2018 has been another great year of Formula D action and excitement. Now the series heads to the House of Drift Irwindale Speedway yet again to cap out the year and crown a series champion. Will we see James Dean win back to back championships or will Fredric Aasbo play spoiler and take the championship for himself.
Formula DRIFT – the world’s premier competitive drifting series – is delighted to announce its return to The House of Drift at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California for the Final Round on October 12/13, 2018.
Irwindale Speedway hosted the very first drift event in North America and has become synonymous with the fastest growing motorsport in the world.
Towards the end of 2017, Irwindale Speedway management announced it would be closing and Formula DRIFT actively sought an alternative venue. Its 2018 schedule initially indicated the 2018 Pro and Pro 2 Finals would take place in Las Vegas. However, everybody associated with Formula DRIFT was delighted to learn that Irwindale Speedway is under new management and has signed a three-year deal to keep the series at The House of Drift.
I’ve shot at a lot of tracks over the last few years, Silverstone, Mondello, even indoors at Green Glens arena in Ireland for an IDC event but there was something special driving into 500 Speedway Drive for round 8 of this years Formula Drift. For the last 14 years the House of Drift has played an important role in bringing Drifting to the USA and the global stage but the iconic track has had an axe hovering over it for the last couple of years after being purchased by a property developer to build a mall on the site, and now it appears to have fallen and this is billed as its final event.
Adding to the buzz this weekend Irish driver James Deane has the title in the bag just needing points from qualifying in the top 32. With a bye run, normally qualifying would have been good enough but FD moved the goal posts after Texas meaning to score the points James had to complete his top 32 run as well. While on paper that should be a celebration lap this is motorsport and things can go wrong.
Another year of Formula D action is In the books and it was all caped out with the Final Round out at Irwindale Speedway for it’s last professional drifting event before it closes next year. Irwindale has always been able to bring the very best out of drivers and deliver an amazing show and this year sure didn’t disappoint.
|Long Beach, Calif. – October 14, 2017 – Formula DRIFT Black Magic Pro Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras returned to Irwindale Speedway for Round 8: O’Reilly Auto Parts “Title Fight”. Piotr Wiecek in the Worthhouse / Falken Tire Nissan 240 takes home his first Formula DRIFT victory and clinches Rookie of the Year honors, while his teammate James Deane in the Worthouse / Falken Tire Nissan 240 clinches his first Formula DRIFT Championship.