Hankook Driver Chris Forsberg Battles His Way To A Third Place Podium Finish At Formula Drift Round 6: Showdown
Forsberg's Third Place Finish Positions Him Second In Pro Championship Points and Puts Hankook Tire In The Lead For The 2013 Formula Drift Tire Cup
WAYNE, N.J., September, 16, 2013 - Hankook driver Chris Forsberg brought home a third place podium finish this past weekend at Formula Drift Round 6: Showdown. The race, held at Texas Motor Speedway, is the first time since 2005 that the Formula Drift series has competed in the Lone Star state. Forsberg's podium finish is his third in a row and fourth podium finish overall for the 2013 Formula Drift season.
Forsberg's weekend started off well seeing him qualify for Saturday's racing in third place in the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z, right behind fellow Hankook Tire driver Fredric Aasbo who qualified second in the Hankook Tire Scion tC. Temperatures in the 90's and rain during Friday's second qualifying session kept drivers focused and determined to land a good spot for Saturday's racing action.
With spectator stands full and a fast, technical track layout Forsberg and the Hankook Tire Nissan 370Z blasted through the Top 32 and Top 16, beating Jeremy Lowe and Justin Pawlak. After edging out Dai Yoshihara in Top 8 Forsberg advanced to battle Patrick Mordaunt on a consolation round run. Forsberg's driving was too much for Mordaunt, eliminating him from further competition and securing Forsberg and his Hankook Nissan 370Z a third place podium finish.
“We are absolutely thrilled to land on the podium for the third event in a row!” said Hankook driver Chris Forsberg. “The Hankook Ventus R-S3 tire has given us the consistency and grip that we need as we fight to bring Hankook their first Formula Drift championship.”
Forsberg’s podium finish puts him in second place in the 2013 Pro Championship points standings and fellow Hankook Tire driver Fredric Aasbo in third, giving both a chance to capture the Pro Championship at season’s end. Additionally, Hankook Tire is currently in first place in the 2013 Formula Drift Tire Cup with only one race in the season left.
“It’s exciting to have a driver like Chris on the podium, competing on Hankook’s Ventus R-S3 at what is definitely a fast, technical track,” said Paul Jho, Hankook Motorsports Manager. “At the same time it’s great to see how well all of our drivers are doing this year, allowing Hankook to lead the points race for the 2013 Formula Drift Tire Cup!”
All of Hankook’s Formula Drift drivers race on Hankook’s Ventus RS-3 Extreme Performance tire. The Ventus R-S3 is designed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for race tire-like traction on the street or for use in autocross, drifting or track events.
The Formula Drift series heads to the final race of the season, Round 7: Final Fight at Irwindale Speedway in California, on October 11th and 12th, 2013.
2013 marks the tenth year for the Formula Drift series and Hankook’s eighth year of involvement. The company garnered enhanced visibility and sales increases in 2012 as a result of its motorsports sponsorships and special racing programs, and has multiplied its involvement for 2013 by again supporting Formula Drift as an official sponsor. Hankook also supports teams competing in the Redline Time Attack series, 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Off-Road Racing and the Panam GP Series.
Image: Chris Forsberg and the Hankook Nissan 370Z on-track at Formula Drift Round 6: Showdown, at Texas Motor Speedway
Image: Chris Forsberg celebrating at Formula Drift Round 6: Showdown, at Texas Motor Speedway
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.