Hankook Driver Chris Forsberg wins at Streets of Long Beach

Posted on April 7, 2014
Hankook Tire driver Chris Forsberg on track at Formula Drift 2014 Round 1 Long Beach, California.

Hankook Tire driver Chris Forsberg on track at Formula Drift 2014 Round 1 Long Beach, California.

Hankook Tire driver Chris Forsberg scored a first place win at the opening round of the 2014 Formula Drift season at the Streets of Long Beach in Long Beach, California this weekend, the only street course on the 2014 U.S. series schedule.
The first race of the 2014 season marks Formula Drift’s eleventh year of competition in the United States as well as Hankook Tire’s ninth year competing in the series and third year as an official series sponsor.
The 20,000 plus fans that attended the event were greeted with sunny skies, mild temperatures and serious on-track competition for race day. Racing began seeing all of Hankook’s drivers qualify for the Top 32. Forsberg’s win came after a close final battle which pitted him against Norway’s Kenneth Moen driving a Nissan 240SX. When all was said and done the judges awarded Forsberg the win, the first of the 2014 season, placing him in the lead in the Professional Champion points standings.
“Kicking off the 2014 season in the top spot is exactly where you want to start a championship season,” said Forsberg. “With the additional horsepower we put into the car in the off season it was everything that we needed to get all of the grip out of our Hankook tires to take us all the way to first place.”

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.
“I can’t imagine a better way to begin the season than with a first place win,” said Paul Jho, Hankook Motorsports Manager. “The first race of the year is so important, it sets up your outlook for the season as a whole. I am proud of Chris and his team for their win here and excited for all of our teams and Formula Drift program this season going forward.”
Hankook garnered enhanced visibility and sales increases in 2013 as a result of its motorsports sponsorships and special racing programs. In addition to Formula Drift, Hankook offers amateur and professional racing enthusiasts contingency program benefits and the chance to earn incentives in SCCA National Solo, ProSolo and Club Racing events, NASA regional and national races, and additonally supports teams competing in the Redline Time Attack series, 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Off-Road Racing and the Panam GP Series.

Related Topics: 2014 Formula Drift, Chris Forsberg, Hankook Tire, Streets Of Long Beach

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
"Our goal is to provide a clear and compelling 2017 Dealer Program well in advance of 2017 so that we can hit the ground running on Jan 1, 2017," says Falken Tire Corp.'s Darren Thomas. 

A Familiar Face Returns to Falken Tire

Darren Thomas proves you can go home again. Thomas, vice president of sales and marketing for Falken Tire Corp. from 2002-2008, has returned as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

This 2016 Tesla Model X P90D Ludicrous makes its world debut at the Toyo booth during the 2016 SEMA Show.

Toyo Goes 'Big' at 2016 SEMA Show

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is bringing big displays and big vehicle debuts to the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nev.


Point S Enters Another New Market: Asia

Point S is continuing its expansion around the globe, with a partnership that will bring the brand to Asia. A master franchise agreement with Goodway Integrated Industries Berhad (GIIB Group) and partners will create a dedicated company to manage and develop the Point S network.


Goodyear 3Q Results Are Due Oct. 28

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will report third quarter 2016 financial results on Friday, Oct. 28, followed by an investor conference call at 9 a.m.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!