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Red Bull Drifting World Championship - Web Exclusive

Red Bull prepares for a historic drifting event in Long Beach, CA

Nov 12, 2008
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The Red Bull Drifting World Championship prepares for an historic drifting weekend. The city of Long Beach, CA will play host for the event and activities have been scheduled throughout the week, including a parade of cars through the downtown area. A purpose-built drifting track will be created in the Port of Long Beach for the event.

For the first time, this event will draw competitors from around the world to compete in the inaugral world championship of drifting. It promises to be the best event of its kind ever, and we're especially interested to see several European teams competing in European vehicles.

Pre-event activities for the Red Bull Drifting World Championship include a parade of the competition drifting cars from the Port of Long Beach and through to Downtown Long Beach on Pine Ave on Thursday November 13 at 5:45pm. The cars will be displayed until 9:30pm on Pine Ave. A driver autograph session will be held before the draw party on Pine Ave at 6:00pm featuring the Top 32 Drivers. A "draw" party will then be held immediately following the autograph session at Smooth's Sports Grill and will feature the official announcement of the qualifying order for the main event on Sunday, November 16.

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"We are excited to have Formula Drift's hometown Long Beach as the host city for this historic event," said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula Drift. "Long Beach has supported drifting and holding this event in the Port of Long Beach will be monumental."

A purpose-built drifting track will be unveiled in the Port of Long Beach. The course will feature six turns and a high speed right-hand entry designed to push the drivers into the 100mph range. The course will be the first of it's kind and will be both fast and technical for the ultimate drifting competition.

Thirty-two of the world's best drifters will gather on Saturday and Sunday in the Port of Long Beach to compete for the largest prize purse in drifting history. The top 32 will compete in a head-to-head tandem bracket format, with the winner of each bracket advancing into the next round on his way to becoming the first ever Red Bull Drifting World Champion.

The Red Bull Drifting World Championship will feature the Formula Drift Pro/Am competition on Saturday and a special opening ceremony by the Red Bull Air Force skydiving team on Sunday. A special half-time performance by the band, "Crooked X." will be another highlight on Sunday.

In addition to the drifting action, there will be some of hottest cars in the country on display for visitors to enjoy.

Admission and VIP tickets for the Red Bull Drifting World Championship are still available and can be purchased on-line at



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