DRIFT KINGS - FORMULA D FINALE - AUG 27 - YOU-KNOW-WHERE

FILL FLASH:

MEDIA DAY FOR THIS ONE 
WILL BE THURSDAY
AUGUST 25 FROM 11AM - 3PM
NO RSVP - JUST BEEEE THERE!





FORMULA D DRIFT SERIES USA SERIES FINALE
SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 27 AT SPEEDWAY

Irwindale, Calif. - - The answer to one of the most-asked questions of the year, “When are those WILD drifters coming back to Irwindale?” now has a good answer.  Saturday night, August 27, 2005.  That's when Formula Drift will slam smoking and sliding VERY SIDEWAYS under the lights into the facility that has come to be known as:  “The consensus VERY best place in the World to witness professional Drifting.” 

“These are the drivers that had everyone on their feet at Long Beach this year, “ said track GM Bob DeFazio.  “We're very pleased that this year's Formula D drift championship will be settled right here at Irwindale,  this is where the sport exploded onto the scene, and we're looking for a record-breaking crowd for this one.”

This year's Formula Drift championship is comprised of five stops across the country with the all-out finale at Irwindale on Saturday night August 27.  

The 2005 season got under way on April 16 with a spectacular show at New Jersey's famed Wall Speedway.   From there it was on to super events at Road Atlanta on May 6 and 7, Reliant Park in Houston on June 11, Infineon Raceway in northern California on July 9, and at Chicago's historic Soldier Field on the shore of Lake Michigan on August 8.   

For additional event information, updates on the races leading up to the finale at Irwindale, ticket purchase information, vendor information, or to sign up as a competitor or an event volunteer got to www.formuladrift.com.

ADD:  AN IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY FIRST … NASCAR RACING TAKES A RECESS WHILE THE DRIFT KINGS TAKE OVER THE OVAL … AUGUST 27

For the first time in Irwindale Speedway's seven year history there will be something other than a NASCAR or USAC race on a Saturday night in season.  That that as a telling indication that Drifting, as a motorsports attraction, has truly come of age.

Irwindale Speedway has been the site of three previous total sellouts (how DO they get 10,000 people into a 6,500-seat stadium?   … Very nicely thankyouverymuch!) for the slideways sport that one veteran racing observer aptly described as:  

“Drag racing around a corner … With style points!”

However one describes this fast and furious new way to make the maximum amount of tire smoke and fan cheering in the shortest amount of time, no one can call it a “fad” anymore.  Just check out the back cover of the event program for the McDonald' advert which asks:  “Are You MAC Enough?”  Mainstream … Slipstream … We all scream for more drifting!

LIVE FROM THE FORMULADRIFT.COM WEBSITE: 
“Updated Championship points have been posted!  The Championship chase is down to the wire!  Chicago was unbelievable with the course being surrounded by scenic Lake Michigan, historic Soldier Field and the gorgeous Downtown Chicago skyline.  

The Championship continued to push the Formula D drivers to their limits.  Round 5 was the most stressful, hectic and intense battle so far.  After surviving “the Gauntlet”, the temporary course at Chicago's Soldier Field, the Need For Speed Formula D Championship heads back to Irwindale Speedway for the season finale.  Rhys Millen and his Pontiac/RMR/Yokohama sponsored GTO maintains a small lead on 2004 Champion Samuel Hubinette and Ken “the Gush” Gushi.  

So bust out your calculators and start figuring out what Rhys needs to do to close out the Championship and what Sam, Ken and the others need to do to steal the Championship away from Rhys.  Buy your discount tickets early to insure that you will be there to find out who will be the 2005 Need For Speed Formula D Champion.”


PLEASE NOTE:
ASSIGNED MEDIA WHO CALL EARLY (BEFORE THURSDAY) - AND BETTER STILL - FILL OUT AN APPLICATION ON THE FORMULAD WEBSITE SHOULD HAVE FEW  PROBLEMS COVERING THIS EVENT
… ON THE OTHER HAND: LATE (DAY OF), UNEXPECTED, AND UNPREPLANNED MEDIA REQUESTS ARE OFTEN GREETED WITH A RATHER BLANK LOOK … ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE FROM OUTSIDE OF THE REGULAR DRIFT RANKS … EVERY MOTORSPORTS JOURNO WORTH HIS OR HER SALT SHOULD SEE THIS ACTION-PACKED X-GAMES STYLE BRAND OF CAR CONTROL.   BE THERE, JUST CALL EARLY PLEASE!

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(NOTE THAT: CURRENT IS HARD CARDS WILL BE HONORED FOR ADMISSION … PHOTO LOCATIONS ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE ORGANIZERS AND YOUR COOPERATION IN THIS MATTER IS APPRECIATED AND EXPECTED) 

Position	Name	Points	

1	Rhys Millen 	404	

2	Samuel Hubinette 	393	

3	Ken Gushi 	376	

4	Daijiro Yoshihara 	332	

5	Vaughn Gittin Jr. 	321	

6	Taka Aono 	316	

7	Calvin Wan 	295	

8	Chris Forsberg 	236	

9	Michael Peters 	231	

10	Alex Pfeiffer 	227	

11	Kenji Yamanaka 	202	

12	Tyler McQuarrie 	193	

13	Siego Yamamoto 	175	

14	Tanner Foust 	161	

15	Conrad Grunewald 	145	

16	Casper Canul 	137	

17	Hiro Sumida 	123	

18	Hubert Young 	120	

19	Andy Yen 	118	

20	Tony Angelo 	109	

21	Robbie Nishida 	74	

22	Stephan Papadakis 	67	

23	Chris Kregorian 	62	

24	John Yim 	                58	

25	Ryan Hampton 	56	

25	Tony Schultz 	56	

25	Yukinobu Okubo 	56	

28	Ben Schwartz 	55	

28	Rob Fleming 	55	

28	James Bondurant 	55	

28	Matt Vassallo 	55	

28	Ross Petty 	55	

99	Brendan Walker 	0	

99	Ernie Fixmer 	0	

99	Erik Jacobs 	0	



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