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Jul 25, 2007 - 12:32:00 AM - Print

A Look At Formula D Racing History

The popularity of Formula D Racing (Formula Drifting) has reached an unimaginable number of audiences. The challenge and the rush of this sport are portrayed in a number of TV shows and movies. The movie ‘Tokyo Drift’ has created a big following and a lot of people all over the globe wanted to know more about Formula Drifting.

Indeed, there are a many people who wanted to get in to the sports of drifting. A lot of them just start hopping on their car seats and try to do some drifts on their own. Although you can learn a lot of drifting techniques from TV shows at G4TV or logging on to the Internet and read or watch videos relating to Formula D racing, you might miss learning about one of the most primary things that you need to know about Formula D racing – it’s history.



Although history may sound boring, it is a fundamental aspect of the sport that you need to understand. By knowing Formula D racing history, you would then appreciate the sports even more.

Formula D racing is relatively popular in the United States. Professional drifting may be something new, but there a lot of unorganized drifting competitions before it were considered to be a sport by majority of car enthusiasts.

In fact, drifting has been in existence in the United States for more than three decades now. At first, it has been working its way underground and not on a professional level. There is only a little buzz about this sport because it is used to be illegal and very dangerous specially when done in public streets. Drifting is considered as street racing, which is illegal in most state and localities in the United States.

Before drifting become a recognized motor sport, most drifting events and competitions where done in unsafe location and on city streets. Because of the present danger of drifting, some drifting enthusiasts wanted to create a safer environment for drifters, thus they create a small group with this objective in mind.

The group then started creating local racetracks for drivers to safely do their drifts. Soon enough, the group started to accept member and the group also provided its members with a lot of benefits. They conducted training and held drifting events. Later, Slipstream Global announced that they are developing a company that is now known as Formula Drift, Inc.

Japan also created waves in the sports of drifting which started ten years ago. Professional Japanese drivers demonstrated drifting in 2003 in Irwindale Speedway. Since then, Slipstream Global Marketing tied up with Yokohama Tire Corporation and brought the D1 Grand Prix All Star Invitational to the United States. Today, the D1 Grand Prix is the only accepted international pro drifting series in the globe.

Formula Drift, Inc is the first-ever organization that holds professional drifting series tagged as ‘Formula D’. Formula D is also known as Formula Drifting or Formula Drift. Its first few series started out in 2003 but Formula D events did not take place up until the year 2004. The first professional Formula Drift event was held in Road Atlanta in Georgia on April 2004.

Since the first event in Road Atlanta, a lot of additional tracks were added. There have been seven more venues that were added to the series in 2004 alone. As years go by, more and more tracks are being added.

Today, Formula D racing is creating waves in the motoring industry. Not only that, the sports proved to be a total entertainment for a lot of people. Formula Drift has partnered with G4TV, a popular gaming television network. Today, it covers most of Formula D racing events and competitions. It airs a lot of informational shows about the sports where it features a lot of drifting techniques. So if you wanted to more about Formula D racing and you are interested in doing some drifts on your own, you can start learning from G4TV shows.

In addition, G4TV is now venturing with iTunes so that their TV shows and drifting videos may be available at their sites. You now get the chance to bring the thrill and fun of the game to your iPod and computers with podcasts. And what’s even better is that you can get these podcasts and the iTunes program absolutely free





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