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    We're on our way right now driving on I-95 4 in the morning meeting up with our drivers. Just like last year Powerzamcam is proudly representing at the event with 4 drivers this year and we'll be bringing you all daily updates and pics the whole weekend. Watch out for it on our website at this link http://www.powerzamcam.com/blog/?p=124

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    10-5/6/7-2007 USDrift Round 5 at VIR with GTLive



    Round5 - USDrift Nationals: Amateur Series
    Friday, October 5th, Saturday, October 6th, and Sunday, October 7th 2007
    at the VIRginia International Raceway
    1245 Pine Tree Road
    Alton, VA 24520
    434.822.7700

    DETAILS:
    Round5 of the USDrift Nationals: Amateur Series is being held at the VIRginia International Raceway, in Alton, VA in conjunction with GT Live and the KONI Challenge Series (formerly known as the Grand Am Cup Series).
    Event payout is a $1000 purse, winner take all.
    Please refer to the 2007 USD Competition Rules and Regulations (CRR) for specific information regarding the USD competition series. Note: Several rules have changed for 2007, please read the new rulebook to ensure compliance. For any additional information on this and other USD events, please visit the USD website. This includes decal placement on the windshield. Additional questions regarding this event and rules may be directed to mike@usdrift.com.
    Grounds speed limit is 10 mph and paddock speed limit is 5mph, both will be strictly enforced.
    Event is rain or shine.

    REGISTRATION*:
    Preregistration event cost is $125 (save $75 and preregister). Deadline for preregistration is midnight on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007.
    Event day registration is $200 (pending spots are still available).
    ***You must also purchase a 3-day event ticket from www.etix.com to gain entry to the track.***
    Driver max for this event is 50.
    *You must be a current member of the National Auto Sport Association (N.A.S.A.) in order to compete at this event. You can become a member at NASA's National website. Memberships are valid for one year and include a subscription to GrassRoots Magazine (a $19.95 value), as well as other benefits and discounts listed on their site.

    PRO-AM:
    Each 2007 USD competition will award drivers' points based on their performance. At the end of the USD season, the top drivers in the series will be invited to compete at the Pro-Am Drifting Championship in November. For more information on the Pro-Am Series, please visit the Pro-Am website. For more information on the Formula Drift Professional Series, please visit the Formula Drift website. This event is the FINAL round based on a total of 5 rounds for the season, for the current 2007 USDrift standings, please visit www.usdrift.com.

    FORMAT:
    Practice sessions will take place on the entire 11 turn, 1.1 mile Patriot course. Qualifying and competition rounds will take place only in turns 10, 9, and 8, running clockwise (in front of the Patriot timing and scoring tower). The competition format will be a standard Top16 single elimination round followed by a Super8 tandem elimination round which will progress down the ladder until a winner is declared.

    Qualifying and competition rounds will be judged by a 3-member panel for this event. Judged criteria includes; entry speed into the turns, overall speed carried throughout the judged portion of the run, drift angle (the bigger, the better – without sacrificing speed), clipping points (apex of the turns), use of the entire track (performed in a controlled manner).

    On tandem runs, the aforementioned factors will still be used, with the addition of the leading and following cars maintaining their respective lead or pursuit over the other driver. Passes are not required for a winning run, however, if the lead driver has gone off line and the following driver executes the pass in a safe manner or to prevent a crash, that is acceptable. The “One More Time” clause will only be used once per match-up. Extra points can be awarded to drivers at the discretion of the individual judges and may include, but are not limited to, close proximity to barriers, amount of tire smoke, tire smoke that causes a change in the following driver’s line, and if minor contact is made with an object but the drift is still maintained (i.e. bumper gently tagging a barrier).

    SCHEDULE:
    Friday, October 5th - 3:00PM-6:00PM - Practice Session
    Saturday, October 6th - 1:20PM-4:20PM - Practice and Qualifying Sessions
    Sunday, October 7th - 1:20PM-4:20PM - Tandem Competition

    LODGING:
    Because there is other activities taking place in conjunction with this event (GT Live and KONI Challenge Series), book your hotel early as most area hotels will sell out in advance, if not already.
    Hotels - The closest cities/towns to choose a hotel from are: Danville, VA / South Boston, VA / Roxboro, NC.
    Camping - Not sure if they are allowing it for this event. In the past, it was $50 for campers, $35 for tents. Best bet is to call them at 434.822.7700 for more details.

    MISC:
    Volunteers interested in helping out with this event, please email brian@usdrift.com. All volunteers must be 18+ years old.
    Sponsorship inquiries for this event should be directed to brian@usdrift.com or call 804-545-2822.
    Any event questions or concerns, please contact mike@usdrift.com or call 804-545-2822.
    All media requests must be sent to John Davidson at VIRginia International Raceway. All media requests are subject to approval from VIR only. Because of the nature of this event, VIR is limiting the number of credentials awarded and the professionalism of the organization requesting credentials.

    DIRECTIONS:
    Driving from Roanoke
    * Take US 220 South towards Martinsville, approx. 50 miles
    * Exit onto US 58 East to Danville, VA, continue through Danville, approx. 40 miles
    * Turn right onto VA-62 South to Milton, NC, through the traffic light and onto NC-57 South.
    * Continue one half mile and turn left onto Race Track Road. VIR is 1 mile on the left
    Driving from Richmond
    * Take I-95 South, 22 miles
    * Take I-85 South, 56 miles
    * Take US 58 West near South Hill, 70 miles
    * Turn left on VA-62 South to Milton, NC, through the traffic light and onto NC-57 South.
    * Continue one half mile and turn left onto Race Track Road. VIR is 1 mile on the left
    Driving from Raleigh
    * Take US 70 Bypass West to I-85 South
    * Turn right onto US 501 Bypass North, becomes US 501
    * Stay on US 501 to Roxboro, approx. 27 miles
    * Turn left onto Court St. in Roxboro,
    * Turn right onto NC-57, 17 miles
    * Turn right onto Race Track Rd. VIR is 1 mile on the left
    Driving from Greensboro
    * Take US 29 North, 45 miles
    * Turn onto US 58 East towards South Boston, 5 miles
    * Turn right onto VA-62 South to Milton, NC, through the traffic light and onto NC-57 South.
    * Continue one half mile and turn left onto Race Track Road. VIR is 1 mile on the left
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