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As we prepare for our inaugural round of the newest Formula Drift Pro-Am series in the country, we’d like to take a minute to layout the general scope of how things will go based on our staff’s experience running Midwest Drift Union events since 2010.
We follow a straightforward format similar to many other Pro-Am and grassroots events. After everyone gets checked in at the gates and get everything unloaded, tech inspections will begin. Our lead safety/tech expert, Brad Foy, will inspect every car to make sure it meets our requirements and address any questions drivers may have concerning vehicle configuration.
Pat Goodin has been named one of the judges for the inaugural season of SDU.
Our inaugural season starts at Formula Drift track Orlando Speedworld in sunny Florida. Round 2 sees us moving up the coast to Myrtle Beach Speedway. Back down to South Georgia Motorsports Park for Round 3, leading up to Round 4 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia, OH for the massive 2nd annual Bro*Am finals featuring Midwest Drift Union, US Drift, and Southeast Drift Union.
The Official 2017 Southeast Drift Union Competition Rules & Regulations has just been released!
Please look over the rule book and make sure you meet all tech requirements prior to attending an event. If you have any questions at all, please get in touch.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In it’s quest to expand its reach and develop a new field of talented drivers, Midwest Drift Union, the region’s official Formula Drift pro-am licensing body, announces its expansion into the Southeast region for 2017.
“We’re humbled and very excited to move into this new era, into the Southeast, and growing awesome drivers and building the future generation of Formula Drift drivers,” said MDU co-founder and president Edgar Sarmiento.
Along with co-founder Jon Gillatt, Sarmiento formed Midwest Drift Union as an evolution of the Drift Indy brand in 2009, holding its first competition series in 2010. Since then, they have developed the Smashed USA apparel line utilizing Gillatt’s experience as founder of Enthusiast Apparel, along with the new Street League Drifting series. Now, the duo announces the development of the Drift Group, which will focus on building a new region in the company’s first foray into Southeast territory.
“We really enjoy sharing what we know and preparing drivers for the next step of the Pro 2 Formula Drift world,” Sarmiento said.
Formula Drift pro driver Geoff Stoneback, along with Pro 2 drivers Dirk Stratton and Andrew Lewis, have earned their licenses through the MDU program. Now, the series hopes to build the driver base in a new area.
“We’ll be bringing another side of the professionalism we bring to the table to the Southeast and running a fair, fun competition series for our friends in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, the Carolinas and beyond,” Sarmiento said.
As of this release, no venues have been confirmed, but Sarmiento stated there would be four to five events spread out around the Southeast in addition to MDU’s traditional Midwest series.