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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
Composer: Pawel Blaszczak ((none))
Publisher:Pawel Blaszczak (no affiliation)
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.
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.
Team Falken Sweeps New Jersey
Stick around after the credits ;)
June 8, 2009
WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (June 8, 2009) Performance and preparation paid off as
Team Falken Tires factory drivers swept the podium at Wall Speedway in
Saturday nights round 3 of the 2009 Formula Drift season. Darren McNamara
took the top rung in his Saturn Sky; Vaughn Gittin, Jr., earned second with
his 2010 Ford Mustang GT;
and Tyler McQuarrie finished third, driving his Nissan 350Z.
The achievement was historical as this was the first time ever for three
Team Falken cars to take the top three positions as well as the first time
one team has dominated the podium.
Wall Speedway, aptly named "The Gauntlet", is a 16-degree banked oval along
the straightaway with 30 degrees on the turns before moving to the figure 8
infield portion of the course. The capacity crowd witnessed strong
competition among Team Falken and other Formula D competitors as skies and
rain cleared allowing for ideal door-to-door high speed battles. Five
drivers using Falken Azenis RT615 tires advanced to the top 16. In the
finals, Gittin, Jr., stood up against McNamara with McNamara ultimately
taking the win in a close fought match.
Following round 3, Darren advances to first in points in the overall
championship, while Gittin, Jr. moves to fifth and Tyler McQuarrie moves
forward to seventh place in the standings.
Falken Tire would like to thank their drivers, staff, associates and fans
for helping make this long standing goal a reality for their team and
brand. Round 3 results truly show the capabilities of the Azenis RT-615 and
their dedication to the sport of drifting. Autosport Dynamics has done an
outstanding job building and preparing each of the three vehicles winning
this round, and as they enjoy this historic win, they will now focus on the
final four rounds of Formula D as they gun for the Championship.
Team Falken will head to hotter climates when Formula D hits Las Vegas and
goes All In for Round 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, July 10-11.
Track title: King of the Beats
License Type: Mass Market License
Composer: Wesley Devine (IMRO (CAE#: 581023377))
Publisher:Lynne Publishing (PRS - CAE#: 541626758)
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.
JDM Allstars - HD Drifting film
Filmed & Edited by Al Clark - www.trackdayfilms.com
FIRST SONG NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!
Al Clark Drift intro (soundcloud.com/al_clark/on-slide-row)
Lee Major & A Clay - DJ Means Dangerous Jag
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers (Doorly Remix)
Chic - Goodtimes (Jaguar Skills Rusko Refix)
Lethel Bizzle - Pow TC - Where's My Money (Caspa Remix) High Rankin - No
Money For Guns (Jaguar Skills VIP)
Al Clark 'Piano Song' (not available).
The biggest, loudest closest drift event in Europe returns on exceptional
form with one of the best show-drift tracks designed. With 70mph entries,
huge sweeping corners, jumps (yes - jumps), and walls to scrape - this was
always going to be a lot of fun.
In the end, it turned into one of the best top 32's ever seen, and the
standard of driving was gobsmacking. The event was comparable in atmosphere
and skill to the RedBull world championship finals with Formula D last year
- a testament to how hard JDM have worked on this event, and also how much
the skill level has improved yet again within Europe.
Thanks to everyone for the really kind comments!
Ultimate Drifting Challenges: Ryan Tuerck’s Texas Shootout
Tuerck’d Season 3, Ep. 4: Ryan Tuerck assembles top drifters at the Texas
Motor Speedway to take on a series of performance drifting challenges.
Tuerck goes head to head against Formula Drift drivers Matt Field and Pat
Goodin in a series of four challenges including Fastest Entry Speed,
Backwards entry, No Hands Manji, and 360 entry. Announcer Jarod DeAnda
takes us through the events and the unconventional judging by Chris
Forsberg, Matt Coffman, and Aaron Ross as Tuerck tries to win at his own
event. Will he take it all or will he get Tuerck’d?
Got questions about these challenges, Tuerck’s performance, the
judging—hit Ryan with your questions and comments below and he just might
respond to you in his next Burnout Response video!
Directed by Andrew Laputka/Shoot First Media, produced by Jacob Agajanian
Thank You: Sunday Bikes, VP Racing Fuel and Texas Motor Speedway
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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!
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