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Bridgestone driver wins U.S. round of D1 Grand Prix drifting series Nashville, Tenn. (March 05, 2004) -- Kei Office driver Yasuyuki Kazama picked up his first D1 Grand Prix victory on Feb. 28 during round one of the 2004 season, held in...

Bridgestone driver wins U.S. round of D1 Grand Prix drifting series

Nashville, Tenn. (March 05, 2004) -- Kei Office driver Yasuyuki Kazama picked up his first D1 Grand Prix victory on Feb. 28 during round one of the 2004 season, held in Irwindale, Calif. Sponsored at the event by Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT), Kazama won the 2004 D1 Grand Prix U.S.A. professional drift event in a 414-horsepower Nissan Silvia equipped with Bridgestone-brand Potenza0x00ae RE750 tires.

This marks the second season that BFNT has sponsored Kazama for the Irwindale event. It is the only D1 event currently staged in the United States, with all other 2004 events taking place in Japan. The partnership with Kei Office will continue throughout the 2004 season through a sponsorship agreement between the team and Bridgestone Corporation in Japan.

Drifting is a highly skilled motorsport in which drivers control a car using precise acceleration, steering and braking while it slides from side to side at high speeds on a closed, marked course. Participants are judged not only on the speed through which they navigate the course, but also on execution and style. Already a well-established motorsport in Japan, it took the U.S. sport compact world by storm at its debut at Irwindale Speedway in 2003. This year's event attracted an estimated 10,000 spectators. Round two of the 2004 season will take place at Sugo Circuit in Japan on May 4-5.

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