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.
2011 12 Hours of Sebring - Falken Tire
The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race held at
Sebring International Raceway, a former Army Air Force base in Sebring,
This year, Falken Tire returns with the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and a new
team for the American Le Mans Series. Walker Racing is a racing team
founded by Derrick Walker in 1991 racing originally in the CART
Championship Car series.
With Walker's direction, and the driving abilities of Bryan Sellers, Wolf
Henzler and Martin Ragginger, Falken hopes to build on the results of their
2010 season at the first race of the 2011 American Le Mans Series.
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.
2010 Falken Saturn Sky Test - 800hp Run
Turn up your speakers. Here's a quick raw video of our test day of the 2010
Falken Saturn Sky built by AutoSport Dynamics of Charlotte, NC. We're
pushing just about 800hp in this run, Darren McNamara is piloting.
Footage captured with GoPro Hero HD cameras and some high-end wireless
microphones mounted near the Exhaust
See you in Long Beach! =)
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
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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 Porsche at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring
Our European counterparts produced an incredible Movie about what it takes
be part of a 24 Hours of Nürburgring race team. Join Wolf Henzler, Peter
Dumbreck, Martin Ragginger, and Sebastian Asch and the entire Falken Tyre
Motorsports team as they take us through the practice, training, and
physical race. We even endured a Porsche crash, which the team was able to
fix and get us back on the Nordschleife.
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
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