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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.
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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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.
Daijiro Yoshihara in Atlanta
While a new addition to Team Falken in 2009, Daijiro "Dai" Yoshihara is the
veteran drifter on the squad. With 10 years of competition under his belt,
Dai, who hails from Tokyo, is both extremely competitive behind the wheel
and is just as popular outside the car. He has received the "Best Style"
award by his peers for two straight years and is a stand-out among the
drivers for his legendary "look" and signature hairstyle.
This competitor embraces all fields of sport, enjoying surfing,
snowboarding and earning championships in darts. He also is a prolific
writer, and his blog can be viewed on the GT Channel website. He doesn't
offer too much advice, however, as he needs to maintain his edge while
piloting his lightened and completely rebuilt Lexus IS350, which features a
normally aspirated Haselgreen-built V8 delivering over 750 hp, through the
demanding drifting courses, running on Falken Azenis RT-615 tires.
Dai enjoyed a successful 2008 season, taking 2nd place in the Red Bull
World Championships and finished in 4th overall in the ultra competitive
Formula D Series. For 2009, with the support of Team Falken and Discount
Tire, Dai's expectations are set higher, as he is earnest about moving up
several notches and scoring top place in more rounds and finishing on the
top rung of the series championship.
"I feel so happy that I can participate as a driver for Team Falken," Dai
notes. As popular with the fans as he is with his fellow drivers, Dai
states, "I want to please our drift fans this year making use of my skills
developed from my many past experiences. At the same time, for my new team,
I want to do my best to be able to end this season with the best result for
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[0-60] Formula D Gauntlet at E-town
Highlights from the Formula D event at the new road course at Englishtown's
Footage by Mike Spock & Jon Boulton
Edited by Mike Spock
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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.
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.