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 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.
2011 Falken Porsche GT3 RSR Testing - Sebring, FL
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.
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.
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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.
ALMS Petit Le Mans 2010 - PURE SOUNDS of F430 GT2, 911 GT3 RSR, Ford GTR, Peugeot 908 and more!
Many different camera angles. Enjoy the sound of accelerations, fly-bys,
downshifts and backfire of many awesome modern endurance racing cars:
-Audi R15 Plus TDi
-Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
-Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
-Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid
-Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
-Ferrari F430 GT2
-BMW M3 E92 GT2
-Doran Ford GTR
-Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 C6R
-Jaguar XKR GT2
Filmed at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 2010.
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