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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

THE 2nd ROUND OF FORMULA DRIFT® CHAMPIONSHIP COMES TO RELIANT CENTER IN HOUSTON, TEXAS JUNE 12, 2004

 

The Second Stop On the Championship Road To Irwindale

 

Irvine, CA. (June, 2004) -- After a wild and successful first round in Atlanta that featured some of the best drifters in the world, Formula D® announces the second round of the 2004 championship at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. The event runs from 3:00PM to 10:00 PM. For more information or to buy tickets for event please visit www.formulad.com. Tickets are $20-$25 and can also be purchased through Ticketmaster.

 

The competition is heating up as the second round of the 2004 Formula Drift® Championship will be heading to Houston, Texas on Saturday, June 12th. The point’s leader Sam Hubinette finished the weekend with an awesome performance winning in Atlanta, but 2nd Place finisher Chris Forsberg of Team Motorex, and top drifter Hiro Sumida are close behind, making the championship a definite fight to the finish. Over 20 drivers will compete in the second round with an open invite to qualified drifters in the Houston area that have cars built to drifting specifications.

 

Formula D not only showcases some of the top talent in drifting but also features a full day of activities that includes: indoor car show, action sports demo, musical performances, autograph session with the drivers, and the lovely Formula D® umbrella girls. Plus top Japanese professional drifters like Yoshinori Koguchi and Ucchi Utsumi and legendary driver Tarzan Yamada will not only be judging the events but will also be performing incredible drifting maneuvers.

 

Schedule of Events:

 

Saturday, June 12

 

11:30am – 1:00pm Practice: Formula Drift

3:00pm Doors open to the public

3:00pm – 3:40pm Qualifying #1

4:00pm – 4:40pm Qualifying #2

5:00pm – 5:10pm Elimination brackets announced

5:15pm – 5:35pm Autograph Session – inside convention center

6:00pm – 6:15pm Top 16 qualifiers & judges introduction

6:20pm – 6:25pm Pro demonstration

6:30pm – 6:50pm Best 16 competition

7:30pm – 7:50pm Best 8 competition

7:50pm – 8:30pm Umbrella Girls photo session – inside convention center

8:35pm – 8:45pm Pro demonstration

8:45pm – 8:55pm Semi-Final competition

9:05pm – 9:15pm Concession competition (for 3rd place)

9:25pm – 9:35pm Final competition

9:45pm – 10:00pm Trophy Ceremony and Closing

 

The Formula D® Houston event is part of the Formula Drift® Championship that will conclude at the Irwindale Speedway in California.

 

2004 Formula D® Schedule

 

April 24-25 Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia

June 12 Reliant Center Houston, Texas

July 11 Infineon Raceway Sonoma, California

August 29 Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, California

 

The Formula D® Championship is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. In addition to the four-event Championship, Formula D® will also include a number of

exhibitions at mainstream motorsports events. The 2004 series will be documented on ‘Formula Drift TV,’ with the series of programs going to networks at the conclusion of the season.

 

Sponsors for the Formula D events includes: Need For Speed Underground, Mazda, Mopar, Circuit City, JCW Sport Compact, Rockford Fosgate, Cooper, Dunlop, Falken, Toyo, and Yokohama.

 

Slipstream Global Marketing is an integrated event and marketing management company. Slipstream brought the first ever D1 Grand Prix to the U.S. in August 2003 at Irwindale Speedway. Among Slipstream’s various clients are such companies as eBay Motors, JCW Sport Compact, and Mazda North America.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

NXTagency

Brian Hershey, 310-428-5618, bhershey@nxtagency.com

 

DRIFT REGISTRATION CONTACT:

Slipstream Global Marketing

Ryan Sage, 949-341-9181 X 4, ryan@slipstreamglobal.com

 

CAR SHOW REGISTRATION CONTACT:

Slipstream Global Marketing

Fred Chang, 949-341-9181 X 5, fred@slipstreamglobal.com

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Jason,

If you play Need for speed underground they give a tutorial on how to do it. Basicly you slide arround turns kinda like dirt tracking it on pavement. (For you dirt guys I know its a bad analogy but It all I could think of)

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It's not exactly a "race" although it is a motorsport.

 

Here's a brief introduction:

http://streetracing.tiora.net/japan/drift/drift1.htm

 

Here's a video from Laguna Seca raceway in California last month. They sent the cars out two at a time, competing with each other:

http://rs-r.com/drifting/kazu_vs_gushi_lagunaseca.wmv

 

Here's a rather bizarre video from Japan (5 minutes - I expect the SCCA-run event in Houston to be a bit safer):

http://www.projectspeedy.com/videos/imports_drift.wmv

 

Here are some articles:

http://travel.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/autom...les/07DRIF.html

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.10/drifting.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20...24drifting.html

http://www.laweekly.com/ink/04/25/the-alimurung.php

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I don't get why this has such a following. Must be something the ricerburner crowd enjoys with their crappy cars with big mufflers we see everywhere now. Ok control a slide. Thats not racing. Its more of the arts! lol

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