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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 season. 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 driving. "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 back!" 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 hospitality area. 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 Championship.


 


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Falken takes on the 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix
Finishing just one place out of a podium spot in the hotly contested GT Class, Team Falken's Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, piloted by Porsche Works and team driver Wolf Henzler, and his partner, team driver Bryan Sellers, ran strong all afternoon on the challenging streets of Long Beach, and ended up 4th out of 14 GT entrants during the annual visit by the American LeMans Series to the Long Beach Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious street races in the world, now in its 37th year.





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 fifth. "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 unbelievable season." "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 today." 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 12 Hours of Sebring - Falken Tire
The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race held at Sebring International Raceway, a former Army Air Force base in Sebring, Florida. This year, Falken Tire returns with the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and a new team for the American Le Mans Series. Walker Racing is a racing team founded by Derrick Walker in 1991 racing originally in the CART Championship Car series. With Walker's direction, and the driving abilities of Bryan Sellers, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger, Falken hopes to build on the results of their 2010 season at the first race of the 2011 American Le Mans Series.





2010 Falken Saturn Sky Test - 800hp Run
Turn up your speakers. Here's a quick raw video of our test day of the 2010 Falken Saturn Sky built by AutoSport Dynamics of Charlotte, NC. We're pushing just about 800hp in this run, Darren McNamara is piloting. Footage captured with GoPro Hero HD cameras and some high-end wireless microphones mounted near the Exhaust pipe See you in Long Beach! =)





MONSTER DRIFT: Road America
http://www.facebook.com/MonsterEnergy 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 - Abu Dhabi 2011 - Yas Marina Curcuit - Urban Skillz
Formula Drift - Abu Dhabi 2011 Yas Marina Curcuit Urban Skillz Pure Drift Race Sounds Drivers: 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 songs: Shpongle - Once Upon the Sea of Blissful Awareness The Prodigy - Omen





Formula Drift 2011
The closest battle for the Formula Drift championship in history, the final round could not have been more exciting. Top drivers fought through hours of tension against season rivals and even their own teammates. Falken Driver Tyler McQuarrie took home first place in the final round but Dijiro Yoshihara finished strong just beating out Justin Pawlak to take home the 2011 Formula D championship! I had a great time covering a few rounds of the 2011 season, and look forward to covering more next year! Song: Adele vs. Skrillex - Set Fire To Everybody





Formula Drift Malaysia 2009 - Driver Cam 02
Enjoy a unique view of Formula Drift Malaysia 2009 action from a camera mounted on one of the drift cars! http://www.formuladriftasia.com





FORMULA DRIFT FIRST EVER SEMI TRUCK DRIFTING EXHIBITION
http://www.fastrucks.com/ http://www.hubinetteracing.com/shr/ 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! Shot by: Jason Lewis Justin Jones and Bob-O Films





Formula Drift 2011 round 1 long beach ca April 8
Formula DRIFT kicks-off the 8th championship season on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course. 2011 will be Formula DRIFT's 6th consecutive year at the famous Street Course. The expanded 2-day event will again be one week prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.Round 1: Streets of Long Beach will kick-off the 2011 Championship season in style with new cars, new drivers, and all the sideways excitement that Formula DRIFT is known for. Champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. will be back to defend his title against all competitors including Ryan Tuerck, Dai Yoshihara, Chris Forsberg, Rhys Millen, and the rest of the talented pool of drivers.





2011 Hot Rod Drag Week Day 4 action, Tulsa, OK
Tulsa Raceway Park provided the best track conditions of Drag Week. This meant fast times, lots of breakage, and massive wheelies!





JDM Allstars - HD Drifting film
Filmed & Edited by Al Clark - www.trackdayfilms.com FIRST SONG NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD! https://soundcloud.com/al_clark/on-slide-row MUSIC: 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). Event Description: 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!





Formula Drift Las Vegas 2010 - Extended Version - Falken Tire Podium Sweep - GTChannel
http://gtchannel.com for more drifting videos. Formula Drift 2010 Las Vegas 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 place maintaining the championship points lead.





Tanner Foust Street Drift: Mulholland - GT Channel
Get our new GTChannel mobile app!: http://bit.ly/1xXCAKX 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. Rent Hot Version worldwide and on a host of devices at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/hotversion





FALKEN DRIFT SHOW @ TUNING WORLD BODENSEE
Video von der Falken Drift Show Friedrichshafen 2011 by www.street-cars-club.ch





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