Hankook Tire Driver Chris Forsberg Wins Formula Drift Championship for Third Time

11 10 2016

Hankook secures second straight championship season with Forsberg’s historic run;

Hankook driver Ryan Tuerck races to the podium for the first time

NASHVILLE, TN – October 11, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Hankook Tire driver Chris Forsberg won his third career Formula Drift Championship following this past weekend’s final round in front of a sold out crowd at Irwindale Speedway. The final event of the season caps a historic run for Forsberg who reached the podium in six out of the eight events this season.

Hankook Tire America Corp Chris Forsberg

Racing in his signature Hankook Tire/Nissan 370Z, the veteran driver entered the final weekend of the season with a 36-point lead over the rest of the field. The cushion helped secure the championship finish despite an early exit in the Round of 16 on Saturday.

“The 2016 season is finished, and I’m so excited that we secured the championship,” said Hankook Driver and Formula Drift Champion Chris Forsberg. “I can’t thank Hankook Tire enough for providing me with incredibly consistent tires and support which helped my steady performance all year.  This is my third championship season since joining the Hankook team, and it has been such an incredible partnership.”

In addition to Forsberg’s success, Hankook’s young and talented driver Ryan Tuerck captured his first podium finish of the year after battling his way to third place.

“This weekend was such a great way to finish off the 2016 season,” said Tuerck.  “The difference that helped me podium this weekend was my ability to create smoke and maintain exceptional grip with my Hankook R-S3 tires.”

In just its 13th season, Formula Drift continues to grow in the U.S., and Hankook Tire has been a driving force in the success of the sport and earned its second consecutive championship this weekend.

“Irwindale was a roller coaster event that kept the championship battle interesting and fans on their feet,” said Donato Bonacquisto, Hankook Tire Motorsports and Events Manager. “In the end, Chris took home the Formula Drift Pro and World Championship titles, and Ryan finished on the podium so we couldn’t be any happier to finish off the season on top and maintain the overall championship title.  What an amazing and consistent season we’ve had with at least one Hankook driver on the podium for seven out of the eight events this year, continuing our championship streak. It has been an amazing year for our team, and we look forward to defending our championship again in 2017.”

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 Nashville, Tenn., 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.

Source: Hankook Tire America Corp.

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From Drag Racing to Watercross to Trans Am Series, Brainerd International Raceway’s 2015 Racing Schedule has Something for Everyone

30 04 2015

BRAINERD, MN – April 30, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Brainerd International Raceway’s (BIR) 2015 racing schedule, a jam-packed lineup with new exciting events, long-running favorites and plenty of insane speed and amazing horsepower, kicks off in May.

The six-month schedule reflects a combination of thrilling spectator events and an increasing number of opportunities for fans to try their hand at racing. Like in past years, though, the name of the game this year is diversity: drag racing, road racing, snowmobile watercross, Superbike racing, a cruising event, endurance racing, drifting and autocross competitions and the BIR Performance Driving School. The schedule even includes Lakes Jam, a three-day music and camping festival.

New to this year’s schedule is MN Time Attack, which is entering its inaugural season. This unique event, which is on BIR’s schedule in May and September, is a chance for race fans to get behind the wheel on BIR’s road course and test their driving skills against the clock.


Ron Capps flies off the starting line during the 2014 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals at BIR.

One major change to the schedule involves the Trans Am Series, which was moved from the GSTA Muscle Car Shootout on Labor Day weekend to the PleasureLand RV Show & Go on Fourth of July weekend. The Trans Am Series’ 40-lap, 100-mile race on Sunday afternoon will be the weekend’s grand finale event.

Another change to the Show & Go’s racing program is the addition of National Auto Sport Association (NASA) road racing. BIR hosted a NASA race in 2012 but hasn’t been able to fit the series on the schedule again until this year. NASA brings an exciting brand of wheel-to-wheel road racing, which will be on Saturday and Sunday, prior to the Trans Am Series race.

One event that already was wildly popular got even better this year. The Wet & Wild Weekend in June will feature snowmobiles racing on open water, the Bracket Drag Racing Series on the drag strip and Superbike racing courtesy of a partnership between the Central Roadracing Association (CRA) and the Championship Cup Series from Texas.

The main attraction again this year is the 34th Annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, set for Aug. 20-23. BIR will be the center of the drag racing universe when the best drag racers on the planet, the fastest cars and tens of thousands of crazy race fans descend on Brainerd to celebrate the largest motorsports event in the Upper Midwest. BIR’s infamous campground, The Zoo, takes on a life of its own with live music nightly, bonfires, a parade of “partywagons,” rickshaw races and a lot more. Advance tickets are now on sale.

The schedule also is full of fun, affordable and “non-traditional” racing, such as the ChumpCar World Series, where teams of four drivers race $500 junkers during a 12-hour endurance race in August. The Aussie-style Powercruise is back for a fourth year, giving fans the chance to participate in several driving events throughout the weekend. The Modern Automotive Performance Proving Grounds returns for two weekends, with imports and sport compacts competing in drifting, autocross, drag racing and more.

“We’re always looking for different and unique types of racing for our fans,” BIR owner Jed Copham said. “We have a great mix of races again this year that feature national-level pro racers along with regional amateur drivers. And most of the racing is fun and affordable family entertainment.”

The drag strip will be busy with six weekends reserved for the Bracket Drag Racing Series, where 250-plus amateurs compete in dragsters, cars, trucks, bikes, snowmobiles and Junior Dragsters for series championships and cash prizes. The three-race Muscle Car Series (Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends) showcases huge horsepower and super-fast cars that battle with series championships on the line.

When most people think of BIR, they think of spectator races, but there are many opportunities for people to get behind the steering wheel and test their fortitude and driving skills. For example, the Wednesday Night Drags – Street Legal Style is a program where BIR opens its drag strip to anyone with a street legal car, truck or bike, and a helmet. The same thing is available on the road course, where the BIR Performance Driving School combines classroom instruction and on-track driving to teach drivers how to handle a car at high speeds. Most racing events have classes for those who want to try racing, using their own street car, truck or bike.

“I think that’s one of our best-kept secrets at BIR,” Copham said. “Many people don’t know that they can come here and compete rather than sit in the grandstands and watch. Most of our races are open to anyone, as long as their car or bike meets safety and tech requirements. Some of the races require a short instructional session as well, but most of our events are open.”

About Brainerd International Raceway

Now in its 47th season, Brainerd International Raceway is one of North America’s largest race tracks, featuring a world-class quarter-mile drag strip, the 3.1-mile, 10-turn Donnybrooke Road Course, the 2.5-mile, 13-turn Competition Road Course, 300 acres for rustic camping, 164 full-service RV sites and 12 on-site condos. BIR is about 120 miles north of the Twin Cities. For more information, visit http://www.BrainerdRaceway.com, or call 1-866-444-4455.

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Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Battle

20 01 2011

January 20, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A stretched 05 Kawasaki ZX10 piloted by Nick “Apex” Brocha vs. a Corvette-Powered RX7 driven by Jim Guthrie in a high speed drifting battle.

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Overlord Prime Pants
Overlord Gloves
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Jim’s Icon Gear:
Alliance Reflective Helmet
29’r Gloves

Canon 5D
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Panasonic GH1
GoPro Hero HD

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Maxxis Drifting Video Hits YouTube

23 04 2010

SUWANEE, GA – April 23, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – With its demand for skill and split-second timing, drifting presents huge challenges for drivers. For grassroots drifters, who must outfit their vehicles without major sponsorship, the sport’s challenges are even greater.

A strong supporter of grassroots drifting, Maxxis has a message of encouragement for those drivers in a new YouTube video. Narrated by 2009 Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg, the video tells a bit of the driver’s compelling story. Forsberg recounts how he started in the sport without the advantages of wealth or motorsports connections, noting that his MA-Z1 Drift tires helped him along the way. Forsberg can be seen putting his tires to the test in the video’s action sequences, which feature thrilling slides to the edge of the track.

Offering unparalleled quality and control, MA-Z1 Drifts are the choice of the best drivers in the sport, including Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck, the top two Formula Drift drivers for 2009. Maxxis has also sponsored the drivers chosen as the series’ Driver of the Year for the past three years, who rode to the winner’s circle on MA-Z1 Drifts.

Maxxis is proud to present this new video,


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