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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:

FORMULA DRIFT 2019 PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE
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:

FORMULA DRIFT JAPAN 2019PROVISIONAL SCHEDULE
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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Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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