Road Atlanta hosts unique motorsports event

BRASELTON, GA -- More than 35 teams, including 20 from California, are expected to compete in the inaugural Formula Drift series this weekend at Road Atlanta, as part of a sport compact/hot import car focused event called Drift ...

BRASELTON, GA -- More than 35 teams, including 20 from California, are expected to compete in the inaugural Formula Drift series this weekend at Road Atlanta, as part of a sport compact/hot import car focused event called Drift Atlanta.

Drifting is the newest motorsports craze. Instead of being based on fast laps or top speeds, competitors are judged on style, cornering speed and angle of attach. The goal is get the car as sideways as possible while retaining complete control through the corners. The drifters will use only a portion of the Road Atlanta course, including a new horseshoe turned paved in the Turn 10 complex.

This will be the first professional drifting event on the East coast. Drifting originated in Japan and was introduced in Southern California two years ago. Drift Atlanta is the first of four events on the 2004 Formula Drift championship series, sanctioned by SCCA.

The weekend also includes a special SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring series invitational race that will pay a record $10,000 to the winner of Sunday's 30-minute sprint. About 25 cars are expected to enter Saturday's 30-minute qualifying race. SCCA Pro-IT, Mazdaspeed Spec Miata and six races from the Cooper Tires Series, including the Formula Ford Zetec, are also included on the schedule.

A lifestyle expo, including a large vendor display, and two car shows are also scheduled. Saturday's agenda also includes a bikini contest and the 99X Concerts at Sundown.

Tickets are $25 for both days, or $20 for Sunday only. Infield parking is $5. For more information visit www.driftatlanta.com.

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