GT Radial official tire supplier for Formula Drift
GT Radial is now an official tire supplier for Formula DRIFT and will make its debut at round 1 of the series, April 4-5 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Street Course. Driver Tyler Wolfson will be competing on GT Radial Champiro SX2 extreme performance summer tires.
The Champiro SX2, introduced recently to North America, was developed for driving enthusiasts who want higher levels of traction, response and driving control in dry and wet conditions. The Champiro SX2 has already experienced considerable success in Formula DRIFT Asia, with drivers such as Josh Boettcher from Australia who placed 3rd overall in the 2013 championship.
“As the premier North American professional drifting competition with a very large and growing fan base, Formula DRIFT is an ideal platform for demonstrating the technology and performance of the GT Radial brand to North American drivers,” said Armand Allaire, vice president of marketing for Giti Tire USA, which markets and sells GT Radial tires in North America.
“Having seen the successes of GT Radial in the Asia Championship, we are excited to see them partner with us in the Formula Drift PRO Championship,” stated Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of the series. “We celebrate diversity and competition in Formula DRIFT and GT Radial will now be the 8th tire manufacturer to chase for the 2014 Championship and Tire Manufacturer Championship.”
This will be Wolfson’s rookie season in Formula DRIFT following back to back feeder series championship wins on GT Radial tires. He and his GT Radial/SAE Motorsport Mazda RX-7 will compete in the full seven event calendar of the Formula DRIFT PRO Championship and the four event calendar of the Formula DRIFT Pro2 Series.
“When testing the SX2, the first thing I noticed was the tire’s predictability, which is extremely important not only in drifting competition but also for every day driving on the streets,” said Wolfson, noting that the tire is also extremely durable.