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Title 5/24/2006 - Dave Brown Wins 2006 USTCC East/West Shoot Out
Date 05/25/2006 Count 12405

Dave Brown Wins 2006 USTCC East/West Shoot Out

WAYNE, NJ (May 24, 06) - West coast competitor Dave Brown, and his Workpad.com, Works, Goodsport Racing Mitsubishi Evo-8 RS, have come away with serious bragging rights from the 2006 Hankook United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) East/West Shoot-Out. Despite major pressure from a host of competitors, the flag-to-flag win represents two starts and two wins this season for the reigning 2005 Hankook USTCC Champion.

The USTCC teams rolled into Salt Lake City to face the brand new, massive, Miller Motorsports Park, which features 4.5 miles and 23 turns. Under warm skies all weekend, the Hankook USTCC teams put on another great show. Times in qualifying were exceptionally close over the monster 4.5-mile track with the top eight separated by less than three seconds. Dave Brown was quick all weekend and put in yet another pole-position lap (3:20.2) in the Saturday qualifying session.

Joining Brown on the front row was Vesko Kozarov, driving the M 7 Tuning Mini, with a time of 3:21.4. Third in the qualifying order was East coast regular Toby Grahovec in his Classic BMW/Red Line Oil, BMW 330i at 3:22.0, fourth was rookie sensation Austin Harris driving the Team Cobalt California/GM Performance Chevy Cobalt with a time of 3:22.4, and Dale Sievwright in the MPact Motorsports, Moton, Ground Control BMW 328is filled out the top five with a time of 3:22.8.

At the finish, it was Dave Brown taking his second straight win. Dale Sievwright held on to second, just ahead of Toby Grahovec, followed by Kozarov. Austin Harris recovered from 12th spot to make it all the way back to fifth, winning the Apex Integration Top Rookie Award. East coast USTCC standout Jeff Mishtawy overcame a low starting spot to finish a great 6th, driving his Team Cobalt California GM Performance Chevy Cobalt.

Next stop for the Hankook USTCC is Oregon, as the drivers head to the Portland International Raceway on June 16-18 as part of the Champ Car World Series race weekend.

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 race track is the ultimate demonstration of technology that transfers from the race track 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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