FONTANA, CA -- After finishing second in the "Title Fight" at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale, CA, Formula Drift's final event of the year, Team Falken's Vaughn Gittin Jr., driver of the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang, became the Formula D Champion of the 2010 season.
It was the 11th podium finish for Team Falken in seven Formula D races, a season in which the tire company's factory-supported teams dominated all year long. Falken placed first in five of the seven events.
Three Team Falken drivers were in the top five in the final standings. Total points between the top five drivers were close, but Gittin Jr. was clearly the favorite after taking two wins in the six races leading up to the Title Fight. He finished the season with 632 points. Irwindale winner Tanner Foust eventually finished second in the standings at 568.5, and Team Falken Driver Daijiro Yoshihara ended up fourth overall, just one point behind third place Ryan Tuerck. Team Falken Driver Darren McNamara took fifth.
"This was Jr.'s year plain and simple, said Jonathan Bradford, Falken's Drift Team Supervisor. "There is a lot to be said about finishing on the podium six out of seven events this year. It was a pleasure to be involved with a team that left everything on the track and drove with an all-in attitude. We have successfully rewritten the record books and I would like to personally thank the fans that rooted for Falken throughout this unbelievable season."
"Our team's success would not be possible without the support, hard work and dedication of our two fabrication/engineering facilities, Autosport Dynamics (ASD) in Charlotte, NC and SPD Metalworks in Anaheim, CA," added Nick Fousekis, Senior Manager, Consumer Marketing. "I'd also like to thank all of the sponsors, including our newest, Monster Energy, for their faith in Falken's program. Last but certainly not least, we thank the fans of drifting. Without you, the sport would not have grown into that it is today."
The Irwindale event started off well, as Falken's Darren McNamara qualified first, followed by Yoshihara in third. Gittin Jr. was sixth. Both McNamara and Gittin Jr. made it to the Top 4, but McNamara lost a chance to take a podium when he spun out in the battle for third place.
"On behalf of everyone at Falken Tire, we wish to express our best wishes to Vaughn," said Andrew Hoit, Falken Director of Marketing. "This was a great season for Falken, and we entertained close to 500 guests over the weekend at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. I'd also like to salute the efforts of our other team members: Dai Yoshihara; Darren McNamara; Tyler McQuarrie [who finished 8th in the standings]; and Justin Pawlak [who finished 11th]; as well as our privateers, all of whom, like the factory teams, competed on Falken Azenis RT-615K tires: Fredric Aasbo [13th]; Ross Petty [19th]; "Mad" Mike Whiddett [21st]; James Deane [24th]; and Dean Kearney, who came from Ireland. Their participation successfully enhanced our overall effort, and we'll all join the celebration."
Drifting takes competitive motorsports to the extreme, and has successfully attracted strong crowds, loyal fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life. Falken quickly realized how popular and demanding this format would become, and since 2003, has been a solid fixture within the sport. The focus is on skill and precision driving, as competitors in specially prepared, high-powered vehicles intentionally execute controlled sideways slides at high speeds through a marked course.
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.
2010 24H of Nürburgring - Falken Tyre Takes 3rd in Class
Nürburg, Germany -- With nearly 250 cars participating in the annual 24
Hours of Nürburgring (officially the ADAC 24h Rennen Nürburgring), Falken
Tire, an international force within the high performance tire category,
took third place in its class and finished 12th overall. The Nissan 350Z
(Z33; official designation: Version NISMO Type 380RS-Competition) was
entered by Falken Motorsports Japan, and was driven by the same quartet of
drivers who have represented Falken for the past four years -- veterans
Peter Dumbreck, Dirk Schoysma, Tetsuya Tanaka and Kazuki Hoshino.
The 24 Hours of Nürburgring is a touring car and GT endurance event on the
Nürburgring Nordschleife. With a lap length of more than 15.5 mi, it is a
grueling event, though it attracts multiple factory entries and over 700
drivers. Falken competes in motorsports events throughout the world,
running race versions of its street tires with factory and privateer
entries to great success.
The team of Falken drivers produced a strong performance, finishing further
up the leader board than the 2009 race, while competing against an
increased number of manufacturer entries, including a Porsche 911 GT3
Hybrid, which outlasted many entries on fuel runs.
While cold weather plagued the teams throughout the event, Falken
Motorsports' spirited Nissan, running on Falken Azenis, withstood the
elements and survived without serious mechanical gremlins, which plagued a
number of other teams.
The 2010 JK Experience Teaser
The 2nd annual Off Road Evolution JK Experience presented by Falken Tire
was a great success! A weeklong off-road event exclusively for Jeep®
This year the participants tackled trails in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
The JK's encountered various levels of terrain from switch back mountain
climbs, rock obstacles, rain, snow, mud and sand. All participants were
required to be self sufficient and prepared for anything, even a night or
two of camping in the rain.
Thanks again to all our sponsors who made this event possible for the
participants and the crew, the 2nd annual JK Experience will not soon be
The JKX DVD will be available for sale this December. Until then, visit our
website www.jk-experience.com and our facebook page to see photos of the
2010 JK Experience and see what's in the works for the 2011 JK Experience.
Falken Tire: 1966 Shelby Cobra
Join us for a look at Bruce Cambern's original 1966 Shelby Cobra. Bruce
bought the car in 1966 and still races it to this day. His tires of choice
for this classic racer - Falken Azenis RT615k.
Kei To The City [Drift Feature Film - Japan]
In this feature length season premiere of Mighty Car Mods, Marty and Moog
are back doing what they do best - modifying a car on a budget in
preparation for a special event.
KEI TO THE CITY is the second feature film by Mighty Car Mods.
'turbos&Temples' came out in 2010 and
can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0ptzKKcLpA
Get Kei To The City on DVD or High Definition Blu Ray, shipped world wide:
Original Soundtrack by MOOG
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Also something to note around Mighty Car Mods: we are normal guys and are
not trained mechanics. We like to make interesting car mods and show you
how we've gone about it, but we can't promise that anything we show you
will work for your particular car, or that you won't harm yourself, someone
else, your car or your warranty doing it. Please be safe, be responsible
and unless you know what you're doing, do not fool around with very serious
machinery just because you've seen us make it look so easy. Talk to a
qualified mechanic if you are in any doubt.
Behind the Smoke Ep 27: Irwindale Final Fight - Daijiro Yoshihara Formula Drift 2011 Season
Formula Drift's 2011 boils down to the final event in Irwindale. Dai enters
this event leading Justin "JTP" Pawlak by only 19 points. With JTP
breathing down his neck and even a chance for Chris Forsberg, Darren
McNamara and Matt Powers to take the champion depending on the outcome of
this final event, how will Dai do? He only crashes his S13 on Thursday one
day before the event... Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of
professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras
will follow Dai throughout the 2011 FD season both on and off the track
giving current and new drifting fans an exclusive look into what it's
really like to compete in the top drifting series of N.America. Behind the
Smoke is produced by GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's
Tire and supported by Falken Tire and GoPro.
Osaka Street Drift with Team Burst
When we went to Japan with DSPORT we headed to Osaka and met up with the
D-Max crew who organised a night out with the legendary Team Burst.
This feature was run in MOtive DVD #1
Highlights of Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. from Gymkhana Grid
Monster Energy Presents: Highlights of Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr. from
the Ken Block Gymkhana Grid Invitational. On Saturday, Dec. 4th, 2010 - the
first ever Ken Block Gymkhana Grid Invitational was held at Irwindale
Speedway. This clip features highlights of Ken Block and Vaughn Gittin Jr.
competing in the AWD and RWD classes respectively. Vaughn competed in the
burnout competition in his Monster Energy Falken Tire Ford Mustang, and then in the RWD
competition in Ken Block's 1978 Ford Escort MKII. Ken Block competed in his
2011 Ford Fiesta Gymkhana 3 car.
Vaughn Gittin Jr: Behind the Scenes of Formula DRIFT
Vaughn Gittin Jr: Behind the Scenes of Formula DRIFT videolarını
kanalımızdan izleyebilirsiniz. We go behind the scenes of Formula DRIFT
with Vaughn Gittin Jr. to see what all happens during a drifting
competition on another episode of How'd They Do Tha.
Vaughn Gittin Jr takes us through the highlights of the 2013 Formula Drift
season to date. With just two events in the 2013 Formula Drift Championship
Vaughn Gittin Jr. takes us through his incredible ride at the Formula Drift
Round 4 Championships in Wall, New Jersey. With the help of Ford Racing,
A head-to-head battle between Vaughn Gittin Jr. and Fredric Aasbø results
in a major crash. Gittin's Mustang overtakes Aasbø's Scion tC
but both drivers fini.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his 2013 Monster Energy Falken Ford Mustang RTR hit the first stop of the
2012 Formula Drift series at Long Beach, California. But befo.
Monster Drifter and professional Tire Slayer Vaughn Gittin takes you for a
lap around every track on the Formula Drift circuit. Vaughn wrapped up an
We put this funny little video together for the many of you with a sense of
humor that might want to laugh at the mistake I made while battling my man
Vaughn Gittin Jr. takes his second consecutive win at the 5th round of the
Formula D championship.
Vaughn Gittin Jr. Backwards entry to an overtake! MADNEEŞS!!! 2013.
Vaughn Gittin Jr entered round 7 of the Formula Drift Championships at
Irwindale Speedway exactly where he wanted to be—at the top of the
standings and in gr.
Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. takes his big bad Monster Energy
Falken Tire Ford Mustang
RTR over the pond to party with Ken block and other world .
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The 2010 Formula Drift Champion, Vaughn Gittin Jr., stopped by the CDC
building today to take his full carbon fiber Mustang RTR-C out for a literal spin.
Justin gets an all-access pass to the final round of the 2013 Formula Drift
Championship. But first, Vaughn Gittin Jr takes him to the skid pad to see
if an .
Tuerck'd Season 2: Episode 1. Professional drift driver Ryan Tuerck takes
on 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. in an all-time Game Of
DRIFT at Ne.
At the unveiling of the 2015 Mustang at the Hoonigan HQ, Vaughn
Gittin, Jr. gave us a free show by doing some stellar burnouts in his
Formula Drift Mustang r.
World drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. recently blessed Fiesta Movement
Agent 67 with an all-access weekend in Washington for Round 7 of the
formula Drift se.
Take a ride with me through the Palm Beach Formula Drift course.
Taka Aono flying in the lead against Vaughn Gittin Jr. in a Top 32 tandem
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vs Ken Gushi Wall Speedway, NJ.
Vaughn Gittin Jr drifts the 2011 Formula Drift Long Beach Grand Prix
Circuit exclusively with GoPro Hero cameras. A total of 10 GoPro's were
used. Subscribe .
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Paul Walker Visits Famous Nissan Skyline GT-R Tuner Mine's in Japan
Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from
his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other
gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide
(ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at
GTChannel was there when actor Paul Walker of Fast and Furious 6 visited
Mine's Motorsports in Japan. Tarzan Yamada was there to give ride alongs in
the GT-R but ended up...
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.
Formula Drift - Abu Dhabi 2011 - Yas Marina Curcuit - Urban Skillz
Formula Drift - Abu Dhabi 2011
Yas Marina Curcuit
Pure Drift Race Sounds
Tanner Foust - Golden Child
Chris Forsberg - The Force
Dai Yoshihara - Child Of The Drift
Fredric Aasbo - On The Way Up
Ryan Tuerck - Hampsha
Michael Essa - The BMW Freak
Mike Whiddett - Mad Mike
Ken Gushi - I am... The Future
Tony Brakohiapa - The Wise One
Shpongle - Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness
The Prodigy - Omen