Montreal, January 27, 2015. – Formula Drift Canada today unveiled the schedule for the season 2015. The series will include a total of three events, respectively, in Montreal, Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. Formula D Canada will also present before the last round of the Formula Drift World Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache on 6 and 7 September. Last year, Formula D Canada held a first round of demonstrations in partnership with Formula DRIFT team at Autodrome St-Eustache. “With more than 25 pilots and 10 000 spectators, it is the leading drifting event ever held in Canada,” says Alan Labrosse, owner of the track and president of Formula D Canada. 18 drivers in the Formula D series Canada will take on the pros Formula Drift The Formula D series Canada held this year three events on Canadian soil. The top 16 drivers in the Formula D series Canada will each receive a license to participate in the ninth round of Formula D World Championship, to be held on September 6 and 7 at Autodrome St-Eustache. The public will also be invited to vote for the addition of two additional drivers on the websitewww.formulad.ca . In total, there are 18 drivers in the Formula D series that Canada will have the chance to compete against the pros Formula Drift. Calendar Formula D Canada 2015 (times subject to change)
- Round 1: June 21, Autodrome St-Eustache
- Round 2: July 18, Autodrome Montmagny
- Round 3: August 7-8, Trois-Rivières Grand Prix
- World Championship: September 6-7, Autodrome St-Eustache
The Formula D World Championship is an international series of 10 events – 7 held in the USA and 3 held in Japan, Canada, and China respectively. Currently, all drivers holding a Formula D pro license are admissible to the Formula D World Championship. ‘In order to accumulate points in the World Championship, Formula D pro drivers will have to participate in at least 1 events outside of the US (Japan, Canada, or China),’ explains Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula Drift. Also, the winning drivers of a World Championship round, as well as the top 8 drivers in the general class following the Canadian round will have their transportation fees to the final World Championship round in China in November 2015 covered by the Formula D organisation. It is during this event that the champion will be crowned. The victor of the World Championship series, the winner of each championship round, and the ‘Triple Crown’ trophy recipient will share a prize total of $300 000.
‘The inauguration of Formula D Canada with a World Championship round held on Canadian soil represents a whole new step in the evolution of drift in Canada. This expansion is only possible due to the passion Quebecers and Canadians hold for the sport,’ – Ben Woo, vice-president of sales and marketing for Formula D Canada.
In order to welcome the large number of spectators expected for the Formula D World Championship, the St-Eustache Autodrome will augment its seating capacity. The event will also be live streaming on the Formula D website: www.formulad.com./live/
SCION CANADA – Formula D Main Sponsor
Scion Canada has been supporting Formula D Canada since its inception in 2014 and has become its main sponsor in 2015. Scion Canada also supports drift pilot Pat Cyr and his Scion FR-S. In 2015, his race car will be receiving a brand new 2JZ-GTE engine capable of 1000 horse power. It also possesses a Wisefab made exclusively for the FR-S which produces an exceptional power and direction.
About Formula D Canada
Launched in 2014, Formula D Canada is a Canadian drift racing series officially sanctioned by Formula Drift. The organization is comprised of a team with much experience in automotive sport and drift: Alan Labrosse – president, Ben Woo – vice president of sales and marketing, David De Somma – event director, and Alexandre Crépault – director of communications. For more information, visit www.formulad.ca
About Formula Drift
Formula Drift is currently in its 12th season and is renowned and recognized as the international leader of drift championships. After having started in the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved to become a worldwide automotive sport which challenges driver skills in vehicle control. Formula Drift provides a platform for professional dirft racers to compete on a national level to claim the coveted Formula Drift champion crown. As the world leader in drift racing, Formula Drift pushes the sport to its extreme and attracts all levels and types of auto enthusiasts. To obtain more information on the calendar of events and tickets, visit www.formuladrift.com.
Long Beach, Calif. – April 11, 2014 – Formula DRIFT has announced additional information on the 2015 World Championship that include details on event rounds and locations, competition format, confirmation of all Formula DRIFT Pro licenses to be valid for the World Championship and the petition process for international drivers. In addition, Formula DRIFT has confirmed that three rounds of the World Championship will offer a separate Triple Crown prize purse with a possible USD $100,000 up for grabs.
The World Championship will encompass all US Formula DRIFT Championship rounds plus two to three international rounds. The select international rounds will be vetted by Formula DRIFT through the 2014 season with all existing Formula DRIFT international rounds to be considered, including previous international venues.
The competition format will be based off the traditional top 32 head-to-head format. Formula DRIFT also confirms that all Formula DRIFT Pro Licenses are considered valid for the World Championship as well as selected Formula Drift Affiliate Series drivers will be eligible as well, while all other international drivers will need to go through a petition process in order to qualify. Additionally, three selected rounds of the World Championship will constitute its own Triple Crown with a prize pool of a possible USD $100,000.
“We have laid out the groundwork to complete this ambitious task in front of us in an effort to help bring the sport of drifting to the next level,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT.
Formula DRIFT recently completed the first event of the 2014 season with Round 1: Streets of Long Beach with over 20,000 fans in attendance and a Driftstream live broadcast shown to over 235,000 unique IPs/individual connections with over 1 million views.
For Immediate Release
November 20, 2013
Formula DRIFT to Launch World Championship in 2015
Long Beach, Calif. November 20, 2013 Following the recent announcement of the merger between Formula DRIFT USA and Asia operations, Formula DRIFT has announced a World Championship series slated for 2015. Formula DRIFT will begin to operate a world championship that will be integration of the Formula DRIFT USA and Formula DRIFT Asia operations. Current Formula DRIFT USA and Formula DRIFT Asia Pro Championships will continue to run as is with the World Championship as the over arching pinnacle.
“This move is inevitable. With two firmly established operational series on at least three continents, it makes sense to link them together. Drifting is a global sport and we believe we are the global leader in the Sport. The gold standard in international motorsports is that when a championship series is able to be held on three continents, it can then be classified as a world championship, otherwise the moniker would not have real meaning,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. Weve also given ourselves plenty of time to plan and build this out so that our methodical planning can be integrated into the World Championship in a productive and meaningful way. Our focus has always been one that targets longevity and sustainability.”
Starting in 2014, Formula DRIFT will merge their USA and Asia operations with a global headquarters in Long Beach, CA and a regional office in Singapore. The merger comes after six years of successful event operations in Asia taking the Formula DRIFT Asia Championship Series to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and earlier this year, Australia. The Formula DRIFT licensor, Driftpac will remain an integral part of the Formula DRIFT events in Asia and will continue to assist in expansion of the brand but the Formula DRIFT global operations will begin to operate each event internationally as it does with the USA Series.
In 2015, Formula DRIFT will consider some or all of the events on the Formula DRIFT USA and Formula DRIFT Asia calendar as well as possible new host venues into a points championship that will include events on at least three continents. The Formula DRIFT USA and Asia Series will still operate status quo but the new Formula DRIFT World Championship will be created to sit on top of both of the existing Series as the first global championship for drifting. The World Championship will also have its own prize purse, media package and champion. Drivers that are currently competing in both Series include Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, Fredric Aasbo and Ken Gushi.
Additional information will be announced prior to the start of the 2014 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season.