• 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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