2011 Formula Drift Round 1 - JTP Dominates Long Beach
Team Falken started the 2011 Formula Drift season the way it finished last year, with one of its factory drivers on top of the podium. Justin Pawlak, in just his second year with the tire manufacturer, took his inaugural first place at the Long Beach opening round, with Team Falken teammate Daijiro ("Dai") Yoshihara in third. Before a capacity crowd, Pawlak took the victory on board his 2011 Ford Mustang with a new engine built by Ford Racing and Roush-Yates and ran on Falken's Azenis RT615K, as did all other Falken team members. Pawlak qualified 11th, while Yoshihara was second among the top 32, alerting the other competitors he was the driver to beat on the streets of Long Beach. While Defending Formula D Champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr., struggled in qualifying, he was an important part of the weekend, meeting and greeting his fans as well as supporting the rest of the Falken team in the main event. Among the Falken "inter-team competition," Pawlak beat Darren McNamara in the top 16 round, and Justin went on to best Dai in the Top 4, completing a "One More Time." Justin beat Matt Powers in the final, while Dai defeated 2009 Formula D Champion Chris Forsberg to earn third. "Justin earned this win through timing and endurance," declared Jonathan Bradford, Team Falken's Formula Drift manager. "He has grown rapidly over the past 12 months, and it is fitting that he would take his first podium as a Falken team member at one of our home tracks." Falken continues to excel in activating its marketing efforts in association with Formula Drift and the strong crowds of drift fans in Southern California. With a new team of Falken Spokesmodels in the paddock next to the company's multiple support trailers, Falken hosted 350 representatives and guests from both Monster Energy Drink and Ford Racing in their hospitality region. "This is an important victory for us because the race is in our backyard and we had a lot of fans, customers and Falken Tire enthusiasts in the stands and the paddock," said Nick Fousekis, Falken's Director of Motorsports Marketing and Events. "We've proven all the work the team and each individual driver have done during the off-season successfully moved Falken up another level, and we'll keep climbing all season long. We also appreciate the tremendous support from car builders Autosport Dynamics and SPD." After the first round, Pawlak is at the top of the Championship standings, Yoshihara third, while McNamara is in 10th. Final Falken teammate Tyler McQuarrie finished in 11th. Ross Petty, a long-time independent competitor running Falkens, placed 14th. Round two will be held May 6-7, at Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.
Team Falken Sweeps New Jersey
http://www.falkentire.com 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 Tire: Ultimate Dark Night RC Drifting
Falken Tire, HPI Racing, My Trick RC and Super G Drift Arena teamed up to create an epic 1:10 scale, four car tandem RC Drift video. Driving by: Akihito Watamase, Katsumi Kuwakino, Gavin Roberts and Ko Aihara. Car details: AE 86 HPI Toyota Trueno AE86 Body (#17209) HPI Stage-D/Run Free AE86 Body Kit (#7129) HPI GT Wing Set, Type E (#30093) HPI Body Tuner Kit, Type A (#85613) HPI Work XSA 02C Wheels - Chrome/Gold, 6mm offset (#3298) HPI Work XSA 02C Wheels - Chrome/Gold, 9mm offset (#3299) HPI Falken Tire Azenis RT615K T-Drift Tires 26mm (#4425) FD RX-7 HPI Mazda RX-7 FD3S Body (#7482) HPI Stage-D Mazda RX-7 FD3S Aero Body Kit (#7128) HPI GT Wing Set, Type E (#30093) HPI Dai Yoshihara Champion Wheels - Silver, 6mm offset ((111276) HPI Falken Tire Azenis RT615K T-Drift Tires 26mm (#4425) Silvia S15 HPI Nissan Silvia S15 Body (#17530) HPI GT Wing Set, Type C (#85612) HPI Body Tuner Kit, Type A (#85613) HPI Work XSA 02C Wheels - Chrome/Black, 6mm offset (#3287) HPI Work XSA 02C Wheels - Chrome/Black, 9mm offset (#3288) HPI Falken Tire Azenis RT615K T-Drift Tires 26mm (#4425) JZX100 Mark 2 HPI WELD JZX100 Toyota Body (#30727) HPI GT Wing Set, Type E (#30093) HPI Body Tuner Kit, Type A (#85613) HPI Volk TE37 Wheels - Bronze 3mm offset (#3843) HPI Volk TE37 Wheels - Bronze 6mm offset (#3848) HPI Falken Tire Azenis RT615K T-Drift Tires 26mm (#4425)
2011 Falken Porsche GT3 RSR Testing - Sebring, FL
Falken Tire tests their 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at the 2011 American Le Mans Series Winter Test in Sebring, FL at the historic Sebring Raceway. In a few short weeks this course will host the season opener of the 2011 American Le Mans Series with a grueling 12 hour endurance race. Team Falken Tire, along with team manager Derrick Walker and drivers Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler hope to improve on their performance from last year with new slick compounds and a newly managed team. Derrick Walker's background includes open-wheel racing such as Formula One and Indy Car.