Formula Drift Announces 2021 Schedule

Formula Drift has announced their 2021 schedule and it comes with some big changes. 2020 was a crazy year for everyone, including Formula Drift. Miraculously, the series found a way to put on a full season with a condensed schedule.

Despite the fact that 2020 is officially behind us, its effects are still being felt. Things are far from back to normal. Though the vaccine is starting to roll out, it’s not quite safe enough to do large public gatherings yet.

As a result it was announced last month that the Grand Prix of Long Beach would be pushed from its usual April date to September 2021 for the first time in decades. While a delay is much better than a cancellation, the move raised questions in regards to Formula Drift.

Since 2006 Formula Drift held its season opening round on the same street course used for the Grand Prix of Long Beach. With the Grand Prix being pushed back by several months, we wondered if Formula Drift would move with it and how that might effect the rest of the schedule.

Formula Drift announces 2021 schedule with two new stops in Erie PA and New Jersey. The Long Beach event has been pushed back to September 2021

Formula Drift has provided answers by releasing their 2021 schedule. As suspected, the Long Beach round will be moved to September along with the Grand Prix. Which means Road Atlanta will serve as the season opening venue this year instead of Long Beach.

Two new venues have also been added, bringing the 2021 season to 8 stops total. The new venues include a purpose built “drift arena” at Englishtown Raceway Park in New Jersey which replaces Wall Speedway. That stop will be a night event taking place under state of the art flood lights.

The second new stop is Lake Erie Speedway in Erie, PA which is a 3/8th mile oval course with stadium seating. Lake Erie Speedway’s location makes it accessible to fans from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, and Toronto.

The season will still close out at Irwindale Speedway in October. The last two rounds being in Southern California should make things a bit easier for Formula Drift teams based on the west coast.

Right now it is unclear which events will allow in-person fan attendance and which ones won’t. Though with COVID vaccines rolling out now, it’s not unreasonable to assume that events in August-October have a high likelihood of being open to fans.

Just like last year, all rounds will be livestreamed so even if a round is closed to in-person fans everyone can still watch live from the safety of their own homes.

Check out the full schedule below, and let us know what you think of it in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Formula Drift 2021 Schedule

2021 FORMULA DRIFT PRO CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

VENUE LOCATION MONTH DATE
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Atlanta, GA May 7, 8
Orlando Speed World Orlando, FL May 21, 22
Englishtown Raceway Park Englishtown, NJ June 18, 19
Lake Erie Speedway Erie, PA July 9, 10
Evergreen Speedway Monroe, WA July 30, 31
World Wide Technology Raceway Madison, IL August 27, 28
Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, CA September 17, 18
Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, CA October 22, 23

 

2021 FORMULA DRIFT LINK ECU PROSPEC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

VENUE LOCATION MONTH DATE
Orlando Speed World Orlando, FL May 21, 22
Englishtown Raceway Park Englishtown, NJ June 18, 19
World Wide Technology Raceway Madison, IL August 27, 28
Irwindale Speedway Irwindale, CA October 22, 23

 

2021 FORMULA DRIFT SPECIAL EVENTS

VENUE LOCATION MONTH DATE
Super DRIFT Challenge at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Long Beach, CA September 24, 25

 

Press Release

Following a highly successful 2020 competition series, and despite many challenges caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Formula DRIFT is pleased to return to a full schedule for 2021. By releasing the schedule now, the organizers are enabling teams and fans to make plans for the new season, which kicks off in May at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – the venue for the very first Formula DRIFT round in May 2004.

Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, the dates for both the Formula DRIFT PRO and Link ECU PROSPEC Championships may be subject to change but the series organizers are proceeding with confidence and optimism. As recently announced, PROSPEC replaces the PRO2 series, allowing a number of phased updates to the Technical and Sporting regulations over the next few seasons as part of the series’ evolution. For 2021, PROSPEC qualifying and competition will take place on the same days as the senior FD PRO category.

Formula DRIFT fans will notice that the traditional season opener on the Streets of Long Beach has been rescheduled to September in order to run the weekend before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Formula DRIFT organizers were determined to retain their “home” event and worked closely with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach to secure the new date once the Grand Prix Association announced its own date change.

In addition to the six familiar venues for 2021, including the traditional season finale at Irwindale Speedway, all the FD teams are looking forward to running at two new tracks. These include the brand new, purpose-built drift arena at Englishtown Raceway Park in New Jersey. The venue was originally slated for use in 2020 but the pandemic wiped out the best laid plans. Taking place at night under powerful new floodlights, Englishtown promises to become a fan favorite for many years to come.

The second new track is Lake Erie Speedway, located near the scenic Great Lakes city of Erie, PA. Accessible to fans from Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Toronto and more, its stadium seating around the 3/8-mile oval course should create a great atmosphere for Round 4.

As always, the 2021 FD PRO and Link ECU PROSPEC Championships will be available to view online free of charge thanks to the extremely popular Formula DRIFT livestream. This can be accessed via formulad.com as well as its social media and YouTube channels.

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