Hankook begins quest for Formula Drift Championship
Hankook Tire is getting back on the track this weekend for the kick-off of Formula Drift’s 2010 season in Long Beach, Calif., where Hankook will introduce a new race team and attempt to carry its convincing 2009 Formula Drift results into the 2010 season.
This year Hankook has expanded its stable of teams to include Conrad Grunewald Racing. Driver and team owner Conrad Grunewald will drive one of the few American muscle cars in Formula Drift – a 2010 Camaro SS outfitted with Hankook Ventus R-S3s.
“Conrad has a reputation as an intense competitor and brings a different element to our racing line-up with his R-S3 equipped Camaro,” said Jason Kim, motorsports marketing manager, Hankook Tire America Corp. “After our success in Formula Drift last year, we are confident Conrad’s addition to the team will take Hankook racing even further in all fronts, complementing our already strong list of pro drivers.”
Hankook is once again sponsoring Team Papadakis and Dynamic Autosports. Papadakis team members include the 2007 and 2008 Formula Drift champion Tanner Foust and returning for Dynamic Autosports will be Robbie Nishida, Eric O’Sullivan and Ryuji Miki.
“Our 2010 team is our best yet,” said Kim. “Our participation in the premier drifting competition in North America is a way of demonstrating our technology and also our most significant investment in professional motorsports here in the U.S.”