NA-F2000: Hankook named official tire

HANKOOK NAMED OFFICIAL TIRE OF F2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SHARON, CONN. (January 4, 2006) - The newly created F2000 Championship Series is proud to announce Hankook as the official tire for the series. Commencing with the season-opener in...

HANKOOK NAMED OFFICIAL TIRE OF F2000 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

SHARON, CONN. (January 4, 2006) - The newly created F2000 Championship Series is proud to announce Hankook as the official tire for the series.

Commencing with the season-opener in April, all the drivers in the F2000 Championship Series will race on Hankook racing slicks. Utilizing technology gained from its involvement in Formula 3 competition in Asia and Europe, the Hankook tires will be radials, rather than bias-ply. Offering greater performance and reliability, the radial tires will allow drivers to get the most from their cars, while keeping tire costs under control.

"We are excited to be part of the inaugural F2000 Championship Series season," said Hankook Marketing Director Bill Bainbridge. "Continuing to expand our involvement in open-wheel motorsports, we expect this new partnership to be mutually beneficial. I look forward to seeing some of the best Formula Continental drivers in the United States racing on Hankook radials." "The F2000 Championship Series is very pleased to announce Hankook as the official tire of the series," said Series Director Michael Rand. "A leader in tire technology, particularly for the junior open-wheel ranks, Hankook was the ideal choice. While racing a radial tire will be new to many of our drivers, we believe Hankook's history and skill ensure it will be a success. Combined with the great service from Frisby Performance Tire, its a winning partnership for the series competitors."

Available in both 6 inch (front), 8 inch (rear) and 8 inch (front), 10 inch (rear), to allow great ease to drivers from various series to race in the F2000 Championship Series, the Hankook radials will be distributed by Frisby Performance Tire in Illinois. Beginning in the new year, testing will be conducted on both the 6's and 8's as well as 8's and 10's to determine what tire compound should be used.

With both the F2000 Championship Series and the West coast based Pacific F2000 Series using Hankook tires, the series organizers have elected to allow drivers to contest a limited number of races in either championship. Registered F2000 Championship Series drivers will be allowed to race in up to two events in the Pacific F2000 Series without registering, while the Pacific drivers can do the same with the East coast series.

In addition to announcing the tire package for the upcoming year, the F2000 Championship Series has revealed it will be sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. As part of the sanction agreement, drivers will only require a SCCA Club Racing National license or greater to contest the series, allowing for easy transition between the amateur and pro ranks.

The inaugural season of the F2000 Championship Series gets underway April 14-16, with Rounds One and Two at Virginia International Raceway.

-www.f2000championshipseries.com.

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