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Title 6/5/2009 - Hankook Looks to Take Home-Town Event at Formula Drift Race This Weekend in New Jersey
Date 06/05/2009 Count 9215

Hankook Looks to Take Home-Town Event at Formula Drift Race This Weekend in New Jersey

Formula Drift Round Three “The Gauntlet” hits Wall Speedway

WAYNE, N.J. June 5, 2009 - With only seven rounds in the Formula Drift season, drivers need to make a big impact in the standings by the end of Round Three which creates an exciting backdrop for this weekend’s Formula Drift event at Wall Speedway in Wall Township, N.J. With Hankook Tire’s North American Headquarters located nearby in Wayne, N.J., Hankook’s sponsored drivers have extra incentive to make their mark this weekend.

Looking to not only defend his 2008 Formula Drift Championship, Papadakis Racing’s Tanner Foust is also looking to keep a hold on his New Jersey title as the defending champion from last year’s event. Foust is currently sitting in 5th place overall in points and a podium finish by the Rockstar/Scion tC this weekend could easily vault him to the top of the standings.

Dynamic Autosport’s Robbie Nishida is currently in 6th place and only a few points behind Foust. Nishida is coming off an impressive Top 8 finish at Road Atlanta and is primed to get the Hankook Tire/Dynamic Autosport 350Z into the winner’s circle this weekend.

Also from Dynamic Autosport is Ryuji Miki who is currently in 25th place in the standings but moving forward strongly after an impressive Top 16 finish in Atlanta Round Two. Miki also has a good history in New Jersey with a Top 8 finish in 2008, and appears to have the Hankook Mazda RX-7 dialed in for this event.

European drifting champion Eric O’Sullivan is currently in 35th place in the standings with the Rockstar Subaru WRX Sti and is looking to make a move this weekend after some adjustments to the car. The fan favorite O’Sullivan had a great start at the Long Beach event and is looking to get back on track this weekend.

Hankook’s Formula Drift drivers will be racing with the new Ventus R-S3, a successor to the track-proven Ventus R-S2 and compliment to the Ventus Z214 racing tires. The brand has applied its latest motorsports technology to improve dry-grip performance by 30 percent, further enhancing the tire’s handling capabilities and maximizing the footprint contact patch.

“We are certainly looking forward to the competition this weekend,” said Bill Bainbridge, director of brand communications, Hankook Tire America Corp. “We’re confident that our teams are going to put on a good show for our hometown drift fans of New Jersey.”

For more complete event and ticket information please visit: www.formuladrift.com.

About Hankook Tire America Corp.
Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Hankook Tire America Corp. is a technology-focused, market-driven company that supports motorsports enthusiasts and racers at all levels. Hankook is known and respected around the world for its superior competition tires that outlast the toughest opposition. Hankook remains at the forefront of performance tire development to achieve cutting-edge results. As Hankook expands its motorsports activities, the focus will remain on technology that will keep Hankook-equipped vehicles in the winner’s circle. Hankook is the seventh largest and one of the fastest growing tire manufacturers in the world. For more information, please visit the Hankook website at www.hankooktireusa.com.

Media Contacts:
Bill Bainbridge Cindy Kamerad Jeff Wandell
Director of Brand Communication Account Director Assistant Account Executive
Hankook Tire America Corp Weber Shandwick Weber Shandwick
Phone: 973-633-9000 x 531 Phone: 248-203-8112 Phone: 248-203-8096
wbainbridge@hankooktireusa.com ckamerad@webershandwick.com jwandell@webershandwick.com

Formula Drift sponsored drivers:

Tanner Faust
Tanner Foust is a winning competitor in rally, drift, ice racing and time attack with a proven track record of multiple podium placements and national championships. Foust has seen huge success in Drift and Rally in the last few seasons. In addition to winning the 2008 Formula Drift Pro Drift Championship, repeating his 2007 Championship, he also took the Silver medal as runner up in the 2008 Summer X Games Pro Rally race. Tanner won the 2007 X Games Gold Medal in the Pro Rally for the Rockstar Energy Rally team, beating factory Subaru team members, Ken Block and BMX legend Travis Pastrana.

Robbie Nishida
Robbie Nishida, who has been drifting professionally since 1998, returns as driver of Dynamic Autosports’ Nissan 350Z in the Formula Drift series. Some of his career highlights include placing first at a Battle Magazine single drift event at Nikko Circuit and finishing sixth in a Battle Magazine Championship Drift round.

Eric O’Sullivan
The 2007 Pro Drift points champion, drifter Eric O’Sullivan remains one of Formula Drift’s most charismatic front runners. Eric is recognized as a European drifting pioneer and a successful ambassador for this new and exciting sport. With strong links to the extreme/action sport community, the team Dynamic Autosports driver brings a unique style and attitude to motorsport circuits all over the world. Fearless driving skills combined with a professional team approach have earned him a large international following while remaining competitive amongst the best drivers and teams in Europe.

Ryuji Miki
Ryuji is a drifter who hails from Tottori Prefecture, Japan, and now drives for team Dynamic Autosports. Miki was the 2004 D1 Grand Prix champion driving the Top Secret Silvia S15. Miki also has competed in the Net’z Cup, a one make series for the Toyota Altezza between 2005 and its final season in 2006. Miki is nicknamed Doki-Doki due to his drifting style.

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