Falken Tire tests their 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at the 2011 American Le Mans Series Winter Test in Sebring, FL at the historic Sebring Raceway. In a few short weeks this course will host the season opener of the 2011 American Le Mans Series with a grueling 12 hour endurance race.
Team Falken Tire, along with team manager Derrick Walker and drivers Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler hope to improve on their performance from last year with new slick compounds and a newly managed team.
Derrick Walker's background includes open-wheel racing such as Formula One and Indy Car.
Road to Victory - 2012 Falken Baltimore
With strong tire performance, pure driving flair, a flawless pit stop and
experience culled from last year's victory, Team Falken enabled history to
repeat itself by once again taking the American Le Mans Series GT class win
on the streets of Baltimore.
Falken's First 2011 ALMS Porsche Win
Team Falken Tire survived the storm that hit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 30
minutes before the finish and took top honors in GT class for the first
time in the performance tire manufacturer's three-year ALMS career.
Derrick Walker, Falken's ALMS Team Manager, made the comment after
previously expressing confidence in Falken's capability at Mid-Ohio, a
track he knows very well from years of competing as a manager and owner of
Credit also went to Falken's two team drivers, Porsche works driver Wolf
Henzler, and his partner, Bryan Sellers, who persevered through the race on
a track notoriously tough on tires. Sellers qualified 9th and expressed
disappointment with the position, considering Falken has finished in fifth
place the last two races. However, Sellers started the race and started
moving forward until he was hit from behind by the #04 Ford GT, which
dropped the Porsche to 12th. The veteran driver fought hard and turned the
car over to his teammate in 10th. Henzler entered the race and gradually
moved to 7th place in GT, remaining there for a good portion of the race.
2011 Formula Drift Round 1 - JTP Dominates Long Beach
Team Falken started the 2011 Formula Drift season the way it finished last
year, with one of its factory drivers on top of the podium. Justin Pawlak,
in just his second year with the tire manufacturer, took his inaugural
first place at the Long Beach opening round, with Team Falken teammate
Daijiro ("Dai") Yoshihara in third. Before a capacity crowd, Pawlak
took the victory on board his 2011 Ford Mustang with a new engine built by
Ford Racing and Roush-Yates and ran on Falken's Azenis RT615K, as did all
other Falken team members. Pawlak qualified 11th, while Yoshihara was
second among the top 32, alerting the other competitors he was the driver
to beat on the streets of Long Beach. While Defending Formula D Champion
Vaughn Gittin, Jr., struggled in qualifying, he was an important part of
the weekend, meeting and greeting his fans as well as supporting the rest
of the Falken team in the main event. Among the Falken "inter-team
competition," Pawlak beat Darren McNamara in the top 16 round, and Justin
went on to best Dai in the Top 4, completing a "One More Time." Justin
beat Matt Powers in the final, while Dai defeated 2009 Formula D Champion
Chris Forsberg to earn third.
"Justin earned this win through timing and endurance," declared Jonathan
Bradford, Team Falken's Formula Drift manager. "He has grown rapidly over
the past 12 months, and it is fitting that he would take his first podium
as a Falken team member at one of our home tracks." Falken continues
to excel in activating its marketing efforts in association with Formula
Drift and the strong crowds of drift fans in Southern California. With a
new team of Falken Spokesmodels in the paddock next to the company's
multiple support trailers, Falken hosted 350 representatives and guests
from both Monster Energy Drink and Ford Racing in their hospitality region.
"This is an important victory for us because the race is in our backyard
and we had a lot of fans, customers and Falken Tire enthusiasts in the
stands and the paddock," said Nick Fousekis, Falken's Director of
Motorsports Marketing and Events. "We've proven all the work the team and
each individual driver have done during the off-season successfully moved
Falken up another level, and we'll keep climbing all season long. We also
appreciate the tremendous support from car builders Autosport Dynamics and
SPD." After the first round, Pawlak is at the top of the Championship
standings, Yoshihara third, while McNamara is in 10th. Final Falken
teammate Tyler McQuarrie finished in 11th. Ross Petty, a long-time
independent competitor running Falkens, placed 14th. Round two will
be held May 6-7, at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.
2011 Falken Formula Drift Test
Coming off a dominating 2010 season in which Team Falken driver Vaughn
Gittin, Jr.¸ competing in the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang, became the Formula Drift
Champion, the high performance tire manufacturer will be gunning for a
repeat performance of last year. Falken's ultimate goal is to have one of
its five factory drivers again claiming the top rung of the Formula D
ladder, and each team member will have the horsepower to do it. All
drivers plan on fielding a new or improved vehicle with more power, which
the sport has demanded. The cars will be unveiled this weekend on the
streets of Long Beach for the opening event of the 2011 Formula Drift
Gittin, Jr., will be aboard a Ford Mustang 5.4-liter, its motor built by
Ford Racing and Huffaker Engineering, while Daijiro ("Dai") Yoshihara, who
placed fourth in the standings last year, returns in his re-engineered
Nissan 240SX (Silvia S13). Finishing fifth in 2010, Darren McNamara also
returns this year, running a new Saturn Sky built by Autosport Dynamics in
Charlotte, NC, losing the convertible for a hardtop which adds an
aggressive stance to the car.
Tyler McQuarrie also recognized the value of a fully enclosed coupe,
choosing a new hardtop Nissan 350Z, which allows for a significant change
in weight distribution, making the Z a far more competitive vehicle.
Finally, Justin Pawlak, returning for his second year with Falken, will
again field a Ford Mustang,
with an engine built by Ford Racing/Roush-Yates of NASCAR fame.
"Our team has worked hard to develop their new cars and we're pumped and
ready," declared Jonathan Bradford, Team Falken's Formula Drift manager.
All members of Team Falken will be using the company's Azenis RT615K, which
is DOT-approved and designed with the track competitor in mind. The RT615K
is a tire with maximum grip and concentrated contact patch, which increases
the driver's ability to fully exploit the capabilities of the engine,
brakes and suspension, precisely what each drift competitor needs.
Naturally, the RT615K performs equally well on the street during everyday
"Each year, Formula Drift gets bigger, with more participants and more
companies who want to be a part of this vital motorsports effort," stated
Nick Fousekis, Director of Motorsports and Consumer Marketing for Falken.
"We know what it takes to be competitive in this race series and we realize
all the other teams will be aiming for us, but we have every intention of
repeating our dominance, and continue running at the top. It's great to be
To kick off Falken's comprehensive Formula Drift marketing program, special
prizes will be given away at the team's display and activation area inside
the paddock. Additional promotional items will be handed out by Falken's
new group of Spokesmodels who will be in attendance throughout the two-day
event. Guests of Falken will also enjoy the company's highly anticipated
The full complement of Team Falken, including its five factory drivers,
along with Falken's display, hospitality rig and the company's factory
support, will travel to all seven rounds of the 2010 Formula D Pro
Porsche 911 DOCUMENTARY PART 1/5
The Porsche 911is a luxury 2-door sports coupe made by Porsche. It has a
distinctive design, rear engined and with independent rear suspension, an
evolution of the swing axle on the Porsche 356. The engine was also
air-cooled until the introduction of the Type 996 in 1998. Since its
introduction in autumn 1963, it has undergone continuous development. The
basic concept has remained little changed throughout its evolution.
Throughout its lifetime, the 911 has been modified by private teams and by
the factory itself for racing, rallying and other forms of automotive
competition. It is among the most successful competition cars ever. In the
mid 1970s, normally aspirated 911 Carrera RSRs won major world championship
sports car races such as Targa Florio, Daytona, Sebring and Nürburgring,
even against prototypes. The 911-derived 935 turbo also won the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans in
Manufacturer: Porsche AG
Assembly: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Predecessor: Porsche 356
Body style(s): 2-door coupe, 2-door cabriolet, 2-door Targa
Layout:Rear-engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Soundcheck - Manthey Porsche 997GT3RSR
Beim Testtag in Spa Francorchamps war auch die Manthey Truppe aus Meuspath,
um mit Marco Holzer und Nick Tandy den Porsche 997GT3RSR für die
International GT Open zu testen.
Akustisch und fahrerisch über jeden Zweifel erhaben. Die Jungs treten wohl
nicht an um Zweiter zu werden.
GT3 RS 4.0: Last Drive Before Hibernation - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
English winters and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tyres don't mix, so I'm taking
one last drive before putting the car that is rapidly bankrupting me into
storage - special storage.
Written and presented by Chris Harris
Shot and edited by Neil Carey
Additional shots by David Litchfield
Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 review
This Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is the goodbye-model of the 997. It;s a 911 GT3
RS with a 4.0-liter power unit (500 hp). We drove to the factory in
Stuttgart, on the auobahn offcourse...