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The Japanese and US D1 Grand Prix are both coming to SpeedTV, giving us yet another new racing series to help in satiating our automotive fixes.

The D1 GP, which will begin airing on SpeedTV from September to November, will comprise of 15 one-hour programs including nine covering races in Japan, three in the U.S., an exhibition show, and a end-of-season wrap-up show.

The series, which is similar to Formula Drift , comprises of head-to-head matches between drivers drifting in excess of 120mph. Single elimination heats are done that leads up to a final competition to determine an event winner. Winners, as well as high-place finishers, receive points based on their final event standing with all the accumulated points throughout the season tallied up to determine the season’s overall champion.

SPEED President Hunter Nickell is predictably excited about the thought of bringing the D1 GP to SpeedTV. "Bringing USA D1 Grand Prix drifting events to SPEED is a cool new addition to the network," he said. "Combining the young, cutting-edge atmosphere of drifting with the history and familiarity of host venues like Atlanta, Texas, Homestead-Miami, and Irwindale will be a unique experience for our viewers."

The first SPEED broadcast of thee D1 GP will be on September 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET from Tokyo, with the second event taking place eight days later on September 12th at 6 p.m. ET from Oita, Japan.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Speed TV

The recently-concluded third round of the 2010 Formula DRIFT season at Wall, New Jersey had its fair share of highlight-reel moments, courtesy of some of the best drifters in the world.

As we’ve already mentioned earlier, Daijiro Yoshihara won his second event in a row after also claiming the top step of the podium at Road Atlanta a month ago. Despite his two-win streak, Yoshihara is still in second place in the Pro Championship leader standings, trailing Vaughn Gittin Jr. by 21 points - 291 to 270 . For his part, Gittin has been anything, but inconsistent, scoring podium finishes on all three races including a first place finish in Long Beach, a second place finish in Road Atlanta, and another second last weekend at The Gauntlet.

In this video, we take a look back at Gittin Jr.’s successful weekend during the third round of the Formula DRIFT series and, even if he didn’t win, his consistent placing in the podium should bode well for him this season.

The Wall Speedway at Wall Township, New Jersey recently hosted the
third round of the Formula Drift Series, which has been appropriately
titled as the "Gauntlet". Known for having one of the most challenging
drift tracks in the world, the track comes with a 16-degree banked
oval along the straightaway and 30 degrees on the turns. Of course,
that didn’t stop the best drifters in the world from putting on quite
a show.

The third round ofFormula DRIFT featured some scintillating action
that was highlighted by Daijiro Yoshihara’s second victory in a row -
he also won the second round at Road Atlanta - and Vaughn Gittin Jr.’s
third straight podium finish, making him the only driver in all three
rounds to finish in the podium three times, and extend his lead on top
of the Pro Championship standings.

“I’ve got my mojo back!,” a visibly excited Daijiro Yoshihara
exclaimed. “This feels incredible to win back to back events and I
could not have done it without the help of my team and sponsors.”

Fresh off of his practice run with his new Dodge Challenger drift car at Adam’s Motorsports Park in Riverside, California, Sam Hubinette brought the car and showed it off at a more fan-friendly setting: Hollywood.

As part of the festivities of the IZOD Indy Car Series’ "Race To The Party" event, Hubinette was on-hand for a special drifting demonstration of his Challenger drift car in front of a packed audience on Hollywood Boulevard just outside of the Kodak Theatre.

We already know how sick a drifter like Hubinette can be, but it certainly didn’t hurt showing the people in attendance the art of smoking tires. He even managed to do some drift stunts for good measure, much to the delight of the crowd who probably didn’t know who he was, only that he can do some pretty nifty tricks with his Dodge Challenger.

Rhys Millen’s first season in Formula Drift last year went about as smoothly as a multi-plotted soap opera, so you would at least expect that he was going to make good on his promise to have a better 2010 season.

So far, so good.

Though he didn’t win at last week’s drift run in Long Beach - that honor goes to Vaughn Gittin Jr. - Millen’s second place finish in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe was better than any of his performances in all of last year.

A big reason for Millen’s resurgent start to the 2010 season can be attributed to better preparation, at least as far as his ride was concerned. "I was in sync with my Genesis Coupe during the entire campaign and step one was to qualify first," he said.

"The car had so much grip and power I was able to put it close to the walls and mirror the other competitors’ cars’ every move. Nothing compares to the pressure and thrill of the ’win it or lose it’ factor while competing against more than 50 other cars and drivers."

After going through a year of hasty preparations, that clearly had an effect on the overall result of the entire team, Millen spent an inordinate amount of time in the offseason fine-tuning his Genesis Coupe and the result has been nothing less than noticeable.

Press Release after the jump

Source: Red Bull Racing

Anytime you put Sam Hubinette and Andrew Comrie-Picard behind the wheel of two cars made for drifting, you can definitely expect a lot of smoke and screeching tires. That’s what we have in this new video of both Hubinette and Comrie-Picard doing some test runs on their two new cars - a Dodge Challenger for the former and a Dodge Viper for the latter - at Adam’s Motorsports Park in Riverside, California.

Watch the video and try picking up some pointers from two of the best drifters you’ll ever get the pleasure of watching.

Source: YouTube

Rhys Millen may be one of the best drifters in the world, but without a driftable car that he can compete with, his considerable skills become a moot point. That wasn’t any more evident that last season’s Formula Drift when the defending champion finished at a below mediocre 19th place.

This year, Millen Racing has worked tirelessly to restore order in Formula Drift and reclaim some of the luster it lost after a forgettable 2009 campaign. At the front and center of it all is Rhys Millen himself who is hell-bent on showing Formula Drift that last year was merely an aberration to an already glistening career. In a recent test event, Millen spent some time smoking up the tires and performing his usual practice drifts with his new Hyundai Genesis Coupe before the 2010 season officially gets under way next week in Long Beach.

We still don’t have an idea how Rhys Millen and his team will do this year relative to the competition, but it is a good sign that they’re doing everything they can to improve on their abysmal showing in the 2009 season.

For most people, snow is good for a lot of things. They could partake in a friendly round of snowball fighting, make their own snow man or snow angels, and even use it for their own little sledding competition.

But what happens when you have three supercars and a vast expanse of snow all around? The fun is multiplied exponentially.

In this video, a Rolls-Royce Phantom , a Porsche Cayenne , and a Porsche 911 Turbo are having a snow ball of a time doing some good old fashion snow drifting. It’s interesting to note that a few weeks ago, we featured a Cayenne and a Turbo doing their own snow drifting so it begs the question of whether these same two cars in this video are the same ones that we saw in the other one.

Check it out.

Source: YouTube

There are so many things you can do when temperatures drop below zero and snow starts to fall. The list is endless, right?

But if you have a deserted street and a car like a Porsche 911 and a Porsche Cayenne at your disposal, you’re imaginations bound to get the best of you. That’s exactly what these two men found themselves in, so they did what thrill-seeking, Porsche-owning guys would do, given the situation.

They performed a snow drift.

Now, normally, activities involving snow usually include making snow angels, or starting snow ball fights, but snow drifting? Not a lot of people have the hardware to pull off something like snow drifting so we give kudos to these two guys who gave us the treat of watching them do it, in their Porsches, no less.

Source: Vimeo

There are cars that are considered ‘drift worthy’ and there are those that don’t fall into that category.

As far as we’re concerned, the 2010 BMW 7-Series falls into the latter group.

Obviously, this is of our own opinion, but we believe that the 7-Series – luxury car that it is – deserves to be treated as such. That means it should be driven in parties, gala events, and church on Sundays.

Racing and drifting it on a long stretch of road is not the kind of thin we’d want to do with our 7-Series, but that nonetheless hasn’t stopped these people from doing exactly that. Judging by their performance, we’re pretty sure that these guys are not professional drifters and they’re doing it just for the adrenaline rush. While we’re not opposed to thrill-seeking endeavours, especially drifting, we think that there are far more appropriate cars to use than a BMW 7-Series.

Source: BMW Blog

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