The Shootout - Fd Pro2 Licensing - August 23/24 @ PPIR Colorado

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August 23/24th

Pikes Peak International Raceway

  • 3 – Formula Drift Pro2 Licenses Awarded
  • Cash Prize Payout
  • 40 driver max, no qualifying,
  • Double elimination tandem bracket


Southwest Pro2 Licensing Shootout @ PPIR’s Into Thin Air Autofest

The Southwest Shootout will be held on August 23/24th, 2019 at Pikes Peak International Raceway located in Fountain Colorado (20 min from Colorado Springs). PPIR is located at 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, CO 80817, just minutes south of Colorado Springs. The facility can be reached from exit #122 on Interstate 25, at the “Pikes Peak Int’l Raceway” exit.  There is a fully paved paddock area w/ food venders, bar, and showers. Electric hookups are also available in the paddock for rent by PPIR.  

Competition Course: 

Pro2 Licensing Course

The competition course will utilize the main straight of the Banked Oval onto the Infield Road Course.  

Friday 8/23 Will consist of Tech/Practice/Drivers Meeting for the whole day,

Saturday 8/24 will be the entire tandem competition.

  • 3 – Formula Drift Pro2 Licenses Awarded
  • Cash Prize Payout
  • 40 driver max, no qualifying,
  • Double elimination tandem bracket.

$8,000 cash prize purse prize (1st = $4,000, 2nd = $2,000, 3rd = $1,500, and 4th $750 – Custom Fabricated Awards by CamArt AZ and Formula Drift PRO2 licenses valid for the 2020 or 2021 season. Additional prizes will be announced in the drivers packet.

If you’re not familiar with the Shootout event, here is a detailed explanation of the format. The event will be a 40-car double elimination competition. Friday will consist of practice sessions for all competitors with spotters help available from the judges at select times during the practice sessions. Since this is a double elimination bracket event, there will be no qualifying for the event. At the conclusion of practice on Friday, we will randomly seed the drivers in the bracket for the event on Saturday. This is done to allow more tandem action for the drivers, as well as provide drivers with a second chance to continue through the bracket should they lose a battle, crash, have a mechanical failure, or other instance that may result in a loss. Saturday will consist entirely of tandem battles until a winner is determined.


Brian Eggert: Formula Drift Judge - UsDrift / Founder of Pro/Am

Joe Tardiff: Southwest Drift Series Season Champion / Pro2 Licensed 2015

George Marstanovic : VegasProAm Series Season Champion / Pro1 Licensed 2011


As with any system, nothing is perfect and there are advantages and disadvantages to everything. However, we feel the advantages for this event outweigh the disadvantages, and the 2018 USDRIFT/Hyperfest Event proved that this format works and makes for an exciting and hard-fought event.

Some of the advantages of the double elimination bracket are:

  • Qualifying. No more one car on track at a time during qualifying. Qualifying consumes up a ton of valuable track time; from single car runs, calculating scores, etc. By eliminating the qualifying aspect from the competition, that time can be better allocated to additional tandem time used by everyone. Plus, it's more exciting to watch two cars tandeming on track versus one solo run. 
  • Third place. The consolation round (battle for third place) has always been a double elimination round in traditional brackets, as the battle consists of both losing drivers from the semifinals. Under a double elimination bracket format, this battle would remain and hold consistent with the rest of the event format.
  • One More Time. See the best battles more than once. If the top two drivers in the event are matched up against each other in the first round of a traditional single elimination bracket, one of them would be eliminated from the event after that matchup. However, under a double elimination format, the loser of that first match could still win in each subsequent match in the consolation bracket and eventually work their way back up to the finals and potentially meet the same driver they faced in the first match again.
  • No one and done. All drivers are guaranteed the ability to compete in at least 2 tandem matches during the event. It's tough to spend all that time, money, and effort leading up to and during an event only to have to pack it up after losing your first battle whether it was a result of your own or a mechanical issue. However, under a double elimination format, drivers must lose twice before they are officially eliminated from competition. Think of it like having an extra 1-UP in Super Mario Bros. Two Championship Matches. The championship match could technically happen twice, even without a One More Time call (which actually happened at the USDRIFT 2018 Shootout if the winner's bracket champion loses in the finals. The result would be that both finalists would have one loss each at that point, requiring another championship match to take place to determine who is eliminated by receiving a second loss.

Some of the disadvantages (if you want to call them that) of the double elimination bracket are:

  • Time. The amount of time it takes to conduct a double elimination bracket will be about double the amount of time for a normal Top 32 single elimination bracket. Hence the reason we have a 2-day event.
  • Confusion. The championship match could technically happen twice, even without a One More Time call (which actually happened in 2018). We listed this as an advantage above, but it can be a disadvantage too because it can be confusing to some. Since the event is a double elimination, it's unfair to have a winner's bracket champion eliminated with their first lost in the finals. Therefore, the winner's bracket champion needs to beat the loser's bracket champion only once to win the event, whereas the loser's bracket champion must beat the winner's bracket champion twice to win the event. Hence the reason the championship match could happen twice.


Eligible participants must be at least 18 years old (16 years old with parental consent*) and possess a valid state issued driver's license. Drivers are eligible provided they have not competed in any round of the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship in the last 3 years (participants in 2015 and prior are eligible). NOTE: No restrictions for Formula DRIFT PRO2 competitors.

*A minor release form must be filled out and be on file with Vegasdrift/USDrift for 16 and 17 year old participants. All minor participants must have at least one parent or legal guardian present at all times during the event. Select individuals under the age of 16 years old that have been pre-approved by Vegasdrift/USDrift may be allowed to participate. For additional information, please contact


The competition portion of this event will be limited to only 40 drivers. The cost to enter is $750.00 and includes driving on Friday and Saturday. Registration will take place on the 

Registration will start at 12:00PM PST on Monday, April 1st, 2019.

PLEASE MATCH YOUR ZIP CODE TO WHERE THE BANKING STATEMENT IS MAILED - This is a common issue that prevents the Credit Card to process with an Address Validation Service Error

To avoid potential instances of inflated resale, registration transfers will be handled on a case by case basis and be at the sole discretion of Vegasdrift. If a transfer is permitted, a $75 fee will be withheld from the registration. Please do not purchase an entry unless you plan on competing. Entries are non-refundable.  


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RULEBOOK. 2019 Pro2 Licensing UsDrift/Vegasdrift/Midwest Drift Union/Spec D


There are only minor changes in it between this year and last year. The biggest things are merely recommendations for 2020 and beyond giving you over a year to prepare.


There are a variety of nearby hotels as listed below, however you are welcome to search for others. Onsite Camping can be purchased at the gate/registration check in through Pikes Peak International Raceway


Media applications will be available in late June or early July. Media Registration


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