LONG BEACH, CA – Fresh from its Formula Drift Championship held on the same street course last Saturday, Falken Tire, which has increased its focus on high and ultra high performance tires with the recent introduction of the PT-722, is looking for its first victory in the highly competitive GT class of the 2011 American Le Mans Series. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR prepared by Team Falken Manager Derrick Walker, which ran strong at the first ALMS race of the year at Sebring, will once again be piloted by Porsche works and Falken team driver Wolf Henzler and his partner, team driver Bryan Sellers. The car will race on specially prepared Falken AZENIS RT Slicks.
The newly modified Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, painted in traditional teal and blue Falken livery, will be serviced at Long Beach by a full complement of Falken technical representatives, supporting the two seasoned drivers, now entering their second year as teammates. Both Sellers and Henzler are well prepared to negotiate the track’s demanding street course in their quest for a podium finish. Qualifying is set for Friday, April 15, while the two-hour race starts Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time.
“I always enjoy coming to this track,” said Sellers, who returns to Long Beach for his third year with Team Falken. “It’s both tough and tight, which makes it as challenging as you can get, what with all the traffic we have to navigate through. What’s more, weather consistently plays a factor in terms of track conditions. But our tire engineers will choose the right compound AZENIS RT Slicks and that should give us an edge.”
“We learned a great deal at the tough Sebring track,” said Walker, Falken’s team manager. “Obviously, I’m quite familiar with Long Beach, having been here for many years as an IndyCar team owner. Of course, sports cars are different, but we know the layout and what’s expected of us. We have a fantastic race car, two extremely experienced drivers, a superb tire, and a tremendous support team. I am looking forward to our performance this weekend.”
Long Beach also will see Falken’s tire team booth and marketing display supported by its Falken Spokesmodels who will oversee giveaways of Falken-branded items.
“Being at Long Beach is very important to Falken as the crowds are always huge,” stated Nick Fousekis, Falken’s Director of Motorsports Marketing and Events. “ALMS continues to offer excellent competition and it remains the best platform for Falken to demonstrate the strength and capabilities of our technology and product. This is always a great event for Falken and we bring in many guests as Long Beach is so close to our headquarters.”
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