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Courtesy: Formula DRIFT P.R.

August 22, 2010

Long Beach, Calif. - August 22, 2010 - Formula DRIFT returned to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Round 5: After Dark. Tyler McQuarrie, piloting the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z, found the top of the podium alongside his Falken Tire teammates for their 2nd ever sweep.

LVMS hosted the event to a sellout crowd under the stars and lights in the Nevada desert. Round 5: After Dark featured the Vegas Pro Am finals, Fatlace One of One Showcase car show, Monster Truck competitions, drag racing -- and was highlighted with the Formula DRIFT championship competition. The competition heats up with only two events remaining in the 2010 Championship season.

The action-filled weekend came down to a battle of the V8s. Making the Top 4 for his first time, Tony Brakohiapa in the Cooper Tire / BSP Tuskegee Airmen Mustang went against point leader, Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang for third place. Gittin gained the victory and maintains the championship points lead. The final battle pitted Falken teammates Daijiro Yoshihara in the Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13 against Tyler McQuarrie in the Falken Tire Nissan 350Z. Mechanical problems forced Yoshihara to forfeit from the competition giving McQuarrie his first ever victory and moves him up the rankings into 9th place overall.

"The Falken Tire Nissan 350Z was unreal in every practice and through qualifying. It was one of those events where I could just feel it," said Tyler McQuarrie, winner of Round 5: After Dark. "To get my first career victory here in Las Vegas feels incredible and for the Falken Tire team to get the second ever sweep in history is a milestone for the team."

 

Formula DRIFT Professional Championship 2010 Point Standings

1. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang      439 Points 

2. Yoshihara, Daijiro   Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13   417 Points 

3. Foust, Tanner  Rockstar Energy Scion TC     386 Points

4. Tuerck, Ryan   Mobil 1 / Maxxis Tire / Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice   361 Points 

5. McNamara, Darren     Falken Tire Saturn Sky       342 Points 

6. Hubinette, Samuel    SHR-Dodge / BF Goodrich Dodge Challenger 304 Points

7. Forsberg, Chris      NOS Energy Drink / CFR Nissan 350Z       296 Points 

8. Millen, Rhys   RMR / Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe     291.75 Points    

9. McQuarrie, Tyler     Falken Tire Nissan 350Z      275.50 Points    

10. Pawlak, Justin      Ford Racing / Falken Tire Ford Mustang   267.50 Points

11. Takatori, Michihiro BF Goodrich / Exedy Nissan S13     239.50 Points    

12. Ng, Charles   Charles Ng Racing Mazda RX-7       228.50 Points    

13. Grunewald, Conrad   Hankook Tire Chevy Camaro    213 Points

14. Gushi, Ken    Scion Racing / RS*R Scion TC       203.50 Points    

15. Maeng, Joon   Full Tilt Poker / Nitto Tire Mazda RX-8  190.25 Points   

16. Petty, Ross   Falken Tire / Garage Boso Nissan S15     186 Points 

 

Round 5: After Dark Event Results  

1. McQuarrie, Tyler     Falken Tire Nissan 350Z      1st Place  

2. Yoshihara, Daijiro   Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13   2nd Place  

3. Gittin, Vaughn Monster Energy / Falken Tire Ford Mustang      3rd Place  

 

Tires.com Triple Crown - Event 2 of 3    

1. Foust, Tanner  Rockstar Energy Scion TC     169 Points

2. Tuerck, Ryan   Mobil 1 / Maxxis Tire / Gardella Racing Pontiac Solstice   167 Points 

3. Yoshihara, Daijiro   Discount Tire / Falken Tire Nissan S13   162 Points