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Title 6/18/2006 - Hankook’s Driver Joel Lipperini finishes Second at the BeaveRun National
Date 06/21/2006 Count 8549

Hankook’s Driver Joel Lipperini finishes Second at the BeaveRun National

Pittston, PA (June 18, 2006) - Joel Lipperini, 2-time SSC National Champion finishes a close 2nd at the BeaveRun National Race in PA on June 18th a track Joel previously held the SSC lap record.

The SSC Honda Civic driven by Joel Lipperini qualified 2nd in a full field of Showroom Stock C competitors. Both hot qualifying sessions were done using a set of Hankook Z214 C50 “R” compound race tires. The slightly cooler weather during the first qualifying session allowed Joel to get to within .100 seconds of the SSC track record.

At the start of race entering turn one, Joel was able to grab the lead with fellow Hankook Tire teammate John Costello edging out the pole-sitter and dropping into second place directly behind Joel. After two laps the pole-sitter was able to close back in on Joel’s Honda and retake second place. For the remainder of the race, Joel and the pole sitter battled nose to tail and door to door around the entire track.

With two laps to go and slightly down on power, the 2nd place car out-powered Joel’s Honda down the front straight dropping Joel back to second place. Joel battled for the last two laps coming close to another pass for the lead. However, down on power, Lipperini had no choice but to settle in and drive the Hankook Tire Honda Civic Si to a 2nd place finish close behind the winning car.

“The Hankook Z214 C50 compound race tires put down impressive grip in the hot conditions lap after lap allowing me to come close to resetting the SSC track record”.

After this 5th event of the 2006 SCCA National Championship Season, Joel Lipperini sits comfortably in first place well on his way to clinching another SSC Northeast Divisional Championship.

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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