LIVESTREAM: Formula Drift 2014: The Streets of Long Beach

Posted by Jordan Butters on 4th April 2014


Formula DRIFT Long Beach by driftstream

Formula DRIFT kicks-off the 11th championship season on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course has been around since 1975. Highlighted by Formula 1, IndyCar, American Le Mans Series, The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, and now Formula DRIFT.

2014 will be Formula DRIFT’s 9th consecutive year at the famous Street Course. The expanded 2-day event will again be one week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Utilizing Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course, Formula DRIFT slides its way on one of two actual street course utilized for professional drifting; the other is the Formula DRIFT Asia event which is held on Singapore’s F1 Street Course. With a high-speed entry and very tight spacing between the cars and walls, there is no room for mistakes, making the opening round of the Formula DRIFT season one of the most exciting drift events of the year.

This event also features: the Slammed Society Car Show presented by Fatlace, a huge vendor village, tons of giveaways from sponsors, driver autograph session, open pits to see the cars and stars up close and personal, and much much more!
Round 1: Streets of Long Beach will kick-off the 2014 Championship season in style with new cars, new drivers, and all the sideways excitement that Formula DRIFT is known for. Champion Michael Essa will be back to defend his title against all competitors including Chris Forsberg, Daigo Saito, Fredric Aasbo, Vaughn Gittin Jr., Justin Pawlak and the rest of the talented pool of drivers.

Don’t miss out on the exciting 2014 Formula DRIFT Season Opener on April 4 – 5!

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Schedule of Events

Friday, April 4, 2014 – Practice & Qualifying

6:00am – STREET CLOSURES BEGIN: Effecting Shoreline Dr., E. Seaside Way, Linden Ave., Hart Pl.
7:00am – 4:00pm – WILL CALL: Open – Will Call Tent
7:00am – VENUE OPEN: Credential Holders Only – Venue
7:00am – 8:30am – SETUP: DROP OFF ONLY for Sponsors, Teams and Vendors – Venue
8:00am – 8:30am – FD: Mandatory Drivers Meeting – FD HQ
9:00am – 9:30am – MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL ‘Hot Area’ Access Credential Holders – FD HQ
9:00am – 10:15am – FD: Practice – Group #1 – Track
10:30am – 11:45am – FD: Practice – Group #2 – Track
11:00am – 5:00pm – GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC – Venue
12:00pm – 3:00pm – FD: Qualifying; All Drivers in 2013 Final Standings – Track
3:05pm – 4:05pm – FD: Autograph Signing Session – TBA
4:15pm – 4:45pm – FD: Mandatory Drivers Meeting; Qualifying Results – FD HQ
5:00pm – 6:00pm – FD: Open Practice – Top 32 – Track
6:00pm – 7:00pm – SETUP: Sponsors and Vendors ONLY – Main Paddock
7:00pm – STREETS OPEN
7:30pm – 9:00pm – CAR SHOW: Roll In – Car Show Paddock
10:00pm – 8:00am – CLEAR GRID (Noise Ordinance; No Revving Engines)

Saturday, April 5, 2014 – Main Event

6:00am – STREET CLOSURES BEGIN: Effecting Shoreline Dr., E. Seaside Way, Linden Ave., Hart Pl.
6:00am – 8:00am – CAR SHOW: Roll In – Car Show Paddock
7:00am – 4:00pm – WILL CALL: Open – Will Call Tent
8:00am – VENUE OPEN: Credential Holders Only – Venue
8:30am – 9:00am – FD: Mandatory Drivers Meeting – FD HQ
9:30am – 10:00am – MEDIA: Mandatory Meeting for ALL ‘Hot Area’ Access Credential Holders – FD HQ
10:00am – 6:00pm – GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC – Venue
9:00am – 10:30am – FD: Open Practice – Top 32 – Track
11:00am – 1:00pm – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 32 – Track
1:00pm – 2:30pm – HALF TIME BREAK
3:00pm – NATIONAL ANTHEM / OPENING CEREMONIES – Track
3:30pm – 5:30pm – MAIN COMPETITION: Round of 16 to Finals – Track
5:30pm – 6:00pm – TROPHY CEREMONY & CLOSING
6:00pm – STREETS OPEN

**All schedules are subject to change without notice. Any questions on possible changes can be address with any FD representative on-site.

Written by Jordan Butters

Jordan Butters

Writer, freelance photographer and Editor of Drifted. Follow @jordanbutters on Instagram

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