NEXEN TIRE MOTORSPORTS TEAM ARRIVES AT ‘CROSSROADS’ – READY TO MAKE FINAL PUSH TOWARD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT FORMULA DRIFT ROUND 6: MADISON, ILLINOIS
— Interviews Available with Round 2 Winner Chris Forsberg, Round 1 Winner Fredric Aasbo and Prominent Drivers Ryan Tuerck, Alec Hohnadell and Jhonnattan Castro —
Star driver Fredric Aasbo pulls ahead of the competition in his Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla hatchback
WHAT: Global tire manufacturer and motorsports powerhouse Nexen Tire Motorsports drifts into the ‘crossroads’ this weekend at Formula DRIFT Round 6: ‘Crossroads’ in Madison, Ill. With podium placements in nearly every race, including two wins, Nexen drivers are entering the home stretch to the championship this October.
Fredric Aasbo’s 332 points places him just behind first-place driver James Deane in Formula DRIFT standings. Nexen drivers Chris Forsberg (293 points) and Ryan Tuerck (273 points) round out the top 10. Nexen Tire Motorsports enters Round 6 in a solid second place, contending for the Tire Cup only 76 points behind Falken Tire.
Aasbo took the win in Round 1: Streets of Long Beach and Chris Forsberg topped the podium in Round 2: “Scorched” Orlando. At Round 3: “Road to the Championship” Atlanta, Aasbo took second and Forsberg finished third. At “Throwdown” in Monroe, Washington, new Nexen driver Ryan Tuerck took the podium for the first time this season. All Nexen team drivers are outfitted with Nexen Ultra High Performance N’Fera SUR4G street-legal racing tires to help them grip curves and perform in all track conditions.
The 2018 Nexen Tire team roster highlights include:
- 2015 champion and 2017 second overall driver Fredric Aasbo (Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla hatchback)
- Three-time champion and recent Nexen addition Chris Forsberg (NOS Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Nissan 370Z)
- Alec Hohnadell (Rain-X / Nexen Tire Nissan S14)
- Jhonnattan Castro (Gerdau Metaldom / Nexen Tire Toyota 86)
- 15-year Formula DRIFT veteran Kyle Mohan (Mazdtrix / Nexen Tire Mazda MX-5)
- New Nexen driver Ryan Tuerck (GUMOUT / Nexen Tire Toyota 86)
- Kevin Lawrence (2017 Pro 2 Champion) (Enjuku Racing / Nexen Tire Nissan S14)
- Dan Burkett (RAD Industries / Nexen Tire Toyota Supra)
Spectators can enter the gates beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 10 (will call opens at 8:00 a.m.). The first qualifying round begins at 11:45 a.m. PRO 2 open practice begins at 3:45 p.m., with the final competition starting at 6:00 p.m. and the winner being crowned at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, August 11, the arena once again opens at 11:00 a.m. The main competition begins at 1:15 p.m. with the final 16 competing at 5:30 p.m.and the winner being announced at 7:45 p.m. Parking is $10 each day.
WHERE: Gateway Motorsports Park, 700 Raceway Blvd., Madison, IL 62060
WHEN: Friday, August 10 – Saturday, August 11
MEDIA: For more information, stop by the Nexen experience on-site or contact[email protected].
About Nexen Tire Motorsports:
Inspired by Nexen’s global family of drivers to engineer superior performing tires – from championship-winning Formula DRIFT drivers, rock-climbing off-road enthusiasts to everyday commuters – Nexen Tire utilizes proprietary technology and the highest quality standards in the industry to guarantee world-class products backed by unrivaled customer support for the life of each tire. As a worldwide leader in high-performance, passenger, SUV / light truck and winter offerings, the company is second-to-none in research, development and state-of-the-art manufacturing. And as part of a select group of tire manufacturers worldwide that are specified as standard fitment on original equipment vehicles, Nexen delivers premium products at a sensible price. Find out more about how Nexen has your back at nexentireusa.com – and join us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #WeGotYou #NexenTire #NexenRacing