October 21, 2010 (Chandler, Ariz.) - When the tire smoke cleared after a hard fought battle at XDC Phoenix, Miro Ovcharik laid claim to his first XDC victory while Chelsea DeNofa was named champion of the inaugural Xtreme Drift Circuit.
XDC Phoenix came to a close with a hard fought battle in the final of XDC Phoenix between Ovcharik and Canadian Pat Cyr. While Ovcharik has been on a tear in the second half of the XDC season, Cyr was fresh off a victory at the Formula Drift Pro-Am Nationals at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, California.
However, in qualifying it would be Jeff Jones, driving the BMI Racing 4-rotor Mazda RX-8, taking the top qualifier spot, with DeNofa qualifying second, local driver George Marstonovic third, and Will Parsons fourth. DeNofa's qualifying effort, combined with Nate Brasz not making the top-16, effectively clinched the XDC championship for DeNofa.
Ovcharik would not have an easy road to the final, as he first faced Will Parsons, who earned the Retaks Insane Entry Award in qualifying, before facing XDC Vegas winner Odi Bakchis. In the Final Four, he faced top qualifier Jeff Jones before defeating him and advancing to the final. Cyr would defeat Mike Burns, Marstanovic, and finally, DeNofa to meet Ovcharik in the final.
In the consolation, DeNofa put a cap on his championship season by defeating Jones to finish third, earning $1000 while Jones won $500. In the final, Ovcharik defeated Cyr and took his first victory of the season, and grabbing a $3000 check while Cyr earned $2000. DeNofa was also awarded a set of Enkei Racing Line wheels for his championship.
"I had an awesome time traveling and driving in the XDC this year," said DeNofa afterwards. "With the gnarly road courses, drivers that bring the heat, and great fan attendance, XDC was the place to be. I'd like to thank Secret Services Auto, Technica Motorsports, Nexen Tires, NonStop Tuning, BC Racing, Sideways Vinyl, and S-Max Intercoolers for their support this season. I also have to send big props to my girlfriend Kaitie, my crew Sticks, Ethan, my mom, and the whole NST Team! Look out for us next year for sure!"
Due to overwhelming support throughout the season from spectators and sponsors, XDC is planning thirteen events in 2011 - a seven event drifting championship, and six standalone car shows. An announcement on the schedule will be made in the coming weeks.
2010 XDC Events Schedule
March 20, 2010 | XDC/REMIX | Toyota Speedway of Irwindale, Irwindale, CA
May 22, 2010 | XDC/REMIX | Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
June 19, 2010 | XDC/REMIX | Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, WV
July 31, 2010 | REMIX | Sunlife Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
August 7, 2010 | XDC/REMIX | Englishtown Raceway, Englishtown, NJ
September 25, 2010 | XDC/REMIX | Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
October 16, 2010 | XDC/REMIX | Firebird Raceway, Chandler, AZ November 13, 2010 | REMIX / WoD | Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo, CA
December 18, 2010 | REMIX | Aloha Bowl, Honolulu, HI
XDC is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines, Scion Racing, Del Taco, Cooper Tire, MGC, NOS Energy Drink, Killer Glass, Enkei, Mishimoto, Buddy Club, UTI, Greddy, Rays Engineering, ACT, Drift Speed, Belle-1, Performance Auto & Sound Magazine, Import Tuner, Super Street, Wrecked Magazine, Mautofied.com, RIX Magazine, Drifting.com, and US Drift.
ABOUT XTREME DRIFT CIRCUIT
The XDC is the country's premier national Pro-Am drifting championship, featuring a six-round championship with the rising stars of professional drifting set in a full-scale lifestyle festival. For more information, visit www.xtremedriftcircuit.com. Competitors with rulebook and technical questions should contact Michael Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drivers with general event questions should contact Brian Eggert at email@example.com, or by calling (804) 65-PROAM (77626).
The REMIX Car Show Competition will host the ultimate platform for the nation's top builders and car junkies, featuring music, dance, cars, fashion, sports, art, and lifestyle. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.remixevents.com
For all media interested in the XDC Tour, please contact Efrain Olivares, SHIFT Communications, email@example.com, (818) 254-7196.