|For the second year in a row, Justin Pawlak took first place at the Long Beach opening round.
Falken Tire Achieves Three-Peat at Long Beach Formula Drift Opener
Team Falken started the 2012 Formula Drift season the way it finished last year, with one of its factory drivers on top of the podium. For the second year in a row, Justin Pawlak took first place at the Long Beach opening round, making it a three-peat for Falken at Long Beach—one of the tire brand’s two home tracks. Formula Drift defending champion and Team Falken teammate Daijiro (“Dai”) Yoshihara was second.
Before a capacity crowd and 61 entrants competing for round one, Pawlak took the victory on board his redesigned ’13 Ford Mustang running Falken’s designated drift tire—the Azenis RT615K. Pawlak qualified fourth, while Yoshihara was sixth among the top 32. Third Falken teammate Vaughn Gittin, Jr., the 2010 Formula D champion, driving the Monster Energy/Falken Tire Ford Mustang, was third in qualification, but was defeated during the Top 32 round, as was fourth Falken teammate Darren McNamara. Both Pawlak and Dai advanced to the final when Pawlak defeated the Formula D current champion, earning his second Long Beach trophy.
Ken Block Partners With Vehicle Care Products Manufacturer Shining Monkey Corp.
Ken Block and the Monster World Rally Team have partnered with Shining Monkey Corp.—a manufacturer of premium vehicle care products. The newly designed Shining Monkey logo is featured on the 43 Ford Fiesta and Ken Block’s DC Shoes apparel line.