Formula Drift Announces Revised 2020 Schedule
Formula DRIFT recently announced its revised 2020 competition schedule, which now kicks off with a bang at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on July 3-4. Not only is it Independence Day weekend but also the same track where the very first official FD event was held in 2004, making it an appropriate starting point under these extraordinary circumstances.
This is great news for ENEOS-sponsored driver, Daijiro Yoshihara, who is finalizing the preparation on his Turn 14 Distribution / Falken Tire / ENEOS Oil Subaru BRZ. For 2020, Dai will be joined by a new member of the ENEOS drift team, Faruk Kugay in the SGK Performance / Nuke / ENEOS Oil / Nexen Tire S14. Both drivers are looking forward to finally getting back to competition.
Ever since the shut down was announced for the Coronavirus, Formula DRIFT has been working hard behind the scenes with the tracks, teams and sponsors to ensure the season takes place. “With the cancellation of the opening round and the uncertainty regarding the ability to organize live events in the first few months following the national directives regarding COVID-19, we have worked closely with all our venue partners to create a new 2020 schedule,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We’ve taken these steps, in consultation with the teams and sponsors, in order to give us the highest probability of achieving our goal to run an eight-round Championship. Obviously, this may still be subject to national directives since the safety of our fans, teams, vendors, sponsors and staff remains our number one priority.”
The new schedule represents the best chance of completing an eight-round Formula DRIFT Championship based on venue availability. The majority of tracks remain part of the 2020 schedule, although several dates have been changed to accommodate the events into a compressed timeline. Unfortunately, Long Beach, CA and Orlando, FL have been lost but new events have been created at Irwindale Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway.
“Our venue partners have been incredibly flexible under these very challenging circumstances,” Jim continued. “Irwindale has given us a second date, and we plan to radically change the course layout to create something really special for the first event there in August. Additionally, Texas Motor Speedway opened a date for us and we’re excited to return to Texas to see all the fans again!
“As we mentioned in our previous statement, everybody at Formula DRIFT is incredibly appreciative of the tremendous support shown by our fans, as well as the commitment of the teams, vendors, sponsors and track management teams around the country. We’re all looking forward to seeing the 2020 FD season kick-off with what will surely be a very special Independence Day celebration at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.”
Throughout the 2020 schedule, fans and participants can be assured Formula DRIFT will adhere to local and national government guidance on health and safety.
For the revised competition schedule and ticket information, visit formulad.com. Fans who purchased tickets to events on the previous schedule will be contacted with a number of options to obtain tickets to the new events or to obtain refunds.
FORMULA DRIFT 2020 COMPETITION SCHEDULE
|ROUND / VENUE||DATE|
|Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – PRO||July 3-4|
|Old Bridge Township Raceway Park – PRO, PRO2||July 23-25|
|World Wide Technology Raceway – PRO, PRO2||August 6-8|
|Irwindale Speedway – PRO||August 21-22|
|Sonoma Raceway – PRO, PRO2||September 11-13|
|Evergreen Speedway – PRO||September 25-26|
|Texas Motor Speedway – PRO, PRO2||October 15-17|
|Irwindale Speedway – PRO||November 20-21