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Day Two of Round One: Streets of Long Beach continues the start the 2016 Formula Drift season with the same poor weather conditions that plagued qualifying and practice runs the day before. 

Due to poor weather, Formula Drift officials have used overall standings from the 2015 season to determine the competition runs that will take place today. 

With the venue open to the public and opening ceremonies set to begin at 3:00 p.m., Formula Drift fans have much to see and do before the main competition begins.

In wake of the recent news that the Scion brand has been discontinued, Scion representatives set up a Scion booth that has been accompanied by Speedhunter Daniel Corvarrubias’, Scion FRS.

To honor the orphaned brand, a car show exclusive to Scion’s is set up at the event with Scion representatives handing out swag bags to the owners of the hundreds of Scion cars in attendance.

Vendors including FreshOP, Sparco, SSR, JDM

Drift talents such as Vaughin Gittin Jr., Mad Mike, Forrest Wang, and returning 2015 champion Fredric Aasbo have returned for the start of their 2016 series on Turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Toyota Grand Prix Long Beach street course make up the ‘Streets of Long Beach,’ the 2016 season opening event for the 2016 Formula Drift season.

Historically, day one of the event is reserved for practice runs and qualifying runs. Poor weather conditions have set this series off with quite an aggressive challenge as the track was wet, causing variable driving conditions. These conditions resulted in encouraged practice runs, though tandem practice runs were scarce with the near constant California rain.

While the rain limited the drifting, it did not slow down the drivers whom were consistently back and forth from driver meetings, to the paddock, and back to the track with interviews in between along with scarce autographs.

The pit

Editorial Note: This is a guest commentary written by Christopher “Crispy” Wilson

With the sudden but not so shocking announcement that Toyota was dropping the sub brand Scion, I wanted to share my story in regards to how Scion changed and maybe even saved my life.

I don’t have many statistics on why Toyota decided to give Scion the axe but I do have one statistic that matters to me the most: 85 percent.

Eighty-five percent of inmates incarcerated in Arizona prisons are likely to return to prison in the first year of their release. It just so happened that I was incarcerated when Toyota brought Scion to the United States, and its important to note that I was never really into cars growing up. Sure,  I liked them and was a fan of the low rider scene while my friends in high school all had mustangs, so I naturally became a fan of

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