D1 Grand Prix returns to Sin City

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The Las Vegas Motor Speedway will once again be crowded with over 12,000 fans for their summer show, once again welcoming the D1 Grand Prix with open arms for another friendly Japan vs USA Exhibition match this coming July.

D1 Grand Prix returns to Sin City

During Friday and Saturday (the 13th and 14th), the best drifters from both countries will battle it out to the top in the Vegas night time, one of the few places where the competitions are not hosted during the day (and who would want to stand around in the Las Vegas heat anyways?).

On Friday the13th (no pun intended), unlicensed drivers will have the chance to participate in a Driver’s Seach to earn their licenses and qualify for the main event, which will be hosted on Saturday, July 14th. Practice will go on during the day and be carried out until sunset. After dusk, the lights will come up and the qualifying rounds will begin. The exhibition match starts at 9pm and it will continue until a driver is victorious. Returning to the judging stand is the popular trio: Keiichi Tsuchiya (the "Drift King"), Manabu Suzuki ("Mana-P"), and D1 Street Legal Series driver Hisashi Kamimoto. Toshi Hayama will be joining the judges stand to commentate on the judges’ analysis. The top two drivers will go home with a combined cash prize of $7000, $5000 for the first place and $2000 for the runner-up, courtesy of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

D1 Grand Prix returns to Sin City

Below is a list of the licensed D1 drivers that have already signed up for the Las Vegas exhibition match:

D1 Licensed Japan Drivers
 Driver Name Team/Vehicle
1Nobushige KumakuboTeam Orange GDB Impreza
2Kazuhiro TanakaTeam Orange GDB Impreza
3Takahiro UenoT&E Vertex Toyota Soarer
4Ken NomuraBlitz Nissan Skyline
5Yoichi ImamuraORC Nissan Fairlady Z
6Atsushi KuroiToyo Nissan Silvia
7Daigo SaitoFunatz Toyota Chaser
8Toshiki YoshiokaDroo-P Toyota Corolla
9Kazuyoshi OkamuraYashio Factory Nissan Silvia
10Katsuhiro UeoTeam M.O.V.E Nissan Silvia
11Hideo HiraokaTeam M.O.V.E Nissan Silvia
12Tetsuya HibinoSunrise Toyota Corolla
13Michihiro TakatoriSuper Autobacs Nissan Cefiro
D1 Licensed USA Drivers
 Driver Name Team/Vehicle
14Ernie FixmerKURE International Nissan Silvia
15Brian WilkersonMA-Motorsports Nissan 240SX
16Chanin PrapopyuenyongTiger Racing Nissan 240SX
17Hubert YoungTeam Milano Nissan 240SX
18Jayitr SritongkhamTiger Racing Nissan 240SX
19John RussakoffSpeed Machine Toyota Corolla
20Justin PawlakSR Motoring Mazda RX-7
21Quoc LyDrift Speed Nissan 240SX
22Ryan HamptonMcKinney Chevy Corvette
23Chelsea DeNofaDrift Brigade Mazda Miata
24Nathan BraszZero lift/Cooper Tires Nissan 240SX

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