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MONROE, WA Originally built as a horse-racing track, Evergreen Speedway saw plenty of horsepower over the weekend as Formula Drift arrived in town, with the venerable track challenging the drivers and their cars to the Breaking Point, resulting in Chris Forsberg taking the win, while Team Falkens Tyler McQuarrie finished a respectable third.
Qualifying on Friday was challenging as the judges were very critical of all efforts. Nevertheless, seven drivers on Falken Azenis RT615 tires made the field, including all Team Falken factory entrants McQuarrie; Vaughn Gittin, Jr.; Darren McNamara; Daijiro Yoshihara; and Calvin Wan, plus privateers Ross Petty (who was in fact the number two qualifier) and Taka Aono.
Amid tough competition all day long, two Falken drivers advanced to the Top 8 Round, as both McQuarrie and Gittin defeated their opponents to move to the Top 4. Unfortunately, Gittin was involved in a collision during this run and was unable to advance, while teammate McQuarrie lost to eventual winner Forsberg.
In the battle for third overall, it was Team Falken v. Team Falken, as McQuarrie came out on top over Gittin, who was able to compete despite his accident in the previous round. The events trademark nickname, Breaking Point, lived up to its reputation as a number of entrants became casualties to the tracks banking and tight transitions throughout the course.
However, McQuarries strong third place finish moved him to third overall in the Formula D Championship, while Team Falken teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr., despite a semi-final performance, dropped to fifth, and Darren McNamara remained in sixth.
August is Formula Ds busiest month, with a second event, Round 6, just two weeks away in the wine country of Northern California at famous Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, August 21-22. Team Falken will be locked and loaded when that event arrives.
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
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2009 Formula D Round 1 - Long Beach
Beyond Paranoia by Jon Dal
LONG BEACH, CA The inaugural event in the 2009 Formula Drift season began
on the famed street course of Long Beach where Team Falken faced a very
competitive field of works drivers and privateers and successfully
qualified eight cars in the top 32 tandem competition, a new component to
Formula D this season.
This is the 4th year Formula Drift has competed on the tough track that was
previously the domain of open wheel racing. However, the increasing
popularity of drifting, especially in Southern California, has prompted its
addition to the track for a dedicated weekend. It also was the perfect
location for Team Falken to debut its new team which consists of veteran
member Vaughn Gittin, Jr., driving his brand new 2010 Ford Mustang; Daijiro Yoshihara in his
Discount Tire Lexus IS350; Tyler McQuarrie with his Nissan 350Z
Convertible; Calvin Wan, competing in a Nissan S15 Silvia; and Darren
McNamara, returning in his Sears Auto Center Saturn Sky.
Considering four out of our five team vehicles are completely new builds to
our team, we had a very successful first showing, declared Nick Fousekis,
Senior Consumer Marketing Manager, Falken Tire. This accomplishment truly
is a testament to our drivers skill, our vehicle builders capabilities, the
Azenis RT615s performance and Falkens dedication to the sport of drifting.
After the final session, overall standings had Gittin, Jr., tied for 6th;
McNamara stood in 10th; Yoshihara finished at 18th; and McQuarrie tied with
his Falken teammate Wan in 19th. All Team Falken drivers used the
lightweight and high-gripping Azenis RT615 line.
This was a great start for our expanded program as we launched our new
consumer activation area and our VIP hospitality tent, stated Andrew Hoit,
Director of Marketing, Falken Tire. We rolled out our new display, which
was the largest in the pit area, underscoring our commitment to Formula
Drift. And while we would have liked to have taken the top rungs of the
Long Beach competition, we are confident we will in the very near future.
Additionally, results of privateers competing on Falken Tires included Taka
Aono, Toyota Corolla; 5th; and Ross Petty, Nissan S15 Silvia, who also tied
for 19th, along with John Russakoff, in a Toyota Corolla.
Among the action over the two days, McNamara lost a hard fought top 16
battle to Tony Brakohiapa, and Gittin, Jr., endured a tough tandem match
against eventual second-place finisher Samuel Hubinette in the Great 8
To kick off Falkens comprehensive marketing program tied to its expanded
motorsports efforts, Dai Yoshihara helped give away a special
Falken-Americas Tire guitar to James Warner, a member of the U.S. Coast
Guard stationed in San Diego. Additional promotional items were handed out
by Falkens new group of Spokesmodels who attracted a large crowd throughout
the two-day event. Guests of Falken were treated to the companys new
The full complement of activation area, hospitality rig and factory support
will travel to all seven rounds this year. Team Falken will next compete in
Formula D on the proving ground at Road Atlanta, May 8-9. Prior to Round 2,
rigorous vehicle testing will take place for all Team Falken drivers.
2009 Formula D Round 6 - Locked and Loaded with Falken Tires
No Stars Left in New Jersey by The Stand-ins
A cooler climate than expected greeted the competitors at Round 6 of the
Formula Drift Championship, held as part of the Indy Grand Prix at Infineon
Raceway, but the reception from the crowd was as strong as ever. Team
Falken brought all five factory entrants, intent on taking the win, as well
as reaching true enthusiasts and motorsports fans at this important
While all Falken members Darren McNamara, Daijiro Yoshihara, Tyler
McQuarrie, Calvin Wan and Vaughn Gittin, Jr. successfully qualified on
their Falken Azenis RT615 tires, competition proved tough, and the teams
best result was Gittins 7th place overall finish in the ASD built 2010
Falken Tire Ford Mustang GT
ultimately being defeated by the events overall winner, Stephan Verdier.
Other major Team Falken news of the weekend was the incredible effort put
forth on behalf of Yoshihara. Dai qualified 9th in a car that had only two
hours of practice time on it, having been built in just nine days after his
original Lexus was heavily damaged at the previous event in Seattle. Most
competitors were amazed at the speed in which the car was built, thanks in
part to SPD Metal Works based in Placentia, CA.
Sonoma, famous for its many vineyards, is also notorious for its changing
weather conditions, as Fridays Top 32 competition was at least 20-degrees
warmer than Saturday. Tyler McQuarrie and his Nissan 350Z felt the heat and
ultimately faced start-up difficulties as a result of high ambient temps
and a sensor issue. Wan also had a challenging event following a light
collision with competitor Chris Forsberg, who eventually advanced.
While results were disappointing, spirits remained high, as Team Falken
continues to record two drivers in the top five in the championship, with
Gittin in third and McQuarrie in fifth.
All teams get a breather as the final round, Judgment Day, is set for
October 16-17 at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, CA where Team Falken will be
fully prepared and ready to conquer the famous House of Drift.
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.
Falken Motorsports - The Movie 24h-Race 2013
Unser Video zum 24h-Rennen 2013. Spannende Interviews mit den Fahrern,
tolle Aufnahmen und pure Action auf der der Grünen Hölle, die zeigen wozu
Falken-Reifen sowohl im Motorsport als auch auf der Straße in der Lage
sind. Ein Muss für alle Falken- und Motorsport-Fans!
The official Falken-Video about the 24h-race is online. You can see
exciting interviews with the drivers, amazing recordings and pure action in
the Green Hell which shows you what Falken Tyres are made for. A must see,
for true Falken- and motorsport-fans!
Falken Rocky Mountain ATS Tire Test
y-mountain-ats-review/ We put new tires on our rig and decided to head out
to the trails and test just how good they really are.
Axial SCX10™ Jeep® Wrangler G6 Falken Edition RTR AX90036
The Axial SCX10™ Jeep® Wrangler G6™ Falken Edition elevates all
terrain trailblazing, marrying the celebrated Jeep® dovetail body with the
undeniable performance of Falken Wildpeak M/T tires. This SCX10™ was
inspired by Falken's dedication to offroad motorsports and the
uncontainable spirit for trailblazing that Axial is known for. The Jeep®
Wrangler G6™ Falken Edition bares the special edition livery that echoes
Falken's established legacy. The SCX10™ is packed with a variety of
realistic details like a molded interior with a steering wheel, a Poison
Spyder Rock Brawler front bumper, a dove-tail universal bolt-in cage, and a
roof mounted light bar (LED lights not included). With the WB8 HD
Wildboar™ drive shafts and Falken Wildpeak M/T tires, the Jeep® Wrangler
G6™ Falken Edition delivers durability and performance for every
adventure. Rugged. Dependable. That's the SCX10™.
More information: http://www.axialracing.com/products/ax90036
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.
Highlights FD 09 Evergreen!!
09 FD @ Evergreen Speedway. Drivingsports TV. Me filming and editing.
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