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Title 06/04/2012 - Hankook Driver Chris Forsberg Scores a Second Place Podium Finish at 2012 Formula Drift Round 3: Invasion
Date 06/04/2012 Count 4677

Hankook Driver Chris Forsberg Scores a Second Place Podium Finish at 2012 Formula Drift Round 3: Invasion

Third Race of The Season Brings Home Second Podium Finish
For Hankook's 2012 Formula Drift Program


Image: Hankook driver Chris Forsberg on winner's podium, Formula Drift Round 3

WAYNE, N.J., June, 4, 2012 - Hankook driver Chris Forsberg landed a second place finish at round 3 of the 2012 Formula Drift season this past weekend at Palm Beach International Raceway in Palm Beach, Florida. The event, the second year that the Formula Drift series has run at Palm Beach International Raceway, saw an impressive increase in attendance and attracted over 200,000 viewers via Formula Drift's Driftstream online service.

Starting off in top 32, Forsberg raced his Hankook Nissan 370Z against Corey Hosford and his Nissan 350Z, advancing to top 16 against Toshiki Yoshioka in his Nissan Silvia S15. After beating Yoshioka, Forsberg lined up against Kenneth Moen in his Nissan 350Z, outdriving Moen and setting up his next battle against Daijiro Yoshihara and his Nissan 240sx.

The Final Battle pitted Forsberg against Daigo Saito for a head-to head drift match that found Forsberg grabbing second place and earning his first podium of the season.

"I'm very happy with our second place finish this weekend," said Forsberg. "The consistency of our Hankook Ventus R-S3 tires throughout the weekend during track and climate changes is what allowed us to reach the finals! We look forward to carrying this momentum to the next round in Wall, New Jersey!"

Forsberg and his Hankook Tire racing teammates compete on Hankook's Ventus R-S3 Extreme Performance Summer tire. Developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts the Ventus R-S3 offers drivers looking for outstanding race tire-like traction on the street or for use in autocross, drifting or track events. Forsberg's second place podium finish puts him in sixth place overall in the Formula Drift championship standings.

"I couldn't be happier for Chris and his podium finish," said Hankook motorsports marketing manager Paul Jho. "Our Hankook team drivers really pushed their cars and Ventus R-S3 tires this weekend. It shows how dedicated our drivers are and the performance our Ventus R-S3 provides them."

The 2012 Formula Drift series makes its next stop at Wall Speedway in Wall, New Jersey for Round Four: The Gauntlet on June 22nd and 23rd.

2012 marks the ninth year for the Formula Drift series and Hankook's seventh year of involvement. The company garnered enhanced visibility and sales increases in 2011 as a result of its motorsports sponsorships and special racing programs and has continued its involvement as an official sponsor of Formula Drift for the 2012 racing season. Hankook also supports teams competing in Global Time Attack, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Off-Road Racing and the 25 Hours of Thunderhill race.

About Hankook Tire America Corp.

Hankook Tire America Corp. is a growing leader in the U.S. tire market, leveraging investments in technology, manufacturing and marketing to deliver high quality, reliable products that are safer for consumers and the environment. Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Hankook Tire 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 in the United States.

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