Justin Pawlak Wins the Tires.com Triple Crown

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Long Beach, Calif. – October 26, 2012 – Justin Pawlak in the Falken Tire Ford Mustang is the winner of the Tires.com Triple Crown bonus prize taking home $10,000 and a 51-30 Nixon watch. Pawlak finished fourth in the overall 2012 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship standings.

“This was an exciting Tires.com Triple Crown chase. We could not believe how close it was and were excited to crown a new champion. JTP has a college fund to start and we are happy to provide the first deposit. We are very happy to support the sport and drivers with this prize,” said Discount Tire.

The Tires.com Triple Crown bonus prize is awarded to the driver that accumulates the most points within the selected three rounds of competition. For the 2012 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season the event chosen were Round 2: Road to the Championship at Road Atlanta, Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway and Round 7: Title Fight at Irwindale Speedway.

“Going into the year with two wins I really thought this could be my year for the championship,” said Justin Pawlak, winner of the 2012 Tires.com Triple Crown. “After things started to shank down I knew this wasn’t going to be the year. But winning the Tires.com Triple Crown kind of made it all worthwhile. All the trials of the season and the birth of my son, it’s the icing on the cake!”

Pawlak edged out the 2012 Formula DRIFT champion Daigo Saito and the 2010 Formula DRIFT champion Vaughn Gittin, Jr. in the closest chase for the Triple Crown in history. Pawlak joins past winners of the Tires.com Triple Crown that include:

2011 – Dai Yoshihara
2010 – Tanner Foust
2009 – Chris Forsberg
2008 – Rhys Millen
2007 – Chris Forsberg
2006 – Rhys Millen

Formula DRIFT enters its tenth season of competition in 2013. Tickets are on-sale currently and can be purchased through the Formula DRIFT website and Ticketmaster. Round 1: Streets of Long Beach will be held on April 12-13, 2013.

[VIDEO] Behind the Smoke 2 – Ep 20 Live and Dai in Las Vegas

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It’s make or break it for the tandem runs at Formula D Las Vegas. Can Dai keep his chances alive for a back to back championship?

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[VIDEO] Behind the Smoke 2 – Ep 19 – Formula Drift Las Vegas

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Dai and crew head out to one of the most brutal Formula D events, Round 6 Las Vegas. The Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13 breaks down in the Vegas heat and Dai must attempt his qualifying runs with nearly any practice runs. The season is coming down to the end and stakes are high. Watch this episode to get Behind the Smoke of Dai and the Dainamics!

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[VIDEO] Behind the Smoke 2 – Ep 16 Formula D Seattle – Dai Yoshihara 2012

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2011 Formula Drift champion Daijiro Yoshihara gets back into action at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe Washington for the 5th round of the series. But…on his first qualifying run he scores a zero… Dai is in 3rd place in overall standings just behind Daigo Saito and leader Justin Pawlak. He needs to score high at this event in order to improve the chances of defending his championship.

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[VIDEO] Behind the Smoke 2 – Ep 14 Formula Drift Explained

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Behind the Smoke breaks down Formula D and drifting for all of the newcomers out there.

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