NEXEN TIRE MOTORSPORTS WINS OVERALL PRO 2 CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION, EARNS SIX PODIUM FINISHES IN PRO 1 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS LEADING UP TO ROUND 8: 'TITLE FIGHT' AMID 2019 FORMULA DRIFT SEASON CONCLUSION
- Nexen Tire Motorsports driver Trent Beechum — driver of the Beechum Racing Nexen Tire Ford Mustang — earns first-place podium finish during final round of Pro 2 Championship; wins title for 2019 season
- Formula DRIFT Champion Fredric Aasbo currently just 19 points shy of overall Pro 1 Championship points lead entering Round 8: 'Title Fight’
- Nexen Tire Motorsports drivers continue to remain dominant, earning multiple podium finishes throughout season thanks to Nexen N'Fera SUR4G street-legal tires
DIAMOND BAR, Calif., (Oct. 18, 2019) — Nexen Tire Motorsports, powerhouse global manufacturer of Formula DRIFT Pro 1 Series co-sponsored N’Fera SUR4G street-legal tires, continues its drift dominance by earning six podium finishes this season as it enters the 2019 Formula DRIFT conclusion – Round 8: ‘Title Fight’ in Irwindale Oct. 18-19. Last month, Nexen Tire Motorsports’ driver Trent Beechum who pilots the Beechum Racing Nexen Tire Ford Mustang, earned a first-place podium finish and took home the Pro 2 Championship title during Round 7 in Dallas. Fellow Nexen Tire Motorsports teammate Garret Denton took home third with Josh Robinson placing fourth and Donovan Brockway placing tenth in overall standings. In the Pro 1 Championship series, Fredric Aasbo, most-winning driver in the series and driver of the Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla Hatchback, has set out to win the championship title this year. Currently, Aasbo is trailing just 19 points behind long-time rival James Deane.
During Round 7, Aasbo was involved in a crash during competition and was not able to finish the round. Fortunately, Nexen Tire Motorsports driver and Formula DRIFT Champion Chris Forsberg, driver of the NOS Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Nissan 370Z, stepped up to the plate and climbed his way through the competition bracket, earning a third-place podium finish. Aasbo entered Round 7 clinging to a one-point lead over Deane after recording a solid second-place finish in Round 6 in St. Louis.
Currently, Nexen Tire Motorsports has earned six podium finishes this season and three drivers stand in the top ten for Pro 1 Championship:
- Round 1: ‘Streets of Long Beach’ – Forsberg, third-place finish
- Round 2: ‘Scorched’ – Forsberg, second-place finish
- Round 3: ‘Road to the Championship’ – Aasbo, first-place finish
- Round 4: ‘The Gauntlet’ – Aasbo, second-place finish
- Round 6: ‘Crossroads’ – Aasbo, second-place finish
- Round 7: ‘Championship’ – Forsberg, third-place finish
2019 Nexen Tire Motorsports Pro 1 Drivers include:
- Fredric Aasbo (Rockstar Energy / Nexen Tire Toyota Corolla hatchback)
- Chris Forsberg (NOS Energy Drink / Nexen Tire Nissan 370Z)
- Alec Hohnadell (Nexen Tire Nissan S14)
- Jhonnattan Castro (Gerdau Metaldom / Nexen Tire Toyota 86)
- Dan Burkett (RAD Industries / Nexen Tire Toyota Supra)
- Federico Sceriffo (FFF Drifting Department / Nexen Tire Ferrari 599)
- Kyle Mohan (Kyle Mohan Racing / Nexen Tire Mazda RX8)
- Ryan Litteral (Koruworks / Nexen Tire Nissan 350Z)
- Austin Meeks (Verocious Motorsports / Nexen Tire Cadillac ATS/V)
- Jeff Jones (Drink Doc / Nexen Tire Nissan 370z)
2019 Nexen Tire Motorsports Pro 2 Drivers include:
- Trent Beechum
- Josh Robinson
- Garrett Denton
- Ola Jaegar
- Troy Manners
- Rob Carlsen
- Donovan Brockway
- Derek Madison
- Dalton Gernhart
- Andrew Schulte
- Karolina Pilarczyk
- Shaun Doom
Nexen Tire Motorsports’ continued success is attributed to Nexen Tire’s extreme ultra high-performance N'Fera SUR4G street-legal tire. The SUR4G is comprised of patented championship-winning technology that provides unmatched superior grip and handling, thanks to its meticulous engineering. The SUR4G excels in Formula DRIFT, SCCA and time trials, and serves as the semi-exclusive preferred tire for the Formula DRIFT Pro 2 Series.
"We are extremely proud of all the Nexen Tire Motorsports drivers this year. We want to congratulate Trent Beechum on his Pro 2 Championship win, and we are very excited to see him advance to Pro 1 Championship next year," said Paul Jho, motorsports senior manager at Nexen Tire America Inc. "Fredric Aasbo has done a fantastic job so far this year with multiple podium finishes. Even though he suffered a setback in Round 7, we are confident he will be bringing his best to Irwindale for the final round. Everyone at Nexen Tire is looking forward to exciting final round."
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