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.
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.
2009 Formula Drift Round 5 with Falken Tire
Music by Hunt Club:
MONROE, WA Originally built as a horse-racing track, Evergreen Speedway
saw plenty of horsepower over the weekend
as Formula Drift arrived in town, with the venerable track challenging the
drivers and their cars to the Breaking Point, resulting in Chris Forsberg
taking the win, while Team Falkens Tyler McQuarrie finished a respectable
Qualifying on Friday was challenging as the judges were very critical of
all efforts. Nevertheless, seven drivers on Falken Azenis RT615 tires made
the field, including all Team Falken factory entrants McQuarrie; Vaughn
Gittin, Jr.; Darren McNamara; Daijiro Yoshihara; and Calvin Wan, plus
privateers Ross Petty (who was in fact the number two qualifier) and Taka
Amid tough competition all day long, two Falken drivers advanced to the Top
8 Round, as both McQuarrie and Gittin defeated their opponents to move to
the Top 4. Unfortunately, Gittin was involved in a collision during this
run and was unable to advance, while teammate McQuarrie lost to eventual
In the battle for third overall, it was Team Falken v. Team Falken, as
McQuarrie came out on top over Gittin, who was able to compete despite his
accident in the previous round. The events trademark nickname, Breaking
Point, lived up to its reputation as a number of entrants became casualties
to the tracks banking and tight transitions throughout the course.
However, McQuarries strong third place finish moved him to third overall in
the Formula D Championship, while Team Falken teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr.,
despite a semi-final performance, dropped to fifth, and Darren McNamara
remained in sixth.
August is Formula Ds busiest month, with a second event, Round 6, just two
weeks away in the wine country of Northern California at famous Infineon
Raceway in Sonoma, August 21-22. Team Falken will be locked and loaded when
that event arrives.
Falken Tire Driver Feature: Vaughn Gittin Jr.
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
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
Tanner Foust Street Drift: Mulholland - GT Channel
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Formula Drift - Abu Dhabi 2011 - Yas Marina Curcuit - Urban Skillz
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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
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King of Europe Drift Series - Final Round 2010
King of Europe Drift Series - Round 7. 16th - 17th October Heraklion,
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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 Las Vegas 2010 - Extended Version - Falken Tire Podium Sweep - GTChannel
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Round 5 After Dark, Falken Tire sweeps the podium for the 2nd time with
Tyler McQuarrie piloting the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z finishing in 1st
place, Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13
coming in 2nd and Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tire
Ford Mustang for third
the championship points lead.
Drifting 101 featuring the Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya
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The biggest, loudest closest drift event in Europe returns on exceptional
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Nitto Tire drifts the streets of Long Beach for the 2012 Formula Drift
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