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.
1080p 2009 Formula Drift Finale
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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.
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
Team Falken Sweeps New Jersey
Stick around after the credits ;)
June 8, 2009
WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (June 8, 2009) Performance and preparation paid off as
Team Falken Tires factory drivers swept the podium at Wall Speedway in
Saturday nights round 3 of the 2009 Formula Drift season. Darren McNamara
took the top rung in his Saturn Sky; Vaughn Gittin, Jr., earned second with
his 2010 Ford Mustang GT;
and Tyler McQuarrie finished third, driving his Nissan 350Z.
The achievement was historical as this was the first time ever for three
Team Falken cars to take the top three positions as well as the first time
one team has dominated the podium.
Wall Speedway, aptly named "The Gauntlet", is a 16-degree banked oval along
the straightaway with 30 degrees on the turns before moving to the figure 8
infield portion of the course. The capacity crowd witnessed strong
competition among Team Falken and other Formula D competitors as skies and
rain cleared allowing for ideal door-to-door high speed battles. Five
drivers using Falken Azenis RT615 tires advanced to the top 16. In the
finals, Gittin, Jr., stood up against McNamara with McNamara ultimately
taking the win in a close fought match.
Following round 3, Darren advances to first in points in the overall
championship, while Gittin, Jr. moves to fifth and Tyler McQuarrie moves
forward to seventh place in the standings.
Falken Tire would like to thank their drivers, staff, associates and fans
for helping make this long standing goal a reality for their team and
brand. Round 3 results truly show the capabilities of the Azenis RT-615 and
their dedication to the sport of drifting. Autosport Dynamics has done an
outstanding job building and preparing each of the three vehicles winning
this round, and as they enjoy this historic win, they will now focus on the
final four rounds of Formula D as they gun for the Championship.
Team Falken will head to hotter climates when Formula D hits Las Vegas and
goes All In for Round 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, July 10-11.
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Part 1 - Drift Hungarian Open & King of Europe, 22nd & 23rd August 2009. Máriapócs, Hungary
The RabócsiRing is Hungary's most modern and also most visited racetrack.
The track is unique. Technical, full throttle and so close to the crowds as
nowhere else to drift! The longitude is 910 meters, width between 10 and16
meters. On the race, 5 corners will be under valuation, the 4th and 5th is
a left turn with three angles, and the surface has an angle too, like oval
Legendary Diesel Mercedes W123 + SCANIA turbine @ Eastern European Drift Championship
Teemu Peltola With :
Legendary Mercedes W123 wagon -81 2012 setup. Approx 600hp & 1000Nm with NO
3.0 Litre, 24 Valve, OM606 -98 Mercedes turbodiesel Engine.
Custom Exhaust Manifold
Compressor -- Eaton MP90.
Holset HX52 modified by LSD-turbo.
Diesel pump by Mynädiesel (picture below)
Self made Intercooler --
Water injection -- DevilsOwn alcohol injection kit
Radiator moved to the trunk.
BIGEM custom adjusted coilovers.
Rollcage by TS-mekan
Rear & Front Axles from Toyota Aristo
Custom made steering made from Mercedes, Volvo, Toyota and custom parts to
give a steering angle of 62 degrees.
Gearbox, Modified Automatic Mercedes AMG E55 Gearbox
Rear & Front Axles from Toyota Aristo
Stock dashboard with gauges for oil pressure etc.
Aluminium fuel tank
Aluminium Air intake & Cooler Box
Tanner Foust Street Drift: Mulholland - GT Channel
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MONSTER DRIFT: Road America
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