Once again the Streets of Long Beach was taken over with the smell and sound of burning rubber, as Formula Drift made its return to the famous city street course to kick off its 2019 season.
With the 2018 season widely regarded as one of the most exciting in the series’ 15-year history, 2019 has all the ingredients for the most intense competition to date. And because nothing sits still, Formula DRIFT is welcoming new sponsors, drivers and cars to the series.
There are six rookies in the 2019 Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship, for whom the O’Reilly Auto Parts Streets of Long Beach presented by Permatex would be their first competitive outing on the Californian street course. They include three drivers from overseas and three inductees from the Formula DRIFT Link ECU Pro 2 Championship. The top three from the drifting feeder championship are title winner Travis Reeder plus runners up Dylan Hughes and Sebastien Gauthier.
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Season 16 brings big changes and new partnerships for 2019
Formula DRIFT – the world’s premier drifting series – is embarking on its sweet sixteenth season with a raft of updates to enhance the experience for fans both at the track and online. This includes a new FormulaD.com website, which has been optimized for mobile use, allowing fans to follow the action wherever they are. In addition to its new look, the website will have live bracket updates throughout the competition. There are also brand new driver bios and a media section with event photography and videos from the new FD Studios production team. The new website will launch immediately after the opening round in Long Beach, CA this weekend.
Formula DRIFT – the world’s premier drifting series – is excited to deliver live and on-demand content produced by FD Studios on Facebook Watch. Live and on-demand shows will kick-off from April 1, 2019, in conjunction with the first competition round of Formula DRIFT: The Streets of Long Beach.
The newly-formed FD Studios will create more than 100 hours of original content featuring specific shows with air dates on Facebook Watch, focusing on the action and drivers of the Formula DRIFT Championship. In addition, Formula DRIFT will continue to deliver the most widely viewed drifting livestream in the world to fans on Facebook by utilizing Facebook Live.
Formula DRIFT – the world’s premier drifting series – is excited to announce FD Studios. This new enterprise will generate original content for all Formula DRIFT digital platforms and television properties.
FD Studios has been formed in association with Send It Productions, the producers of the Formula DRIFT series on CBS Sports Network for the last decade. It marks an investment by the series organizers in digital content in order to provide more original videos for its huge online audience.