Hankook Tire Enters Off-Road Race Market with Team Sticker Dude Racing Team Sticker Dude Racing is proud to announce Hankook Tire America Corporation as their exclusive supplier of off-road race tires for the 2007 Lucas Oil World Series of ...
Hankook Tire Enters Off-Road Race Market with Team Sticker Dude Racing
Team Sticker Dude Racing is proud to announce Hankook Tire America Corporation as their exclusive supplier of off-road race tires for the 2007 Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road (WSORR) Racing Tour.
This is the initial partnership for Hankook Tire into the world of short-course off-road racing. The principal owners and drivers of Team Sticker Dude Racing, Luke Zoetmulder, Steven Federico, and Lee O-Donnell, understand that this marketing partnership will expand Hankook's presence in one of North America's fastest growing markets, the light truck segment, as well as expose Team Sticker Dude Racing to motorsport enthusiasts throughout world.
"Our team will come out strong right from the initial round of racing in Minnesota thanks to our new Hankook tires," commented WSORR Light Metal driver Steven Federico. "After several discussions with Hankook officials, we knew the design and composition of the Dynapro MT RT03 series would be the ideal tire for our Toyota Tacoma."
"The profile of the Dynapro MT RT01 makes it ideal for our Sprint Buggy," added WSORR Sprint Buggy driver Luke Zoetmulder. "The various tire combinations Hankook offers us will enable our team to better adapt to the changing track conditions throughout the WSORR season."
"Hankook Tire has an awesome product with Dynamic MT series tire. Competing head-on with other tire manufacturers in the WSORR series is the ideal platform to showcase the tire's performance," commented WSORR Light Metal driver Lee O'Donnell.
The combination of large crowds at WSORR events, the performance of Steven, Luke, and Lee, on and off the track, and the SPEED channel broadcast of every WSORR round of racing, has created a win-win partnership for Hankook Tire and Team Sticker Dude Racing.
Hankook Tire America Corp., with domestic headquarters in Wayne, N.J., distributes and markets a complete line of passenger radials, high performance tires, light truck, SUV and 4x4 tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires sold throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. From a series of regional offices, Hankook oversees 500 independent dealers with more than 3,000 sales locations nationwide. Hankook also operates state of the art research and development facilities in the U.S. and overseas.
Akron Tech Center The Akron Technical Center is dedicated to developing state of the art tread designs and tire technologies using advanced methods and materials. Advances spearheaded at the ATC have resulted in leading-edge products for the North American market. With advanced engineering concepts and new compounding technologies, the ATC has developed TCT (Trapezoid Contour Theory) Technology, Silica Compounding, FSO (Footprint Shape Optimization) Technology, and CCT (Carbon Compounding Technology), integrated into some of Hankook's best-selling tires. The ATC works in conjunction with Hankook's R&D center in Korea, and the European Tech Center in Germany.
Team Sticker Dude Racing Steven Federico, team co-Owner and driver of the #24 PF Changs Invisible Glass Hankook Tire Toyota Tacoma is a veteran of short course off-road racing. In the 90's you could find Steven competing in the SODA series that saw the Wilmette, Illinois native travel throughout the Midwest and southern California. At the same time he took his talents indoors and competed in various baseball and football stadiums throughout the United States.
In 2001, after winning a SODA Buggy championship, Steven moved into the PRO-Lite division of Championship Off-Road Racing. The last five years saw Steven consistently finish in the top 5 in the majority of his starts. His outgoing personality has coined him the "John Force" of short-course off-road racing.
Luke Zoetmulder, team co-owner and driver of the #342 Sticker Dude Designs Hankook Tire Sprint Buggy is a veteran motorsports competitor. Over the years, Luke has competed in various extreme sports including NMRA drag racing, ISJBA watercraft racing, WPSA Sno-Cross, and short course off-road racing. In 2006, Luke finished his first complete CORR Single Buggy season in the Top 10 for the year. The division typically has two dozen competitors at every event, which makes Luke's accomplishment even more impressive.
Lee O'Donnell, driver of the #23 PF Changs Invisible Glass Hankook Tire Sticker Dude Designs Nissan Frontier is also a veteran of short course off 'road racing. The New Jersey native can be seen piloting a Monster Truck in the off-season as well. Lee spent several seasons driving a Super Sprint Buggy in several racing associations, before moving in to the PRO-Lite division five years ago.
In 2006 saw Lee in the Top 5 of the championship standings much of the year, and eventually finished seventh overall. Just like his teammate, this division typically had two dozen competitors from all over North America, taking the green flag at every event.
In 2007, Steven, Luke, and Lee will be competing the inaugural season of the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing. The 2007 Tour will take racers throughout the Midwest, including two stops at the "Big House" of off-road racing, Crandon International Raceway.