2010 Formula Drift Round 3 - Falken Takes 1st and 2nd at New Jersey
FONTANA, CA -- Team Falken's Daijiro Yoshihara scored his second victory in a row at Round 3 of the Formula Drift Championship in New Jersey. Dubbed "The Gauntlet", Wall Speedway is known for its unforgiving course layout and harsh banked turn to in-field transition. For Falken, although a repeat of 2009's Wall podium sweep was just narrowly missed, a Déjà Vu top 2 finish from this year's Round 2 at Road Atlanta set Yoshihara and Vaughn Gittin Jr. once again on top of the podium with very close one, two finish. Vaughn in the ASD built Monster Energy / Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang continues to lead the series followed by Dai in his Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia S13 built by SPD Metalworks.
Darren "D-Mac" McNamara fought hard for third position but that achievement was cut short by two time Formula D Champion, Tanner Foust. The only feat more astonishing than the battle with Foust was the fact that the vehicle even made it to the starting line! During Top 4 competition running against Yoshihara, Darren drifted off line and made contact with the immoveable guardrail causing damage that required major suspension component replacement both front and rear. "I've never seen this team work harder" said Jonathon Bradford, Falken's Drift Team Supervisor. "Every hand available was frantically helping to get the Sky back on track. It was a team effort like I've never seen."
Other notable accomplishments include Justin Pawlak's 4th place qualifying and Top 8 finish, Ross Petty's 6th place qualifying and Top 16 finish and Tyler McQuarrie's door-to-door battle with current championship points leader and Falken team mate, Vaughn Gittin Jr. during the Top 16 rounds.
"It's always hard when two of our team members are going head to head but we always tell our drivers, may the best man win" declared Andrew Hoit, Falken's Director of Marketing.
So far, Team Falken has claimed back-to-back first and second place finishes and five podiums in three events, including all three wins.
"This season is still far from over, but our team's determination is at an all time high" said Nick Fousekis, Falken's Sr. Consumer Marketing Manager. "Couple focus and perseverance with world-class partners/supporters and a product like Falken Tire, and you get a winning combination" Fousekis added.
The Azenis RT-615K clad Falken Team continues on to Round 4 of the championship in Monroe, WA July 9-10 at Evergreen Speedway.
Additionally, Falken played host to 175 dealer guests who participated in the company's hospitality, as Team Falken's aggressive marketing program, hospitality rig and factory support trailer were in full use during the two-day event.
Climb - Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a Monster
Ride on the bumper of a screaming 910hp, Twin-turbo, All-wheel Drive, 150 mph Suzuki SX4 as it
races up one of the world's most dangerous hills. An attempt by the
"Monster" to break his own record of 10:01:41...
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (June 29, 2010) -- For the fifth consecutive time,
Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima combined experience, skill and Falken Tires to
claim overall victory in the 88th running of the Pikes Peak International
Although he did not set a new Pikes Peak record, one day before his 60th
birthday, Tajima continues to hold the current overall record for reaching
the peak, beating hill climb veterans Paul Dallenbach and Rhys Millen in
the Unlimited Class. He drove his new 910-hp Monster Sport Suzuki SX4 Hill
Climb Special on Falken WildPeak A/T tires, the powerful new line of
all-terrain, all-season tires Falken launched this past April.
Following Exhaustive tests in a
Japanese wind tunnel facility, Monster's 2010 Pikes Peak race car underwent
extensive aerodynamic changes to better adapt to the modified road surface
on the race to the clouds, which assumed a smoother tarmac and less gravel
than last year. Thinning air ascending the mountain robs most motors of
their power by 30 or more percent, but the increase in horsepower over last year's
race car helped push the driver forward.
2009 Formula D Round 6 - Locked and Loaded with Falken Tires
No Stars Left in New Jersey by The Stand-ins
A cooler climate than expected greeted the competitors at Round 6 of the
Formula Drift Championship, held as part of the Indy Grand Prix at Infineon
Raceway, but the reception from the crowd was as strong as ever. Team
Falken brought all five factory entrants, intent on taking the win, as well
as reaching true enthusiasts and motorsports fans at this important
While all Falken members Darren McNamara, Daijiro Yoshihara, Tyler
McQuarrie, Calvin Wan and Vaughn Gittin, Jr. successfully qualified on
their Falken Azenis RT615 tires, competition proved tough, and the teams
best result was Gittins 7th place overall finish in the ASD built 2010
Falken Tire Ford Mustang GT
ultimately being defeated by the events overall winner, Stephan Verdier.
Other major Team Falken news of the weekend was the incredible effort put
forth on behalf of Yoshihara. Dai qualified 9th in a car that had only two
hours of practice time on it, having been built in just nine days after his
original Lexus was heavily damaged at the previous event in Seattle. Most
competitors were amazed at the speed in which the car was built, thanks in
part to SPD Metal Works based in Placentia, CA.
Sonoma, famous for its many vineyards, is also notorious for its changing
weather conditions, as Fridays Top 32 competition was at least 20-degrees
warmer than Saturday. Tyler McQuarrie and his Nissan 350Z felt the heat and
ultimately faced start-up difficulties as a result of high ambient temps
and a sensor issue. Wan also had a challenging event following a light
collision with competitor Chris Forsberg, who eventually advanced.
While results were disappointing, spirits remained high, as Team Falken
continues to record two drivers in the top five in the championship, with
Gittin in third and McQuarrie in fifth.
All teams get a breather as the final round, Judgment Day, is set for
October 16-17 at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA where Team Falken will be
fully prepared and ready to conquer the famous House of Drift.
2010 Formula Drift Throwdown - DMac takes 3rd at Evergreen Speedway
MONROE, WA -- Team Falken Driver Darren McNamara scored his first podium of
the year by taking third in Saturday night's Formula Drift Championship at
Evergreen Speedway. It was Falken's sixth podium in four races and
Falken's Vaughn Gittin, Jr., who qualified first for the weekend event,
continues to lead the series championship.
2009 Formula Drift Round 5 with Falken Tire
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MONROE, WA Originally built as a horse-racing track, Evergreen Speedway
saw plenty of horsepower over the weekend
as Formula Drift arrived in town, with the venerable track challenging the
drivers and their cars to the Breaking Point, resulting in Chris Forsberg
taking the win, while Team Falkens Tyler McQuarrie finished a respectable
Qualifying on Friday was challenging as the judges were very critical of
all efforts. Nevertheless, seven drivers on Falken Azenis RT615 tires made
the field, including all Team Falken factory entrants McQuarrie; Vaughn
Gittin, Jr.; Darren McNamara; Daijiro Yoshihara; and Calvin Wan, plus
privateers Ross Petty (who was in fact the number two qualifier) and Taka
Amid tough competition all day long, two Falken drivers advanced to the Top
8 Round, as both McQuarrie and Gittin defeated their opponents to move to
the Top 4. Unfortunately, Gittin was involved in a collision during this
run and was unable to advance, while teammate McQuarrie lost to eventual
In the battle for third overall, it was Team Falken v. Team Falken, as
McQuarrie came out on top over Gittin, who was able to compete despite his
accident in the previous round. The events trademark nickname, Breaking
Point, lived up to its reputation as a number of entrants became casualties
to the tracks banking and tight transitions throughout the course.
However, McQuarries strong third place finish moved him to third overall in
the Formula D Championship, while Team Falken teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr.,
despite a semi-final performance, dropped to fifth, and Darren McNamara
remained in sixth.
August is Formula Ds busiest month, with a second event, Round 6, just two
weeks away in the wine country of Northern California at famous Infineon
Raceway in Sonoma, August 21-22. Team Falken will be locked and loaded when
that event arrives.
Pikes Peak 2011 near miss
Ralph Murdoch's 1970 Camaro drifted out of the normal
line and nearly went off the road. His back tire was in the loose stuff
when he gunned it spraying me with dust and gravel. The only casualty was a
chipped camera lens and mouthful of dirt, but no one was hurt and Murdoch
went on to win the vintage class with a time of 12:51.004.
What you can't see from the video is that this is in an S-curve and the
other cars were hugging the apex on the other side of the road from me. I
was joined at this spot throughout the day by other seasoned photographers
and even a race official said it was a safe spot to shoot. But like any
rally event, anything can happen. If you still feel the need to comment and
tell me how much you wish I was dead, knock yourself out.
Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle
A stretched 05 Kawasaki ZX10 piloted by Nick "Apex" Brocha vs. a
Corvette-Powered RX7 driven by Jim Guthrie in a high speed drifting battle.
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MONSTER DRIFT: Road America
Vaughn Gittin Jr's Traveling Smoke Show makes a stop in Elkhart Lake ,
Wisconsin. Jr spins some rubber and makes new fans during a vintage racing
weekend at Road America's 4 mile road course.
Tanner Foust Street Drift: Mulholland - GT Channel
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drifts his Rockstar Energy Drink Scion TC Drift Car on a legendary stretch
of Mulholland Highway known as "The Snake". Watch Tanner unleash his 600hp
NASCAR V8 powered Scion drift car on this famed road. There were no
rehearsals and most of the film is of Tanner's first run on a clean stretch
of road. And, yes, the road was closed. WARNING: The following video was
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Rhys Millen's Pikes Peak World Record Attempt
On June 27, 2010, Rhys Millen attempted to beat the current "Unlimited
Class" World Record of 10:01.408 at the 88th running of the Pikes Peak
International Hill Climb, the "Race to the Clouds." For 10 years, it has
been Rhys' dream to break the 10-minute barrier and this year he hoped to
capture the elusive record and return it to the Millen name. This is look
at his run and the challenges he faced in his custom built Genesis PM580: a
1,850 pound, 750 horse power V6 designed specifically to conquer the 156
turns of this 12.52 mile course (of which this year, half is pavement) that
begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit.
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Falken drift team and friends drift demo at 100% tuning, Ahoy - Rotterdam.
Five cars gave three times a day a 30 min demo.
- Remmo Niezen, BMW E30 V8
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- Michel Ditmarsch, BMW E30 M3
- Mark Vissers, Volvo 360 turbo
- Wim Lemmers, Toyota Soarer 1JZ