Formula Drift Hype: Formula Drift Finally Announces Third Judge

When Tony Angelo made the announcement that he would be stepping down as judge to return to driving the rumor mill was in full tilt over who his replacement would be.  I heard everything from Tanner Foust to this guy taking over judging duties for Angelo.  Well today Formula Drift made it official and announced that Brian Eggert would be the third judge for the 2012 Formula Drift season.  If you have not heard of Brian before it is likely because he has spent most of his career behind the scenes making things happen for drivers on the rise.  He helped found the Drift Pro-Am series (the official ladder series for Formula Drift), create regional drift series across the country, and served as a judge in the USDrift series.

It will be interesting to see how Brian’s judging style meshes with current judges Andy Yen and Ryan Lanteigne.

[Source: Formula Drift]

Press Release:

Long Beach, Calif. – March 28, 2012 – Formula DRIFT has announced Brian Eggert as the new judge for the 2012 Pro Championship. Eggert will be the third judge joining Andy Yen and Ryan Lanteigne on the panel.

Brian Eggert is an experienced drifting judge having worked with the USDrift Series and several other regional events. Eggert has also worked alongside Drift Association helping to co-create the Pro-Am Series for Formula DRIFT. Since 2003, Eggert has helped create regional chapters across the country in an effort to make safe and legal drifting accessible for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Through USDrift and NASA, Eggert has helped promote the sport of drifting and sanctions 8 organizations hosting events in over 20 states.

“I am very honored to be given the opportunity to work with Formula DRIFT and look forward to being able to continue help progress the sport of drifting,” said Brian Eggert, Formula DRIFT judge. “The skill level in Formula DRIFT is unmatched and being able to work with the current judges will be a great experience. The judges in the Series have been made up of a remarkable group of people and I look forward to continuing my role in the Series.”

Eggert will begin his role as judge at Round 1: Streets of Long Beach on April 6-7. He will be taking the position of Tony Angelo, who stepped down to return to the driver’s seat and will be joining the current judges Andy Yen and Ryan Lanteigne.

“Brian is a great addition to the Series and the judging panel,” said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “His extensive experience and passion for the Sport will make him an asset and help make the proper judging calls throughout the season.”

The 2012 Formula DRIFT season kicks off on the Streets of Long Beach on April 6-7.

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