By Della Domingo
Formula DRIFT, the leading international drifting organization, will conduct live drift demonstrations at the2015 SEMA Ignited event, taking place Friday, November 6, 3:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., at the Las Vegas Convention Center Gold Lot.
SEMA Ignited is the official SEMA Show after-party, where consumers are invited to connect with Showgoers and vehicles from the premier automotive trade show in the world. While the four-day SEMA Show is a business event that is not open to the public, SEMA Ignited makes it possible for auto enthusiasts, fans and families to be a part of the SEMA Show excitement. The inaugural SEMA Ignited event that took place in 2014 featured nearly 500 one-of-a-kind, customized cars and trucks, as well as nationwide television taping, celebrities, entertainment, music, food and fun.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Formula D to bring SEMA Ignited attendees with first-class drifting demonstrations,” said Peter MacGillivray, SEMA vice president of communications and events. “Formula Drift brings a new and exciting element to an already great schedule of events.”
Seating will be available for spectators to view the drifting demonstrations, which will begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue until the close of the event at 10:00 p.m. Other activities and entertainment at SEMA Ignited include a unique collection of vehicles from the SEMA Show, celebrity appearances, music and more.
To learn more about the event or to purchase consumer tickets, visit www.semaignited.com.
SBN Member of the Month: Casidi Tanaka-Fixmer, Formula Drift Holdings
Casidi Tanaka-Fixmer is the manager of ticketing and registration for Formula Drift Holdings in Long Beach, California, and SBN’s Member of the Month.
What does your company do?
Formula Drift is recognized as North America’s professional drifting championship series. We have seven rounds that travel throughout the United States. We are the first official series in North America that has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme. It is a highly skilled, high-powered motorsport where the drivers maneuver their cars into well executed, controlled sideways slides through a marked course. It is judged on execution and style rather than who finishes the course in the fastest time.
What is the most satisfying aspect of your job?
All the planning of an event from start to finish and watching everything come together at the end.
How long have you been involved with the aftermarket industry?
What brought you to the industry?
I always loved motorsports and my husband was a driver at the time. I also really enjoy the organizational side of things.
Who is your industry mentor?
I would have to say both of my bosses at Formula Drift, Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage. They are both great guys to work for.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“You have to have a backbone to work in this industry.” – Andy Luk (my co-worker)
What is your dream car?
What is your favorite pastime?
Spending time with my family and traveling with my husband.
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