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Justin Pawlak Captures 2012 Triple Crown


Discount Tire, America's largest tire and wheel retailer, announced that Justin Pawlak, driver of the Falken Tire Ford Mustang, has won the 2012 Triple Crown.

Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

Discount Tire, America's largest tire and wheel retailer, announced that Justin Pawlak, driver of the Falken Tire Ford Mustang, has won the 2012 Triple Crown.

Pawlak, who finished fourth in the overall 2012 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship standings, battled his way to victory to capture this year's Triple Crown bonus prize of $10,000, which is awarded to the driver with the highest cumulative score in three rounds of selected race competition.

The selected Triple Crown events for the 2012 Formula DRIFT Pro Championship season 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 this season with two wins I really thought this could be my year for a championship,” said Justin Pawlak. “However, after things started to shank down I knew this wasn't going to be the year. Winning the Triple Crown kind of made all the trials of the season worthwhile. The birth of my son and the Triple Crown are 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 Triple Crown that include: Dai Yoshihara (2011), Tanner Foust (2010), Chris Forsberg (2009), Rhys Millen (2008 and 2006) and Chris Forsberg (2007).

“We are tremendously proud to be part of the excitement of Formula DRIFT and congratulate Justin on his Triple Crown win,” said Discount Tire Product Development Manager Marcus Bolland. “This is our seventh year in the motorsport and we've seen it blossom during that time. The fans support is tremendous and we hope to continue our long relationship with Formula DRIFT for years to come.”

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.

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Entering its tenth season, Formula DRIFT is recognized as the North American professional drifting championship. Established on the streets of Japan, drifting has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport that challenges each driver's driving ability and vehicle control. Formula DRIFT provides a forum for professional drifters to compete nationwide for the coveted Formula DRIFT Championship crown. As the first official series in North America, Formula DRIFT has taken competitive motorsports to the extreme, attracting fans and car enthusiasts from all walks of life and establishes itself as the world-wide leader for the Sport. For a competition schedule and ticket information, visit:

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Discount Tire/America's Tire, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is America's largest tire and wheel retailer. The company does business under the trade name Discount Tire in most of the U.S. and America's Tire in Oregon, and parts of Washington and California. The company currently operates more than 840 stores across the country. In 2010, the company marked its 50th year serving customers as their trusted tire retailer in local markets across the U.S. Discount Tire/America's Tire also sponsors NASCAR Nationwide Series, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Formula D, Global RallyCross Championship and LOORRS racing. News, driver appearances, show car schedules and racing schedules can be found at or For more information about Discount Tire/America's Tire visit or


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