KMC Super Drift Challenge – Long Beach, CA

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Conrad Grunewald gets 1st place at the Formula D’s $25,000 KMC Wheels Super Drift Challenge at the 41st annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Saturday April 18th, 2015.

Results were as follows:

1st Place: Conrad Grunewald
2nd Place: Robbie Nishida
3rd Place: Forrest Wang

This was the third consecutive year that Formula Drift had a challenge under the lights in front of a sold out crowd during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. For more info visit: formulad.com and kmcwheels.com

On Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th 2015, Formula DRIFT hosted the KMC Super Drift Challenge during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Conrad Grunewald in the Always Evolving / Replay Camera Chevrolet Camaro takes the victory.

The KMC Super Drift Challenge for the third consecutive year brought motorsports action under the lights during the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a filled capacity within Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the famous street course. Sixteen of the top Formula DRIFT drivers competed for a $25,000 prize purse.

“We were excited to be able to showcase competition drifting under the lights on the streets of Long Beach,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. “Then to see a capacity turn out for the fierce competition capped off an eventful Saturday at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.”

The action under the lights along created a unique and competitive environment for the drivers. Number one qualifier, Forrest Wang in Get Nuts Lab / Hankook Tire Nissan S14 finishes in third place for the second consecutive year. Conrad Grunewald met Robbie Nishida in the Achilles Motorsport / Bridges Racing Lexus SC300 in the finals. Grunewald outmatched Nishida to take the event victory.

“I’d like to start off by thanking my partners because without them I wouldn’t be here. I couldn’t be happier with wining tonight,” said Conrad Grunewald, winner of the KMC Super Drift Challenge. “It’s almost surreal to be running at night in Long Beach. It’s an honor to walk away with a win amongst such great competitors.”

Formula DRIFT continues to Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta on May 8-9, 2015. Tickets are available and can be purchased via www.formuladrift.com.

Photos by Clinton Lum and Edwin Camanag. Video by Joel Bonifacio and Clinton Lum