The final full length Insider of 2011 brings us highlights of the final round of competition at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale and also Formula DRIFT Banquet highlights.
Formula DRIFT took part in the Long Beach Skate Jam and Car Show this past weekend. Former Long Beach Council member, and now California Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal, New Long Beach Fire Department Chief Palatano, and Formula DRIFT president Jim Liaw addressed the kids that attended. Drivers Ken Gushi and Ross Petty also met with the kids and showed their competition vehicles along with the Tanaka Racing / Nitto Tires Corvette. Long Beach Fire Department also served hot dogs to all the skaters and BMX riders. Overall, great event that gave back to the community raising awareness for both action sports and drifting.
Here are some photos from the event.
During the Formula DRIFT Round 4: All In event in Las Vegas the ID Agency helped coordinate the first annual Formula DRIFT Charity Blackjack Tournament. The tournament was held at the Aliante Hotel and Casino, the official hotel of Formula DRIFT Round 4, and called for drivers, sponsors, friends, and media members to make donations for entry that would go towards a good cause. 36 players joined the tournament including Formula DRIFT drivers champion Tanner Foust, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Chris Forsberg, and Ross Petty, Miss FD Miki Taka, judge Tony Angelo, the voice of Formula D, Jarod DeAnda, and of course a couple staff members and friends.
Generous sponsors donated prizes that would were awarded to the winners including XBOX 360, copies of Forza 2 video game, Puma gift cards, a Meister watch, Oakley sunglasses, Rogue Status Apparel, Attic apparel, and a 2-night stay at the Aliante.
After 3 rounds of competition the final table consisted of 6 players. Steve Choi, staff member of Formula DRIFT, walked away with the 1st place spot and his choice from the prize pool and elected to take the XBOX 360 and Forza 2 video game. 2nd place went to Formula DRIFT driver of the NOS Energy / Maxxis Tire Nissan 350Z and current points leader, Chris Forsberg who chose the PUMA giftcards and also received a Rogue Status apparel package. 3rd place went to ID Agency’s John Pangilinan, who received a Meister watch and Forza 2 game. Overall it was a very successful event for everyone including Formula DRIFT, Aliante, and of course the charity.
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