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19″ Hankook Ventus RS3 on Forgestar F14

July 21st, 2011 by ctonews

Forgestar came through with a set of 19″ F14 wheels so we could mount some sticky 19″ Hankook Ventus RS3 tires on what Carl calls his “practice car”.

The RS3 tires are a perfect fit since they are Hankook’s Porsche 997 GT3 setup and the rears stretch nicely over the 12×19 rear wheels:

Front: 235/35ZR19

Rear: 305/30ZR19

Carl claims that equipped with these tires, the Porsche will be able to beat the laptimes he set in Redline Time Attack racing the City Tire 350Z (also on Hankook RS3 tires). That means FAST so it’s not exactly a humble statement. We are excited to see the results so stay tuned to find out which car wins!

Check the pics out!

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Formula Drift – Wall, New Jersey 2011

July 15th, 2011 by john

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Practice on Friday was eventful with the freak thunderstorm that rolled in on us. Our flags stood tall and FD drivers took shelter wherever they could find it.

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Luckily, we had the nice umbrellas laying around. The models were putting them to great use as the rain was still trickling down during poster signings.

   

Saturday was clear and everyone was lining up for burnt rubber, Hankook giveaways and autographed posters.

    

“Who wants a Hankook hat?” Big crowd around our area as usual. All waiting for the best hats in motorsports!

                

Models stayed busy signing shirts, posters, and taking photos with the crowd. And as many have been asking, our shark made it to NJ and will be around for Formula Drift – Seattle next week!

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Team Hankook’s first victory of the year came with some awesome driving from Conrad Greunwald and the awesome Hankook Camaro. Even Sharky was proud to be a champion on this fine day.

Stopped by Times Square on Sunday for a little NY sightseeing and ran into a giant Hankook billboard.

Team Hankook / City Tire Service will make its next appearance in Seattle next week, July 22nd – 23rd.

Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, WA

http://formulad.com/schedule/pro-championship/monroe.php

www.hankooktireusa.com

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*Special thanks to Alycia for taking photos for us in NJ.

*And thanks to Larry Chen of Speedhunters.com for the great rain shots.

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Carl’s 5th race in 24H of Nuerburgring: “Sweet but too short!”

July 6th, 2011 by ctonews

Carl’s 5th anniversary in the 24H of Nuerburgring went down with a German Porsche team, Steam Racing. We met the team briefly in 2009 when Carl raced there in the Hankook Levin Racing Porsche 996 GT3 RSR, since those teams shared the pitbox that time.

Carl repping us and Hankook

Everything looked pretty good in the SP7 class, the team had a race setup on the car which gave Carl’s team a middle of the class laptime in qualifying – but given several other cars were RSR Porsches on qualifying setup, the Cup car had an edge of less fuel consumption and usually, great reliability.

The race started on a wet track with a drizzle, Michael (regular from Steam Racing) started with a short stint and with the experience of this team, they came in to fuel 1 lap before the whole pack of 200 cars started to pit (which usually causes a big stir and usually problems reaching to fuel rigs and more or less traffic jam to get out of the pits). Carl went out clear after a fast pit stop. He was on the same rain tires as they started on and conditions changed between wet to drying track during his stint.

Carl said “It was tricky to push in these conditions, because either it was wet or there were a few miles of drying raceline, in which the wet tires would get very hot. That’s a very treacherous situation as overheated wets become super inconsistent to race on, so you have to keep them just on the limit and find wet sections on the straights to cool them off. A hard brake duel in the dry for instance, will instantly fry the wet tires and it takes a long time for them to come back from that. I was on the radio with the team and we considered dry tires after a few laps but right then came a new shower so I stayed out there and kept adapting to the ever changing conditionss. I’m very impressed with the team being very cool and calm, their experience with tire strategy and conditions on the Nordschleife really showed.”

Racing on, Carl set the fastest time for the team in these conditions before pitting.

After Carl handed over to co-driver Jim, relatively new to the Nurburgring, the car went two laps before reports came from the track that the car had been in an accident – and it had. Another car had impacted the Steam Racing Porsche and sent it into the guard rails. Normally, a quick fix of control arms would have the team back in the race in no time, but the impact struck so bad it damaged the mounts for the suspension arms, and the half-shaft transferred the force to the gearbox case which showed cracks. With that much damage, there is no point carrying on as the repairs will take too much time to even have the slighest shot at a good finish position.

Massive line-up, here Carl’s Porsche next to the new SLS GT3. 

Bad luck for the guys who otherwise were climbing fast in the changing conditions!

“Total bummer”, Carl commented, “but what can you do. It was really aggressive out there, and a lot of the time just racing the car and track had to go on Nordschleife-experience, like autopilot, just to handle the traffic. It really demands all you have as a driver, it’s such a sweet feeling to race at this track”.

But we know that the team is planning some other cool European GT races and we believe Carl will be back in this car soon.

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Formula Drift – Atlanta 2011

May 9th, 2011 by john

Team Hankook / City Tire Service loves Atlanta.

Our setup for FD – Atlanta 2011 this past weekend

Our lovely models Nicole and Lisa were having a great time meeting all the fans.

We love this track. Its a great course and a very fan friendly track where you can see everything from almost any seat. People take it very seriously here and set up very early in the morning.

 Certainly the most beautiful day we have experienced here.

Our crowd was definitely insane and we loved them back with Hankook bags, lanyards, hats, banners, posters and autographs! Come by next time and check out what all the hype is about. Thank you Atlanta for the good times!

 

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Carl Rydquist to drive the 25 Hours of Thunderhill

December 3rd, 2010 by john

As many of you know, our City Tire team driver Carl Rydquist has been piloting endurance races for a majority of his racing career. 4 years he has competed in the top class of the 24 hours of Nürburging. Now in his first endurance race in the US Carl will be amped up to perform at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill this coming weekend.

 

 

 Team MER Plans Star-Studded Assault on 25 Hours of Thunderhill

 

MLB Pitcher and Film Star Join Road Racing Aces for 2010 Team

 

 

 

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 30, 2010) – Team MER is pulling out all the stops in its bid to reclaim the 25 Hours of Thunderhill title and bounce back from a disappointing 2009 race. Entering four Mazda cars in the grueling 25-hour endurance contest, which takes place just outside of Willows, Calif., Team MER is relying on an all-star lineup of road racing veterans, young up-and-comers, an MLB pitcher and a Hollywood actor to take home the win.

 

The No. 36 Hankook/Burger On/MER MX-5, which finished fourth in the E1 class last year, is in very capable hands for 2010. Professional drifter and experienced road racer Tyler McQuarrie, who’s won E1 twice before, including with MER in 2008, will be in the driver’s seat. He’ll share driving duties with 2009 Western and Eastern Skip Barber Regional Champ David Cheng, NASA Spec Miata standout Darin Polsley and Texas Rangers starting pitcher, C.J. Wilson. Fresh off of his first World Series appearance, Wilson is no stranger to Thunderhill. The California native drove the No. 36 for MER in last year’s race, helping secure a fourth-place finish in class.

 

After a very long season of baseball, my attention instantly turned to competing in the 25 Hour with Team MER,” Wilson said. “Mazda has a great formula in the MX-5 Cup and after seeing firsthand how supportive and fun the entire field was last year, my teammates and I are really excited to see what’s in store for 2010.  Zoom Zoom!”

 

Team MER’s second entry in the E1 class is the 2008 class winner. The No. 74 Hankook/AE Performance/MER MX-5 boasts another head-turning roster that includes actor Paul Walker, best known for headlining The Fast and The Furious film franchise. His love of racing goes beyond the big screen, as Walker has been a serious competitor in the Red Line Time Attack series. Walker brings with him his long time advisor and GT3 Cup driver Roger Rodas. Two more Red Line Time Attack stars complete the driver lineup for the No. 74, including the 2010 Red Line Time Attack Driver of the Year and Super Modified AWD Champion Jeff Westphal, plus 2010 Modified RWD Champion Carl Rydquist, neither of whom are strangers to endurance races, including the 24 hour races of Daytona and the Nürburgring.

 

My teammates this year encompass everything necessary to have a great time racing while still being competitive,” Westphal said. “It’s a new experience for half of us, but with that said, I know they will adapt just fine.

 

The MER MX-5 Cup car is a well-sorted and front-running package. Actually, the very car we will be using won its class in the 25 two years back, so I have no hesitations that we will be in great shape come Saturday afternoon.”

 

The No. 80 MER/Hoosier RX-8 E0 class entry, more commonly known as Team MER’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Challenge car, will have some serious road racing aficionados at the wheel, including Eric Curran, who’s won no less than 10 Continental Tire Challenge races in his career before moving up to the Rolex GT series in 2010. Team MER co-owner Shannon McMasters, a former Moroso 24 Hour race winner and longtime 25 Hours of Thunderhill entrant joins Curran in the No. 80 car, along with 2009 Skip Barber Master Series Champion Ward Herst.

 

The No. 73 Frank’s International/PaveCon/Hoosier/MER/Sparco MX-5 ES class entry will pull from Team MER’s SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup stable of drivers. Jeff Mosing arrives at Thunderhill after his best MX-5 Cup season yet, finishing a career-high second at Miller Motorsports Park. Russell Walker is coming off of his rookie season in MX-5 Cup, highlighted by a third-place finish at Mosport. Mosing and Walker are joined by team co-owner Jason Saini, the 2007 MX-5 Cup Champion and 2008 World Challenge Touring Car Rookie of the Year. As an E1 class winner in 2007 and overall winner in 2008, Saini knows what it takes to topple the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

 

After the high of winning Thunderhill in 2008, last year was a pretty big disappointment,” Saini said. “One of our cars caught fire, but thankfully my friend and co-driver Charles Espenlaub was OK. He even went on to win the Continental Tire Challenge GS Championship this year. We wish he could be back with us for another run at the win, but he’s in Germany with the GS team accepting an award from BMW!

 

Even with last year’s misfortune, we bounced back and brought home a runner-up finish in the E1 class. Team MER never gives up and we’re going to take that same fighting spirit all the way to the checkered flag on Sunday.”

 

The 25 Hours of Thunderhill begins with a two full days of testing, Dec. 2-3, prior to qualifying at 5:15 p.m. (PST) on Dec. 3. The green flag flies at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, with the checkered flag coming out 25 hours later, at Noon on Sunday, Dec. 5. Live timing and scoring is available at www.nasa25hour.com.

 

Team MER is in the hunt for another 25 Hours of Thunderhill win thanks to the support of its sponsors:

 

No. 36 Mazda MX-5: Hankook, BurgerOn

No. 73 Mazda MX-5: Sparco, Hoosier, 949 Racing, Frank’s International, PaveCon, Safecraft

No. 74 Mazda MX-5: Hankook, AE performance, Reachout Worldwide, the DRAW portfolio

No. 80 Mazda RX-8: Sparco, Hoosier, 949 Racing, ProParts

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