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.
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
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.
Final Fight at 2010 Formula Drift Irwindale
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
"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
"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
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.
Falken Tire 2009 Calvin Wan S15 Testing
When first describing Calvin Wan, a principal word could be multitasker.
Calvin has already had a long and varied career in motorsports, starting in
1996, and running in such diverse series including drag racing,
autocrossing, rally crossing and motorcycles. Calvin also is a SAG (Screen
Actors Guild) member and has provided numerous stunt driving assignments
for television commercials, print ads and movies (including Fast and the
Furious: Tokyo Drift and Crank 2: High Voltage). He is a published
author, too, having written Calvin Wans Drifting Performance Handbook,
which is distributed by Motorbooks International.
On the drifting front, the San Francisco native, who, like his neighbor and
team mate up the road, Tyler McQuarrie, has spent a fair amount of time at
Sonomas Infineon Raceway. He has competed in every round of the Formula
Drift Championship series since its augural season in 2004, and has become
a fan favorite due to his laid back style and street image.. Falken Tires
officials noticed his capabilities during that first season and signed him
to what has become a long-term contract, making Calvin a full-time driver
for the company, driving Falken-owned works cars ever since.
In 2005, Calvin made history by becoming the first driver in the Formula
Drift series to win in an import car with the Falken Tire Infiniti G35. He
later moved to a Mazda RX-7, and for 2009, will be piloting the new Falken
Tire Nissan S15 Silvia, running on Falken Azenis RT-615 rubber. In
addition to this series, the multitasker will be doing double duty in the
Formula D International Demos and Team Drifting Competition events.
The talented driver participates in more than 20 professional events each
year and has received extensive media coverage with both national and
international media outlets. When hes not driving, hes building race cars
or serving as both a Drifting Judge and Instructor, holding special
drifting performance clinics for private groups.
Drifting and race fans alike know the name Calvin Wan, and he is highly
regarded and respected by his competitors. As one of the pioneers in
drifting especially in the U.S., and one of the driving forces on Team
Falken, Calvin has definitely earned his reputation and stands ready once
again to help take Team Falken to the top of the podium.
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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.
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.
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Formula Drift 2011 round 1 long beach ca April 8
Formula DRIFT kicks-off the 8th championship season on the Toyota Grand
Prix of Long Beach Street Course. 2011 will be Formula DRIFT's 6th
consecutive year at the famous Street Course. The expanded 2-day event will
again be one week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.Round 1:
Streets of Long Beach will kick-off the 2011 Championship season in style
with new cars, new drivers, and all the sideways excitement that Formula
DRIFT is known for. Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be back to defend his
title against all competitors including Ryan Tuerck, Dai Yoshihara, Chris
Forsberg, Rhys Millen, and the rest of the talented pool of drivers.