- The 2013 Formula Drift season kicked off this past weekend to a sold-out crowd along the streets of Long Beach.
- Thousands of spectators were entertained with burnouts, donuts and tire-smoking slides.
- Daijiro Yoshihara placed 1st in the America's Tire/Falken Tire Nissan S13, Vaughn Gittin Jr. placed 2nd in his Ford Mustang and Chris Forsberg took 3rd in a Nissan 370Z.
LONG BEACH, California — Formula Drift season held its first event of the 2013 season this past weekend in Long Beach, California. It marked the beginning of Formula D's 10th season.
Also including the Slammed Society car show, the sold-out event featured dozens of aftermarket vendors, showcar displays and skateboarding demos.
Thirty-two Formula Drift drivers qualified after Friday's first round and went on to compete Saturday on turns 9, 10 and 11 of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach street course. Drivers drifted in head-to-head-style match-ups, guiding cars through controlled slides and between barriers, where they were judged on four categories: style, angle, line and speed.
Daijiro Yoshihara placed 1st in the America's Tire/Falken Tire Nissan S13, Vaughn Gittin Jr. placed 2nd in his Ford Mustang and Chris Forsberg took 3rd in a Nissan 370Z.
Three judges evaluated performances, and Formula Drift drivers were allocated points accordingly. While all other points are subjective scores, points for the speed category are allotted based on how close the drivers are to a median speed. The speed goal is set before the race.
In previous seasons of Formula Drift, all judges each scored every category, but this year each judge only scores one category. Formula D drivers are awarded points in single-elimination matches throughout the season, with the goal of a cumulative-points champion.
Long Beach was the first venue for the seven-round season. The next Formula Drift event takes place at Road Atlanta in Georgia on May 10-11.
Edmunds says: Formula Drift is about all style, flare, theatricality and having fun. Drivers coordinate tandem donuts and walk among race fans throughout the day, making Formula D an extremely accessible race series that is equal parts racecar and trackside party.