Tyre manufacturer Falken has announced it will return to the ALMS (American Le Mans Series) next year with a 2012 specification Porsche GT3 RSR run by Derrick Walker. 2011 drivers Wolf Henzler and Brian Sellers also expected to return to the squad. “The new chassis makes us one of the first teams in the world to have one of these incredibly sophisticated race cars,” explains Andrew Hoit, Falken’s vice president of marketing.
The ALMS Falken team secured two class victories in the 2011 series, winning at Baltimore and the very wet Mid-Ohio round. The ALMS confirmation follows Falken Europe’s recent announcement to return to the Nürburgring 24 Hours and selected with VLN races with a Sven Schnabl-run Porsche 997 GT3 R in 2012. "Motorsports takes on multiple meanings for Falken," added Nick Fousekis, Falken’s director of motorsports. "We use all forms of racing to help test, develop and market our products. Obviously, winning is the ultimate goal, but it isn't the only one. What we learn at the track helps make Falken products that much better at the consumer level. For this reason alone, Falken will remain deeply involved in motorsports and performance."