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Mar 27, 2008

Formula Drift Season Opener - April 12th Long Beach

Formula DRIFT Prepares the Kick-off of Season 5

The Formula DRIFT Championship’s fifth season is about to get underway and to kick-off the season in style, guest Grand Marshall for Round 1: Streets of Long Beach will be professional skateboarder and star of MTV’s, “Rob and Big,” Rob Dyrdek. Rob will be making a special guest appearance and will start the event with a parade lap in his Rogue Status Camaro.

For the first time in it’s 5 year history, Formula DRIFT will be announcing it’s first ever Miss Formula DRIFT for the 2008 season. Miss Formula DRIFT will be attending each Formula DRIFT round and will be make her debut on April 9 at the season kick-off party in Long Beach, CA.

New cars, new teams, and new sponsors will make for a very exciting season. Scion will be entering Formula DRIFT with a rear-wheel drive Scion tC operated by RS-R USA and piloted by Ken Gushi. Gardella Racing of drag racing fame will be entering drift by picking up Ryan Tuerck and he will be piloting a Pontiac Solstice. Vaughn Gittin Jr. is officially Ford supported and Peak Performance / Hankook will now have a two-car team with Robby Nishida and Joon Maeng behind the wheel. Falken driver, Darren McNamara, will now pilot a Saturn Sky, but one of the biggest off-season moves has been Rhys Millen Racing signing of Daijiro Yoshihara and he will be piloting Rhys’ championship winning Pontiac GTO.

The battle of the energy drinks continues with Champion Tanner Foust getting a full ride with Rockstar and NOS picking up Chris Forsberg. Redbull will still support Rhys Millen and Gardella Racing.

“We are very excited to begin the 5th Formula DRIFT Championship season and ready to kick it off with a bang!,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT.

Always fun to go out and watch.

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