2010 Formula Drift Throwdown - DMac takes 3rd at Evergreen Speedway

MONROE, WA -- Team Falken Driver Darren McNamara scored his first podium of the year by taking third in Saturday night's Formula Drift Championship at Evergreen Speedway. It was Falken's sixth podium in four races and Falken's Vaughn Gittin, Jr., who qualified first for the weekend event, continues to lead the series championship.

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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)

Falken Tire's Latest 2010 Formula Drift Driver, JTP.
Fontana, CA. - As the 2010 Formula Drift season gets ready to begin, Falken Tire would like to welcome the newest member to its drift team, Justin Pawlak. Campaigning the newly built 2010 Ford Mustang sporting Falken Tires world-renowned blue and teal livery, Justin looks to march toward the top of Formula Drift in his 3rd full season. ASD in Charlotte, North Carolina is prepping the Mustang for its 2010 debut at Long Beach and will work closely with Justin to get him comfortable in his new ride. As a full-time driver in the 2008 Formula Drift season, Justin got his first podium at Irwindale finishing 16th overall for the season earning him an invitation to the Drifting World Championship. He followed that up with multiple Top-16s and a 9th place overall points finish in 2009. Affectionately known as JTP, hes looking forward to the new season and all that comes with it. Im speechless! Im very excited to join the Falken Tire/Ford Racing team and the Falken family! Falken Tire has been pushing drifting to the next level and Im very excited to be a part of it. A new season brings a new set of challenges as Justin makes the transition from a 3-rotor turbo power plant to 650+ horsepower V8. Despite the fact that hes drifted rotary-powered Mazdas for over 5 years, JTP fully expects to do things in the Mustang that have never been seen before. Justins aggressive driving style complimented by the new Falken Azenis RT615K tire should prove to be a lethal combination in his efforts towards the 2010 Formula Drift championship.

JTP and DMac — Qualifying lap // Formula D Wall, NJ
Outstanding runs by JTP and DMac during the qualifying at Rd. 4 "The Gauntlet" Wall, NJ.

Falken Tire Driver Feature: Vaughn Gittin Jr.
falkentire.com Based on having spent a quarter of his life drifting, one might say Vaughn Gittin, Jr.s name is synonymous with the popular sport. Indeed, Vaughn has enjoyed a strong relationship with both Falken and Ford, showing the world the capabilities of his powerful Mustang, crushing the throttle to reach maximum power while keeping his car in control on his Falken Azenis RT-615 tires. In late 2008, Vaughn drifted the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the Bosch performance art promotions, and just recently jetted off to Japan, where he drove a Falken Tire Shod 2010 Mustang across the country, making key stops at world renowned tracks such as Ebisu and the YZ circuit. The combination of Team Falken, Vaughn and Ford has realized many epic moments including two historic D1 Grand Prix wins. First, at U.S.A vs. Japan and a repeat at D1s World Championship In addition to his international travels, Vaughn recently treated NHRA drag racing legend John Force to the drift of his life (some witnesses went so far as to say ride of his life) as part of Barrett-Jacksons drifting experience at the auctioneers recent event in Scottsdale, AZ, and took multiple road racing champion Tommy Kendall on a test drive for SpeedTV, both riding in his brand new 2010 Falken Tire Ford Mustang. While drifting is just the latest talent Vaughn has developed behind the wheel, hes had the speed sensation for a long time. Since I was born, I have lived and breathed cars, he declares, asking his namesake to do fishtails and burnouts the way other dads drive their children around the block to soothe them. I have always loved the feeling of the back end skating around, engine screaming and tires smoking, he adds, which ultimately led him to choose a career in motorsports. Moving from motocross to drifting paid off quickly, and Vaughn rose to the top of the field. He caught the eye of Falken Tire who in 2004, was eager to expand their drifting efforts and take the U.S. drifting scene by storm. The rest, as one says, is history, and Vaughn has become a key part of Falkens extensive commitment to this exciting sport, both in the U.S. and internationally. His new 2010 Ford Mustang featuring state-of-the-art technology, is set for an exciting 2009 schedule as the centerpoint of Team Falken, ready to meet and once again, conquer the competition.