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Formula Drift reveals 2019 U.S., Japan schedules; to add new series in Korea

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Formula Drift just keeps, well, drifting upward and onward.

The extreme motorsports racing series on Thursday announced not only its U.S. event schedule for 2019, it also revealed its Japanese schedule for next year.

In the U.S., the series returns to its traditional home on the Streets of Long Beach (California) on April 5-6 for the Pro category.

The first combined Pro and Pro 2 round will take place three weeks later in Orlando, Florida, from April 25-27.

The Japanese Formula Drift Series kicks off May 18-19 at the famed Suzuka Twin Circuit, with four additional events slated to be contested in June, July, August and October.

But wait, there’s even more.

The fast-moving series continues its global growth, announcing a four-round series for the first time in South Korea.

The South Korean slate will take place at Pocheon Raceway, approximately one hour north of Seoul. Dates are still in the process of being worked out.

Here are the U.S. and Japan Formula Drift Series schedules:

Location Categories Date
Long Beach, CA PRO April 5-6
Long Beach, CA Super Drift Challenge Invitational April 12-13
Orlando, FL PRO / PRO2 April 25-27
Atlanta, GA PRO / PRO2 May 9-11
Wall, NJ PRO June 7-8
Monroe, WA PRO July 19-20
St Louis, MS PRO / PRO2 August 8-10
Dallas, TX PRO / PRO2 September 12-14
Irwindale, CA PRO October 18-19


Additionally, Formula DRIFT Japan announced its provisional schedule for 2019:

Location Date
Suzuka Twin Circuit May 18-19
Ebisu Circuit June 22-23
Fuji International Speedway July 26-27
Okuibuki Motor Park August 24-25
Okayama International Circuit October 5-6

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F1: Fernando Alonso gets special livery for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

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Fernando Alonso will sport a special livery for his final Grand Prix this weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Reflecting his blue, yellow and red paint scheme of his helmet colors, the car will pay tribute to his home region of Asturias in northern Spain.

“We’re incredibly pleased and proud to be able to race a special one-off livery for Fernando in Abu Dhabi this weekend,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown said on the team’s web site. “We want his last grand prix to feel special in every way, and this was just one of the ways we could reflect that.

“We worked closely and collaboratively with Fernando, and then with the FIA and Formula 1 to make the change for this one race, and they were all hugely supportive of the move.

The special livery will highlight the end of Alonso’s 18-year stint in Formula 1 – a career marked by 32 wins in 311 starts (a winning percentage of 10.3%).

This will be the first time since the 1986 Portuguese Grand Prix that McLaren has run a special paint scheme. That season, they sported a special yellow-branded car for Keke Rosberg.

“Hopefully, this will give Fernando’s fans a little something extra to look forward to at what is bound to be an especially emotional weekend.”