Formula DRIFT Announces 2011 Pro Championship Schedule; Palm Beach International Raceway Added to List of Venues
Formula DRIFT has announced the official 2011 Pro Championship Schedule of Events. Palm Beach International Raceway has been added to the list of venues and will host Round 3 on June 3-4, 2011. “Formula DRIFT consistently pushes to grow the sport of drifting and entering our eighth year as a professional series we are proud of where we have been able to take the sport,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “We are fortunate to work with the top venues for motorsports in the nation and provide quality entertainment to fans across the country.” 2011 Formula Drift Schedule
Round 1 – Streets of Long Beach – Long Beach, CA – April 8-9 Round 2 – Road to the Championship – Road Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – May 6-7 Round 3 – Invasion – Palm Beach International Raceway – Palm Beach, FL – June 3-4 Round 4 – The Gauntlet – Wall Speedway - Wall, NJ – June 17-18 Round 5 – Throwdown – Evergreen Speedway - Monroe, WA – July 22-23 Round 6 – After Dark – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV – August 26-27 Round 7 – Title Fight – Toyota Speedway at Irwindale – Irwindale, CA - October 7-8 ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT Entering its eighth 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 7 events nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship crown. As the first official series in North 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. For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit: www.formuladrift.com.
What is drifting?
Drifting refers to a driving technique and to a motorsport where the driver intentionally over steers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels through turns, while maintaining vehicle control and a high exit speed. A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle prior to the corner apex, and the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa), and the driver is controlling these factors. As a motor sport, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide. Drift racing challenges drivers to navigate a course in a sustained sideslip by exploiting coupled nonlinearities in the tire force response. via Wikipedia