Format

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. Sunday will be a bash style event (ran by Drift Indy) where drivers who competed in the Shootout, as well as other non-competing drivers may run on track together.

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 2018 USDrift 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.
  • Not 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. Also, even if you don't make it far in the bracket on Saturday, any extra time we have Saturday after the competition, we will get drivers back out on track to have fun. Also, stick around for Sunday, as we have all day to mess around on the entire track with non-competing drivers as well.
  • Two Championship Matches. The championship match could technically happen twice, even without a One More Time call (which actually happened in 2018) 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, with a third day as a backup if needed.
  • 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.

ELIGIBILITY:

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 MDU 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 MDU may be allowed to participate. For additional information, please contact events@mdudrift.com.

REGISTRATION:

The competition portion of this event will be limited to only 40 drivers. The cost to enter is $750.00 and includes driving on all three days. Registration will take place on the MDU website and be split into two stages of 20 entries each to ensure most people have a fair chance at registering should one of the dates/times be inconvenient to their schedule.

  • The first wave of 20 spots will start Saturday June 1st at 12:00pm.
  • The second wave of 20 spots will start Saturday June 15th at 5:00pm.

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 MDU. 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.

The open track day option for Sunday will be limited to only 32 drivers Registration Coming Soon.

RACER SUPPORT AND CONTINGENCY PROGRAMS:

These will be updated as soon as they are confirmed.

LODGING:

There is no camping allowed at Kil-Kare Raceway, here is a list of local hotels in the area.

Ramada Xenia
300 Xenia Towne Square
Xenia, OH 45385
866-264-5744

Red Roof Inn Dayton - Fairborn/Nutter Center
2580 Colonel Glenn Highway
Fairborn, OH 45324
866-279-5332

La Quinta Inn & Suites Fairborn Wright Patterson AFB
2540 University Blvd
Fairborn, OH 45324
937-490-2000

Baymont Inn & Suites Fairborn Wright Patterson AFB
730 E Xenia Drive
Fairborn, OH 45324
866-265-3604

Wingate by Wyndham Dayton - Fairborn Wright Patterson AFB
3055 Presidential Drive
Fairborn, OH 45324
866-263-3710

Extended Stay America Dayton - Fairborn Wright Patterson AFB
3131 Presidential Drive
Fairborn, OH 45324
866-599-6675

Microtel Inn & Suites
4500 Linden Avenue
Dayton, OH 45432
866-299-0098

Royalton Inn and Suites Wilmington
201 Carrie Drive
Wilmington, OH 45177
888-553-7084

MEDIA CREDENTIALS:

Media applications will be available TBA.

PARTNER/VENDOR INFORMATION:

If you are interested in becoming a partner and/or vendor at this event, please contact us at events@mdudrift.com.

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