In addition to revealing its 2023 schedule, Formula DRIFT has announced plans to mark its 20th anniversary by establishing a Hall of Fame, the series announced.
The first Formula DRIFT Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the 2023 opening round in Long Beach, and each inductee will be awarded a unique FDHOF ring, which will be custom-made for the recipient, encrusted with diamonds and gemstones, with a value of $10,000, the series said.
Also new for 2023, the series is creating the official Formula DRIFT Podcast, hosted by Jacob Gettins, which will follow drivers, teams and storylines throughout the season.
The series also announced that the venues for the eight-round PRO Championship remain unchanged. The PROSPEC Championship will again to be decided at Utah Motorsports Park and the PRO Championship will culminate at its traditional Irwindale Speedway venue, Formula DRIFT representatives said.
One of the changes for 2023 is the removal of the 37-driver cap on both the PRO and PROSPEC Championships, the series said, allowing more teams to enter the series but makes qualifying more crucial than ever as only 32 drivers are able to compete in the head-to-head competition.
Additionally, the PRO Prize Purse has been increased, with the payout per round doubled over 2022, while the 2023 PRO Champion will receive a $50,000 bonus.