Justin Pawlak in the Falken Tire Ford Mustang earns the victory at the first event of the 2012 Formula DRIFT season. Daijiro Yoshihara in the America's Tire / Falken Nissan 240SX takes second place while Formula DRIFT rookie Daigo Saito, in the Achilles Tires / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 rounds out the podium.
King of the Hammers 2012 Falken Tire Testing
FONTANA, CA -- Falken Tire, a leading high performance choice for driving
enthusiasts on pavement and off-road, has just announced further expansion
of its motorsports involvement in the popular and demanding off-road King
of the Hammers event, running a new vehicle built by Off Road Evolution of
Fullerton, CA, that will compete in the highly competitive Ultra4 Class.
The Falken Tire factory team race vehicle will feature the Wildpeak A/T
King of the Hammers, known as the "toughest one-day off-road race,"
according to series organizers, will run for the sixth time on public lands
in Johnson Valley, CA. Over the first five years the race has run, it has
evolved from 12 teams to more than 150 teams competing before thousands of
fans both live and online. The race will be run on Friday February 10,
The custom tube chassis vehicle will be piloted by Falken Vice President of
Marketing Andrew Hoit, an experienced off-roader, along with his co-driver,
Ryan Hagel from RCH Designs in Huntington Beach, CA. The car is powered by
an LS1 engine making more than 400hp, with a turbo400 transmission and Atlas transfer case. The
team is prequalified for the race but will set its starting position on
Wednesday February 8th.
This is Falken's first serious effort into off-road racing. The high
performance tire manufacturer has already shown its dominance in the
professional world of drifting and claimed two wins in last year's hotly
contested GT class of the American Le Mans Series. Falken is also
supporting two other teams in this year's event, the husband and wife team
of Race Prep Racing, also in the KOH Main Event as well as the Savvy Off
Road/Currie Enterprises Jeep Wrangler competing in this year's Every Man
Challenge event on Sunday February 5th.
"We feel this is a perfect venue to showcase the durability and versatility
of our Wildpeak tire line," stated Nestor Cabrera, Falken's Off-Road
Supervisor. "We are confident we'll perform well in this demanding event."
KOH, as King of the Hammers is known, will feature over 150 vehicles
competing, while 71 Last Chance Qualifier contestants will attempt to
secure the 20 remaining spots and conquer the 165 mile course.
2010 Formula Drift Round 1 - Falken Tire Takes Long Beach
LONG BEACH, CA The inaugural event in the 2010 Formula Drift season began
with a big win for Team Falken where factory driver Vaughn Gittin, Jr.,
debuting his new 2011 Monster Energy Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang on the famed street course of
Long Beach. Gittin, Jr., and Team Falken faced a very competitive field of
entrants, totaling 53, one of the highest entry counts in the history of
Team Falken had a full complement of drivers at the popular track, the
fifth year Formula D has visited Long Beach. In addition to Vaughn,
rounding out the companys paddock and marketing activation areas were
returning team members Daijiro Yoshihara in his rebuilt Discount Tire
Nissan 240SX (S13); Tyler McQuarrie with his Nissan 350Z Convertible; and
Darren McNamara, with his Saturn Sky in new Falken livery. Adding to the
excitement of the weekend was the addition of several new faces to Falken
including Justin Pawlak in his 2010 Ford Mustang and Formula D rookie James
Deane who shocked the crowd with his aggressive driving in Falken's Nissan
S15. Independent drivers on Falken Tires included Ross Petty, John
Russakoff, Dean Kearney and Fredric Aasbo.
2010 will certainly be a busy year for Team Falken. Next stop, Road
2011 Falken Formula Drift Test
Coming off a dominating 2010 season in which Team Falken driver Vaughn
Gittin, Jr.¸ competing in the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang, became the Formula Drift
Champion, the high performance tire manufacturer will be gunning for a
repeat performance of last year. Falken's ultimate goal is to have one of
its five factory drivers again claiming the top rung of the Formula D
ladder, and each team member will have the horsepower to do it. All
drivers plan on fielding a new or improved vehicle with more power, which
the sport has demanded. The cars will be unveiled this weekend on the
streets of Long Beach for the opening event of the 2011 Formula Drift
Gittin, Jr., will be aboard a Ford Mustang 5.4-liter, its motor built by
Ford Racing and Huffaker Engineering, while Daijiro ("Dai") Yoshihara, who
placed fourth in the standings last year, returns in his re-engineered
Nissan 240SX (Silvia S13). Finishing fifth in 2010, Darren McNamara also
returns this year, running a new Saturn Sky built by Autosport Dynamics in
Charlotte, NC, losing the convertible for a hardtop which adds an
aggressive stance to the car.
Tyler McQuarrie also recognized the value of a fully enclosed coupe,
choosing a new hardtop Nissan 350Z, which allows for a significant change
in weight distribution, making the Z a far more competitive vehicle.
Finally, Justin Pawlak, returning for his second year with Falken, will
again field a Ford Mustang,
with an engine built by Ford Racing/Roush-Yates of NASCAR fame.
"Our team has worked hard to develop their new cars and we're pumped and
ready," declared Jonathan Bradford, Team Falken's Formula Drift manager.
All members of Team Falken will be using the company's Azenis RT615K, which
is DOT-approved and designed with the track competitor in mind. The RT615K
is a tire with maximum grip and concentrated contact patch, which increases
the driver's ability to fully exploit the capabilities of the engine,
brakes and suspension, precisely what each drift competitor needs.
Naturally, the RT615K performs equally well on the street during everyday
"Each year, Formula Drift gets bigger, with more participants and more
companies who want to be a part of this vital motorsports effort," stated
Nick Fousekis, Director of Motorsports and Consumer Marketing for Falken.
"We know what it takes to be competitive in this race series and we realize
all the other teams will be aiming for us, but we have every intention of
repeating our dominance, and continue running at the top. It's great to be
To kick off Falken's comprehensive Formula Drift marketing program, special
prizes will be given away at the team's display and activation area inside
the paddock. Additional promotional items will be handed out by Falken's
new group of Spokesmodels who will be in attendance throughout the two-day
event. Guests of Falken will also enjoy the company's highly anticipated
The full complement of Team Falken, including its five factory drivers,
along with Falken's display, hospitality rig and the company's factory
support, will travel to all seven rounds of the 2010 Formula D Pro
Dai's 2012 Drift Test at Willow Springs
Coming off a dominating 2011 season in which Team Falken driver Daijiro
Yoshihara¸ competing in the Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13, became the
Formula Drift Champion, the high performance tire manufacturer will be
gunning for a repeat performance of last year. The cars will be unveiled
this weekend on the streets of Long Beach for the opening event of the 2012
Formula Drift season.
Formula Drift Long Beach 2013 Highlights
Video highlights from the Formula Drift "Streets of Long Beach" competition
in Long Beach, CA on April 13, 2013.
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Behind the Smoke Season 2 - Ep 2: Streets of Long Beach - Daijiro Yoshihara Formula Drift 2012
http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel Formula Drift 2012 kicks offs at the
Streets of Long Beach. Dai and team had issues during testing which needed
to be addressed before heading into Round 1 Long Beach. With so little seat
time in the off season and with no room for error on the streets of Long
Beach, will Dai be able to compete at the same level he did last year when
he finished 3rd in the first round? http://www.netflix.com/gtchannel for a
free 30 day trial. Behind the Smoke gives a look into the real life of 2011
Formula Drift champion, Daijiro Yoshihara. GTChannel's cameras follow Dai
throughout the 2012 FD season both on and off the track giving drifting
fans an exclusive look into what it takes to compete in the top
professional drifting series of N.America. Behind the Smoke is produced by
GTChannel in association with Discount Tire/America's Tire and supported by
Falken Tire, GoPro and Netflix.
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The final day of Formula Drift Long Beach has arrived. Will Daijiro
Yoshihara and his Discount Tire/America's Tire, Falken Tire Nissan S13 take
him to the podium? Dai will have to get through Fredric Aasbo, Chelsea
Denofa, and Vaughn Gittin Jr. if he wants the carbon fiber trophy.
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Drift Champion Daijiro Yoshihara. The cameras capture Dai and his team on
and off the tracks. BTS3 is produced by GTChannel in association with
Discount Tire/America's Tire. GTChannel is a CAR.VIDEO.NETWORK on YouTube
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2012 Formula Drift Long Beach - Full Final
1. Pawlak, Justin Falken Tire Ford Mustang 106 Points
2. Yoshihara, Daijiro Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 92 Points
3. Saito, Daigo Achilles Tire / Bridges Racing Lexus SC430 78.50 Points
4. Powers, Matt Need for Speed / Nitto Nissan S14 69.50 Points
5. Tuerck, Ryan Team Retaks Nissan 240SX 66 Points
6. McQuarrie, Tyler Mobil 1 Camaro 64 Points
6. Millen, Rhys Hankook / Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Genesis Coupe 64
8. Forsberg, Chris NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z 63 Points
9. Gushi, Ken Scion Racing Scion FR-S 62 Points
10. Moen, Kenneth Lutz Performance Nissan 350Z 61.50 Points
11. Grunewald, Conrad Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro 57 Points
12. Aasbo, Fredric Need for Speed / Papadakis Racing Scion TC 57 Points
12. Kado, Ryan Ryan Kado Racing Nissan 350Z 56 Points
14. Mohan, Kyle Nexen Tire / Mazdatrix Mazda RX-8 55 Points
15. Bakchis, Aurimas "Odi" Bakchis Motorsports Nissan 240SX S14 54.25
15. Yoshioka, Toshiki RS*R Nissan Silvia S15 54.25 Points
Rat Rod vs Lamborghini Aventador! Roadkill Episode 5
On this episode of Roadkill, HOT ROD's David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan
spend 24 crazy hours with a 1930 Model A Rat Rod and a 2012 Lamborghini
Aventador to find out which wildly impractical, larger-than-life car
attracts the most attention.
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FALKEN BMW DRIFT TEAM
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Falken drift team and friends drift demo at 100% tuning, Ahoy - Rotterdam.
Five cars gave three times a day a 30 min demo.
- Remmo Niezen, BMW E30 V8
- Lars Verbraeken, BMW E30 1JZ
- Michel Ditmarsch, BMW E30 M3
- Mark Vissers, Volvo 360 turbo
- Wim Lemmers, Toyota Soarer 1JZ
DOTZ TV: KING OF EUROPE | Poznan - Poland 2012 | DOTZ DRIFT TEAM
Dotz Tuning Wheels presents: King of Europe | Poznan - Poland 2012
In Poznan, Poland the first round of the King Of Europe-2012 season took
A record starting field of 67 cars came to the western Polish city of
Poznan past weekend to battle for the first race of the new King of Europe
season at the high-speed course and entertain the crowd. The Dotz Drift
Team was represented by three of our best drifters: Adam Kerenyi, Sebastien
Cornec and Diego Quaranta!
music: Digital Breaks Foundation'Experience (Ben & Lex Remix)' [VIM
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produced by: 20ZOLL Media http://www.zwanzig-zoll.de
MONSTER DRIFT: Road America
Vaughn Gittin Jr's Traveling Smoke Show makes a stop in Elkhart Lake ,
Wisconsin. Jr spins some rubber and makes new fans during a vintage racing
weekend at Road America's 4 mile road course.
FORMULA DRIFT FIRST EVER SEMI TRUCK DRIFTING EXHIBITION
Pro racer and stunt driver, Mike Ryan, was invited to round 6 of the
Formula Drift Championship to put on a drift demonstration in his famous
Freightliner Cascadia Pikes Peak Edition race truck.
Ride along as Mike and Sam Hubinette get some last minute testing in the
week before the event at Irwindale Speedway. Watch as Sam in his
competition Dodge Challenger and Mike in his Big Rig do drift donuts around
each other! You'll also meet a very special kid named William Klopper who
is battling cancer and goes for a ride in the big truck! Sam Hubinette was
granting a wish to William's friend Patrick by inviting them out to the
track for ride alongs.
The trip to Las Vegas was a success for Mike to claim the first public
demonstration of a Semi Truck drifting at an official drift event.
Mike Ryan proves yet again that SIZE MATTERS!
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