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Title 5/21/2006 - Pecorari, McBreen and Spicer Score Double Wins at Mid-Ohio
Date 05/25/2006 Count 8773

Pecorari, McBreen and Spicer Score Double Wins at Mid-Ohio

WAYNE, NJ (May 21, 2006) - Rising American sportscar stars Adam Pecorari, Dan McBreen and Richard Spicer all repeated their third round IMSA Lites wins in L1, L2 and L3 respectively at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course under very slick and difficult Sunday race conditions. All three earned class victories the previous day in closely contested competition.

After a weekend plagued with cold and wet weather, an early morning Sunday shower soaked the 2.258-mile racing surface yet again. Like Race 1 on Saturday, Pecorari took an easy lead into the first corner as several other positions were exchanged behind him. The only full course yellow flag period of the race came out when the #24 of Eric Vassian spun out of contention on the second lap.

Also on the second lap, Spicer got on the power too quickly and spun exiting the keyhole turn, which dropped him back to second position in the L3 class. Despite the setback, Spicer was able to retake the class lead with a strong pass at the end of the backstretch.

In the L2 class, McBreen was able to hold off Mark White to take the win for PVM Motorsports. All of the drivers agreed that the freshly paved racing surface at Mid-Ohio was their toughest competitor.

“We had a good race, but the track was so greasy,” said Pecorari, following his third win out of four races this season. “It wasn’t that it was really wet, but there just wasn’t any grip. I just tried to stay consistent and built a lead so we could try a couple of things with this new car. I’d like to thank Hankook Tires, Van Diemen Elan and Jon Baytos again for their support.”

McBreen, who’s fastest race lap was only three tenths of a second slower than the faster L1 car of Pecorari at 1:52.950, echoed those remarks.

“Growing up in Chicago, my ice skating and snow skiing skills really came in handy today, it was really slick out there,” McBreen said.

The next round of the IMSA Lites Championship presented by Hankook will take place June 30 - July 1 at Lime Rock Park in conjunction with the American Le Mans Series. Updates on the series can be found at www.imsa-lites.com

About Hankook Tire America Corp.: Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Hankook Tire America Corporation is a technology-focused, market-driven company that supports motorsports enthusiasts and racers at all levels. Hankook participates in various motorsports competitions including regional/national club racing sanctioned by SCCA and NASA; SCCA Pro Solo and SCCA Solo National Tour; NASA Time Trials; the United States Touring Car Championship; IMSA Lites for sports racer cars; Pacific F2000 and F2000 Championship Series for open-wheel formula cars; professional Rally events sanctioned by NASA Rally Sport and Rally America; and drifting events including Formula Drift, US Drift, and DGTrials.

For more information and updates regarding Hankook motorsports products and activities including contingency programs for grassroots racers, contact Jeff Koehler, Hankook Motorsports Marketing Manager via email: jakoehler@hankooktireusa.com or visit the motorsports section of our website at: www.hankooktireusa.com/motorsports.asp. Hankook’s proven success on the racetrack is the ultimate demonstration of technology that transfers from the racetrack to the street.

For additional Hankook Tire America Corp. information, please contact:

Bill Bainbridge
Marketing Director
Hankook Tire America Corp.
1-800-HANKOOK ext. 531
Email: wbainbridge@hankooktireusa.com

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