Team Falken Chooses the Petit Le Mans as the Ultimate Proving Ground
Team Falken and its Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, along with drivers Bryan Sellers and Dominic Cicero, will return to the ALMS battleground in the highly competitive GT2 class for the demanding 1,000-mile, 10-hour race spectacle known as Petit Le Mans.
Falken Tires served notice early last year ago that it intended to capture the dynamism found within ALMS and use it to help build a higher profile of the engineering prowess and strength of the companys performance tires.
We are eagerly awaiting the chance to compete again in the ALMS, said Andrew Hoit, Falken Tires Director of Marketing. Petit Le Mans is a very competitive, grueling event, and one we feel is a perfect forum for the return of our team and our product.
Team Falken has spent the time between our last race and the upcoming event at Road Atlanta testing, as we are determined to have the right mixture of car, driver and tire compound for Petit Le Mans, added Rod Everett, Team Manager. We want to show that our time away from the series was well spent, particularly as we refined our specially fabricated Falken Azenis RT Slick.
Painted in Falkens traditional teal and blue livery, the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will again be sponsored by Cleveland Golf of Huntington Beach, CA, a force on the PGA tour. Both companies pursue similar goals of longevity and durability and the marketing opportunities mesh well.
This is an important race for us, said Nick Fousekis, Senior Consumer Marketing Manager, Falken Tire. Its a tough class to compete in, but we are confident we will put forth a very strong effort and help generate more attention on our products.
For Team Falken, preparation for both Petit Le Mans and next season has been a full-year commitment, as the team sets its goals on a championship run in 2010.
Falken Tire Unveils Factory ALMS Team at Long Beach
LONG BEACH, CA Fontana, CA-based Falken Tire, well regarded for its high
performance tires, officially entered the 2009 American Le Mans Series
highly competitive GT2 class by competing at Long Beach with its
in-house-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The car was driven by veterans
Dominic Cicero and Bryan Sellers and ran on specially prepared Falken
AZENIS RT slicks.
Qualified in eighth position by Sellers, the Team Falken Tire RSR ran
within a second of the race podium-winning #92 BMW car, a considerable
accomplishment for a brand new team and tire that has never previously
experienced the unforgiving Long Beach street course. The Porsche moved to
seventh on the grid after the pole-winning car was sent to the rear for a
ride height infraction. Sellers started the race, but reported shifting
problems early on. He continued to nurse the car for 30 laps, maintaining
his position of seventh, but eventually had to retire the Porsche. The team
finished 20th overall and 12th in class.
The car was extremely consistent for a long time, Sellers said. I was able
to run a steady pace for the whole stint never dropping off more than
four-tenths of a lap until we had transmission problems. Co-driver Cicero
agreed: The tires were consistent and held up very well in our practices.
We feel we have a great product for the 2010 season.
Despite our race difficulties, our drivers were very happy with the Falken
Azenis RT slicks, added Stephen Mitchell, Falkens Motorsports Manager.
The team worked very well together for being our first race. Weve done a
lot of testing, but this was a good experience under extreme pressure,
stated Rod Everett, Falken team manager. We noticed vibration on very high
speed during practice on Friday, and we pulled the transmission and
examined it. Its a shame that we finished where we did, but thats racing.
Well learn from this, move forward and do better next time.
Long Beach also saw the debut of Falkens new tire team booth with a
constant flow of traffic to the Falken paddock Friday and Saturday. Falken
awarded a specially designed Falken collectible guitar to Tom Crowe as part
of its at-track promotional efforts.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is painted in traditional Falken teal and blue
livery, now highlighted by its new sponsor, Cleveland Golf of Huntington
Beach, CA. Cleveland Golf, a force on the PGA tour, embraces many of the
same product development ideologies which Falken Tire Corporation applies
to their Azenis RT Slick tires used for ALMS competition.
The American Le Mans is an excellent series and the perfect platform for
Falken to demonstrate the strength and capabilities of our technology and
capabilities, noted Andrew Hoit, Director of Marketing, Falken Tire. The
competition this year is extremely tough, and we knew that going in,
because we wanted to be able to challenge the factory teams as well as the
privateers and our competitors, the other tire manufacturers. Were running
a shorter season this year, in preparation for a full assault in 2010.
The Falken Tire/Cleveland Golf team will next compete at Petit Le Mans at
Road Atlanta in September.
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Falken Tire 2009 GT2 Porsche 911 RSR Testing
As Falken Tires enters its second year of sports car competition, the tire
manufacturer returns to the important and highly regarded American LeMans
Series (ALMS) competition where it will once again compete in the series
What's different for the ALMS competition 2009 season is this year, Falken
is running its own team, based at its corporate headquarters in Fontana,
CA. The car is the powerful Porsche 911 RSR. The 3.8-liter boxer engine of
the GT3 RSR remains unchanged with the exception of slight improvements in
specified areas. The motor delivers 465 hp at 8,000 rpm. Weight of the race
car is 2,700 pounds.
To ensure its competitiveness, Falken has developed a special Azenis RT
Slick tire for this car, which the company will manufacture in Japan. A
dedicated engineering and development crew will attend each ALMS
competition event to observe and provide appropriate resources. Falken has
developed much of its technology from its motorsports efforts throughout
the world, including competition in Super Taikyu, at the 24 hours of the
legendary Nurburgring - a punishing race - and the highly regarded Pikes
Peak International Hill Climb.
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Falken takes on the 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix
Finishing just one place out of a podium spot in the hotly contested GT
Class, Team Falken's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, piloted by Porsche Works and team
driver Wolf Henzler, and his partner, team driver Bryan Sellers, ran strong
all afternoon on the challenging streets of Long Beach, and ended up 4th
out of 14 GT entrants during the annual visit by the American LeMans Series
to the Long Beach Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious street races in
the world, now in its 37th year.
Team Falken Tire takes 8th Place at 2009 ALMS Finale, Laguna Seca
FONTANA, CA (Oct. 12, 2009) Finishing eighth in a crowded field of 14
entries in the GT2 class, Team Falken Tire came out ahead in its quest to
build experience during its short 2009 race season as it prepares to
contend the 2010 ALMS GT2 schedule with its Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Driven by
Bryan Sellers and Dominic Cicero, the team took on a shrewd fuel economy
strategy to gain position on teams that did not enjoy as much efficiency.
Pitting as little as possible, Team Falken ran as high as second during the
race, a noteworthy accomplishment after qualifying 12th. It ultimately
shaped up as a Porsche v. Corvette battle as race winners Jorg Bergmeister
and teammate Patrick Long took the win and the GT2 championship in their
Porsche 911 RSR. Congratulating the two drivers upon their victory, Team
Falken Tire Race Manager Rod Everett also credited Porsche for the cars
durability and the support of its personnel, who have helped Falken
throughout the season. Well look forward to working with Porsche during the
off-season as well, as we refine our package and perfect our Falken Azenis
RT slicks, Everett said.
The season marked the end of Team Falkens second year in ALMS, having
worked with a privateer in 2008 before electing to develop and manage a
factory-run team in 2009. We are very pleased with our efforts this year,
noted Andrew Hoit, Falken Director of Marketing, and while naturally, due
to our overriding competitive nature, we wanted to do better, we are
clearly showing steady improvement as we move up the standings each race.
We anticipate doing even better in 2010, particularly after an aggressive
off-season testing program.
Racing is incredibly important to Falken, added Mark Richter, Senior
Manager of Dealer Marketing. We have incredible products and continue to
believe that ALMS is the perfect venue to profile Falkens brand and
demonstrate the companys capabilities to our customers, retailers and
media. The GT2 class will continue to be tough, but were determined to get
tougher as well. I cant wait for next year.
For Team Falken, preparing for next year begins immediately as the team
sets its goals on competing throughout the 2010 season.
Inside Falken's ALMS Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Racecar
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We visit Falken Tire's racing team HQ and check out their new 450hp Porsche
911 GT3 RSR. Raced in the GT2 class of the ALMS race series with Falken
slick tires. Driven by factory driver Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers.
Falken Drift team, drifting
Pikes Peak intl. hill climb in 2005, before the race got started, these
guys came out and did crazy donuts for the crowd. By the way, I sell
Subaru's in San Jose Ca. at Capitol Subaru if you are interested!
911 GT3 R Hybrid Race Recap - 2010 Petit LeMans
Porsche's racing laboratory, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, with 24 Hours of Le Mans
champions Timo Bernhard/Mike Rockenfeller (both Germany) and Romain Dumas
(France) aboard, was the 18th best finisher in a starting field of 41 cars.
More information at http://www.porsche.com/intelligent-performance
RCTogether * 1.9 Tire Test * Proline TSL XL vs Falken Wild Peaks
In this tire test we take a look at how the Proline TSL XL 1.9 tire stacks
up against the Falken Wild Peak 1.9 in dirt.
We provide a brief overview of the test rig that we will be using and the
tires themselves prior to the actual test. Let us know who you think the
winner was below in the comments!
Axial SCX10 Deadbolt
Overdrive front gear
Falken Wildpeak AT Tire Test
The Jeep 4x4 School tests the Falken Wildpeak A/T tires on John Bull
Trail and Gold Mt. Jeep Trail in Big Bear Lake, CA. T test rig is the
Currie Project 44 JK GrizzlyCon used by the Jeep x4 School in Big Bear.
2010 Porsche GT3 RS Autobahn shakedown
Manager of High Performance Cars for Porsche, Andreas Preuninger, provides
the opportunity to ride shotgun as he took the first produced 2010 Porsche
GT3 RS out for a ride on the Autobahn yesterday evening. Due to traffic,
he was only able to get the car up to 292kph on the unrestricted A5
The second half of the video, Andreas tells us what went into the
development process for the new GT3 RS and what the car is capable of doing
with the new technology and performance upgrades from the previous
Me luvs the skyline. Push me sideways all day.
Falken Tire 2009 Calvin Wan S15 Testing
When first describing Calvin Wan, a principal word could be multitasker.
Calvin has already had a long and varied career in motorsports, starting in
1996, and running in such diverse series including drag racing,
autocrossing, rally crossing and motorcycles. Calvin also is a SAG (Screen
Actors Guild) member and has provided numerous stunt driving assignments
for television commercials, print ads and movies (including Fast and the
Furious: Tokyo Drift and Crank 2: High Voltage). He is a published
author, too, having written Calvin Wans Drifting Performance Handbook,
which is distributed by Motorbooks International.
On the drifting front, the San Francisco native, who, like his neighbor and
team mate up the road, Tyler McQuarrie, has spent a fair amount of time at
Sonomas Infineon Raceway. He has competed in every round of the Formula
Drift Championship series since its augural season in 2004, and has become
a fan favorite due to his laid back style and street image.. Falken Tires
officials noticed his capabilities during that first season and signed him
to what has become a long-term contract, making Calvin a full-time driver
for the company, driving Falken-owned works cars ever since.
In 2005, Calvin made history by becoming the first driver in the Formula
Drift series to win in an import car with the Falken Tire Infiniti G35. He
later moved to a Mazda RX-7, and for 2009, will be piloting the new Falken
Tire Nissan S15 Silvia, running on Falken Azenis RT-615 rubber. In
addition to this series, the multitasker will be doing double duty in the
Formula D International Demos and Team Drifting Competition events.
The talented driver participates in more than 20 professional events each
year and has received extensive media coverage with both national and
international media outlets. When hes not driving, hes building race cars
or serving as both a Drifting Judge and Instructor, holding special
drifting performance clinics for private groups.
Drifting and race fans alike know the name Calvin Wan, and he is highly
regarded and respected by his competitors. As one of the pioneers in
drifting especially in the U.S., and one of the driving forces on Team
Falken, Calvin has definitely earned his reputation and stands ready once
again to help take Team Falken to the top of the podium.
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