and open for all fans to attend from 6 – 9 PM. Companies and Individuals can purchase ride-alongs via the Formula DRIFT website: www.formuladrift.com. Donations are also welcome with all proceeds to be donated to the American Red Cross.
Schedule of Events:
6:00pm: GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC
6:00 – 6:30pm: Driver Practice / Warm-Up Session
6:00 – 6:30pm: Ride-Along Check-In
6:30 – 7:30pm: Ride-Alongs
7:30 – 8:00pm: Raffle Drawing
8:00 – 9:00pm: Additional Ride-Alongs
9:00pm: GATES CLOSE TO PUBLIC