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    When the fark is this offically happening so i can put in for time off at work?

  • #2
    Chandler, AZ
    Saturday, December 12, 2009


    • #3
      is that for sure? cause there is nothing posted on HINs site about it, and there is no info either on pro-ams acutal site


      • #4
        PRO/AM site has a kick *Censored**Censored**Censored* event in october on it though ;-)


        • #5
          Not trying to leave people in the dark but there are some developments regarding the FD Pro Am Nationals, so until we at FD can 1005 be certain the outcome, we have nothing to officially announce. Our #1 choice, as announced at the beginning of the season is to hold the FD Pro Am Nationals at Firebird International Raceway on Dec 12 in conjunction with a HIN event. If this changes, we do have an alternate venue for a mid November dates (after SEMA and before Thanksgiving). Our plan is to make an official announcement by the end of next week.

          To clarify, the FD Pro Am Nationals is an invite only competition and the only way for a driver to receive a 2010 FD Pro License besides petitioning and being subject to review by our committee. A driver receives an invitation via these events... or if the driver is a current FD Pro but did not receive enough points to automatically renew his license.

          Hope this helps.


          • #6
            awesome. thanks


            • #7
              are there any updates on this? I know myself and a lot of the other drivers interested in going to this event will need to plan ahead and it is getting down to the line here.

              any info is appreciated.



              • #8
                What is going on? 2 DMCC West drivers that are on our team received email saying Nov 21st, in Irwindale. What is the date? Location?



                • #9
                  For Immediate Release

                  October 1, 2009

                  Formula DRIFT Announces Schedule Change for the Pro Am National Championship;
                  Event will now be held on November 21 at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale

                  Long Beach, Calif. – October 1, 2009 – Formula DRIFT has announced a schedule and venue change for the 2009 Pro Am National Championship. The event will now take place on November 21 at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale.

                  The top amateur drivers from the United States and Canada will meet at the infamous “House of Drift,” at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. This will be the first time that a Pro Am competition of this level will take place at this location. The rising stars of drifting will be discovered and compete for their chance to earn a Formula DRIFT Pro Championship license. Current professional drivers that made their way up through the Pro Am circuit include Justin Pawlak, Ryan Tuerck, Joon Maeng, and Matt Powers.

                  “Bringing the FD Pro Am National Championship to Irwindale is not only very cool, but very symbolic as well,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Never has a Pro Am competition of this magnitude and importance been held at Irwindale before. And to top it off Irwindale is the birthplace of American professional drifting, back in 2003 when Ryan and I brought D1 outside of Japan for the first time.”

                  Tickets for the Pro Am National Championship will go on sale on October 17, the same day as Round 7: Judgment Day the final event of the 6th season of the Formula DRIFT Pro Championship. Online tickets can be purchased on the Formula DRIFT website. For more information, visit:
                  Formula DRIFT Pro AM National Championship Invited Drivers List
                  Driver Name / Series Qualified From
                  Brian Peter Formula DRIFT Atlanta
                  Dan Willie Formula DRIFT Atlanta
                  Jason Jiovani Formula DRIFT Atlanta
                  Tom Barnhart Formula DRIFT Atlanta
                  Forrest Wang Formula DRIFT Las Vegas
                  Johnny Kanavas Formula DRIFT Las Vegas
                  Roland Gallagher Formula DRIFT Las Vegas
                  Andrew Coomes Formula DRIFT Las Vegas
                  Cyrus Martinez Formula DRIFT Seattle
                  Victor Moore Formula DRIFT Seattle
                  Ian Fournier Formula DRIFT Seattle
                  Trent Stromkins Formula DRIFT Seattle
                  Kohei Nakamura DMCC West
                  Chris Scremin DMCC West
                  Robert Parsons DMCC West
                  David Briggs DMCC East
                  Ryan Lanteigne DMCC East
                  Claude Poirier DMCC East
                  Russell Walker HIN Texas
                  Ameen Rizvi HIN Texas
                  Gary James HIN Florida
                  Charlie Thompson HIN Florida
                  Derek King HIN Chicago
                  Mike Pollard HIN Chicago
                  John Johnson HIN Chicago

                  Note: In addition to the listed drivers, all current Formula DRIFT Pro License holders that do not meet the minimum points for automatic renewal will be invited to this competition. Alternates and additional drivers will be added to the list pending the results of upcoming Pro Am events.

                  For more information contact:
                  John Pangilinan
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                  • #10
                    This is kinda weak

                    I thought FD didn't have the budget to do another event. Reason for not having another world championship event.

                    I say attempt to have one now....


                    • #11
                      1. Correct there is no budget for 2009 Drifting World Championship, though 10 nations, 3 FD champs, 2 D1 champs, 3 Pro Drift champs and 1 DMCC East champ will be represented at Irwindale. We are working on 2010 DWC.

                      2. Without getting into too many details, we were planning to work with Hot Import Nights to run the Nationals at their Phoenix event at Firebird Raceway in December, but an official agreement could not be finalize. So instead of dragging it out any further we took it upon ourselves to pull this together all very last minute, not becuase we were sitting on a pile of cash looking for a way to spend it. We did not want 30+ invited ProAm drivers not to have a Nationals to compete at and Irwindale Speedway is going out of their way to make this work for us on such short notice. Sorry for the schedule change but it had to be done.


                      • #12
                        correction.... 2 DMCC champs... Tuerck won it in '07.

                        And you could throw a NOPI champ from '07 in the mix too with Sherman.


                        • #13
                          Was teaming up with the monterey sports car championship ever a option? *never mind that event is like this weekend lol*

                          Or what about the BOTI event at cali speedway on november 22nd? They got a parking lot the size of vegases, and they have a nice infield.

                          And what about the quest for the sward event, will licenses be given at that event?
                          Last edited by Bebop; 10-02-2009, 11:59 AM.


                          • #14
                            good to finally have an offical date, but this sucks for us florida peeps


                            • #15
                              Irwindale is a venue that is well worth a cross country trip for. It's in SoCali -- seriously, need I really say more? ;-)