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Title 11/17/2009 - Hankook Tire Achieves Victory at Super Lap Battle Finals
Date 11/19/2009 Count 16178

Hankook Tire Achieves Victory at Super Lap Battle Finals

Sierra Sierra Enterprises Tops all 51 Entries on the Ventus Z214

WAYNE, N.J. Nov. 17, 2009 - For the second year in a row when the smoke cleared from the Super Lap Battle Finals a Hankook driver was on top of the podium with a cold glass of champagne in hand.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, 51 well prepared cars took to the track for the Super Lap Battle Finals at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, Calif. Many of the entries came straight from the SEMA Show aiming to finish the year in spectacular fashion.

Sierra Sierra Enterprises had its monster Mitsubishi EVO 8 ready to take on all comers and did just that - posting an event-winning time of 1:45.061, taking the Overall Event and Unlimited AWD titles.

“This win is a testament to the determination of the Sierra Sierra crew, who put their heart and soul into creating a SuperLap car that represents what Sierra Sierra is all about,” said champion driver Davis Empringham. “We had the Evo and Hankook gave us the grip!”

“I definitely want to thank Hankook Tire for their support,” said Sierra Sierra owner Dennis Kottke. “Hankook Tire has been a key factor in helping us accelerate our program and the Ventus Z214 once again proved to be exactly what we needed.”

With the Super Lap Battle Finals victory Hankook Tire has put an exclamation point on another fantastic Time Attack season, proving once again that the Ventus Z214 is the fastest and most consistent DOT R-compound tire available with five of the top 10 all-time fastest lap times in Super Lap Battle history, including two of the top three, all across the RWD, AWD and FWD classes.

All of Hankook’s Time Attack drivers race with Hankook’s Ventus Z214 DOT R Compound tires, which offer a symmetric tread design and utilize a smooth tread surface with two longitudinal tread grooves for outstanding performance on the circuit in both dry and damp conditions.

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

David Empringham
A Canadian auto racing driver, David is a two-time Toyota Atlantic and one-time Indy Lights champion. Most recently, Empringham won the 2005 Grand-Am Cup GS division drivers title and the 2007 Grand Am Daytona Koni Challenge. Empringham began his racing career in 1987, competing in the Spenard/David Formula 2000 series. He then competed regularly in the GM Motorsport series for several years, drove a handful of races in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk series, the Porsche Turbo Cup, and Formula Toyota Atlantic.

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