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07-20-2009, 03:28 PM

- D1GP USA Preps for Third Round Action at Chicago’s Famed Soldier Field -

LOS ANGELES (July 20, 2009) – After an impressive Round 1 and 2 of the 2009 Championship Points Series, D1 Grand Prix USA looks to Soldier Field and Englishtown Raceway for the final of four scheduled events. The battle for D1GP USA Champion is tightening as competitors from around the world try to catch the points leader and reigning champion Daigo Saito. This round will be the most explosive event yet with new international drivers joining the circuit, as well as the return of fan favorite Nobushige Kumakubo after his Round 2 absence. Round 3 will be held Saturday, August 1 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

“Since our inaugural event in Anaheim, D1GP USA continues to grow with a new field of drivers, creating a greater level of competition,” said Rich Goodwin, president of D1GP USA. “We are also excited to see additional sponsors partnering with D1GP as well as an increasing international fan base.”

Round 3 in Chicago marks the D1GP USA debut of Canadian drivers Tania Bourbonnais, Carl Nadeau and David Briggs. Staged under the lights, the Chicago event will be the first night drifting competition in the 2009 series and will also feature new on track course markers.

Round 4 of D1GP USA will be held on September 5, at Englishtown Raceway in New Jersey. Englishtown will also take place under the lights with a variety of off-track entertainment.

As D1 Grand Prix USA heads into the final two scheduled events of the season, the top 16 drivers vie for the final spots in the Championship Points Series. The current point standings are as follows:

1) Daigo Saito (Japan) - 50
2) Kazuhuro Tanaka (Japan) - 29
3) Takahiro Ueno (Japan) - 24
4) Harri Hokkanen (Finland) - 23
5) Chelsea Denofa (USA) - 22
6) Ken Nomura (Japan) - 21
7) Toshiki Yoshiaka (Japan) - 21
8) Nobushige Kumakubo (Japan) - 21
9) Forrest Wang (USA) - 19
10) Quoc Ly (USA) - 14
11) Russell Walker (USA) - 13
12) Ross Petty (USA) - 12
13) Aaron Losey (USA) - 10
14) Will Parsons (USA) - 10
15) Estie Falero (USA) - 7
16) Kelvin Arreola (USA) - 7

For more information about D1GP USA and the upcoming Chicago and New Jersey events, please visit www.d1gp.com. You can also follow us on Twitter at: twitter.com/d1gp.

For media inquiries or to obtain media credentials for these events, please contact Matt Danenhauer, DRIVEN Media Communications
matt@drivenmc.com | (951) 461-2429 | www.drivenontheweb.com

07-20-2009, 04:04 PM
Are there going to be any walls? Canadian's like walls. I'd like to see Tania stuff the GTO into a wall. so.... ? walls? plz?

We are also excited to see additional sponsors partnering with D1GP

who are the new sponsors?

07-21-2009, 07:50 AM
I am sure there are going to be walls. All other drift events folks have ended up in the wall I am sure this will be no diffrent.

07-22-2009, 10:20 PM
Quoc wants walls...we'll see what happens, from when I saw it, the track is going to be a happy middle between Anaheim and Miami...but things change quickly. Keiichi will still have to set up the actual track himself.

Come to think of it, maybe we can put the models in front of the walls to prevent the cars from getting too busted up?

07-23-2009, 07:46 AM
Dont forget about the guys here in the Midwest that have been driving their @$$es off in order to make this. I cant wait! See you dudes in Chicago!

07-23-2009, 10:15 AM
Oh for sure man, I know it's been a long time since you guys have had a professional series come through Chicago...nothing since 2006 I think? Don't worry, we're busting our a$$es to make sure you not only have a great time at the event but plenty to do before and after while you're out there.

Goes without saying but in addition to the professional camera crews that will be out there, a lot of you guys are going to be immortalized in Japan on Option/JDM Option video. So it should be a lot of fun and some great exposure.

07-24-2009, 11:43 AM
Where's the party at?