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Falken Tire Helping High Schoolers Get the Drift

(Akron/Tire Review) Falken Tire Corp. has launched D.O.T. (Drift on Track) Drift Safety Program. The program will focus on the Los Angeles area this year and expand nationwide in 2007, Falken said.

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This year’s D.O.T. Drift Safety Program is being run in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles Police Department, and will hit select Los Angeles area high schools throughout 2006.

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Falken’s D.O.T. video presentation features team drivers Calvin Wan, Chris Forsberg, J.R. Gittin and Ryan Hampton trackside at both Formula D and D1 Grand Prix events giving a brief history of drifting. The drivers also explain how drifting is best learned and improved in a safe and controlled environment.

"Falken wanted to take a proactive stance to help educate young drifting enthusiasts and aid in voicing the importance of drifting safety," said Falken Brand Manager Nick Fousekis. "We truly believe it’s our responsibility and the automotive aftermarket’s responsibility to help protect and educate current and future drifting fans."

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“We’re very grateful for the partnership between local authorities and Falken Tire,” said CHP officer Leland Tang. “This program will definitely save many young lives in Southern California and especially the canyons of San Fernando Valley area.”

In addition to the video presentation, Falken team drivers and grassroots drifting event promoters will attend select schools to answer drift related questions for junior and senior class students.

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