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.
Falken's First 2011 ALMS Porsche Win
Team Falken Tire survived the storm that hit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 30
minutes before the finish and took top honors in GT class for the first
time in the performance tire manufacturer's three-year ALMS career.
Derrick Walker, Falken's ALMS Team Manager, made the comment after
previously expressing confidence in Falken's capability at Mid-Ohio, a
track he knows very well from years of competing as a manager and owner of
Credit also went to Falken's two team drivers, Porsche works driver Wolf
Henzler, and his partner, Bryan Sellers, who persevered through the race on
a track notoriously tough on tires. Sellers qualified 9th and expressed
disappointment with the position, considering Falken has finished in fifth
place the last two races. However, Sellers started the race and started
moving forward until he was hit from behind by the #04 Ford GT, which
dropped the Porsche to 12th. The veteran driver fought hard and turned the
car over to his teammate in 10th. Henzler entered the race and gradually
moved to 7th place in GT, remaining there for a good portion of the race.
2010 24H of Nürburgring - Falken Tyre Takes 3rd in Class
Nürburg, Germany -- With nearly 250 cars participating in the annual 24
Hours of Nürburgring (officially the ADAC 24h Rennen Nürburgring), Falken
Tire, an international force within the high performance tire category,
took third place in its class and finished 12th overall. The Nissan 350Z
(Z33; official designation: Version NISMO Type 380RS-Competition) was
entered by Falken Motorsports Japan, and was driven by the same quartet of
drivers who have represented Falken for the past four years -- veterans
Peter Dumbreck, Dirk Schoysma, Tetsuya Tanaka and Kazuki Hoshino.
The 24 Hours of Nürburgring is a touring car and GT endurance event on the
Nürburgring Nordschleife. With a lap length of more than 15.5 mi, it is a
grueling event, though it attracts multiple factory entries and over 700
drivers. Falken competes in motorsports events throughout the world,
running race versions of its street tires with factory and privateer
entries to great success.
The team of Falken drivers produced a strong performance, finishing further
up the leader board than the 2009 race, while competing against an
increased number of manufacturer entries, including a Porsche 911 GT3
Hybrid, which outlasted many entries on fuel runs.
While cold weather plagued the teams throughout the event, Falken
Motorsports' spirited Nissan, running on Falken Azenis, withstood the
elements and survived without serious mechanical gremlins, which plagued a
number of other teams.
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.
Paul Walker Visits Famous Nissan Skyline GT-R Tuner Mine's in Japan
Paul Walker's family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from
his many fans and friends. They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other
gifts, that donations please be made to Paul's charity Reach Out Worldwide
(ROWW). Donations can easily be made through their website at
GTChannel was there when actor Paul Walker of Fast and Furious 6 visited
Mine's Motorsports in Japan. Tarzan Yamada was there to give ride alongs in
the GT-R but ended up...
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
The 2010 JK Experience Teaser
The 2nd annual Off Road Evolution JK Experience presented by Falken Tire
was a great success! A weeklong off-road event exclusively for Jeep®
This year the participants tackled trails in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
The JK's encountered various levels of terrain from switch back mountain
climbs, rock obstacles, rain, snow, mud and sand. All participants were
required to be self sufficient and prepared for anything, even a night or
two of camping in the rain.
Thanks again to all our sponsors who made this event possible for the
participants and the crew, the 2nd annual JK Experience will not soon be
The JKX DVD will be available for sale this December. Until then, visit our
website www.jk-experience.com and our facebook page to see photos of the
2010 JK Experience and see what's in the works for the 2011 JK Experience.
Drifting 101 featuring the Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya
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Brought to you by the producers of Best Motoring International, Drifting
101 gets RJ de Vera close and sideways with the Drift King, Keiichi
Tsuchiya. Drifting & Modification tips, and Exclusive interview with the
King! Featured cars : Kei Office D1 S15 Silvia, Honda S2000 and AE86.
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
See you in Long Beach! =)
Sayonara Tanner Foust Formula Drift Abu Dhabi 2011
http://gtchannel.com brings highlights and interviews of Tanner Foust at
Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Tanner talks about his hiatus from
drifting, riding the worlds fastest roller-coaster at Ferrari World, the
second season of Top Gear USA and his focus on Rallcross for 2011.