30 May 2012|
North America’s Professional Drifting Championship Series, Formula DRIFT, returns to Palm Beach International Raceway June 1 & 2 for Round 3: Invasion. The competition will feature nearly one hundred racers drifting on the newly configured road course, where cars will slide at speeds over one hundred miles per hour for motorsports’ best example of extreme car-control driving. Drivers will test metal against mettle battling for the Formula DRIFT title.
The two-day competition starts on Friday afternoon as two levels of drifting professionals take to the track. The Formula DRIFT Racing Series is comprised of professional drifters from throughout the world to compete in seven rounds. Once an underground event, now a national phenomenon – Drifting has become extremely popular attracting fans with its freestyle nature compared to skateboarding and motor cross.
The Formula DRIFT race at Palm Beach International Raceway is a high powered, high skilled motorsport where professional drivers intentionally maneuver their cars into executed controlled sideways sliding at high speeds through a marked course challenging the drivers’ ability and control. In this racing series, engine and body modification become second to driving skill. Drivers are judged on execution and style, rather than who finishes the course in the fastest time.
Last year, the modified layout of PBIR proved to be the most challenging course yet for the in the series. Drivers faced a highly technical track with high speed and high angle entry and were not afraid to swap paint. On Friday drivers will take to the track for their practice and qualifying rounds.
In addition to the drifting on the Road Course, Slammed Society is back for the Formula Drift Title Car Show on Saturday by Fatlace, the Official Automotive Showcase, featuring the country’s freshest rides. At this event fans don’t have to be sidelined by the action but can compete in the Global Time Attack Autocross on both Saturday and Sunday.
No other professional racing series showcases drivers of the highest caliber bringing spectators the infectious rush of high adrenaline racing combining surgical drifting precision and tire-smoking power. On June 1 & 2 Gates open at 12pm with ticket prices starting at $26. Advance tickets are available at www.racepbir.com
About Formula DRIFT:
Entering its ninth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver’s driving ability and vehicle control. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete in seven events nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship crown. As the first official series in America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life and establishes itself as the world-wide leader for the sport.
About Palm Beach International Raceway:
Palm Beach International Raceway was purchased by a group of real estate and corporate investors in 2007. The state-of-the-art venue is rapidly becoming one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, PBIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. PBIR boasts three completely refurbished, exceptionally designed tracks, including a high-performance road course, an all-concrete drag strip and a 7/10’s mile karting track and new karting center. The technologically superior two-mile road course features some of the fastest and most challenging corners and straight-aways offered by any track in North America. PBIR is currently sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and is pending certification by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for many major racing events. For more information on PBIR, please visit the venue’s website at www.RacePBIR.com
About Global Time Attack:
Global Time Attack is the premiere time trial series in North America. With three classes including Limited, Unlimited and Street class, all levels of drivers and vehicles are able to participate for their best times on the track. Teaming up with Formula Drift, GTA will be running June 1st and 2nd at Palm Beach International Raceway in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information visit www.globaltimeattack.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/GlobalTimeAttack.
Thursday Schedule: Formula DRIFT Kick Off Party
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Event Kick Off – Meet & Party with the drivers (professional drifters) Drift Cars on Display, BizSpeed and Slammed Society Car Show, PBIR Models & Formula DRIFT Grid Girls
Where: Burger Bar Palm Beach Gardens at 4650 Donald Ross Rd # 100 Palm Beach Gdns, FL 33418
12:00 p.m. – Gates Open to the Public
2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Races – Track
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Autograph Signing Session – NOS Energy Drink Booth
12:00 p.m. – Gates Open to Public
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Global Time Attack
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Top 32 Open Practice
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Formula Drift Main Competition Round 32
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Global Time Attack
7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. National Anthem/Opening Ceremonies
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Formula Drift Main Competition Round of 16 to Finals
10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Formula Drift Trophy Ceremony
For further information before race, please call Stacey Federico, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at (561) 578-5629 or on race days (603) 560-7302