Hankook Brings Home Another Podium Finish At Final Formula Drift Race Of The Year And Is Named 2013 Formula Drift Series Tire Manufacturer
Season Finale At Irwindale Speedway Finds Hankook On The Podium Again AND Winner Of Inaugural Formula Drift Tire Manufacturer Championship
WAYNE, N.J., October 15, 2013 - In an action packed weekend that saw some of the most intense competition of the season, Hankook Tire made it a double by bringing home another podium finish and winning the inaugural 2013 Formula Drift Tire Manufacturer Championship.
Leading the good news was Tyler McQuarrie’s second place podium finish in his Hankook Camaro. McQuarrie raced through the competition making his way to the final four, meeting up against Forrest Wang in his Nissan 240SX. After a tight run, McQuarrie was just too much for Wang, guaranteeing him a podium and finishing second at Irwindale overall.
“Finishing second at a sold out Irwindale is a great end to the season,” said Hankook driver Tyler McQuarrie. “Helping Hankook Tire secure the tire manufacturer championship makes it even more rewarding!”
McQuarrie’s second place podium finish secured Hankook Tire’s points lead among the eight tire companies competing in Formula Drift’s inaugural tire manufacturer competition, winning Hankook Tire the 2013 Formula Drift Tire Manufacturer Championship with its Ventus R-S3 Extreme Summer Performance tire earning top honors.
“Winning the very first Formula Drift Series Tire Manufacturer Championship is a fantastic achievement for Hankook,” said Hankook Motorsports Marketing Manager, Paul Jho. “All of our Hankook Tire drivers really stepped up and gave-it-their-all this year. What a great way to end the season!”
In total, Hankook Tire secured six podium finishes during the 2013 Formula Drift season, including one first place win. Additionally, Hankook Tire drivers Chris Forsberg and Fredric Aasbo finished the finished the season second and fourth respectively in the overall Formula Drift Pro Championship points standings.
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.
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: Hankook Tire driver Tyler McQuarrie on track at Formula Drift: Final Fight. Irwindale, California
Image: Hankook Tire driver Chris Forsberg.
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 better for consumers and the environment. Headquartered in Wayne, N.J., Hankook Tire America Corp. 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.