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Now Entering its Thirteenth Year, Formula Drift Announces 2016 Event Schedule
New Schedule includes PRO, PRO 2, and World Championship events
Drifting is a big part of Ford Performance’s youth marketing and association, and has been a major sponsor for many years. While to some drifting looks like nothing more than a semi-controlled burnout, it is a lot more than that. Drifting is actually more about grip than slip (or spinning) and takes a talented driver with some serious hardware to pull it off appropriately. There are several domestic cars in competition, but the two Mustang driving ballers in the arena are Justin Pawlak and Vaughn Gittin Jr. They’ve both achieved much success in the Formula Drift series, with Vaughn taking the 2010 championship. We encourage you to get out and hit a Formula Drift event to see what everyone is talking about now that Formula Drift has announced its 2016 event schedule.
The 2016 schedule include World Championship, Pro Championship, and PRO 2 events. In addition, both Formula Drift Japan and the inaugural Formula Drift Canada will have their own respective four event schedules. Entering the thirteenth year of competition, Formula Drift will expand the Pro Championship to eight rounds of competition by including the Montreal round. This is the first event outside of the United States to be included in the Pro Championship in the history of the Series. The World Championship will consist of eight Pro Championship rounds and two Japan rounds of competition. The PRO 2 Series will consist of four rounds of competition with a new stand-alone PRO 2 and Pro Am event on September 30th-October 1st, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.
“With the continued success of our international presence, we look forward to growing the Sport domestically and internationally this upcoming season,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula Drift. “In 2015, Formula Drift continued to be the global leader in millennial motorsports with 29 competitions held under the Formula Drift brand that resulted in three billion media impressions.”
The Pro Series will continue to be broadcasted on CBS Sports and distributed globally by IMG Media with a reach of 360 million homes. Each of the Series will be live streamed globally and was viewed by over two million people internationally in 2015. For more information on Formula Drift Canada and Formula Drift Japan please visit: www.formuladriftcanada.com and www.formulad.jp.
|2016 Formula DRIFT Schedule|
|April 8-9||World Championship, Pro Championship||Long Beach, CA|
|April 15-16||Invitational||Long Beach, CA|
|May 6-7||World Championship, Pro Championship, PRO 2||Atlanta, GA|
|May / June||World Championship, Japan Championship||Ebisu, Japan|
|June 3-4||World Championship, Pro Championship, PRO 2||Orlando, FL|
|June 17-18||World Championship, Pro Championship||Wall, NJ|
|July 15-16||World Championship, Pro Championship||Montreal, Canada|
|August 5-6||World Championship, Pro Championship||Monroe, WA|
|Sept 9-10||World Championship, Pro Championship, PRO 2||Fort Worth, TX|
|September||World Championship, Japan Championship||Okayama, Japan|
|Sept 30-Oct 1||PRO 2, Pro Am||Phoenix, AZ|
|Oct 7-8||World Championship, Pro Championship||Irwindale, CA|