For Immediate Release
Tuesday March 5, 2013
Midwest Drift Union has decided to take Pro Am drifting a step further and pursue something that has yet to be done; to host the first ever Pro Am Drift Competition on public city streets. The only question then was “where?”. We’ve held very successful events in many states here in our Midwest region since 2009, but one particular city has stood out to us for a while due to it’s history and style. That city was Detroit, Michigan.
After establishing communication with the City Officials though our great friends Omar Gutierrez and Keith Strong at Ice Nine Group, we scheduled a meeting with the manager of Motor City’s famous Belle Isle Park as well as an opportunity to evaluate and size up the historic Roosevelt Park. MDU staff members Jon Gilliatt, Nick Swann, and Jorge Vega recently took the trip to Detroit to experience what the city had to offer and lock down the perfect location for this particular event. After a very successful meeting with the event coordination staff at Belle Isle and the raw “street” appeal of the Roosevelt Park area, it was a unanimous decision to go with Roosevelt Park for our 2013 Round 3 event which will be held on August 17th.
“We’ve established a very strong relationship with the staff at Belle Isle and will continue to work with them and pursue future opportunities for drifting in the Midwest” said Nick Swann operations manager at Midwest Drift Union . Belle Isle is a beautiful facility and very accommodating as a venue, however the backdrop and overall vibe that Roosevelt Park emits is exactly what we were looking for when we decided to pursue a street event. It really embodies what Motown is all about. There’s so much history in just the 3-5 block area we will be utilizing and we truly believe having a full field of competitive drift cars and drivers along with our sponsors, fans, friends, and other supporters will work in perfect unison with what the iconic Detroit city park has to offer.
We’re very proud to open the door to a new style of event within the Am and Pro Am drifting communities and we look to the future with very high expectations and eagerness. We want to thank Omar, Keith, and the rest of the great staff at Ice Nine Group and Motor City Project for having us up and contributing so much to this particular project. We also want to thank Midwest Drift Union competitor Shane Whalley for stepping in as our tour guide during our stay along with all of the staff at Belle Isle for taking the time to sit down with us and really discuss, explore, and plan on the future of drifting in the City of Detroit and particularly at Belle Isle.