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.
2011 Falken Formula Drift Test
Coming off a dominating 2010 season in which Team Falken driver Vaughn
Gittin, Jr.¸ competing in the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang, became the Formula Drift
Champion, the high performance tire manufacturer will be gunning for a
repeat performance of last year. Falken's ultimate goal is to have one of
its five factory drivers again claiming the top rung of the Formula D
ladder, and each team member will have the horsepower to do it. All
drivers plan on fielding a new or improved vehicle with more power, which
the sport has demanded. The cars will be unveiled this weekend on the
streets of Long Beach for the opening event of the 2011 Formula Drift
Gittin, Jr., will be aboard a Ford Mustang 5.4-liter, its motor built by
Ford Racing and Huffaker Engineering, while Daijiro ("Dai") Yoshihara, who
placed fourth in the standings last year, returns in his re-engineered
Nissan 240SX (Silvia S13). Finishing fifth in 2010, Darren McNamara also
returns this year, running a new Saturn Sky built by Autosport Dynamics in
Charlotte, NC, losing the convertible for a hardtop which adds an
aggressive stance to the car.
Tyler McQuarrie also recognized the value of a fully enclosed coupe,
choosing a new hardtop Nissan 350Z, which allows for a significant change
in weight distribution, making the Z a far more competitive vehicle.
Finally, Justin Pawlak, returning for his second year with Falken, will
again field a Ford Mustang,
with an engine built by Ford Racing/Roush-Yates of NASCAR fame.
"Our team has worked hard to develop their new cars and we're pumped and
ready," declared Jonathan Bradford, Team Falken's Formula Drift manager.
All members of Team Falken will be using the company's Azenis RT615K, which
is DOT-approved and designed with the track competitor in mind. The RT615K
is a tire with maximum grip and concentrated contact patch, which increases
the driver's ability to fully exploit the capabilities of the engine,
brakes and suspension, precisely what each drift competitor needs.
Naturally, the RT615K performs equally well on the street during everyday
"Each year, Formula Drift gets bigger, with more participants and more
companies who want to be a part of this vital motorsports effort," stated
Nick Fousekis, Director of Motorsports and Consumer Marketing for Falken.
"We know what it takes to be competitive in this race series and we realize
all the other teams will be aiming for us, but we have every intention of
repeating our dominance, and continue running at the top. It's great to be
To kick off Falken's comprehensive Formula Drift marketing program, special
prizes will be given away at the team's display and activation area inside
the paddock. Additional promotional items will be handed out by Falken's
new group of Spokesmodels who will be in attendance throughout the two-day
event. Guests of Falken will also enjoy the company's highly anticipated
The full complement of Team Falken, including its five factory drivers,
along with Falken's display, hospitality rig and the company's factory
support, will travel to all seven rounds of the 2010 Formula D Pro
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! =)
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.
Track title: Epic Battle
License Type: Mass Market License
Composer: Pawel Blaszczak ((none))
Publisher:Pawel Blaszczak (no affiliation)
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.
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.
Maxxis International Presents Chris Forsberg, 2009 Formula Drift Champion.
With its demand for skill and split-second timing, drifting presents huge
challenges for drivers. For grassroots drifters, who must outfit their
vehicles without major sponsorship, the sports challenges are even greater.
A strong supporter of grassroots drifting, Maxxis has a message of
encouragement for those drivers in a new YouTube video. Narrated by 2009
Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg, the video tells a bit of the drivers
compelling story. Forsberg recounts how he started in the sport without the
advantages of wealth or motorsports connections, noting that his MA-Z1
Drift tires helped him along the way. Forsberg can be seen putting his
tires to the test in the videos action sequences, which feature thrilling
slides to the edge of the track.
Offering unparalleled quality and control, MA-Z1 Drifts are the choice of
the best drivers in the sport, including Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck, the top
two Formula Drift drivers for 2009. Maxxis has also sponsored the drivers
chosen as the series Driver of the Year for the past three years, who rode
to the winners circle on MA-Z1 Drifts.
About Maxxis International:
Maxxis International is a producer of high quality automotive, light truck,
motorcycle, ATV, bicycle, lawn & garden and industrial tires. Maxxis has
delivered quality tires to original equipment and aftermarket customers for
over 40 years. For more information on Maxxis and Maxxis products, please
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
Formula Drift Las Vegas 2010 - Extended Version - Falken Tire Podium Sweep - GTChannel
http://gtchannel.com for more drifting videos. Formula Drift 2010 Las Vegas
Round 5 After Dark, Falken Tire sweeps the podium for the 2nd time with
Tyler McQuarrie piloting the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z finishing in 1st
place, Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13
coming in 2nd and Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tire
Ford Mustang for third
the championship points lead.
Part 1 - Drift Hungarian Open & King of Europe, 22nd & 23rd August 2009. Máriapócs, Hungary
The RabócsiRing is Hungary's most modern and also most visited racetrack.
The track is unique. Technical, full throttle and so close to the crowds as
nowhere else to drift! The longitude is 910 meters, width between 10 and16
meters. On the race, 5 corners will be under valuation, the 4th and 5th is
a left turn with three angles, and the surface has an angle too, like oval
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.
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
FORMULA DRIFT FIRST EVER SEMI TRUCK DRIFTING EXHIBITION
Pro racer and stunt driver, Mike Ryan, was invited to round 6 of the
Formula Drift Championship to put on a drift demonstration in his famous
Freightliner Cascadia Pikes Peak Edition race truck.
Ride along as Mike and Sam Hubinette get some last minute testing in the
week before the event at Irwindale Speedway. Watch as Sam in his
competition Dodge Challenger and Mike in his Big Rig do drift donuts around
each other! You'll also meet a very special kid named William Klopper who
is battling cancer and goes for a ride in the big truck! Sam Hubinette was
granting a wish to William's friend Patrick by inviting them out to the
track for ride alongs.
The trip to Las Vegas was a success for Mike to claim the first public
demonstration of a Semi Truck drifting at an official drift event.
Mike Ryan proves yet again that SIZE MATTERS!
Justin Jones and Bob-O Films