The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is offering a substantial discount to drifting fans who purchase their tickets in advance for the July 10-11 Formula Drift event. A two-day adult ticket for the fourth annual Las Vegas Drift Nationals will cost only $20 if purchased before June 15. The regular price for a two-day adult pass to the drifting-and-lifestyle event is $30.
The Las Vegas drifting course is considered the fastest on the circuit. Last year, Toshiki Yoshioka of Hiroshima, Japan, defeated Tokyo’s Daijiro Yoshihara in the final round to win the 2008 Las Vegas Drift Nationals.
“Last year the Formula Drift event at LVMS was absolutely amazing and thousands of fans have been anticipating the 2009 event,” said Chris Blair, LVMS’ vice president of racing operations. “This year we’ve teamed up with the racing operations department at Formula Drift to produce a course that not only remains the fastest in the sport, but also will produce more side-by-side runs during tandem eliminations.”
The course, which is constructed in the pit area of the drag strip, now will run counter-clockwise and will feature more technical braking points for the drivers. In addition to the race course improvements, the competition field will be expanded from 16 cars (in 2008) to 32 cars in 2009.
“These changes will make the show more interesting and exciting for both the diehard drift fan and first-time attendees,” continued Blair.
Action on Friday, July 10, will include drifting practice, qualifying and an autograph session. On Saturday, July 11, the Wicked HP Championship Drag Racing Series will join the drifting eliminations. Saturday’s activities also include a vendor midway, car show, appearances by sport compact magazine models, music by DJ Dynamixx and a bikini contest immediately following the drifting finale.