Mar 7, 2014
As round one draws even closer, anticipation builds for another intense year for Formula Drift. With the best drivers from around the globe competing in seven events, 2014 is set to be the most exciting year for Drifting in the USA.
Fortunately for you, FD will have a live stream from their website www.formulad.com that has been improving since their live-stream began.
Omnicoverage will be attending round 3 in Homestead – Miami at the end of May and then potentially Texas and Irwindale at the end of the year. We very much look forward to the event , not only to see, capture and bring ooober cool video’s of some of the best drifting one mans eyeballs could behold…. But for the experiences, rubbing shoulders with some of media’s greats and a week of Florida sun could do no harm I suppose! For one I have never been Stateside so I have had to pinch some pictures from some of the media giants that have attended likes of www.speedhunters.com and the lads over at www.drifted.com …. Both big names in Motorsport Media be sure to check them out!
RD1 – Long Beach GP street course – April 04/05
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course has been around since 1977. Highlighted by Formula 1, IndyCar, American Le Mans Series, The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, and now Formula DRIFT. 2014 will be Formula DRIFT’s 9th consecutive year at the famous Street Course. The expanded 2-day event will again be one week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
RD2 – Road Atlanta – May 09/10
Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta will be one of the most anticipated events of the season. The event will be spread between 2 days of drifting action. Drivers are tested on the fast entry and tight turns of the road course and will have to prove that they have what it takes to reach the podium.
RD3 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – May 30/31
Homestead-Miami Speedway is a multi-track state of the art facility currently playing host to NASCAR, IndyCar, Grand Am and now Formula DRIFT. For the third year, the Formula DRIFT Championship will revisit Florida but with this being a new location, drivers will be forced to adjust quickly to their new surroundings to earn a spot on the podium making for what will be one of the most exciting events of the year.
RD4 – Wall Speedway – June 20/21
The final round on the East Coast at Wall Speedway will be one of the most exciting events of the season. The 2-day event weekend will be filled with the best drifting action in the nation with the top drivers putting it all on the line on the very tricky course. Wall Speedway is a very fan-friendly venue and fans will be treated to a great view of all the action.
RD5 Evergreen Speedway – July 18/19
Evergreen Speedway is the oldest track on the circuit and was originally built as a horse-racing track. Located in Monroe, WA, Evergreen Speedway is only a short distance from Seattle. The Pacific Northwest fans are some of the most die-hard drift fans in the nation. The energy and excitement is often compared to that of Irwindale and the original “House of Drift.” The event’s headline moniker, “Throwdown,” lives up to it’s name as drivers push their vehicles to the limits of the track’s banking and tight transitions through the course resulting in one of the most exciting action-packed events of the season.
RD6 – Texas Motor Speedway – September 12/13
Texas Motor Speedway will play host to the highly anticipated event under the night sky. In 2013, the new track proved to be challenging as one of the fastest drift tracks on the circuit and one of the most technical for tandem drifting.
RD7 – Irwindale Speedway – October 10/11
The Irwindale Speedway is known as the “House of Drift.” The legendary drifting venue gave drifting in the U.S it’s roots and is often referred to as the “birthplace” of American drifting. The Formula DRIFT Championship will be decided at this final event of the season and drivers will battle one last time to earn the coveted title of Formula DRIFT champion. The track is the home track for most of the drivers and each year the competition grows more intense. The infamous course is challenging and exciting utilizing part of the short oval track and many inside turns.
(Track and event info provided by www.Formulad.com)
We look forward to seeing some regular faces of FD and are sure to have our eyes opened. We are used to lets say… cars with less restrictions as to the quality of the build. With bigger sponsorships and a much larger audience than any UK or Irish event, these machines are nothing short of finely tuned savage beasts pumping out an average of well over the horsepower our local drifters have.
The standard of drifing in the US is second to none, drivers from Asia in the world famous D1 GP have made their way to conquer the States. I had the honor of a passenger ride with the Norwegian Hammer Aasbo in 2011 when he was piloting the Need4Speed Supra and was a truly but clenching journey around Mondello Park, Kildare – Ireland, 3 years on we can naturally assume that technology, tyres, drivers and every aspect of the sport have progressed a long way since then!
As the winter rebuilds draw to an end and we look back over what has been another cracking year for Drifting, continually progressing and expanding we don’t think it will be long before it is a fully regulated Motorsport run by bodies likes of the FIA. We very much look forward to seeing what 2014 brings to the sport and Omnicoverage intend on capturing the finest drifting in the world and bring it to your door, in Full 1080HD!
Keep an eye out on our website, facebook and youtube sites to keep up to date.
And whatever you do…. Do it sideways!!!