NEWS: Dominican Champion to challenge Formula Drift

author avatarEfrain Arias
24th March, 2012
Filed under Efrain Arias

Becoming the first full-time driver from the Dominican Republic to compete full time in Formula Drift, Jhonnattan Castro is proud to announce his entry in the 2012 Formula Drift season. Three-time Dominican Series Drift Champion will challenge for Rookie of the Year in 2012.

While he will be a rookie in Formula Drift, Castro has been getting cars sideways for several seasons and has been instrumental in the development of the sport in his native Dominican Republic. Castro is a three-time Brokers Dominican Drift Series Champion (2009-2011), and recently took part in training under the tutelage of Nobushige Kumakubo at Ebisu Circuit in Japan, earning his license in D1GP.Castro is the first Latin American driver to earn a license in both Formula Drift and in D1GP.

Castro will join City Tire, driving the Nissan 350Z previously used in Formula Drift by Carl Rydquist, and will compete on Hankook Tires.

“I’m really excited to be able to compete in the Formula Drift Pro Championship this year,” said Castro. “It has been a long road to get to this point, and I consider myself very fortunate to be in this position and have the opportunity to drive in the best drifting series in the world. The drifting community in the Dominican Republic is really into what is going on in Formula Drift, and I’m excited to represent my country in the series.”

Castro’s season will begin with Formula Drift Long Beach, on April 7-8, held on the Streets of Long Beach, California.

Here’s a video recap for his 2011 season:

About Jhonnattan Castro

The first Latin American driver to compete full time in the Formula Drift Pro Championship, Castro competes with support from Banco del Progreso, Metaldom and City Tire Online. To learn more about Jhonnattan Castro, visit, follow him on twitter (@jcastroracing) and (@boostiao) for day-to-day updates.

author avatar Written by Efrain Arias Cars are a passion I discovered in the 90's, since then and with Motorsport photography I have accomplished many things and created great friendships. In 2009 I started a motorsports - car culture website, and has become the most important drift related website in the Dominican Republic.

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