Here’s the most anticipated, yet expected drift news of the year. D1 Grand Prix has announced that their US-based events will be pushed until the 2011 season, and even then we find that hard to believe. All the rumors that were brewing about a 2010 season had basically faded away, and as much as we’d hate to say it, a lot of people just stopped even caring if the D1 Grand Prix had a presence this year.
The fact is, D1 Grand Prix was great for the sport of drifting in America in its initial stages, bringing in all the excitement that drift enthusiasts yearned for. But the company’s trials and tribulations in America have really left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. Combine that with the fact that Formula Drift is very much alive and well, running extremely successful events and at the end of the day we’re not really sure who would care for D1 Grand Prix in America.
But the good news is, Japan’s series will still be shown on SPEED TV and that is still scheduled as promised. We’ll just have to enjoy the drama on the television.
Official press release available after the break.
D1 WORLDWIDE ENTERTAINMENT DELAYS U.S. EVENTS TO 2011 SEASON
Burbank, CA – 7/28/2010– 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 will be delayed to the 2011 Season.
D1 Corporation, Japan initiated conversations with American organizers last week to discuss the U.S. events and their late season start. It was determined that potentially the quality of the events would be compromised and therefore the D1 brand would be better served by pushing the organization of these events into the to-be-determined 2011 D1 Grand Prix season.
The 2010 D1 Grand Prix on SPEED™ will run as scheduled for its premiere on September 4, 2010 at 6:00PM Eastern Standard Time. The television series will now focus on the eight D1 2010 Grand Prix events emanating from Japan which include multiple North American drifting drivers competing head to head with the greatest drifters in the world. The premiere episode will include U.S. favorites Samuel Hubinette, Mike Pollard and Forrest Wang. Additionally, viewers will find Fox Sport Net running repeats of the10 episodes; dates and times to be announced.
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About D1 Worldwide Entertainment
Formed in 2009 by veteran 20th Century Fox Television executive and entrepreneur Bob Cook and entertainment marketing entrepreneur Sam Johnson along with D1 Corporation Co., Ltd. (Japan) and its president Osami Suzuki, D1 Worldwide Entertainment’s objective is to bring true Japanese-style drift-car motorcar events, via D1 Grand Prix branded events to audiences around the world, The company holds all rights to D1 Grand Prix, outside of Japan, including licensing, merchandising, promotions, marketing, mobile, DD, events, music, digital, gaming and retail. The company has licensed North American broadcast rights to the 2010 D1 Grand Prix season to the SPEED™ and FOX Sports Net.
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