Statement by Formula DRIFT in Regards to Announcement of Irwindale Speedway Closing


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Formula DRIFT is extremely saddened by the recent news of the closing of Irwindale Speedway, which will take place on January 31, 2018. Irwindale Speedway, also known as “The House of Drift,” has been an integral part of the history of not only our Series, but the sport of drifting. The venue is the birthplace of American drifting and global drifting, having hosted the first large-scale competition back in 2003.

Since then, Irwindale Speedway has been the location for the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship Finals, with a champion crowned at the conclusion of each season. It will be difficult to replace such an iconic track and location in the heart of Southern California, but the Series has been anticipating this announcement for quite some time. We will disclose more information during our annual SEMA press conference in November. Until then we look forward to closing out the 2017 season in style at what will become a historic and monumental event.

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Formula DRIFT Round 8: Title Fight Tickets On-Sale


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Formula DRIFT Round 8: Title Fight Tickets On-Sale;
2017 Pro Championship Finals at Irwindale Speedway;


Long Beach, Calif. – August 2, 2017 – The Black Magic Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras will conclude the 2017 Pro Championship season on October 13-14 at Irwindale Speedway. Tickets are now on-sale and can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website,

The final event of the season never fails to disappoint with drivers putting it all on the line for their chance to complete their season on top of the podium on a high-note. The high-energy and exciting competition at Irwindale Speedway is one of the largest drifting events in the world and will feature world-class drivers, fan midway featuring over 60 companies on display, the AutoCon car show, and the crowning of a champion.

“Formula DRIFT has always showcased the best drifters from around the world and the level of international talent within the Series is at an all-time high,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “The chase for the championship will come down to the wire with previous champion, Fredric Aasbo, from Norway battling against Irishman James Deane with Latvian driver, Kristaps Bluss and former champion, Michael Essa on their heels.”

Tickets are now available for Round 8: Title Fight, including reserved seating, 2-day ticket packages, and VIP tickets and can be purchased through Ticket prices start at $40 online with all seats reserved for Saturday’s competition day. VIP experiences are also available for purchase including reserved seating, front of the line autograph pass, and VIP track walk.

For more information visit, and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat – formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes and on the Formula DRIFT Livestream.

Formula DRIFT Teams Up with AutoCon To Produce Car Shows for Long Beach and Irwindale Rounds


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Formula DRIFT Teams Up with AutoCon To Produce Car Shows for Long Beach and Irwindale Rounds


Long Beach, Calif. – February 17, 2017– The Black Magic Formula DRIFT Pro Championship presented by BlackVue has teamed up with AutoCon to produce car shows at the two Southern California events this season. The AutoCon car show will kick off the season at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on March 31 – April 1 and conclude the year at Round 8: Title Fight at Irwindale Speedway on October 13 – 14.

“The car show element of our events is always a great addition for the fans,” said Ryan Sage, vice-president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “By working with AutoCon some of the best vehicles in the region will be put on display during the Long Beach and Irwindale events.”

The first AutoCon car show will be held on April 1 at the Streets of Long Beach event as part of the Formula DRIFT season opener. Fans will have the opportunity to view hundreds of unique custom vehicles on display, enjoy the live entertainment, and much more. For show car participants, vehicle registration is now open on the AutoCon website.

“We have always been fans of Formula D since its inception,” said Justin Fong, President and co-founder of AutoCon. “It is definitely a unique combination of the best of both worlds – drift and show. We are confident that this partnership will create an amazing experience for both our fans and audiences respectively.”

Additional car show information can be found at: and for vehicle registration visit:

Formula DRIFT Pro Driver Matt Field to Unveil New Gears of War 4 Livery at Round 8: Title Fight This Weekend


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Formula DRIFT Pro Driver Matt Field to Unveil New Gears of War 4 Livery at Round 8: Title Fight This Weekend


Matt Field will unveil a new Gears of War 4 livery in action in his Nissan 240SX this weekend during the Formula DRIFT finale at Irwindale Speedway. Gears of War 4 signage will adorn the track and a commercial will play on the Jumbotron during the live event.

Fans can get an early look at the new livery, which Matt Field will reveal on the Formula DRIFT Instagram (@formulad) during his Instagram takeover from now until October 6.

Xbox will also offer a bonus contingency prize of an Xbox One S console and $2500 to the highest-placing Formula DRIFT driver with a Gears of War 4 decal on their vehicle.
The award is open to any Formula DRIFT driver that places a provided Gears of War 4 decal on their vehicle. The highest finishing driver of the event will receive the prize.

In addition, Gears of War 4 will be sponsoring the “2016 Ace of the Year” award during the Formula DRIFT awards banquet on Sunday, October 9. The award will be given to the driver that had the most head-to-head victories during the season.

The highly anticipated Gears of War 4 will go on-sale worldwide on October 11 on Xbox One and Windows 10.



Update: Here’s the new livery.

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