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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.
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.
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.
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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