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Drifting Championship Hits LVMS in August
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Drifting Championship Hits LVMS in August


A major drifting event is set for late August at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Formula DRIFT (www.formulad.com) and the world’s best drivers will return to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Aug. 24-25 for the sixth (and next-to-last) round of the 2012 season.

Now in its ninth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete in seven events nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT championship crown.

Qualifying is set for Friday, Aug. 24 with eliminations on Saturday, Aug. 25. General admission tickets are good for both days. The event also will include a car show, manufacturers’ midway, DJs and bikini contest.

New for 2012 is the Thrill Zone VIP reserved-seat grandstand. Thrill Zone amenities include reserved seating, a cash bar, concession stand and private rest rooms.

Former Las Vegas resident Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis was the No. 1 Qualifier at the most recent Formula Drift event in N.J. The native of Lithuania drives a Nissan S14 and is sponsored by 702 Graphics of Las Vegas. Mustang driver Justin Pawlak of Gardena, Calif., currently leads the points chase.

Last year, Rhys Millen of Auckland, New Zealand defeated Ireland’s Darren McNamara in the final round of eliminations to claim the Formula DRIFT Round 6: After Dark title at The Strip at LVMS. Other past Las Vegas Formula DRIFT winners include: Tyler McQuarrie (2010) and Tanner Foust (2009). The series has attracted drivers from the U.S., Japan, Norway, Ireland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Lithuania and Canada.

Spectator admission (tickets are good for both Aug. 24 and 25):

  • Thrill Zone VIP: $50.
  • Advance-sale adult general admission: $30.
  • Day-of-show adult general admission: $35.
  • Advance-sale children’s (ages 6-14) general admission: $10.
  • Day-of-show children’s (ages 6-14) general admission: $15.
  • Kids 5 and under: Free.
  • Parking: Free.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please call LVMS at 644-4444 or visit www.LVMS.com.

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