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SPEED adds drifting coverage
SPEED™ and D1 Worldwide Entertainment, (www.d1gp.com), the official organizers of automotive entertainment’s premier drifting events in the United States announced today the 2010 USA D1 Grand Prix event line-up and that each event, plus the D1 Grand Prix Japan events will be covered by one-hour television broadcasts to be carried on SPEED™ throughout the entire drifting season.

The first SPEED broadcast is scheduled for September 4 at 6 p.m. ET from Tokyo, with the second event premiering September 12th at 6 p.m. ET from Oita, Japan.

“Bringing USA D1 Grand Prix drifting events to SPEED is a cool new addition to the network,” said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. “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.”

D1 Grand Prix events are held as adrenaline packed, tire smoked filled weekends with wheel to wheel, head-to-head matches between drivers drifting inches apart at speeds in excess of 120mph.  Successive single elimination heats leading up to a final competition are used to determine an event winner.  All drivers that endure the crashes, mechanical failures, and stiff competition receive points based on their final event standing and accumulate points throughout the season to determine the overall season champion, similar to other automotive entertainment.

The 2010 USA D1 Grand Prix events are:

August 13-14                Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX (Round 1 & 2)
September 24 - 25        Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta, GA (Round 3)
October 29-30              Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (Round 4)
November 27-28          Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, Irwindale, CA (Round 5/Finale)

D1 Corporation Co., Ltd. (Japan) president Osami Suzuki proudly announced, “We are extremely proud and honored that D1 has found the proper home on SPEED to make our sport flourish.”

“We are bringing true Japanese-style drift-car competition to raceways, including several NASCAR tracks, in the United States,” said Bob Cook and Sam Johnson, partner-owners in D1 Worldwide Entertainment, along with D1 Corp Japan. “The excitement and adrenaline rush of D1 Grand Prix is like watching the last four laps of a NASCAR race in every head-to-head match!”

The series of fifteen one-hour television broadcasts will cover all the action, drama and insane driving as drifters clash like modern day gladiators on the asphalt battlefield at five USA D1 Grand Prix events and nine D1 Grand Prix events in Japan plus a season-ending wrap-up special. The events will be a true international competition, including drivers from both the United States and Japan. Each television broadcast will cover the Top 3 American drivers including Samuel Hubinette, dubbed the “Crazy Swede” a 2-time American drifting champion who also happens to be a Hollywood stunt driver; Hawaii-native Forrest Wang, who is one of the elite drivers in the D1 Grand Prix drifting series; and Mike Pollard, the 24-year-old sensation from Minnesota as they challenge the top D1 Grand Prix Championship drivers from Japan in their quest to be crowned the best drifter in the world. 

The 2010 D1 Grand Prix events in Japan are:

March 27-28                Tokyo Drift in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan (Round 1 and All Stars)
April 24-25                    Autopolis International Racing Course, Kamit-sue-mura, Hita-gun, Oita,                                      Japan (Round 2)
June 5-6                        Fuji Int’l Speedway, Nakahinata Oyama-Cho Sunto-Gun, Shizuoka-Ken,                          Japan (Rounds 3)
June 26-27                    Okayama, Aida-cho, Aida-gun, Japan (Round 4)
July 17-18                    Tokachi, Japan (Round 5)
August 7-8                    EBISU, Nihonmatsu-shi, Japan (Rounds 6 and 7)
October 9-10                Fuji Int’l Speedway, Shizuoka-Ken, Japan (Exhibition and Round 8 Japan Finale)

SPEED broadcast schedule (all time ET; subject to change):

Tokyo              Sat, Sep 4        6:30 pm
Oita              Sun, Sep 12      6pm
Fuji                Sat, Sep 18      6pm
Okayama      Sun, Sep 26      6pm
Tokachi      Sun, Oct 3        6pm
Ebisu        Sat, Oct 9        5pm
Ebisu 2            Sun, Oct 17      6pm
Texas              Sat, Oct 23      5pm
Texas 2            Sun, Oct 31      2pm
Atlanta              Sat, Nov 7        4pm
Fuji Exhibition Sat, Nov 13      6pm
Miami      Sat, Nov 20      6pm
Fuji              Sun, Dec 5        5pm
Wrapup            Sun, Dec 5        6pm
Irwindale          Sun, Dec 12      6pm

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