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For those of you following the D1 Grand Prix here in the States, bad news came in the form of a press release from the drifting organization earlier this week. The D1 Grand Prix USA has been canceled for 2008 after challenges continued to rear their ugly heads from the series' organizers in Japan.

The 2007 schedule lacked any serious cohesion, but after hiring Mike Mucklin and the team that organized the GTLive tour back in 2004, we thought there might be a light at the end of the tunnel. Not so, and after Mucklin left the organization soon afterwards, it was clear that the D1 Grand Prix was in dire straights in '08.

Thankfully, Formula D, the series that's quickly becoming the definitive drifting organization in the U.S., has continually stepped up its game and is rivaling D1 in both excitement and organization. Fans can still get their sideways fix and check out Formula D's schedule here.

[Source: D1]


PRESS RELEASE

D1 GRAND PRIX ANNOUNCES THE CANCELATION OF 2008 POINTS SERIES

TORRANCE, CA (February 10, 2008) - D1 Grand Prix USA has announced the cancellation of 2008 point series events.

Due to issues and timing from the Japan series, the D1 Grand Prix USA series is being cancelled for the 2008 year. After a successful championship event last November at Irwindale Speedway, we vigorously attempted to launch the 2008 U.S. series but have been unable to due to Japan's delay on decisions and their focus on the Japan series. Our goal is to continue elevating and expanding the drift culture to the world. But at this time the official word from Japan is to focus on the Japan series for 2008.

It has been formally decided not to hold an event series in the U.S. but the "All Star World Championship" in November at Irwindale speedway is still scheduled to take place.

D1 Grand Prix apologizes for the series cancellation in the U.S. and plans to return the series next year.

Thank you D1 Fans.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      One step closer to being able to own a 240sx or ae86 for reasonable money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What, fads don't last forever?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not racing, the judging is more like ballet. Whoever shows the most 'skill' wins. There's like 4 criteria the judge on: angle, speed, something and something.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Smokeshows in Oakland (and elsewhere) continue.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Probably got tired of losing to a bunch of Gaijin in V8's. Grabbed their ball and went home.

      Kiddin.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Drifting is not a sport, it's a stunt. Yes, it's entertaining, and the skill it takes to drift can be useful for racing, but drifting in itself is as useless as doing an endo or wheelie on a bike. It's amusing and take's skill...but it ultimately pointless.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Right, because D1 is totally less entertaining than, say, NASCAR.

      :-/

      Oh right, almost forgot, one's 'mmurican and the other came from them beady-eyed furriners. My mistake, clearly...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I ditto the question as to whether this can really be a race. The way I understand it it's style mixed with a time trial. More than anything it seems like an exhibition rather than a race. There's no style in racing. It's balls to the wall fastest wins. Not fastest w/ style.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A nation weeps.
      • 7 Years Ago
      anything that involves 'judging' is not a real sport, the end.
        • 7 Years Ago
        How do you figure?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im not a huge drifting fan or follower so bear with me.

      My question is this, do they consider drifiting "racing" to me it seems more like an extreme sport or competitive dance with cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Formula D is so much better...
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