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Progressive American Flat Track is America’s Original Extreme Sport as well as the guardian of the Grand National Championship series, formally established in 1954 but with roots reaching back to motorcycling’s original speed demons of a century ago.


 


Juniper Mountain Coffee Named Official Coffee of Progressive AFT

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 8, 2024) – Progressive American Flat Track, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is excited to welcome Juniper Mountain Coffee as its Official Coffee in an all-new partnership for the 2024 season.

 

Juniper Mountain Coffee crafts specialty coffee for those that still believe in forgotten values like hard work, integrity, and old school American grit. Carefully roasted in the USA on American made equipment, Juniper Mountain Coffee unapologetically supports American craftsmanship and manufacturing.

 

Founded by hunters, ranchers, farmers, and some of the foremost coffee experts in the world, JMC’s values are simple, operate with honesty and integrity, treat people right and never cut corners.

 

Made with meticulous attention to detail, each hand-crafted, small batch is roasted and packaged fresh at their Cocoa, FL import and roasting headquarters. By working directly with their farmers in a direct-trade relationship, Juniper Mountain Coffee is able to identify and source coffee from the best regions and producers on earth.

 

Progressive AFT fans will have an opportunity to experience this quality first-hand; the first 200 attendees at each race this season will receive a complimentary bag of Juniper Mountain Coffee. Additionally, members of the paddock will have access to a Juniper Mountain Coffee display to help fuel race days throughout the ’24 season.

 

For more information on Juniper Mountain Coffee visit https://www.junipermountaincoffee.com/.

 

The 2024 Progressive American Flat Track season will resume with its first Half-Mile of the year with the Mission Texas Half-Mile presented by Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda and Roof Systems of Dallas at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, April 27. Visit https://www.tixr.com/groups/americanflattrack/events/texas-half-mile-86387 to secure your tickets today.

 

For more information on Progressive AFT visit https://www.americanflattrack.com.

 

 FORMULA DRIFT

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Formula DRIFT (also known as Formula D or FD) is a United States-based motorsport drifting series. Formula DRIFT was co-founded by Jim Liaw and Ryan Sage in 2003 as a sister company to Slipstream Global Marketing, the same partnership that introduced D1 Grand Prix to the United States. The new entity would solely own, operate and launch the first official drifting series in North America. Formula DRIFT is not associated with the FIA series of formula racing championships


SEEDING BRACKET RESULTS FROM OPENING ROUND OF 2024 FORMULA DRIFT PRO CHAMPIONSHIPS AT STREETS OF LONG BEACH 

 

 

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Friday, April 12, 2024

Location: Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Event: Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Round 1: AutoZone Streets of Long Beach presented by TYPE S

 

RESULTS FROM FD PRO SEEDING BRACKET

1.   Hiroya Minowa (Japan) – Enjuku Racing / Cusco / Jerry Yang Racing Toyota GT86

2.   Adam LZ (USA) – LZMFG E36 BMW

3.   Conor Shanahan (Ireland) – Red Bull / Garagistic E36 BMW

 

NOTES

  • The weather conditions were cloudy and dry for the K&N PRO Seeding Bracket

  • New for 2024, solo qualifying runs are history. Instead, the Top 24 qualifying positions were determined by the 2023 Championship Standings. Moving forward, the first 24 positions will be based on the results of the preceding round

  • Drivers who finished outside the Top 24 in Irwindale, or are new to the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship, must compete in a 16-car Seeding Bracket

  • In the Seeding 16, the drivers compete in tandem runs to secure their place in Saturday’s Top 32 competition heats. The eight successful drivers secure positions 25-32, the remaining eight are eliminated

  • The benefits of the new Seeding Bracket is that drift fans get to see competitive tandem runs on Friday, while new and emerging drivers are able to compete at each round, rather than be eliminated after solo qualifying runs

  • Two new judges joined the series, with Vernon Zwaneveld (Netherlands) and Reese Marin (USA) joining regular Brian Eggert (USA)

  • Drivers moving up to PRO from the Formula DRIFT Link ECU PROSPEC Championship include 2023 Champion Ben Hobson (USA) and double PROSPEC Champion Dmitriy Brutskiy, who intends to also compete in PROSPEC this year. They are joined by Andy Hateley (USA), Rudy Hansen (USA) and Derek Madison (USA)

  • European Drift Masters Champion Conor Shanahan (Ireland) and 14 year-old Hiroya Minowa (Japan) have also joined the PRO Championship

  • All seven of the new drivers were drafted into the Seeding Bracket because they had no 2023 FD PRO ranking

  • Teenager Minowa won the Seeding Bracket. Driving his Enjuku Racing / Cusco / Jerry Yang Racing Toyota GT86, the Japanese Rookie beat LZ in the Final. The win placed him 25th in the Top 32 competition heats and means he will face Dylan Hughes (USA) on Saturday

  • With LZ finishing second, he will take 26th place and meet Chris Forsberg (USA) in the Top 32. While third place means Rookie Shanahan will be matched against Ryan Tuerck (USA) 

  • The eight drivers eliminated were Joao Barion (Brazil), Derek Madison (USA), Kyle Mohan (USA), Andy Hateley (USA), Ryan Litteral (USA), Dmitriy Brutskiy, Mike Power (USA) and Ben Hobson (USA)

 

ROUND 1 SEEDING BRACKET RESULTS

POSITION

NAME

1

Hiroya Minowa

2

Adam LZ

3

Conor Shanahan

4

Dan Burkett

5

Federico Sceriffo

6

Rudy Hansen

7

Diego Higa

8

Jeff Jones

9

Joao Barion

10

Mike Power

11

Kyle Mohan

12

Andy Hateley

13

Ben Hobson

14

Derek Madison

15

Dmitriy Brutskiy

16

Ryan Litteral

 

BRACKET FOR ROUND 1 PRO COMPETITION HEATS 

 

FORMULA DRIFT LONG BEACH RECAP

Competition results from Round 1: AutoZone Streets of Long Beach presented by TYPE S will be sent tomorrow, and a recap of all the action from FD LB with event images will be available on Monday 

 

NEXT ROUND

Round 2: Type S Road to the Championship presented by AutoZone will take place at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on May 9-11, as well as Round 1 of the 2024 Link ECU PROSPEC Championship. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, ticket information, driver profiles, special content, and the event livestream

 

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges the driver's skill while demanding a great deal from their vehicle in terms of power and strength. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport. For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, please visit formulad.com

 

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2024 FORMULA DRIFT OFFICIAL SPONSORS

Major Sponsor, Official Vehicle Lighting, Dash Cam & Jump Starter – TYPE S 

Major Sponsor, Official Energy Drink – Rockstar Energy Drink 

Major Sponsor, Official Military Branch – United States Air Force

Major Sponsor, Official Engine Oil – Royal Purple 

Major Sponsor, Official Action Cam – GoPro 

Major Sponsor, Official Blockchain Game – Torque Drift 

Major Sponsors – GT Radial, Kenda Tire, Kumho Tire, Nitto Tire

Official Sponsors – Ford Performance, Toyota Racing, BC Racing (Official Suspension), K&N (Official Air Filter & Air Intake, Official Sponsor of Qualifying), NGK & NTK (Official Spark Plug & Sensors), SIMAGIC (Official SIM Racing Hardware), Alpinestars (Official Technical Partner), Fast Orange (Official Hand Cleaner)

Official ECU & PROSPEC Title Sponsor – Link Engine Management

PRO Championship Tire Suppliers – Nexen Tire, Vitour Tire 

Associated Sponsors – Enkei Wheels, Pedal Commander, RAYS Wheels, Throdle

Official PROSPEC Tire – GT Radial 

Official PROSPEC Tire Service Partner – Tire Stacks

Broadcast partner – MAV TV

Official Education Partner ­– University of Northwestern Ohio

Official Community Outreach Program – Acceler8

Technical Partners – PCI Race Radios, Proform

 


FORMULA DRIFT PARTNERS WITH ALPINESTARS

 

 

Alpinestars to become Official Technical Partner of Formula DRIFT, providing uniforms to staff and merchandise for fans

 

Formula DRIFT will partner with Alpinestars as part of a multi-year relationship that will materialize through a number of initiatives. As a world-leading manufacturer of professional motorsport racing products and more, Alpinestars will provide technical gear to the series staff, helping them to cope with extreme temperatures during long days working to bring the world’s top drift competition to fans around the country. 

Formula DRIFT will also offer fans a limited edition FD x Alpinestars apparel collection. The items will be available from the Formula DRIFT big rig in the paddock area at the opening round on the Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13.

Additionally, Alpinestars will attend a number of Formula DRIFT rounds including Long Beach, Road Atlanta and the Irwindale Finals. It will show and sell its regular range of motorsports merchandise as well as its technical gear designed and developed for motorsports.

“We’re excited to welcome a company with the pedigree of Alpinestars to the Formula DRIFT family,” said Ryan Sage, President of Formula DRIFT. “Competing at the highest level in everything from Formula 1 down, we’re grateful Alpinestars has recognized the stature of our series among the most extreme motorsports on the planet. We’re delighted the company is supporting our own staff and also showing its latest technology to our fans. A number of teams and drivers already wear Alpinestars equipment, and we’re certain that will increase once more see the advantages for themselves.

Established in 1963, Alpinestars has become the leading manufacturer of professional motorsports and motorcycle clothing, protection, high-performance apparel, and technical footwear. Alpinestars has been able to design and research under extreme conditions thanks to involvement in Formula 1, MotoGP, AMA Supercross and Motocross, NASCAR, and countless other top racing organizations. The company employs around 700 staff worldwide, including the United States.

 

OPENING ROUND

The 2024 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship kicks off on the Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13. The PROSPEC Championships will join the PRO teams at Round 2 at Road Atlanta on May 9-11. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, tickets, livestream, Championship standings, driver bios and more.

 

ABOUT ALPINESTARS

Alpinestars has redefined protection for motorcyclists ever since the company was established in 1963. Commitment to innovation has led Alpinestars to become the world-leading manufacturer of professional motorsport racing products, motorcycling airbag protection, high-performance apparel, technical footwear, and helmets. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research is achieved under extreme conditions. Its involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, World SBK, AMA Supercross and Motocross, MXGP, Dakar, and more has led to the creation of the most advanced technical equipment for the racing world’s top athletes. For more information, please visit alpinestars.com

 

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT

Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges the driver's skill while demanding a great deal from their vehicle in terms of power and strength. Formula DRIFT provides a series for the best professional drifters from around the globe to compete for the coveted title of Formula DRIFT Champion. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting drift fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life, and established itself as the global leader for the sport. For a competition schedule, ticket information, special content and livestream, please visit formulad.com

 

WATCH FORMULA DRIFT

The series livestream is available at youtube.com/Formuladrift and on MAV TV (please check your local provider)

 

FOLLOW FORMULA DRIFT ONLINE 

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facebook.com/formuladrift

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TEAM ENEOS REVEALS ITS 2024 DRIVER LINEUP 

                                                                                     

ENEOS is gearing up for an exciting 2024 motorsports season. As Japan’s largest oil company, supplier of motor oil and transmission fluids to the majority of Asian vehicle manufacturers, and producer of specialized fluids for Electric Vehicles, the company is continuing a full North American drift program. It will encompass both the Formula DRIFT PRO and PROSPEC championships as well as incorporating the IMSA racing series and will even take a trip Down Under for the World Time Attack Challenge in Sydney, showcasing the company’s lubrication expertise on an international stage.

The 2023 season proved very successful, with ENEOS-sponsored drivers claiming the PROSPEC Championship and finishing second, fourth and sixth in PRO using ENEOS lubrication throughout the year. For 2024, Team ENEOS will again be represented by an all-star cast of six highly experienced drivers competing at every level, from grassroots to international championships.

2024 TEAM ENEOS:

  • Fredric Aasbo
  • Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis
  • Simen Olsen
  • Faruk Kugay
  • Rich Whiteman
  • Dai Yoshihara
  • Evasive Motorsports

 

FREDRIC AASBO

Following a challenging 2023 season that saw the three-time Formula DRIFT Champion Fredric Aasbo finish sixth overall in the FD PRO Championship series, the Norwegian Hammer (with support from Papadakis Racing) is eager to march Team ENEOS back to the podium in 2024 driving the recently-revamped Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra with its new livery.

Claiming FD PRO Championship titles in 2015, 2021 and 2022, Fredric joined a small and elite club of drivers with three titles. And while three drivers have an opportunity to claim a record-breaking fourth title, Aasbo will be determined to claim the 2024 season for himself and create history in the sport.

With the Rockstar Energy Toyota GR Supra lubricated by ENEOS engine and gear oils, Fredric will be battling it out against top tier competition at the Long Beach opening round, including his fellow Team ENEOS members.

 

ODI BAKCHIS

One of Aasbo’s main rivals throughout his FD career has been Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis. The Lithuanian-American driver has been an incredibly strong and consistent contender since joining the series in 2011. Throughout that time, his Feal Race Team has been a regular in the top ten standings, finishing third in the Championship in both 2019 and 2021. In the process, Odi has accumulated numerous podium finishes and is always an imminent threat, long overdue to win his first Championship title. Joining Team ENEOS in 2023, Odi had his best season yet, finishing second in the overall Championship standings driving his Feal Suspension Nissan S15.

This year, Odi will again be running ENEOS motor and gear oils in his Feal Suspension / GT Radial Nissan S15, which was fully refreshed during the off-season to prepare for another highly competitive season. The power of the Vortech-supercharged 7.0-liter Texas Speed LSR engine with Holley management was increased to 1175hp and will certainly be up for the challenge. Odi channels the power through a G-Force GSR transmission with an ACT twin-plate clutch and Winter’s quick-change differential. Using Wisefab arms and uprights, Odi fitted his own Feal Suspension 443 drift-spec coilover kit and adjustable bump stops. Dressed in lightweight fiberglass and Seibon carbon fiber bodywork, the car will sport its familiar Feal Suspension / GT Radial / ENEOS livery for maximum impact throughout the season.

 

SIMEN OLSEN

While Ben Hobson has departed Team Feal following his FD PROSPEC Championship win in 2023, teammate Simen Olsen will remain by Odi’s side for 2024. The Norwegian driver had an equally explosive 2023 season, piloting the Feal Suspension Nissan S14.9 despite no prior experience behind the wheel after switching from the A90 Toyota Supra he drove in 2022. Undeterred, Simen impressively finished fourth overall in the PRO Championship and is certainly hoping to maintain his momentum this year.

Simen will again pilot the Feal Suspension / GT Radial Nissan S14.9 in 2024, powered by a 1175hp Vortech-supercharged 7.0L Texas Speed LSR engine with Holley engine management, similar to the one found in Bakchis’ competition car. It also uses ENEOS engine and gear oil to significantly reduce wear and offer a small but valuable power advantage. That power is similarly channeled through a G-Force GSR transmission with an ACT twin-plate clutch and Winter’s diff. The chassis also uses Wisefab arms and uprights in addition to Feal Suspension 443 drift-spec coilover kit and adjustable bump stops. Maintaining a twin livery with Odi, Simen’s S14 features lightweight fiberglass and Seibon carbon fiber bodywork, adorned with Feal Suspension / GT Radial / ENEOS graphics.

 

FARUK KUGAY

Faruk has been a key component of Team ENEOS for several years, using ENEOS motor and gear oil both in drift competition and a string of SEMA projects cars he built for the Japanese company’s booth.

Born in Poland, Faruk started drifting in 2002, organizing his own drift events in Europe from 2007 where he also announced, judged and even taught drifting to other enthusiasts. Returning to the California Bay Area in 2012, Faruk dedicated himself to professional competition, earning his Formula DRIFT PRO2 (PROSPEC) license in 2015 and unlocking his PRO license the following year. After completing the 2020 PRO season, Faruk took a sabbatical but returned to the PROSPEC Championship in 2023 with ENEOS Motor Oil and the “de-tuned” PRO-spec ENEOS / Pedal Commander Nissan S14. Faruk will return to the 2024 PROSPEC Championship in the renamed ENEOS / DEVSPEED Nissan S14, powered by a 900hp Toyota Supra 2JZ engine.

Outside of FD, Faruk has hosted Sonoma Drift events on Wednesday nights at Sonoma Raceway since 2014 and organizes the annual Winter Jam drift event at the same venue. And when he’s not traveling for competitions, you’ll find Faruk at his shop, DEVSPEED, located at Sonoma Raceway. This is where he created a series of SEMA show cars for ENEOS, including an E30 BMW with Honda F20C S2000 engine swap in 2021, a Porsche 911 GT3 with Subaru STI engine swap in 2022, and a 750hp 2JZ-powered Jaguar E-type in 2023. Be sure to check out the ENEOS website and social media channels to discover these incredible creations.

 

RICH WHITEMAN 

As the fifth member of Team ENEOS, Rich is continuing to pursue multiple grassroots drifting competitions, such as Gridlife, Final Bout, Drift Appalachia, Gambler and HyperFest. He competed in Formula DRIFT PROSPEC in 2021 and 2022 with an impressive history of claiming podiums in his Toyota JZX100, placing 11th and 12th overall, respectively. 

With the goal of stepping back into Formula DRIFT in the near future, 2024 is focused on fun, collecting more podiums, and competing on tracks in Japan, Canada and Australia!

In this unique role, Rich will continue to be a crucial member of Team ENEOS as he demonstrates the superior engine and transmission protection provided by ENEOS engine and gear oils in a number of vehicles, including his SR20DET-powered Nissan S13 and S15. He’s also in the process of building a 3.4L 2JZ engine for his new Formula DRIFT competition chassis to keep things interesting!

 

DAI YOSHIHARA

Undoubtedly, one of the Team ENEOS favorites is Daijiro Yoshihara, who not only worked at a Japanese ENEOS gas station in his youth, but was a founding member of Team ENEOS back in 2017. Although the 2011 Formula DRIFT Champion retired from the series at the end of the 2021 season, he continues to be a valued ENEOS ambassador on and off the track. 

Dai’s 2023 highlights included a debut season in the TC America racing series, competing in the Pit+PaddockCivic Type R TCX. He also continued the “Ride with Dai” program, where drift fans were able to purchase or win a seat alongside the former Champion in his modified FD PRO Subaru BRZ. And to top it off, Dai returned to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, piloting the Evasive Motorsports Honda S2000RS.

In 2024, Dai will compete in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, co-driving with Karl Wittmer on behalf of Montreal Motorsport Group in the Pit+Paddock Civic Type R TCR. With the first couple of races already in the books, the Japanese driver will embark on his first race in Australia this summer with Evasive Motorsports, again driving the ENEOS-lubricated Honda S2000RS, confident he can clock the fastest lap time for an American-built S2K.

 

EVASIVE MOTORSPORTS

Evasive Motorsports needs no introduction: the aftermarket parts retailer and race team with an affinity for time attack competition has always been considered family, but it’s long overdue to officially induct them into Team ENEOS.

Established in 2002 as a side hustle to sell aftermarket parts online, co-owners Mike Chang and Tony Kwan grew the business into a 12000 sq-ft brick-and-mortar facility, where they built their first Mitsubishi Evo time attack car, adding race car preparation and parts installation to the list of services offered, complementing their parts sales.

In 2021, Evasive moved to its current 18000 sq-ft facility in Cerritos, CA, adding more workshop space and parts storage. The expert staff continues to deliver premium on-site services including engine/chassis tuning, race prep, fabrication, dyno testing and regular servicing. The team has track-tested an extensive range of parts over the years and provides recommendations to customers who seek to improve their vehicle’s performance and balance.

As an authorized ENEOS dealer, ENEOS high-performance lubricants go hand-in-hand with Evasive’s racing exploits. The high-performance engine and transmission oils have been used in a number of record-breaking Evasive project vehicles driven by ENEOS ambassador Dai Yoshihara at events including the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Global Time Attack.

This year, Evasive is sending its ENEOS-protected Evasive Motorsports / ENEOS Oil Honda S2000RS to the World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park in Australia, where Yoshihara will hope to set some fast lap times.

 

OPENING ROUNDS

The opening round of the 2024 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship will take place at Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13. Fredric, Odi and Simen will begin the title chase for Team ENEOS; with Fredric aiming to claim his fourth Championship while Odi and Simen hope to achieve their first.

On May 9-11, Formula DRIFT heads to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the first round of the PROSPEC Championship, giving Faruk a chance to wave the flag for Team ENEOS. The event will also host Round 2 for the FD PRO teams, reuniting four members of Team ENEOS. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule and free-to-view event livestream.

Prior to the Formula DRIFT kick off, Dai completed the opening two rounds of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge: the first at Daytona International Raceway and the second at Sebring, where the team finished seventh and eighth place, respectively. Dai will now focus on round three at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca from May 8-12.

For Rich, the first event with his Nissan S13 will be HyperFest on May 17-19 at Virginia International Raceway.

Please visit eneos.us for more information about Team ENEOS, the latest engine and gear oils as well as where to purchase.

 

 


 

KUMHO TIRE U.S.A. ANNOUNCES MOTORSPORT SPONSORSHIP BECOMING AN OFFICIAL TIRE OF FORMULA DRIFT

 

Making its first foray into the ultra-high performance tire series, Kumho Tire U.S.A. will utilize the sponsorship to showcase the brand’s technology and leadership in the ultra-high performance space

 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, April 4, 2024 – Kumho Tire U.S.A., one of the world’s leading tire manufacturers, announced today its motorsports sponsorship, becoming an Official Tire of Formula DRIFT as a major sponsor of the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship. The sponsorship represents the company’s plans to invigorate its marketing efforts to elevate the brand’s awareness in the United States and showcase its product technology through the ultra-high performance tire series. 

“As an ‘Official Tire of Formula DRIFT,’ this will provide a national footprint to elevate the brand in the United States, reaching millions of motorsport enthusiasts,” said Shawn Denlein, president of sales and marketing, Kumho Tire U.S.A. “We manufacture some of the best tires in the world and are showcasing the quality and capabilities of our ultra-high performance tires under the most intense and grueling environments that the Formula DRIFT platform provides.”  

As part of the sponsorship, Kumho Tire will receive a significant footprint at each of the eight Formula DRIFT events in the 2024 series, including track signage and activation during race weekends. In addition, Kumho Tire will also have a major presence on the race broadcast and through Formula DRIFT’s digital marketing. 

“Partnering with Formula DRIFT provides an incredible opportunity to drive awareness of the Kumho Tire brand with this young, loyal, engaged and growing motorsports community,” said Jessica Egerton, vice president of marketing at Kumho Tire U.S.A. “Further, it provides an incredible opportunity to connect with our retail partners around the country to drive sales growth.”

Entering its 21st season, Formula DRIFT is the fastest-growing motorsport in the world, with more than 85% of fans between the ages of 18 to 44, making it the number one motorsport in the United States for millennial and Gen Z generations, according to Formula DRIFT. The series has seen exponential growth in attendance, and viewership boasting approximately 5 million followers on social media. 

“We’re excited to welcome Kumho Tire U.S.A. to the Formula DRIFT family in 2024 and beyond. At this stage in the Formula DRIFT Championship, tires have never been as important as they are now and there is only a small select group of manufacturers who are willing to put their tires to the test at this level. Kumho has stepped up to take on that challenge. From what I can see in pre-season testing and from their existing pedigree, Kumho is sure to make a huge impact on the Championship this year and moving forward,” said Ryan Sage, President of Formula DRIFT.

The 2024 Formula DRIFT schedule consists of eight races in major markets across the United States. The races are broadcast live on multi-platform distribution across Facebook and YouTube.

2024 FORMULA DRIFT SCHEDULE

  • April 12-13 – Long Beach, California
  • May 9-11 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 31-June 1 – Orlando, Florida
  • June 20-22 – Englishtown, New Jersey
  • July 18-20 – St. Louis, Missouri
  • August 9-10 – Seattle, Washington
  • August 29-31 – Grantsville, Utah
  • October 18-19 – Irwindale, California

 

In addition, Kumho Tire will partner with three drivers as official tire sponsors for the Formula DRIFT 2024 season. 

Jeff Jones, who started drifting in 2002, has been competing in the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship Series since 2009. As a pioneer of drifting, Jones is dedicated to giving back to the community by mentoring and developing future stars of the sport, while spreading the message of keeping drifting on the track. More information about Jones can be found at jeffjonesracing.com

Andy Hateley, who has been drifting for over two decades and is a respected builder as well as driver, will make his Formula DRIFT PRO debut in 2024 with Kumho Tires. He is known for his public persona as the “Drift Wizard”. More information about Hateley can be found at hateleymotorsports.com

Dean Kearney, also known as “Karnage” Kearney, has been competing in Formula DRIFT for the past 14 seasons and for 18 years in pro drifting overall. Kearney brings to his races a hard-charging, attacking and technical style. More information about Kearney can be found at teamkarnage.com

For additional information on Kumho Tire and Formula DRIFT, fans can follow along via social media @kumhotireUSA.

For more information on the full product lineup of Kumho Tire U.S.A., visit kumhotireusa.com

 

 

FORMULA DRIFT ANNOUNCES FAST ORANGE AS OFFICIAL HAND CLEANER OF THE SERIES

 

Team hand cleaning stations, special activations, and new products will mark the 2024 partnership

 

Welcoming a new partner to the Formula DRIFT family, Fast Orange from Permatex is a brand familiar to both DIY car builders and the professional drift teams throughout the FD paddock. And for 2024, the teams will be able to take advantage of special Fast Orange hand cleaning stations located in the paddock area to ensure rapid cleaning after working on their competition cars. 

Formula DRIFT fans will discover Fast Orange at both the New Jersey and Seattle rounds where the company will have sample packets available and will be launching several new products, which will be on display.

While most car enthusiasts have used Fast Orange hand cleaners at some point, it’s worth remembering that the products contain no harsh chemicals such as petroleum solvent, mineral oil or ammonia that can sting cuts and abrasions. Cleaning is achieved with pure, fresh-smelling natural citrus while premium skin conditioners actually smooth and protect the skin. The Fast Orange formula gently cleans the toughest dirt away from hands thanks to the addition of Microgel Technology, which is good for the environment and body while possessing excellent degreasing properties.

“Fast Orange is thrilled to partner with Formula DRIFT for the 2024 season!” said Sara Henning, Marketing Manager for Fast Orange. “Both brands share a passion for high-performance, and just like the incredible FD teams push themselves and their cars to the limit, we're constantly pushing ourselves to innovate, bringing the best hand cleaning solutions to mechanics, enthusiasts and DIYers. We have some great, new Fast Orange products launching this year, which we’re sure the Formula DRIFT drivers and fans will be really excited to see.”

And to welcome another global partner to the Formula DRIFT series, President Ryan Sage commented: “With so many racers and home mechanics already using Fast Orange, this seemed like the perfect partnership for Formula DRIFT. Ensuring the teams are able to clean up after working on the competition cars is especially important around meal times to stop people eating with oil-covered hands, for exampleAnd with new products coming this year, we know FD teams and fans will find many uses for the latest Fast Orange products.

 

OPENING ROUND

The 2024 Formula DRIFT PRO Championship kicks off on the Streets of Long Beach on April 12-13. The PROSPEC Championships will join the PRO teams at Round 2 at Road Atlanta on May 9-11. Please visit formulad.com for the competition schedule, tickets, livestream, Championship standings, driver bios and more.

 

 

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American Big Rig Racing, we offer our fans the experience of a lifetime, including meet-and-greets in the pits, ride alongs in the big trucks and good ol fashioned racing. 

www.bigrigracing.com


 


 

international hot rod association  

www.ihra.com

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) is the second-largest drag racing sanctioning body after the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).


 


 

Women's Motorsports Network

www.iwmanation.com

the mission of the Women's Motorsports Network - Connecting and Celebrating all Women in Motorsports


Optimizing Athletic Success Through Mental Coaching

 
 

Shayne McGowan, a sports performance expert specializing in the mental aspect of athletic success, is known for his work under Mental Edge Performance, a service he founded to help athletes enhance their mental game in sports, particularly in motorsport. McGowan’s perspective on women in motorsport encourages equality and inclusivity, recognizing the passion, dedication, and potential that female athletes bring to the sport. His experiences working with various athletes have led him to advocate for a stronger mental game and continuous improvement as keys to achieving success. Similarly, Mental Edge Performance emphasizes the importance of mental strength, confidence, and resilience in succeeding in motorsport and believes that these mental factors can be as crucial as physical and technical abilities. This perspective aligns with their broader philosophy of 'mind over matter' and highlights their commitment to providing athletes with the mental tools necessary for top-level performance.

 
DRAGRACINGRESULTS.COM

/www.dragracingresults.com


 
performance racing industry

www.performanceracing.com

Performance Racing Industry was started in 1986 by Steve Lewis, owner of Laguna Coast Publishing, based in Laguna Beach, California. Now based in Aliso Viejo, California, the company operates PRI magazine, a monthly business publication for entrepreneurs in the auto racing industry; the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, which launched in 1988 and showcases thousands of new racing products along with dozens of networking events and educational programs for motorsports professionals; and online properties including performanceracing.com.


April 10, 2024  View Online
 

PRI SHOW

The PRI Show is the World’s Largest Gathering of Motorsports Professionals

Secure your brand’s presence at the most influential business event in racing, December 12-14, 2024, in downtown Indianapolis.

SPONSORED CONTENT
 

FTI Race Torque Converters and Transmissions: Best Pricing of the Season!

Receive 15% off race torque converters, FREE shipping for racing gearboxes and transmissions and 10% off racing transmission parts. LIFETIME warranty. Special pricing until April 15.

PRI SHOW

Using Social Media and Technology to Create Value for Motorsports Sponsors [Video]

It doesn't matter if you don't have a large following; new social media algorithms are rewarding quality content. Experts reveal how to use the latest information to grow and attract sponsors online.

MEMBERSHIP

Last Chance Before April 15 Deadline: RSVP for the PRI/SEMA Washington Rally, May 8-9

Motorsports professionals and businesses: your participation will ensure that our industry's concerns are heard and that we can continue to innovate.

MEMBERSHIP

PRI Individual Member Benefit: 10% Off Russell Purchases

Visit the PRI Member portal to claim discounts and deals tailored to the motorsports industry.

TRENDING THIS WEEK
 

FEATURED

Understanding the Dynamics of Midget Racing

Although facing challenges at both regional and national levels, midget racing continues to serve as a springboard into motorsports careers.

FEATURED

Fluid Solutions: Lubricants and Oils

Racers want more power and better protection from their lubricants. Here’s how the racing oil companies are responding.

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COLUMN

Industry Insights: MAVTV’s CJ Olivares

Learn how Olivares is guiding the platform to be the first choice for viewing events for motorsports enthusiasts.

VISIT HERE FOR MORE COLUMNS

INDUSTRY NEWS
 

VISIT HERE FOR MORE INDUSTRY NEWS

 


April 03, 2024  View Online
 

PRI SHOW

The PRI Show Is a Must-Attend Event for Motorsports Manufacturers and Service Providers

Ensure your brand is represented with a booth at PRI 2024, December 12-14 in downtown Indianapolis.

PRI SHOW

PRI Education: How to Network, Prospect and Meet New Motorsports Sponsors [Video]

Marketing directors and decision-makers share why they invest in racing, what they look for when selecting new teams and the best ways to connect.

MEMBERSHIP

Behind-the-Scenes: INDYCAR Testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

PRI Associate Editor A.J. Hecht recalls some of the sights and sounds from the first of three busy days of testing in Indianapolis.

MEMBERSHIP

PRI Individual and Business Member Benefit: RaceCals

Grow your motorsports marketing with quality, screen-printed stickers and wraps with UV-cured inks designed not to fade and keep advertising for years. Only available in the PRI Member portal.

MEMBERSHIP

Sign Up for the PRI and SEMA Washington Rally by April 15 Deadline

The Washington Rally provides an opportunity for member companies to advocate on behalf of the motorsports-parts industry with members of Congress.

TRENDING THIS WEEK
 

FEATURED

Gamblers and Outlaws

Can High Limit Racing challenge the World of Outlaws' grip on national touring 410 sprint car racing? 

FEATURED

Grind Game: The Growing Popularity of Custom Camshafts

As racing needs become more specific, engine builders are feeling more confident that they can find a winning edge with their combinations.

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COLUMN

Ask the Experts: Selling Used Race Parts

Establishing a marketplace for second-hand equipment can create new revenue streams for racing businesses.

VISIT HERE FOR MORE COLUMNS

INDUSTRY NEWS

Industry Mourns Passing of Don Henthorn, BendPak Founder

Henthorn stepped back from the day-to-day management of the company in 2022 but was still instrumental to the team.

INDUSTRY NEWS
 

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 hotrod hotline

http://www.hotrodhontline.com

1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, Plus Bonnie’s Benefit Car Show

Our featured classified this week is this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air


 


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2024 Progressive American Flat Track schedule

2024 formula drift schedule 


 

 

     

 

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