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April 7, 2012

Night Import: Photography and Words by William Lee

WDUP!!!! How's it going sexy NI fans. Gawd dam~ this week was busy as hell, but glad it's FINALLY Saturday, because.... *drumroll* .. Formula D baby!
Woot Woot! I've been waiting for this day like a little kid waiting to watch Pokemon. Wait a sec...was that too childish? Eh~ who gives a fuck.
Anyways, if you are an automotive enthusiast, I'm 100% sure you've watched drifting before or if not, heard about it, because personally, I think it's the biggest automotive sport. The excitement of seeing cars going sideways, tires burning on the pavement, and the noise of throttling engines that sound like trumpets being blown when greeting a King or Queen are a few to mention when it comes to drifting. All you need to know about the event can be found here, but for those who are really lazy and want to find out some info about it on my blog, read below.

Information from Formula D
Formula DRIFT kicks-off the 9th 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 1977. Highlighted by Formula 1, IndyCar, American Le Mans Series, The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race, and now Formula DRIFT. 2012 will be Formula DRIFT's 7th 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 2012 Championship season in style with new cars, new drivers, and all the sideways excitement that Formula DRIFT is known for. Champion Daijiro Yoshihara will be back to defend his title against all competitors including Justin Pawlak, Chris Forsberg, Darren McNamara, Matt Powers and the rest of the talented pool of drivers.

Don't miss out on the exciting 2012 Formula DRIFT Season Opener on April 6-7

Saturday, April 7, 2012 - Main Event

6:00 am – 8:00 am — Roll in Car Show
8:00 am – 3:00 pm — Will Call Open for Vendors/Sponsors/Teams
8:00 am — VENUE OPEN Credential Holders ONLY
8:30 am – 9:00 am — MANDATORY All Drivers' Meeting
9:00 am – 10:00 am — MANDATORY Driver Headshots
9:30 am – 10:00 am — MANDATORY Media Meeting and Check-in
10:00 am – 6:00 pm — GATES OPEN TO PUBLIC
9:00 am – 10:30 am — OPEN PRACTICE – Top 32
11:00 am – 1:00 pm — MAIN COMPETITION – Round of 32
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — "Half Time" Break
3:00 pm — National Anthem/Opening Ceremonies
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm — MAIN COMPETITION – Round of 16 to Finals
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm — Trophy Ceremony & Closing Main 

Address: 300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

So there it is! Get your butt off the computer chair, dress up, take your camera if you have one, and head to Long Beach in a few minutes because it's going to be cracking. I don't know about you guys, but I'll be rooting for Daigo Saito because this is his first time entering into a drifting competition in the US. For those who don't know him, he was the champion of D1 Grand Prix back in 2008, which is a very honorable title to have in the drifting scene of Japan.

I also want to note to all you Smartphone owners that Instagram is available in the market! What does that mean? FOLLOW MY ASS! I'm just playing :) But really, for those who want to see some live coverage going on or want to see some cars that I spot on the freeway while going to work or just walking around, follow me @ wlee87. Yeap! wlee87
You can't see it in the Android Market? CLICK HERE


I made only 2 posts about this thing on our fanpage and didn't expect some of ya'll to already follow me. The followers # went higher yesterday, but just wanted to share this pic to show my appreciation and thank all ya'll for supporting NI.

Have a great week guys! and don't drink and drive :)


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