Podium sweep puts Falken atop Formula Drift points race

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Worthouse driver Piotr Więcek celebrates a 1st place podium finish at Formula Drift Seattle | Rebecca Nguyen photos
Worthouse driver Piotr Więcek celebrates a 1st place podium finish at Formula Drift Seattle | Rebecca Nguyen photos

Drivers aren’t the only participants competing for Formula Drift series championships. Also at stake are the Auto Manufacturers Cup and the Tire Manufacturers Cup.

Nine automakers are in the race for the championship among chassis producers. Toyota leads the standings with 635 points, followed by Ford at 493 and Nissan at 405. Also competing are Chevrolet, BMW, Cadillac, Dodge, Ferrari and Mazda.  Four tire companies that are the only brands allowed to be run on Pro1 competition cars abiding by the tire rules are in their own competition. After a sweep of the podium this past weekend in Washington State, Falken leads with 743 points, followed by Nexxen at 730, Nitto at 561 and Achilles at 505.

Worthouse teammates Deane and Wiecek fight for 1st
Worthouse teammates Deane and Wiecek fight for 1st

Falken surged at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington, where Worthouse Drift Team drivers Piotr Wiecek and James Deane finished first and second, respectively, with another Falken racer, veteran Dai Yoshihara, third.

Team Falken lined up after a podium sweep
Team Falken lined up after a podium sweep

“This is a great finish for all of Falken,” exclaimed Wiecek.  “I had to drive my hardest to keep James at bay, so the win is very satisfying.  The car was just hooked up; the Falken AZENIS RT615K+ tires did what they always do — keeping me glued to the pavement — and we ended on the top of the podium, with my Falken teammates on either side of me”

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James Deane putting his Falken tires to use
James Deane podium finishes 2nd at Formula Drift Seattle

Their relationship with the tire manufacturer has proven to be a key component for sustaining lateral grip in the most extreme demands of high-speed deep-angle drifting.  Since 2003, the company has been a strong supporter of the Formula Drift series. It won its season championship in 2011 with driver Vaughn Gittin Jr. and repeated in 2011 with driver Daijiro Yoshihara.

In 1985 Falken Tires founded its motorsports division and has been involved in several racing series. In addition to tires for competition, it produces car and light-truck tires for the street.

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Bryan Young has been in the drift scene since 2008. He has owned a few drift cars for drifting and has taught drifting to newcomers. He has volunteered as a crew member/spotter for local ProAm driver Austin Kriegle and a control room operator for the Maximum Driftcast podcast. He currently drifts a 1991 Lexus LS400 with a manual transmission and other modifications.

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