Hankook's Forsberg finishes third in Formula Drift championship

Jan. 1, 2020
Hankook-sponsored drivers Rhys Millen and Chris Forsberg placed second- and third-place respectively in front of a sold-out crowd this past weekend at the final Formula Drift race of the season at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Ca.
Hankook-sponsored drivers Rhys Millen and Chris Forsberg placed second- and third-place respectively in front of a sold-out crowd this past weekend at the final Formula Drift race of the season at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif.

The Final 4 competition came down to Forsberg in a Nissan 370Z battling it out against Darren McNamara in his Saturn Sky along with Millen in his Genesis Coupe racing against Tyler McQuarrie behind the wheel of a Nissan 350Z.

After Forsberg’s and McNamara’s first tandem run, Forsberg held a slight lead. During their second run however, both drivers crashed and the judges gave the win to Forsberg, ultimately earning him a third-place podium finish.

Millen’s run against McQuarrie in the Final 4 was just as intense. Millen won the match up and was sent to the final where he was able to secure second place.

“This final event really put Hankook’s drivers and our Ventus R-S3 tires to the test,” says motorsports manager Paul Jho. “Our teams did an outstanding job this weekend and demonstrated the performance our Ventus R-S3 tires provide under extreme conditions.”

The R-S3 is an extreme performance summer tire developed 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, according to Jho.

Overall this year, Hankook’s Formula Drift drivers earned six podium finishes including Conrad Grunewald’s first-place win at Round Four and Millen’s first-place victory during Round Six.

 

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Round Five saw Forsberg and Fredric Asabo capture second- and third-place finishes, while Round Seven this past weekend solidified two additional second- and third-place finishes by Millen and Forsberg, who finished the season in third place overall in the final Formula Drift championship point standings.

Hankook has been involved with the Formula Drift series for six years. The company “garnered enhanced visibility and sales increases” in 2010 as a result of its motorsports sponsorships and special racing programs and multiplied its involvement for 2011 by becoming an official Formula Drift sponsor, says Jho.

The tire maker also supports teams competing in the Redline Time Attack series, Rally Cross and Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

For more information, visit www.hankooktireusa.com.

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