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 Formula D.
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 Atlanta.
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.
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!
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
Final Fight at 2010 Formula Drift Irwindale
FONTANA, CA -- After finishing second in the "Title Fight" at Toyota
Speedway at Irwindale, CA, Formula Drift's final event of the year, Team
Falken's Vaughn Gittin Jr., driver of the Monster Energy/Falken Tire 2011
Ford Mustang, became the
Formula D Champion of the 2010 season.
It was the 11th podium finish for Team Falken in seven Formula D races,
a season in which the tire company's factory-supported teams dominated all
year long. Falken placed first in five of the seven events.
Three Team Falken drivers were in the top five in the final standings.
Total points between the top five drivers were close, but Gittin Jr. was
clearly the favorite after taking two wins in the six races leading up to
the Title Fight. He finished the season with 632 points. Irwindale winner
Tanner Foust eventually finished second in the standings at 568.5, and Team
Falken Driver Daijiro Yoshihara ended up fourth overall, just one point
behind third place Ryan Tuerck. Team Falken Driver Darren McNamara took
"This was Jr.'s year plain and simple, said Jonathan Bradford, Falken's
Drift Team Supervisor. "There is a lot to be said about finishing on the
podium six out of seven events this year. It was a pleasure to be involved
with a team that left everything on the track and drove with an all-in
attitude. We have successfully rewritten the record books and I would like
to personally thank the fans that rooted for Falken throughout this
"Our team's success would not be possible without the support, hard work
and dedication of our two fabrication/engineering facilities, Autosport
Dynamics (ASD) in Charlotte, NC and SPD Metalworks in Anaheim, CA," added
Nick Fousekis, Senior Manager, Consumer Marketing. "I'd also like to thank
all of the sponsors, including our newest, Monster Energy, for their faith
in Falken's program. Last but certainly not least, we thank the fans of
drifting. Without you, the sport would not have grown into that it is
The Irwindale event started off well, as Falken's Darren McNamara qualified
first, followed by Yoshihara in third. Gittin Jr. was sixth. Both
McNamara and Gittin Jr. made it to the Top 4, but McNamara lost a chance to
take a podium when he spun out in the battle for third place.
"On behalf of everyone at Falken Tire, we wish to express our best wishes
to Vaughn," said Andrew Hoit, Falken Director of Marketing. "This was a
great season for Falken, and we entertained close to 500 guests over the
weekend at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. I'd also like to salute the
efforts of our other team members: Dai Yoshihara; Darren McNamara; Tyler
McQuarrie [who finished 8th in the standings]; and Justin Pawlak [who
finished 11th]; as well as our privateers, all of whom, like the factory
teams, competed on Falken Azenis RT-615K tires: Fredric Aasbo [13th]; Ross
Petty [19th]; "Mad" Mike Whiddett [21st]; James Deane [24th]; and Dean
Kearney, who came from Ireland. Their participation successfully enhanced
our overall effort, and we'll all join the celebration."
Drifting takes competitive motorsports to the extreme, and has
successfully attracted strong crowds, loyal fans and car enthusiasts from
all walks of life. Falken quickly realized how popular and demanding this
format would become, and since 2003, has been a solid fixture within the
sport. The focus is on skill and precision driving, as competitors in
specially prepared, high-powered vehicles intentionally execute controlled
sideways slides at high speeds through a marked course.
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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
JDM Allstars - HD Drifting film
Filmed & Edited by Al Clark - www.trackdayfilms.com
FIRST SONG NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!
Al Clark Drift intro (soundcloud.com/al_clark/on-slide-row)
Lee Major & A Clay - DJ Means Dangerous Jag
Dizzee Rascal - Bonkers (Doorly Remix)
Chic - Goodtimes (Jaguar Skills Rusko Refix)
Lethel Bizzle - Pow TC - Where's My Money (Caspa Remix) High Rankin - No
Money For Guns (Jaguar Skills VIP)
Al Clark 'Piano Song' (not available).
The biggest, loudest closest drift event in Europe returns on exceptional
form with one of the best show-drift tracks designed. With 70mph entries,
huge sweeping corners, jumps (yes - jumps), and walls to scrape - this was
always going to be a lot of fun.
In the end, it turned into one of the best top 32's ever seen, and the
standard of driving was gobsmacking. The event was comparable in atmosphere
and skill to the RedBull world championship finals with Formula D last year
- a testament to how hard JDM have worked on this event, and also how much
the skill level has improved yet again within Europe.
Thanks to everyone for the really kind comments!
Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle
A stretched 05 Kawasaki ZX10 piloted by Nick "Apex" Brocha vs. a
Corvette-Powered RX7 driven by Jim Guthrie in a high speed drifting battle.
Download Hi-Res Desktop Images:
Nick's Icon Gear:
Variant Salvo HiViz Helmet
Overlord Prime Hero Jacket
Overlord Prime Pants
Jim's Icon Gear:
Alliance Reflective Helmet
GoPro Hero HD
Traxxas Rustler VXL Brushless w/ 11.1v LiPo Battery
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.
King of Europe Drift Series - Final Round 2010
King of Europe Drift Series - Round 7. 16th - 17th October Heraklion,
Filmed and edited by:
Radoslav Radev - Katana
Noisia & Mayhem ft. KRS One - Exodus
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!
Justin Jones and Bob-O Films