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.
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.
2010 Formula Drift Atlanta - Dai Rocks Hotlanta
All eyes were on Team Falken to see if the performance tire manufacturer
could keep the momentum going after its first place finish in Long Beach,
and the dynamic results from Round 2 of the 2010 Formula Drift Championship
proved the team is on a roll after Falken Driver Daijiro "Dai" Yoshihara
took the overall win on the proving grounds of legendary Road Atlanta,
defeating teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr., in the final. It was the first
overall win for Yoshihara as a Team Falken member. Gittin, Jr., leads the
standings after his first overall in Long Beach and second place at Road
The Frequency of a Heartbeat by the Stand Ins
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.
2012 Long Beach Grand Prix - Falken Tire
After starting in eighth position, Team Falken Tire finished 6th in the GT
class today in the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, a
home track for the Fontana based team.
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 One with Vaughn Gittin Jr. & the 2014 Ford Mustang! - World's Fastest Car Show Ep 3.27
Justin gets an all-access pass to the final round of the 2013 Formula Drift
Championship. But first, Vaughn Gittin Jr takes him to the skid pad to see
if an old dog can learn new tricks and forget everything he knew about
racing fast. Justin starts the lesson in Vaughn's very own 2013 Ford Mustang RTR with the goal of
finishing the day in Vaughn's actual Formula Drift Ford Mustang competion car.
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Formula Drift Dallas Off Track Ep. 6: Battles, Babes & Beers!
Off Track takes you inside the cars, the community, and inside the action
of Formula Drift at stop 6 in Dallas, Texas. Meet The Pro with Rob
Primo—a very large man and his dog. Forrest Wang shows up big time in
Texas and gets a GoPro dropped on him! Get seduced by Matt Powers in the
Burnout Box. Jensen Argyle III Talks To Strangers and makes new friends.
And it's Vaughn Gittin Jr vs. Conrad Grunewald in a Badass Battle where
Vaughn graciously explains the difference between a love tap and a hate
tap. Plus an all-new segment—We Love Haters! Also featuring the driving
of Chris Forsberg, Chelsea Denofa, Tony Angelo, Odi Bakchis, and more! Next
stop Irwindale, California for the final fight October 11-12. See you
Produced by Shoot First Media/Andrew Laputka
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production for Network A
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Behind the Smoke Season 2 - Ep 3: Long Beach Battles - Daijiro Yoshihara Formula Drift 2012
http://www.facebook.com/gtchannel The tandem battles start in the Formula
Drift 2012 opening round in Long Beach. The pressure is on Dai Yoshihara as
the defending champion. Engine troubles arise in the morning practice
session. Dai faces Matt Field first in the top 32 battle.
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.
"J.L.T. My Escape" by We Are Your DJ's
"Early Old" by Heet Seas
"Troubles" by The Morning Light
Available at Jamendo.com
Formula Drift Japan 2014 - with Fredric Aasbo! NEXT HERO
A video from Formula Drift Asia, in Japan at Fuji Speedway 2014!
With Fredric Aasbo, Mad Mike Whiddett and the best of Japanese drifting.
Fredric is running a Toyota GT86 with a nascar V8. Should be good for over
700 HP at the wheels!
We want to thank team RS-R!
Winner = Masao Suenaga
2nd Place = Masashi Yokoi
3rd Place = Fredric Aasbo
Photo by Dino Dalle Carbonare from Speedhunters.com
Produced by Bjørn and Martin Michaelsen, NEXT HERO
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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Thanks for watching!
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