[ARTICLE] 10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM FORMULA DRIFT ROUND 2 THIS WEEKEND by Wrecked Magazine

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10. Conrad Grunewald Does the Best Entries at Road Atlanta
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A highlight of Road Atlanta is the creative entries drivers use coming down the big hill. Conrad Grunewald has the coolest ones in the series. You can watch a POV view here of his wild reverse entry.

9. For Good or Bad – The Judges Didn’t Seem to Agree This Weekend
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The judges were so split this weekend I didn’t even bother to keep logging it in my notes after a while. Brian Eggert voted for Danny George to win and the other two picked Daigo Saito in Top 32. Andy Yen wanted an OMT for Dean Kearney vs. Ken Gushi and the other judges wanted Ken Gushi to move on as two examples. I do like the diversity in perspective and it will be interesting to see if this continues throughout the rest of the 2014 season.

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Round 2 – Road Atlanta Livestream Scheduled Time also featuring Global Time Attack & Trans AM

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Round 2 – Road Atlanta Livestream Scheduled Times and the Official hashtags for the weekend are #formulad #formuladrift #FDATL

Friday, May 9, 2014 – Practice / Qualifying

4:30pm – 5:25pm – FD: Open Practice Group 1
5:35pm – 6:30pm – FD: Open Practice Group 2
6:45pm – 9:00pm – FD: Qualifying – Track
6:45pm – LIVE STREAM: Live Stream Begins (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) 
10:00pm – 11:00pm – FD: Top 32 Open Practice

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Main Event

2:30pm – 4:00pm – FD: Top 32 Open Practice
2:30pm – LIVE STREAM: Live Stream Begins (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) 
4:00pm – 6:00pm – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 32
6:00pm – 7:30pm – “Halftime Break”
7:30pm – 8:00pm – National Anthem / Opening Ceremonies
8:00pm – 10:00pm – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 16 to Finals
10:00pm – 10:30pm – Trophy Ceremony & Closing – Main Paddock

**All schedules are subject to change without notice. Any questions on possible changes can be address with any FD representative on-site.

Click here to watch the Formula DRIFT Livestream this weekend 

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Aurimas Odi Bakchis Debuts 2014 Sponsors and Livery

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For immediate release (Ontario, CA) – Aurimas Bakchis (“Odi”) has announced new partnerships for the 2014 drifting season including the team title and tire sponsors.  This will be Bakchis’ fourth season competing in the Formula Drift USA series after finishing tenth overall in the 2013 season.   He will use his Nissan 240SX S14 chassis with a newly-built LS3 engine platform for 2014.

Feal Suspension, Inc. will be the title sponsor for 2014 and Bakchis will continue to utilize Feal 441 coilovers on the competition vehicle.  The company has been involved with Bakchis’ professional drift program since his rookie season in 2011.

Additionally, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. will be the official tire sponsor for Bakchis’ upcoming season.  Bakchis has stated that he is excited to be a part of the Nitto Tire team which has been a well-known and successful tire program in the Formula Drift series.

The 2014 Formula Drift series kicks off in Long Beach, California on April 4-5 where the team will debut the updated vehicle set up.  With support from these new and continued partnerships including Torco Advanced Lubricants, 702 Graphics.com, Clutch Masters, Dstroyr, EBC Brakes, CBM, Holley Performance, Hooker Headers, Nitrous Oxide Systems, Rola A/V, XXR Wheels, Weir Performance, McCune Deign & Mfg, Canton Racing, Extreme Dimensions, and Wisefab, the 2014 drift season promises to be exciting.  Bakchis looks forward to employing the valuable resources of his current partners and applying his knowledge gained over the past three years of competition. Additional information can be found at www.bakchismotorsports.com.   

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[PRESS RELEASE] Formula DRIFT Surpasses a Million Fans on Facebook

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November 25, 2013

Formula DRIFT Surpasses a Million Fans on Facebook

Long Beach, Calif.  November 25, 2013.  Formula DRIFT is celebrating a milestone after its Facebook page achieved over 1 million likes from its fans around the world. The Formula DRIFT Facebook page (www.facebook.com/formuladrift) provides information on the Series, drivers and more.

“We would like to thank our fans for supporting the Series and helping our Facebook page organically grow to reach over 1 million fans,  said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Our young tech savvy fans challenge those of other motorsports for being the most active and engaging fans on social media.

Growth to 1 million Facebook fans has been done organically without the help of social media agencies, purchases of “likes or special Facebook promotions. Additionally, the fan count from Formula DRIFT Asia Facebook page was not taken into account, which currently has over 100,000 Facebook fans.

Comparatively, to other motorsport Facebook pages, Formula DRIFT ranks amongst the top for quantity of fans. NASCAR currently has 3,711,205 fans, Formula 1 has 1,448,735, World Rally Championship (WRC) has 1,074,102 and IndyCar with 173,531 fans on Facebook.

During Formula DRIFT event weekends the Formula DRIFT Facebook page receives over 2 million impressions. The Facebook platform is a key component in Formula DRIFT’ cross-media portfolio, which also includes Twitter and Instagram.