Formula DRIFT driver Stephan Verdier Announces New Sponsoship by Royal Purple Joining the Stark Motor Racing Team

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Stephan Verdier Racing Announces New Sponsors for the 2010 Formula D Season

Stephan Verdier Racing is pleased to announce our new and returning sponsors for the 2010 Formula D Seasons, a sneak preview at our partnership with the upcoming movie Iron Man 2, our new partner Royal Purple and plans for more power!

For the first two rounds of the Formula D Season we will have our new partnership agreement with Iron Man 2. One team was selected in each of the five different motorsports disciplines to represent the Stark Racing Team from the upcoming movie Iron Man 2 and we were selected for the drifting aspect of those disciplines. The car will sport a new livery for the first two rounds of the Formula D series with the Iron Man 2/ Royal Purple colors. Upon completion of the first two rounds the livery will be changed for the remainder of the year.

We have also defined an agreement with our new sponsor Royal Purple for the entire 2010 Formula Drift season. According to Stephan Verdier, “This coupled with agreements with Iron Man 2 is definitely a big boost to our Formula D racing program in our quest of the 2010 championship.”

Crawford Performance has also agreed to step up there involvement in the Formula D racing program by building a brand new engine/power package and supplying a sequential gear box for the season. “There will be quite a bit more power on tap for Stephan this year to keep the edge on the competition in his race for the 2010 Championship and we wish him the best for the upcoming season!”, says Quirt Crawford, President of Crawford Performance.

In conjunction with the returning sponsors, Cooper tire, Clutch Masters, Subaru, Enkei, I-speed, Turbo by Garrett, RMR, Stance, Sparco, Seibon, Apr, Gti we now know we have an optimal chance at the championship this year we can not wait for round 1 at Long Beach to get started!

RD 7 to Host the Need for Speed Time Attack Challenge

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Formula DRIFT Round 7: Judgment Day to Host the Royal Purple – Need for Speed Time Attack Challenge;
Drivers to compete on Oct. 17 at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale for $5000


Long Beach, Calif. – October 12, 2009 – Formula DRIFT will be hosting, during the Round 7: Judgment Day season finale, a live video game competition between the top drivers of the series in the Royal Purple – Need for Speed Time Attack Challenge. The drivers will compete using the newly released Need for Speed SHIFT game and the winner will receive a check for $5000 courtesy of Royal Purple.

Invites have been sent out to the top Formula DRIFT drivers to compete in this challenge. The drivers will need to qualify on Thursday, October 15 to make it to the live competition during the Round 7: Judgment Day event. The top 3 qualifiers will then compete during half time between the Top 32 and Top 16 Pro Competition at the Need for Speed SHIFT booth. Only one driver will be crowned the winner and will receive a $5000 check during the podium ceremony from Royal Purple.

‘Need for Speed SHIFT is the game for true enthusiasts,’ says Royal Purple VP of Sales & Marketing Mark McFann. “It’s the closest thing my racing brethren and I have seen to the real thing. We know Formula D drifters bring it on the track — now we want to see if they can bring it on the (gaming) console.”

The final competition will see the top 3 qualifiers battling on an XBOX 360 console in a hot lap challenge, with the fastest driver being awarded with the win. The drivers will be piloting a Maserati MC12 on the Nurburgring Nordeschleife track in Time Attack mode.

“I’ve seen some of the Formula D drifters race Need for Speed SHIFT previously and, believe me, some of them are amazing gamers.,” Rod Chong, creative director of Speedhunters. ““So we wanted to up the ante. This time, they’ll be competing in-game for the same prize money they’d win at the actual Toyota Speedway at Irwindale Formula DRIFT event.”

Tickets for Round 7: Judgment Day on October 16-17 are available now. Online tickets can be purchased on the Formula DRIFT website. For more information, visit: