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2011 has been an epic year so far for Justin Pawlak, from working on new projects at Hotline along side Ryan Clemens to leading the Formula D series in points going into the 4th round in New Jersey. Testing the 2011 Falken Ford Mustang, built by ASD, in North Carolina went exceptionally well according to JTP. He stated the car was so much faster and felt just plain “Awesome”. With his confidence in the car, Justin, was ready for the drift season to begin.
The first Formula Drift event at the streets of Long Beach was insane with the amount of pressure, expectations of fans and thousands of spectators. Long Beach is one of the events that sets the bar early on. With the high level of excitement from a street course filled with a full grid of exceptional drivers, Justin Pawlak was prepared with the Falken ASD crew by his side. They worked together to plan their strategy for the weekend in hopes of a podium finish.
Friday, Justin pulled a good qualifying run leading him to run the main event. Saturday gates open, the top 32 drivers ready to do battle . JTP paired to tandem Megan Racing Cyrus Martinez, JTP moves on top 16. In top 16 Justin prepared to run Falken team mate DMac. Darren lead Justin chased, small mistake on Darrens lead run gave Justin an oppurtunity to run a solid line to ultimately moving him on top 8.
The Final 4: Justin Pawlak vs. Daijiro Yoshihara and Chris Forsberg vs. Matt Powers.
JTP and Daijiro both had small mistakes on during their first battle. During the OMT, great clean runs but the mustang was able to pull away, leaving a gap between the second run where JTP lead. Justin moves on to battle for first place.
Battling for first place Justin knew Matt Powers would be running strong, there was no place for errors. He focused on leaving no gaps staying on him at every turn. The final outcome was Justin Pawlak taking a long awaited first place, "I have worked so hard to get to this moment and with the help of my team, Falken, ASD, family and friends I've accomplished what I have aimed for." JTP.
Here are a few photos of Formula Drift Street of Long Beach event.