Formula DRIFT PRO 2 Round 1 Orlando Results; Hometown Hero Kevin Lawrence Takes the Victory

Long Beach, Calif. – April 28, 2017 – The Formula DRIFT PRO 2 season kicked off in Orlando Speed World.  The hometown favorite, Kevin Lawrence in the Enjuku Racing / BC Racing / Hankook Tire Nissan 240 takes home the victory.

PRO 2 kicked off the season in sunny Orlando, Florida with the first of four competitions.  The action packed event had many highlights throughout the day and showcased the talent of the rising stars of the sport.

"The level of talent within the PRO 2 rankings is quite impressive," said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. "What started as a stepping stone for many American drifters has now blossomed into an international field of drivers competing at a high level for their chance at a Pro license and the chance to drive against the best drifters in the world.”

The quarter-finals featured door to door action that was often too close to call.  The competition between Brandon Schmidt and Kevin Lawrence had two “One more time,” battles with Lawrence eventually getting the call to move into the Finals.  In the other half of the quarter-finals, Travis Reeder met Josh Robinson and in one of the most exciting moments of the day, Reeder while having a debeaded tire managed to maintain drift to move into the Finals, while Robinson secures the third place finish.  In a close final battle, the Orlando native, Lawrence was able to edge out Reeder to get the victory and take the lead in the PRO 2 points standings.

"I couldn’t do this without the support of my team and partners including Enjuku Racing, Hankook Tire, BC Racing, Competition Clutch and Konig wheels and without these guys I wouldn’t be out here driving, " said Kevin Lawrence, winner of PRO 2: Orlando. "To all my team that is just here throughout the day – changing tires and just sweating it out with me is all I can ask for."

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 3: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 12-13.  For more information visit, www.formulad.com and find Formula DRIFT on Instagram @formulad, Facebook www.facebook.com/formuladrift, Twitter @FormulaDrift, and Snapchat - formula_drift. Tune into Formula DRIFT on CBS Sports and check your local listings for airtimes.

Formula DRIFT PRO 2: Orlando Results

1. Lawrence, Kevin - Winner
2. Reeder, Travis - 2nd Place
3. Robinson, Josh - 3rd Place
4. Schmidt, Brandon - 4th Place
5. Waters, Randall - 5th Place
6. Goble, Brody - 6th Place
7. Stratton, Dirk - 7th Place
8. Szilveszter, Gyorgy - 8th Place
9. Lizardi, Luis - 9th Place
10. Beechum, Trenton - 10th Place
11. Rowlings, Kelsey - 11th Place
12. Kiriakopoulos, George - 12th Place
13. Vankirk, Matt - 13th Place
14. George, Danny - 14th Place
15. Meeks, Austin - 15th Place
16. Brockway, Donovan - 15th Place

ABOUT FORMULA DRIFT
In its fourteenth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the leading international drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver's driving ability and vehicle control. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship crown. As the first official drifting series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life and establishes itself as the world-wide leader for the Sport. Formula DRIFT is featured on CBS Sports in the US and distributed globally by IMG Media, reaching over 400M households.  CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.  Formula DRIFT has the most viewed live stream in the world, catering to over 1.5M fans annually. For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit: www.formuladrift.com.

 

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