Inland Empire News | Formula DRIFT: Streets of Long Beach [Dedicated]

March 16, 2016

By: Sara De Leeuw

The streets of Long Beach will roar to life as Round 1 of the 2016 Formula DRIFT World Championship Season begins on April 8-9, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center!

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“The season kickoff in Long Beach is always exciting and sets the tone for the rest of the year,” said Jim Liaw, President and Co-Founder of Formula DRIFT.  “We look forward to the start of the 2016 season. The addition of the Canadian round of competition to the Pro Championship will add an extra dynamic to further grow the sport internationally.”  Fans are looking forward to seeing Fredric Aasbo return to defend his championship in this not-to-be-missed Season opener.

For those new to Formula DRIFT racing, the Formula DRIFT World Championship consists of nine rounds of competition including eight Pro Championship rounds in the United States and Canada and two additional rounds of competition in Japan. There is even a live feed and up-to-date drivers stats on the Formula DRIFT website. 

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Come by Friday, April 8th at 12p.m. to check out open practice and the Qualifying of all the drivers in 2015’s final standings, which is followed by an autograph session. You’re never too old to get an autograph from one of your heroes.

Saturday, April 9th will be another energy-filled day perfect for the whole family. Gates open at 10a.m., and the main competitions start at 11a.m. and 3:30p.m. which will be followed by a trophy ceremony and closing. 

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Tickets for the Long Beach Season opener are on-sale now! They can be purchased online via the Formula DRIFT website,

Reserved seat tickets are available for purchase online with the option to select from any of the available grandstands. Treat yourself to the VIP experience, which are also available for purchase online, including reserved seating in Grandstand 18, a track walk during opening ceremonies and more! 

Reserved seating, two-day ticket packages, and VIP tickets and can be purchased through, Ticketmaster outlets (2-Day Ticket and Saturday Only Ticket) and the Long Beach Convention Center box office. Ticket prices start at $40 for grandstand seating with all seats reserved for Saturday’s competition day.


Formula DRIFT: Streets of Long Beach April 8-9, 2016, Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information visit Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes!

Full Disclosure: This article was sponsored by Formula DRIFT, however any opinions expressed are 100% our own.