BRIDGES RACING AND DEAN KEARNEY ANNOUNCES CONTINUING PARTNERSHIP WITH ORACLE LIGHTING FOR FORMULA DRIFT 2018
Tuesday April 10, 2018
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – April 10, 2018 – Bridges Racing and Dean Kearney is proud to announce our continued partnership with ORACLE Lighting for 2018 Formula Drift season Black Magic Pro Championship.
“ORACLE Lighting is looking forward to the start of our 6th season of partnership with Dean Kearney as the title sponsor of the ORACLE Lighting Dodge Viper in the Formula Drift Series. Dean and the crew at Bridges racing have been great to work with over the years and have continued to be true brand ambassadors for ORACLE Lighting since the beginning” said Justin Hartenstein, Director of Research & Development at ORACLE Lighting. “The Viper has always been an impressive vehicle but this year the team has put together an exceptional build which we are all excited to see make its debut in competition” he added, referring to the new Viper chassis set for its debut for 2018 season.
Dean “Karnage” Kearney, who will continue his partnership with Bridges Racing in 2018 season, is looking forward to building on his 12th place finish in the 2017 final standings. “I am delighted to be preparing to embark on our 6th year with ORACLE lighting as Title sponsor of our program, both in Formula Drift and Global activations we have planned for 2018. ORACLE lighting has been the back bone of our program for many seasons and a pleasure to work with” said Kearney.
“The Bridges Racing team have had a new car in the making for me with two years now and we are all excited to see the performance upgrades and what we can strive to achieve in it this season. This new car will become the flagship car of the fleet and wear the ORACLE lighting colours with pride. Here’s to a successful season in 2018 and we hope to see many you of at the track throughout the year”.
“I’m happy and fortunate to be working with ORACLE lighting again for our 6thseason. They are a huge part of our program and involved in a lot of the behind the scenes aspects of the team. I’m excited to implement more of their products into the new build, to really showcase a lot of the unique abilities and uses of their lighting” said team owner Bryan Bridges.
After much anticipation, the Bridges Racing team and Kearney will be debuting the long awaited “002” Twin turbo charged Dodge Viper chassis at Formula Drift Round 2 – Orlando Speedworld in Orlando, FL on April 27th & 28th. The 002, rumored to be pushing close to 1500HP is getting its final prep at our shop in Huntington Beach, CA. After two years of research and testing, we are confident that the 002 Twin turbo Dodge Viper will be the machine to put Kearney back on the Formula Drift podium.
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“Out of 32 battles, he won 29 of them, a 90.6 percent win rate. He equalled the all-time record for most wins in a single season in his first season. He featured on the podium six times out of eight, and won the championship with the largest points haul in the last 10 years (651), as well as by the largest margin (113). All of which was achieved in a season that was never intended as anything more than a learning experience.”
Worthouse Drift Team’s James Deane heads to the eighth and final round of the Formula DRIFT Championship in Irwindale, California aiming to clinch that dream-come-true title this weekend.
Leading the standings by 96 points with just 107 up for grabs at the famous House of Drift, Deane can technically secure the Championship already with a good qualifying on Friday but the Irishman, a four-time winner this year, is focusing on giving his best during the big finale rather than doing the math. Irwindale Speedway is one of the few venues at which the 25-year-old competed in Formula DRIFT back in 2010 but James doesn’t expect it to give him any edge over his opponents.
His Worthouse Drift Team’s teammate, Poland’s Piotr Więcek will be heading to Irwindale to wrap up a successful rookie season and hopes a trouble and error free weekend brings him back inside the Top 10 in the overall standings.
The final round of the Formula DRIFT Championship starts this Friday with a qualifying session at 5:15PM local time. Saturday’s main competition starts with Top 32 finals at 3:40PM local time followed by Top 16 at 7PM with all action streamed live on www.formulad.com/live.
Deane and Więcek looking for a strong weekend in Texas
The Worthouse Drift Team’s duo is set to take part in the penultimate round of the Formula DRIFT Championship in Texas this weekend with James Deane defending a 57 point lead in the series and Piotr Więcek holding the top rookie spot.
The Irishman leads the way having taken four podiums from five events, including three victories. With just two rounds to go, a solid result this weekend would bring James a step closer to a sensational title in his first full season in Formula DRIFT.
His teammate, Poland’s Piotr Więcek is eleventh overall and a top rookie, coming back to the US after a season’s best result of fifth last time out in Seattle and also looking for another strong showing.
Round 7 of the Formula DRIFT Championship, the Showdown, will take place at infield of the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, just outside Dallas with the impressive NASCAR venue able to hold a crowd of just over 180 thousand fans.
Qualifying and main event will both be streamed live on www.FormulaD.com/live with the former on Friday from 12:45 AM to 3:15 PM and the latter on Saturday from 3:15 PM (Top 32) and 7:30 PM (Top 16).
Deane takes third Formula DRIFT victory of the season
Worthouse Drift Team’s James Deane took his third victory of the season and extended his Championship lead after a spectacular performance during round six in Monroe, Washington. His Polish teammate and series rookie Piotr Więcek scored his best result in the series by taking fifth position.
Deane started the weekend by qualifying first for the second consecutive time, earning a Bye Run for Top 32 and topping Dan Burkett in Top 16. The Irishman then clashed with friend and teammate Piotr Więcek, who himself took a solid ninth in the qualifying before beating Dean Keartney and Alex Heilbrunn in his first two duels.
The Worthouse Drift Team’s duo put in an amazing show before Deane went on to battle Dai Yoshihara in Top 4 and Fredric Aasbo in the final, coming out on top twice in fierce battles which both included On More Time runs.
Deane’s victory in Monroe is his third of the season after Long Beach and Atlanta, extending his Championship lead over Aasbo to 57 points with just two rounds to go. Next up in Texas Motor Speedway on the 8-9 of September.