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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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.
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.
Inside Falken's ALMS Porsche 911 GT3 RSR Racecar
Visit http://www.octanereport.com for more.
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!
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.
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 Motorsports - The Movie 24h-Race 2013
Unser Video zum 24h-Rennen 2013. Spannende Interviews mit den Fahrern,
tolle Aufnahmen und pure Action auf der der Grünen Hölle, die zeigen wozu
Falken-Reifen sowohl im Motorsport als auch auf der Straße in der Lage
sind. Ein Muss für alle Falken- und Motorsport-Fans!
The official Falken-Video about the 24h-race is online. You can see
exciting interviews with the drivers, amazing recordings and pure action in
the Green Hell which shows you what Falken Tyres are made for. A must see,
for true Falken- and motorsport-fans!
Wild Peak AT Tires Video - Pep Boys
Falken Tire continues to redefine performance. The all performance SUV and
light truck tire category has been established with the introduction of the
new Wild Peak AT.
This all terrain, all season, all-purpose tire is capable of tackling
anything in its way, specifically designed for the light truck and SUV
outdoor enthusiast looking for a rugged all terrain tire that doesn't
sacrifice comfort and performance. It's comfortable enough for your
everyday commute and tough enough for your off road excursion to the
mountains or lakes.
Whether your passion is fishing, hiking, off-roading or simply driving the
kids to practice the Wild Peak will exceed expectations. The aggressive
stance serves Wild Peak's purpose allowing for maximum traction and
optimized off-road handling and grip. Drivers will appreciate the quick
responsiveness while it grips the surface in stable control bites, thanks
to a dynamically designed tread pattern.
The symmetrical five rib tread pattern and ridged block design delivers
exceptional on-road response and optimized off-road handling. The long
sweeping sipes provide a multitude of biting edges for additional grip
while the deepened block edges grab the terrain for unparalleled off-road
traction. The aggressive multi angle groves provide maximum all season
contact by channeling debris to the long open shoulder groves which
evacuate the water, mud and snow during inclement conditions.
The Wild Peak is constructed of a high-tension casing ply with a high
turn-up and a hard beat apex which provides outstanding lateral stability,
increased durability, and supports proper load capacity on heavy duty
applications. With two ridged extra wide steel belts bound together with a
joint less nylon band.
The Wild Peak delivers uncompromised ride comfort and handling on and off
road encompassed with an attractive sidewall treatment and a durable rubber
compound that offers a 50,000 mile limited tread wear warranty.
The Wild Peak AT... the perfect alternative tire for today's most popular
light trucks and SUV's. Whether your path leads into the wilderness or
highway, this all performance tire delivers.
Falken Tire -- We get you going!
Falken Wild Peak AT tires are available at your neighborhood Pep Boys Auto
Store and shop online at http://www.PepBoys.com.
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Team Falken Rolls Dice in Vegas
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 13, 2009) Facing serious challenges from both
competitors and the weather, Team Falken put on a valiant effort, but when
it rolled the dice at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Round 4 of the demanding
Formula Drift competition, the team managed to make the Semi-Finals with
Falkens Tyler McQuarrie losing to eventual overall winner Tanner Foust.
McQuarrie placed fourth.
Falken tires were on five of the cars that qualified for the top 32.
Daijiro Yoshihara, driving the much improved Lexus IS350, was the best
qualifier in 5th, but slid into the barrier as he led his round. While the
damage was cosmetic, he was unable to move forward. Three team members
would advance to the top 16 McQuarrie, privateer Ross Petty and Gittin.
Unfortunately, Gittin suffered a cut tire due to debris as he started the
next round, forcing him to make major corrections to his line while he
competed on his three remaining Azenis RT615 tires. McQuarrie defeated
Michael Essa to move to the Top 4, and after losing to Foust, battled Chris
Forsberg for third, but was unable to take the win.
Valiant efforts were undertaken by all, and Team Falken remains with three
drivers in the top six positions. Overall standings now place Gittin in
fourth, McQuarrie, fifth, and McNamara in sixth. Team Falken will head
north by northwest when Formula D meets the Breaking Point at Evergreen
Speedway in Monroe, WA, for Round 5, August 7-8.
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