IRWINDALE, CA – Team Falken drivers Matt Field and Dai Yoshihara took the top spots on the podium at The Irwindale Event Center in the eighth round of the 2016 Formula Drift Championship. This marks Field’s second consecutive first-place win and Falken’s third consecutive event wins, following Field’s first-place win at Texas Motor Speedway in September and Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis’ win at Evergeen Speedway in August. This is also Falken’s fourth consecutive visit to the podium this season, allowing the tire brand to win the Tire Manufacturer Championship for the 2016 season.
“The Falken team couldn’t be more excited for Field and Yoshihara,” said Steve Wong, Supervisor, Motorsports and Events for Falken. “We knew our drivers and tires had the skills and talent to take Falken to the top this season. With Matt and Dai’s wins, and our fourth straight trip to the podium, we are so happy to have won the Tire Manufacturer Championship for this season.”
Long Beach, Calif. – October 8, 2016 – The O’Reilly Auto Parts “Title Fight” sponsored by Gumout at the Formula DRIFT Championship presented by BlackVue Dash Cameras completed the 2016 Pro Championship season in dramatic fashion with Matt Field in the Gears of War 4 / Falken / Driftcave Motorsports Nissan 240 taking the event victory, while Chris Forsberg, in the NOS Energy Drink / Hankook Nissan 370Z is crowned both the Pro Champion and World Champion.
Irwindale Speedway, also known as the “House of Drift,” hosted the sold out event. Over 600,000 global viewers tuned in to watch the event unfold via the Livestream.
“This was a signature year for the Series,” said Jim Liaw, President of Formula DRIFT. “We crowned our first 3-time champion, introduced an eighth event to the Pro Championship, and have a few things up our sleeves already for the 2017 season.” Continue reading