One of the original members of the Formula DRIFT PRO/AM licensing series, USDrift, is about to kick off their season in the Mid-Atlantic region. This year’s four event schedule includes two oval tracks (Shenandoah Speedway and Kilkare Raceway) and two road courses (Summit Point Raceway and VIRginia International Raceway). Also notable, is the final event taking place in conjunction with Midwest Drift Union and Southeast Drift for a return to the days of the regional PRO/AM series meeting up and battling it out for bragging rights of who has the best drivers.
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In it’s quest to expand its reach and develop a new field of talented drivers, Midwest Drift Union, the region’s official Formula Drift pro-am licensing body, announces its expansion into the Southeast region for 2017.
“We’re humbled and very excited to move into this new era, into the Southeast, and growing awesome drivers and building the future generation of Formula Drift drivers,” said MDU co-founder and president Edgar Sarmiento.
Along with co-founder Jon Gillatt, Sarmiento formed Midwest Drift Union as an evolution of the Drift Indy brand in 2009, holding its first competition series in 2010. Since then, they have developed the Smashed USA apparel line utilizing Gillatt’s experience as founder of Enthusiast Apparel, along with the new Street League Drifting series. Now, the duo announces the development of the Drift Group, which will focus on building a new region in the company’s first foray into Southeast territory.
“We really enjoy sharing what we know and preparing drivers for the next step of the Pro 2 Formula Drift world,” Sarmiento said.
Formula Drift pro driver Geoff Stoneback, along with Pro 2 drivers Dirk Stratton and Andrew Lewis, have earned their licenses through the MDU program. Now, the series hopes to build the driver base in a new area.
“We’ll be bringing another side of the professionalism we bring to the table to the Southeast and running a fair, fun competition series for our friends in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, the Carolinas and beyond,” Sarmiento said.
As of this release, no venues have been confirmed, but Sarmiento stated there would be four to five events spread out around the Southeast in addition to MDU’s traditional Midwest series.
In response to recent events [Watch A Street Drifter In LA Hit A Spectator And Drive Off], Formula DRIFT has issued this statement.
Formula DRIFT does not support or encourage the use of public streets for illegal street drifting or any form of illegal street racing. These activities not only harm the drivers and the spectators but also damages the Sport’s standing.
Please keep the streets safe and drift in a controlled environment. There are many alternatives to street drifting such as those provided by many of our ProAm affiliates (Lone Star Drift, Streetwise Drift, Just Drift, US Drift, Southwest Drift/Vegas Drift, Golden Gate Drift, Evergreen Drift and Midwest Drift Union).
For those in Southern California, Formula DRIFT holds monthly Thursday Night Drift events at the Irwindale Event Center, which provides a safe environment and instruction from some of the top drifters in the nation.
For more information visit: www.formulad.com