BFGoodrich(r) Tires Announces 2010 Formula Drift Lineup
* Samuel Hubinette Racing and Team Drift Emporium choose BFGoodrich g-Force(tm) T/A(r)KDW tires for 2010 Formula Drift season
GREENVILLE, S.C. - April 8, 2010 - BFGoodrich Tires is proud to announce its 2010 Formula Drift series lineup, featuring two of the top teams on BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW tires - Samuel Hubinette Racing and Team Drift Emporium. This season marks seven years that BFGoodrich Tires has supported Formula D, known as "the" series for drifting in the United States.
Two-time Formula D champion Samuel "The Crazy Swede" Hubinette is coming off an impressive fourth place finish in 2009, with plans to take his new Dodge Challenger to the top in 2010. The Challenger's Mopar engine pushes out in excess of 865 horsepower and promises to be a crowd favorite. Hubinette recently formed his own racing operation, Samuel Hubinette Racing, and added veteran rally driver and Formula D newcomer Andrew "ACP" Comrie-Picard to the team. Comrie-Picard will take the wheel of the famed Dodge Viper SRT10 that Hubinette piloted to a Formula D championship in 2005 and 2006. Both vehicles will sport BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW tires during all seven rounds of Formula D action.
"Our new team, with the addition of the Challenger and ACP, has a lot of potential this year and we're excited to finally get this season started," said Hubinette. "We feel confident that our BFGoodrich tires will lead us to the podium as they did in 2006, 2007 2008 and 2009."
"If you thought watching the Viper scream around each turn for the last couple years was exciting, wait until the Challenger joins in on the action," said Roberts Kukainis, motorsports manager, BFGoodrich Tires. "The BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW tire has proved that is has what it takes to come in hot at the entry point and hug each and every turn that these tricky Formula D courses offer. The BFGoodrich g-ForceKDW tire is a great bolt-on performance fit for Hubinette's 865hp Dodge Challenger muscle car and we're excited to be part of what promises to be a great season."
Team Drift Emporium has put together yet another impressive team that includes 2008 Formula D "Rookie of the Year" Michihiro Takatori, Formula D rookie Forrest Wang, drifting veteran Jodin LeJeune and experienced motorsports pro Ron Ewerth. Each of the team's four vehicles will be wrapped with BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW tires.
Michihiro Takatori will be back behind the wheel of his Nissan Silvia S15 and has an extensive international drifting resume making him a top contender in 2010. Takatori was Formula D's 2008 "Rookie of the Year," he placed second in the 2008 Triple Crown and has had a number of great eight and top four finishers.
Forrest Wang will be making his Formula D debut in 2010. He will be piloting Drift Emporium's hot Lexus SC430. With top finishes in D1GP and numerous wins along the west coast, Wang is far from a rookie and looks to make a name for himself in the Formula Drift Championship series.
With extensive drifting experience, Jodin LeJeune has competed for more than two years in the NOPI Drift Series. His high entry speed consistently places him at the top of the qualifying charts. In 2010, LeJeune will pilot his blue Nissan Motorsports-sponsored Stillen supercharged Titan V8-powered Infiniti G35 Coupe.
Ron Ewerth has been involved in professional motorsports for more than 25 years and has competed in the NOPI Drift Series for the past two years. Ewerth will pilot his orange Nissan Motorsports-sponsored Stillen supercharged Titan V8-powered Infiniti G35 Coupe in 2010.
"The Drift Emporium team always puts on a good show and they have a great chance to really make some noise this year with the return of Takatori, LeJeune and Ewerth and the addition of Wang," added Kukainis. "BFGoodrich is proud to partner with them again in 2010."
BFGoodrich Tires' g-Force T/AKDW tire is the ultimate go-to ultra high-performance tire. With more than 80 sizes to fit 15 to 24 inch wheels, the BFGoodrich g-Force T/AKDW covers more car, truck and SUV fitments than any other Ultra-High Performance (UHP) tire line. The BFGoodrich g-Force T/A(r)KDW tire features the highest level of balanced wet or dry performance in the industry, providing stability in rain or shine, using a double compound silica reinforced tread and unidirectional tread design.
Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 35 years, BFGoodrich(r) Tires is involved in every type of racing, including oval, sports car, drifting, drag, desert, dirt, rally and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combine technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit BFGoodrich Tires online at www.BFGoodrichTires.com. In 2009, BFGoodrich Tires developed a gathering place for auto enthusiasts to celebrate the thrill of GO through an online community, Nation of GO, where people with a passion for driving can celebrate and share what they love to do best at www.NationofGo.com.