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DRIFT DAY 18, (TOMORROW, This Saturday) California Speedway

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Old 07-13-2004, 07:03 AM   #1
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DRIFT Day 18, California Speedway (July 31st, 2004)

DRIFT Day 18, California Speedway July 31st, 2004

Beginner/Intermediate Drivers only
Featuring our select group of Drift Day qualified instructors. With top drifters providing close attention, Saturday will offer the beginning drifter the opportunity to learn and practice drifting basics.


Final event registration list

Location: California Speedway, Lot 12
Date: July 31st, 2004
Time: 6:30 a.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.
Slots: 45 Drivers
Entry Fees: Drivers -- $120 (includes one pit crew member)
Spectators$5 per person (limited entry)

Course Design:
Drift Day 18 will consist of a figure 8 skidpad, a J-Turn section, and a small drift course section. As a drifting basics session, these sections will be designed to provide a wide variety of learning situations for drivers. All participants listed as Beginners should read the rules page to prepare for the event.


7:00 a.m.
Gates open, all drivers should arrive and have their vehicles ready for tech.

8:00 a.m.
Brief drivers meeting -- MANDATORY!
Tech inspection lines close.

8:30 a.m.
First driving session begins, groups rotate hourly.

4:30 p.m.
Event ends

First Time Drivers:
Drivers that are new to Drift Days should follow the checklist below prior to an event. These guidelines will improve your experience and provide for greater track time.


Helmet -- Make sure your helmet is SA or MA 95 approved. NO LOANERS AVAILABLE

Clothing -- Jeans or long pants are recommended, shirts and covered-toe footwear required.

Tires -- Bring AT LEAST one set of extra wheels and tires to the event, more if you plan to drive home in the same car. Spare tires cannot be used on the course.

Tools -- A simple set of sockets and of course tools to change tires. Additional tools that might prove handy include a tire pressure gauge and air compressor. Make sure you take care of your equipment during the event, as we are not responsible for theft/damage that occurs to your belongings.

Water -- for vehicles and people.

Pop-up tent -- handy during these hot summer months.

Other advisories:
Please be up to date with our technical inspection process and requirements for vehicles. There is only one hour allocated to tech inspections and if your vehicle fails to pass the inspection process you will not be allowed to participate. Also, be on time for the driver's meeting. We will be discussing important on-track procedures and safety guidelines and failure to attend the meeting will result in a driver not being allowed to participate in the event.

Pre-Tech inspections:
Drivers may have their cars pre-teched at either GSpeed Corporation in Gardena, or at Monstor Fabrication in Glendora. A pre-tech inspection can save you trouble by locating and fixing technical problems prior to an event. The pre-tech process is free so follow the tech inspection / rules link below to schedule an appointment.

For more information about requirements for drivers and vehicles, please check out the links below.

FAQ - for general driver inquiries

Frequently Asked Questions.

What is drifting?

The fastest way to understand drifting is to see it firsthand. That however, won't reveal all the nuances of drifting, especially the minute details which judges notice at the professional level.

What is Drift Association?

Drift Association is a company that organizes Drift schools. We are also consultants and co-organizers for other organizations such as D1 Productions (D1 USA) and Mainstream Productions (Drift Showoff).

Our company operates a video production company with our current DVD release, "Drift Review 2003". In the past, Drift Association has provided valuable information for commercials, TV programs and starting companies. Although we consult on a regular basis our primary focus is our Drift Day program.

What is Drift Day?

Drift Day is a school for some and a practice session for others. The reason why we do not call it a "school" is because every driver has the option to receive assistance or not. On case someone wants to learn, we do provide instructions from the best drivers in California. It's an all day affair that truly embraces the spirit of club racing.

Why do you charge so much for an event? We are the only organization in the U.S. that has a proven background for teaching an individual the art of drifting. Our program cannot be duplicated for the price we charge. Some of the drivers that has given our program credit includes:

Ken Gushi- U.S D1 Driver and Team Rotora competitor

Calvin Wan- U.S D1 Driver and Team Falken competitor

Andy Yen- RS-R second place finisher and Autolink sponsored driver

Benson Hsu- Option Ikaten winner and HIN sponsored driver

Ryan Hampton- Former IRL racecar driver and JIC demo driver

Taka Aono- 2002 Solo2 national champion and Team Drift Association demo driver

Isn't Drift Association making a lot of money from events? No, in reality all the money generated from Drift Day is put back into buying supplies and making the next Drift Day better.

How is Club4AG affiliated with Drift Association?

Drift Association LLC. was formed as a direct results of Club4AG. The two founding members own AE86's and thus the relationship began.

What is the best way to learn how to drift?

Come to one of our Drift Days. Our instructors can ride along with you on the course and give pointers to improve your drifting.

How can we start our own Drift Day?

Drift Day is an official Trademark of Drift Association LLC., so please consult with us before using the name for any events. We are currently licensing our program to other states and we will continue to expand our program. If you are interested in starting a Drift Day in your area, please contact us at info@Driftday.com

How can I become a staff member at your events?

Drift Association is always interested in volunteers at our events. There are some "perks" for staffing at our events, but we will not disclose it to everyone. We do have a few requirements for volunteers such as:

-Individual should have some experience attending other forms of automotive sports such as autocrossing or road racing. Drivers that attend autocross events are highly encouraged because of the flagging experience they attain after a few events.

-Individual will need to attend a few Drift Days as a driver.

-Individual should not expect anything in return for their work.

We are not accepting any new staff members at major events such as D1 or Driftshowoff unless approved specifically by Motohide or Naoki. Please do not send emails inquiring about staffing at any major event.

Technical Inspection Process / Rules and Regulations

Drift Association Competition and Drift Day Rules and Regulations 2004 (Rules in effect November 2003 and through 2004 and may change at any time)

Course and Venue Safety Rules and Standards

Attendance to the Driver’s Meeting held at the start of each day is MANDATORY. If a driver fails to attend the driver's meeting, he or she will not be allowed to drive.

Drivers arriving after driver check-in deadline time on the date of the event will not be allowed to run, nor be refunded for any incurred driver entry, admissions and/or tech inspection fees.

Passenger Rules are enforced accordingly at each event and will be conditionally changed per event and during the course of the day. In no circumstances will a passenger be allowed in car during a "competition" event.

Any person or persons behaving in a manner deemed unsafe or engaging in acts of aggression as defined by track officials, hosting entity and/or venue staff, will be removed from premises without refund.

Refueling is prohibited in paddock and grid and is applicable to all cars, tools, and generators.

Driver conduct and regulations of the venues, and course.

Drivers are required to obey all orders, commands and requests signaled to or communicated by other methods by "officials" of the Venue, Course and Track Officials.

5 Miles per Hour speed limit in paddock, grid and all areas accessible by the drivers that are not part of the competition or practice designated course. No drivers shall be allowed to proceed onto any course until directed by a starter signal.

Flag rules must be obeyed and observed as signaled.

In case of a collision, malfunction, other reasons of inability to move the car while on course, the driver is asked to wait in the car with seatbelts and helmet worn until directed or assisted by course marshal (exception to this rule will be any pending or visible fire, chemical hazards that threaten the driver).

Driver’s side windows must be closed while on course, or protected by approved safety nets if no windows exist.

General Competition Rules and Guidelines (Competitions Only)

Drivers must stay on course, and any 2 wheels off the course will result in no score.

Contact with course bordering objects will not be penalized but will incur the cost of repairs on the venue if damaged

Driver changes and car changes are not allowed.

Mechanical failure or personal injuries after the start of competition rounds will not be eligible for replacement of car or driver entry.

Ignorance or violation of event rules will result in immediate disqualification, and in certain circumstances, removal from the event and premises.

Tampering with other participant cars will be grounds for disqualifications and removal from venue.

Cars must keep a minimum of 5 car length distance margin while in practice sessions; this rule is removed in competition.

Contact with another car will result in “following” or trailing car with no score, as determined by starting position.

Multi-car contact will be resolved by “fix own car only” rules. No exceptions.

Contact with course borders will result in no score.

Additional Rules
A) Additional Rules specific to the event and/or venue may be enforced in addition to these regulations. Please check the official event page for the additional requirements.*

*These preliminary rules may change at any time so please check back before each event to make sure you are equipped to attend and enjoy the day informed and in a safe as possible way.

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Technical Inspection and Vehicle Safety Standards

PRE TECH INSPECTIONS - (MANDATORY) only if you live within 25 miles of Los Angeles Area. Pre tech inspections are preformed free of charge at the locations below:

Please pre-check yourself in such case to ensure you can pass the inspections in the morning.

A) Basic Standards for Single Competitions and Practice, Open Track and Schools

The following is designed to better explain specific points listed on the technical inspection sheet. It is highly recommended that all drivers ensure all points listed below are met, prior to an event to save time and trouble. Although minor repairs can be made on the day of the event, drivers should keep in mind that only one hour is allocated for tech inspection, and failure to pass technical inspection during this period will prevent a driver from participating.

Modifications– any modification to a vehicle must meet a standard of safety in design and installation.

Hub spacer/ adapter – Hub spacers or adapters must be installed properly and torqued to specifications. Lug nuts used in conjunction with these adapters must retain minimum threading to hold tension and be present on every stud.

GSpeed Corporation

Attn: Kenji and Maki
12519 Cerise Ave., Hawthorne CA 90250
(877) SPEED-08
Open Mon ~Sat 8:00am - 6:00pm

Tech inspections by appointment only, please.

Monstor Fabrication
128 S. Valencia St. Unit F
Glendora, CA 91741
(626) 857 9000


Monstor Fabrication is now available to handle pre-tech inspections. Please call in advance for an appointment.

Engine – Modifications to the engine must not interfere with required safety systems (brakes, steering, etc) of the vehicle. Engine modifications must also not create a fire or fluid leakage hazard. All aftermarket piping must be properly secured to the frame of the vehicle. Vehicles with transplanted engines must have all intake channels, intercooler piping (if present), and exhaust piping properly secured to the vehicle.

Suspension – If present, aftermarket roll center adaptors, alignment compensation brackets, and steering linkages must be torqued to specifications and meet required tensile strength.

Wheels / Tires – Aftermarket wheels and tires must not rub against the fender of the vehicle.

Brakes – Brake systems must be able to handle extended periods of hard driving conditions

Brakes must be properly bled and all seals in good condition, pedal and linkages must be free of excessive wear, play and malfunction or missing parts.

Brake pads must have more than 25% of original condition.

Master cylinder and calipers must be within specification.

Brakes must be free of fluid leaks.

Brake lamps must be functioning properly.

Body / Suspension – The body of a vehicle must be able to adequately protect the driver.

Tires and Wheels – Tires must retain a minimum of 3/32 inch of tread, and not have exposed belting or show any other signs of failure. Minimum tread wear rating for tires is 100 (no race compounds allowed). Temporary spare tires are not allowed on participating vehicles. All drivers must have 2 spare mounted tires that are not used on the course.

Lug Nuts – All lug nuts must be torqued to 80 ft/lbs. on approved fasteners, and be used on every stud. Lug nuts must have a minimum of 4 turns worth of thread.

Steering System – Steering system and linkages must be in proper working order.

Suspension – Suspension bolts must be torqued to specification. Suspension mounts must not be damaged.

Windows / Windshields – Windows and windshields must be free of cracks or breaks over 1 inch in length, or 0.5 inch in diameter.

Body Panels – body panels must be present and secured by fasteners.

Aero Parts – Rear wings, spoilers and other aerodynamic or cosmetic additions must not protrude over 2 inches over the overall width of the vehicle.

Engine – The engine must be able to perform safely under hard driving conditions

Battery – The battery must be secured by a standard battery bracket, and at least one terminal covered by proper electrical insulation.

Air Cleaner – The intake air cleaner system must be adequately secured to the frame of the vehicle with proper fasteners.

Oils and Fluids – All necessary fluids such as engine oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, and other important engine fluids must be filled to manufacturer specifications. Leaks of any of these fluids are not permissible.

Throttle – The throttle action must be smooth and the throttle spring must be to specification.

Ignition / Fuel System – The fuel system of the vehicle must be responding properly and free of any leakages. Any wiring or tubing associated with the fuel delivery or ignition system must be clear of hot areas to prevent potential fire hazards.

Wiring Harness – Any insulation associated with the wiring harness must not present a potential fire hazard (i.e. clear of hot areas of the engine).

Exhaust System – The exhaust system of a vehicle must be properly secured to the frame of the vehicle.

Safety Equipment – All forms of performance driving require proper safety equipment be functioning on a vehicle

Helmet – For practice events, a Snell rated SA or MA 95 helmet (or newer) is required. Loaner helmets are not available.

Seatbelts / Harnesses – Seatbelts must be properly attached and in good working order. If present, aftermarket racing harness of at least 4 points must be attached to the chassis by methods approved by manufacturer, and must meet racing use requirements.

Roll Bar (Convertables / Open Topped vehicles) – All convertibles / open top / soft top cars must have roll bars equal or exceeding 4 points and be connected to the unibody or sub frame.

Tow Hooks – Tow hooks must be present on at least one location on the vehicle.

Loose Items – Any loose items in the vehicle including floor mats or aftermarket audio systems must be removed.

B) Additional Rules when Tandem / multiple car driving are scheduled during competitions and practice.

Approved Nomex™ material full length racing suits are required
Approved Nomex™ material fire resistant gloves and shoes are required.

Four point Drift Association LLC approved, "occupant protection bars" or approved 6 point roll cages with door-side impact protection beams are required and installed by approved methods.

Helmets must be rated and no older than SNELL MA/SA 2000, or FIA 2000

Fire extinguishers installed in unlocked portion of the cabin, secured in approved manner.
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Old 07-17-2004, 11:40 AM   #2
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ok, maybe i missed the info, but where is california speedway??

all event threads should include a street address. I need to mapquest this sort of thing you know?
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California Speedway: 909-429-5000
9300 Cherry Ave Fontana, CA 92335, US



Originally posted by clay payton
ok, maybe i missed the info, but where is california speedway??

all event threads should include a street address. I need to mapquest this sort of thing you know?
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