Giti Renews With Formula Drift
The GT Radial brand from Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. has renewed its partnership with Formula DRIFT for another three-year term to provide tires to teams in the Pro Championship.
The GT Radial brand also will remain the Official Tire of the PROSPECT series for two more years.
Drivers will compete on GT Radial Champiro SX2 RS tires, which are produced at the Giti's passenger and light truck tire plant in Richburg, S.C.
“Formula DRIFT has proven to be an excellent showcase for our ‘American-engineered, American-produced’ Champiro SX2 RS tires, so we are thrilled to renew our partnership,” says GT Radial Motorsports Manager Mike Meeiem. “Team members at our South Carolina plant take great pride in the performance of their tires in the world’s most demanding drifting competition, and they had a lot to cheer about this year.”
In 2022 the season included six podium finishes for the Champiro SX2 RS, including first place in New Jersey with driver Travis Reeder, first place in St. Louis with Kazuya Taguchi, third place in Irwindale, CA, with Jeff Jones and three podium finishes for three-time Formula Drift series champion Chris Forsberg.
In the Formula DRIFT PRO Series, GT Radial clinched second position in the 2022 FD Tire Cup, which awards points to top finishers for each tire brand.
“We’re extremely pleased to have GT Radial commit to another three years with the series and continue to support PROSPEC for at least another two,” says Ryan Sage, president of Formula DRIFT. “As we continue to promote the importance of PROSPEC to ensure a strong contingent of qualified drivers are able to be promoted to the FD PRO Championship each year, it’s good to know they’re using some of the best tires available to prepare the drivers for the next step in their careers.”