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Title 07/12/2010 - Hankook Driver Tanner Foust Celebrates Victory
Date 07/12/2010 Count 9055

Hankook Driver Tanner Foust Celebrates Victory at Formula Drift Round 4

Foust now second overall in championship standings


WAYNE, N.J., July 12, 2010 - Two-time Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust celebrated a well-deserved victory this weekend, piloting his Rockstar Energy Drink Scion tC on Hankook tires to his first Formula Drift win of the season - his third podium in the last four events - leaving Foust in second place overall in the Formula Drift Championship.

"This was an epic event and took a lot of work to get this victory," said Foust following the podium celebration. "We ran multiple 'One More Time' battles, and to advance against competitors that put on such clean tandem battles made this victory even more sweet. The Hankook R-S3's were consistent and gave me the grip I needed."

Formula Drift Round 4: Throwdown was held in front of a packed crowd at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. just minutes outside of Seattle. Evergreen Speedway is the oldest track on the Formula Drift circuit.

Four Hankook drivers qualified for the Top 32 with Eric O'Sullivan in 28th, Robbie Nishida in 21st, Conrad Grunewald in 11th and Tanner Foust holding down the 8th position. But it was Foust alone who battled through the field, taking out Forrest Wang, Sam Hubinette, Fredric Aasabo, Darren McNamara and finally Ryan Tuerck in a hard-fought final.

"We are thrilled with this important win and congratulate Tanner and his team on their success," said Bill Bainbridge, director of brand communications for Hankook Tire America Corp. "Our continued focus is getting drivers on the podium, so this victory is great for Tanner and certainly good for the Hankook brand."

Hankook supports motorsports enthusiasts and racers at all levels. This year Hankook is offering amateur and professional racing enthusiasts the chance to earn dollars off Hankook's Ventus R-S3 or Ventus Z214 R Compound tires based on their performance in specific racing circuits in the U.S. Racers have an opportunity to earn incentives during each individual competition event. Interested competitors can learn more about this grassroots program at www.hankooktireusa.com or contact Hankook directly at Motorsports@hankooktireusa.com.

Formula Drift Round 5: After Dark at the Las Vegas Speedway takes place August 20-21.


About Hankook Tire Co., Ltd

Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Hankook Tire America Corp. is a technology-focused, market-driven company that markets and distributes a complete line of high performance and ultra-high performance passenger tires, light truck, SUV tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires to more than 400 independent dealers through 3000+ retail sales locations in the United States and Canada.

For more information, please visit the Hankook website at www.hankooktireusa.com



Media Contacts:
Bill Bainbridge
Director of Brand Communication
Hankook Tire America Corp
Phone: 973-633-9000 x 531
wbainbridge@hankooktireusa.com
Cindy Kamerad
Account Director
Weber Shandwick
Phone: 248-203-8112
ckamerad@webershandwick.com
Heather Monaghan
Account Executive
Weber Shandwick
Phone: 248-203-8129
hmonaghan@webershandwick.com


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