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 Atlanta.
The Frequency of a Heartbeat by the Stand Ins
2010 Formula Drift Round 3 - Falken Takes 1st and 2nd at New Jersey
FONTANA, CA -- Team Falken's Daijiro Yoshihara scored his second victory in a row at Round 3 of the Formula Drift Championship in New Jersey. Dubbed "The Gauntlet", Wall Speedway is known for its unforgiving course layout and harsh banked turn to in-field transition. For Falken, although a repeat of 2009's Wall podium sweep was just narrowly missed, a Déjà Vu top 2 finish from this year's Round 2 at Road Atlanta set Yoshihara and Vaughn Gittin Jr. once again on top of the podium with very close one, two finish. Vaughn in the ASD built Monster Energy / Falken Tire 2011 Ford Mustang continues to lead the series followed by Dai in his Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan Silvia S13 built by SPD Metalworks.
Darren "D-Mac" McNamara fought hard for third position but that achievement was cut short by two time Formula D Champion, Tanner Foust. The only feat more astonishing than the battle with Foust was the fact that the vehicle even made it to the starting line! During Top 4 competition running against Yoshihara, Darren drifted off line and made contact with the immoveable guardrail causing damage that required major suspension component replacement both front and rear. "I've never seen this team work harder" said Jonathon Bradford, Falken's Drift Team Supervisor. "Every hand available was frantically helping to get the Sky back on track. It was a team effort like I've never seen."
Other notable accomplishments include Justin Pawlak's 4th place qualifying and Top 8 finish, Ross Petty's 6th place qualifying and Top 16 finish and Tyler McQuarrie's door-to-door battle with current championship points leader and Falken team mate, Vaughn Gittin Jr. during the Top 16 rounds.
"It's always hard when two of our team members are going head to head but we always tell our drivers, may the best man win" declared Andrew Hoit, Falken's Director of Marketing.
So far, Team Falken has claimed back-to-back first and second place finishes and five podiums in three events, including all three wins.
"This season is still far from over, but our team's determination is at an all time high" said Nick Fousekis, Falken's Sr. Consumer Marketing Manager. "Couple focus and perseverance with world-class partners/supporters and a product like Falken Tire, and you get a winning combination" Fousekis added.
The Azenis RT-615K clad Falken Team continues on to Round 4 of the championship in Monroe, WA July 9-10 at Evergreen Speedway.
Additionally, Falken played host to 175 dealer guests who participated in the company's hospitality, as Team Falken's aggressive marketing program, hospitality rig and factory support trailer were in full use during the two-day event.
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 session.
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 hospitality section.
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.
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.
1080p 2009 Formula Drift Finale
Taking advantage of the new 1080p video resolution on YouTube! Check out the 2009 Formula Drift Finale in Irwindale, CA in beautiful 1920x1080 24p high definition goodness!
Look forward to more coverage of the Falken Tire Formula Drift, and American Le Mans, team in 2010!
Formula Drift - Abu Dhabi 2011 - Yas Marina Curcuit - Urban Skillz
Formula Drift - Abu Dhabi 2011
Yas Marina Curcuit
Pure Drift Race Sounds
Tanner Foust - Golden Child
Chris Forsberg - The Force
Dai Yoshihara - Child Of The Drift
Fredric Aasbo - On The Way Up
Ryan Tuerck - Hampsha
Michael Essa - The BMW Freak
Mike Whiddett - Mad Mike
Ken Gushi - I am... The Future
Tony Brakohiapa - The Wise One
Shpongle - Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness
The Prodigy - Omen
Formula Drift Long Beach 2012
Coverage of FD Long Beach 2012. Best Rd.1 Event Yet. First Video I Ever Filmed; No Tripod.
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Tanner Foust Street Drift: Mulholland - GT Channel
Repost: But we we thought some of you may have not seen it yet & it's such an awesome video. http://gtchannel.com for more videos. Tanner Foust drifts his Rockstar Energy Drink Scion TC Drift Car on a legendary stretch of Mulholland Highway known as "The Snake". Watch Tanner unleash his 600hp NASCAR V8 powered Scion drift car on this famed road. There were no rehearsals and most of the film is of Tanner's first run on a clean stretch of road. And, yes, the road was closed. WARNING: The following video was performed by a professional driver on a closed course. Do not attempt what you are about to see.
Maxxis British Drift Championship Round 1 Silverstone
Coverage from the first round of the Maxxis British Drift Championship from Silverstone. Congratulations to Jordan Patton for winning the Semi Pro class and Phil Morrison for taking the Pro class.
Shot on Canon 5Dmkii and Canon 7D
Lenses used : -
Canon 35mm F1.4L
Super Takumar 50mm F1.4
Samyang 85mm F1.4
Super Takumar 135mm F2.4
Canon 70-200mm USM II F2.8L
2 x Fader ND
King of Europe Drift Series - Final Round 2010
King of Europe Drift Series - Round 7. 16th - 17th October Heraklion, GREECE.
Filmed and edited by:
Radoslav Radev - Katana
Noisia & Mayhem ft. KRS One - Exodus
Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle 2
Download hi-res desktops from this video: http://iconmotosports.net/2012/01/7460/
The sequel to the Icon original video: Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle - Nick 'Apex' Brocha is back and this time he brought his Empire teammate, Ernie Vigil. The two are mounted on a pair of crackling Triumph Speed Triples - built by Roaring Toyz for the sole purpose of going sideways. Over the last year their quest to find the ultimate drifting playground has led them to the rolling hills of High Plains County. Low traffic, perfect asphalt and endless twisties have kept them busy resurfacing roads with their rear tires for weeks. The only problem is the local authorities have had enough. Enter Police Officer Dan Brockett, the only man with the muscle to keep these two in sight. His 550 horsepower Ford Mustang Cobra was built for speed and he's got a license to use it...
*NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FILM
Icon Apparel (Nick Apex & Ernie Vigil)
Helmets: Icon Variant Helmet
Jackets: Icon Overlord Prime Jacket
Gloves: Icon Justice Touchscreen Glove, Icon Overlord Short Glove
Pants: Icon Overlord Prime Pant
Boots: Icon Reign Waterproof Boot
Icon Apparel (Dan Brockett)
Icon Alliance Helmet
Gloves: Icon Justice Touchscreen Glove
Boots: Icon 1000 Elsinore Boot
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8, 16-35f2.8
Panasonic AF100, 7-14 f3.5, 45-200 f4-5.6, 14-140 f4-5.6
Panasonic GH1 (hacked)
RC Car: Traxxas Slash VXL Ultimate + 11.1v 5000mah LiPo
"She Don't Know" by: Five Horse Johnson
Courtesy of Rumblefish Music Licensing Store
"Odella" by: Five Horse Johnson
Courtesy of Rumblefish Music Licensing Store
Original Music by: Lehtmojoe
performances by: Cory Graves, Mark Moncrieff, and Jonathon Pounds
SloMo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nk3IqKKjL0&feature=youtu.be
Officer Dan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNvBLB-mEuU&feature=youtu.be
Dan Brockett would like to thank his sponsors:
Performance Fuel Injection
Pulstar Pulse Plugs
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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Hyper Drift Hawaii: ALOHA! (RC Drift Supreme 2009)
Hello Hello Hello Aloha! This was a awesome event at Streetcar Supreme 09. Hope to do it next year again. Great turn out and everyone had fun. Shout out to Mike D of the CFD for the song. Check out the hpi site for event coverage. Special thanks to the SS09 crew, Sandy Fleming, and our future wives and ex's. Chee!
Shout outs and greets to:
The Pressure Cooker
General J. Ube
The Track God
and those forgotten, we'll catch you on the next one.
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