2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will offer night racing for Formula DRIFT

For the first time in its 39 years, the world-famous Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 19-21, 2013, will offer night racing with the inaugural Formula DRIFT Super Drift Challenge on Friday and Saturday nights during race weekend.

The Formula DRIFT Super Drift Challenge, which will take place at 7 p.m. on the eastern end of the race circuit – turns nine, 10 and 11 – is expected to feature 16 of the sport’s top cars and drivers including 2012 Formula DRIFT champion Daigo Saito, 2011 champ Daijiro Yoshihara, plus Frederic Aasbo, Aurimas Bakchis, Michael Essa, Conrad Grunewald, Ken Gushi, Tyler McQuarrie, Robbie Nishida, Justin Pawlak, Matt Powers and others to be announced. Friday’s action will include practice and qualifying runs, while Saturday will see the teams compete for a $25,000 prize. On Sunday, the Super Drift Challenge cars will drift the entire race circuit after the featured IZOD IndyCar Series race.

Grand Prix fans that purchase any admission ticket for Friday or Saturday racing activities will be able to see that day’s Super Drift Challenge.

Seating for the Super Drift Challenge will be in Grandstands 16, 18, 24, 25 and 26 on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“We are excited to change up the drifting action during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend from an exhibition show to a competition. By doing this we will be able to showcase the true form of competition drifting to the Grand Prix fans," said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. "The icing on the cake comes in the form of night time drifting on the streets. We are truly honored to be the first Series to be competing on the streets of Long Beach at night!”

“The Grand Prix has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Formula DRIFT and this newly designed event takes it to a new level,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “And all this added excitement will be presented at no additional cost to our race attendees. Plus, because of its unique location, there will be no impact in any way on the businesses around the rest of the track.”

Ticket prices for the three-day event range from $28 for a Friday General Admission ticket to $130 for a three-day ticket that includes Sat./Sun. reserved seating in grandstand upper levels. Pre-paid parking packages are also available, along with handicapped seating, IndyCar Paddock passes, Super Photo tickets and a wide variety of Hospitality Club packages. Fans can select and pay for their 2013 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach seats, parking and paddock passes online at the new gplb.com. Ticket orders can also be placed by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 82-SPEED.

For more information visit: www.formuladrift.com

 

Spring Break Nationals 2011: Daytona Beach, FL

Written by Dave MacKinnon | Photos by Michael Watson Each year for the past 25, car audio enthusiasts have descended on Daytona Beach, Florida for the Spring Break Nationals. This event has grown in depth and breadth each year since its inception and this, the 25th Anniversary event met yet another major milestone. This year’s SBN event hosted IASCA, MECA and the dB Drag Racing Soundoff competitions, including the IASCA and dB Drag Racing World Finals. These competitions cover all acoustical grounds from the most awe-inspiring sound quality vehicles, to the most ostentatious and ominous SPL competitors – all in…

KMS Drift Championship Series 2012: Green Cove Springs, FL

KMS Drift slid back to Green Cove Springs Florida on March 25, 2012 thanks to title sponsor SCION. Rustic raw metal and broken windows were the perfect back drop to this grassroots event.  Special thanks to all our volunteers who put in hundreds of hours to make this venue “driftable”.  Over 40 competitive thrill seekers showed up to make smoke and fine tune their skills.  Winners of the event: Crowd Favorite-Tim Murphy, Driver Favorite-Logan Garcia, Most Smoke-Neil Stevens, Best Ride along-Aaron Messmer, Hard Luck-Steven Purcell, Most Improved-Sammy Shams, KMS Pick/Kiss Ass-Fred Cocklin, Location-Scott Neener, Best 2 Car Tamdem-Eric Cocklin, and…

CES 2015: Las Vegas, NV

BACK TO THE FUTURE. The Consumer Electronics Show was a shock to the system. Yes, there were crazy, new innovations shown that might make your life easier and sound better, but I’m talking about the sheer enormity of this place. I have been fortunate enough to do both of the biggest trade shows in the world, in one year. After SEMA, I was under the impression that I was the king of the Las Vegas Convention Center. I’m also a huge nerd, so these were my people. I walked into Central Hall thinking, ‘Let me at ’em! I’ve conquered SEMA…

APR Motorsport 1 - 2 at Watkins Glen

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” - Bobby Unser Watkins Glen NY: The race was set to begin with APR Motorsport’s cars in completely unfamiliar territory, the rear of the field.  The Championship Leading car #171 VW DriverGear GTI MK6 suffered an engine related failure shortly before qualifying and was unable to post a time while the #161 Perfect Pedal VW GTI MK5 and the #181 VW DriverGear GTI MK6 both had their qualifying times disallowed due to a minor technical infraction.   This was very disappointing because the #181 GTI of Chris Gleason Jr. had qualified in pole position…