OPENING WEEKEND OF OFF-ROAD SEASON FINDS HANKOOK IN PRIME SHAPE WAYNE, NJ (May 23, 2007) -- Hankook Tire shouldered their way to two podium finishes at their first off-road event of the year, the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR).
OPENING WEEKEND OF OFF-ROAD SEASON FINDS HANKOOK IN PRIME SHAPE
WAYNE, NJ (May 23, 2007) -- Hankook Tire shouldered their way to two podium finishes at their first off-road event of the year, the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR). Team Sticker Dude racing-mates Steven Federico and Lee O'Donnell, competing in the Pro-Light division, brought home second and third place finishes, respectively.
Fans and racers from all parts of the United States and Canada came to the .8 mile grueling off-road track at the Steele County Fairgrounds in southeastern Minnesota to witness some of the best rough and tumble off-road racing in the nation.
In Round One, O'Donnell in his No.23 Nissan Frontier, co-sponsored by Hankook Tire, lead the pack for the majority of the race, but due to some minor mechanical problems, began to fall back. Nevertheless, O'Donnell ultimately finished in third place, giving Hankook it's first podium finish of the day.
Afterwards, O'Donnell commented, "Following practice I was pretty excited how well the Hankook Tires hooked up with the race surface. I was fairly confident that we would have a solid finish if we could come out of the first turn clean. The Hankook tires allowed me to accomplish just that and make it to the podium."
Not to be outdone by his teammate, Frederico grabbed the early lead in round two. On lap five, his Tacoma experienced an intermittent power steering problem, slightly slowing his race pace. However, the drop of the checkered flag found the No. 24 truck at a hard fought second place. "Two solid finishes for our team this weekend is a great way to start the season," said Frederico. "I couldn't be happier."
Despite the two big wins, the day wasn't without its serious moments. In the second round, O'Donnell was forced to drop out early after failing to clear the infield triple jump, causing his Nissan Frontier to flip dramatically end over end. The damage to the truck was terminal, but fortunately O'Donnell walked away without serious injury.
"It was a scary moment, but thankfully everything ended up OK," said O'Donnell. "I'm glad that I did well the first round, it made the bruises from the second hurt a little less!"
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