Nexen Tire Motorsports announces 2023 Motorsports Program seeking Championship Wins
– Drivers seek podium finishes both on- and off-road using high-performance Nexen Tires –
RICHFIELD, Ohio (April 4, 2023) -- Nexen Tire Motorsports, powerhouse global manufacturer of N’Fera street-legal tires used in PRO Formula DRIFT competition, today announced the kickoff of its 2023 U.S. motorsports program. In addition to partnering with some of last year’s elite Nexen Tire Motorsports drivers in Formula DRIFT, Nexen has strengthened its competitive off-road racing program by adding several new drivers this year. With high expectations of earning top finishes, Nexen has once again supplied its extreme ultra high-performance, mud-terrain and all-terrain tires to championship-winning and podium-finishing drivers. Nexen Tire Motorsports has entered the 2023 racing season with several podium finishes in King of the Hammers and is looking to capitalize on its early success.
Formula DRIFT kicks off its 2023 season with the "Streets of Long Beach" PRO Championship event in Long Beach, Calif., on April 7-8. Nexen Tire Motorsports drivers will compete using the company’s latest extreme ultra high-performance tire N’Fera Sport R.
2023 Nexen Tire Motorsports Formula DRIFT PRO drivers include:
- Ken Gushi (Toyota GR86)
- Federico Sceriffo (Ferrari 599)
- Trent Beechum (BMW)
Ultra4 Racing and AMSOIL Championship Off-Road
Last month, Nexen Tire Motorsports kicked off the new year with early success in King of the Hammers where a handful of drivers earned top-ten and top-five placements. Drivers compete using the company’s premium off-road tire choices, including Roadian MTX Xtreme Off-Road tires as well as the company's latest all-terrain tire, Roadian ATX.
Nexen Tire Motorsports off-road drivers include:
- Woody Rose, Trent Fabrication
- Chris VanDenElzen, VDE Racing
- Ross Glave, Flexpoint Off-Road
- Joshua Bacsi, Team Havoc Racing
- Sheldon Haynes, True North Racing
- Alex McNeil, Truth North Racing
- Buddy Carlton, Carlton Custom Motorsports
- Rob Inglis, TMR Customs
- Ryan Mottinger, Motts Motorsports
- Taylor Dawson, Dawson Off-Road
GRIDLIFE Touring Cup
This year, Nexen Tire Motorsports has added a new racing endeavor to its motorsports program. Austin Hertel is one of Nexen Tire Motorsports’ latest driver additions. Hertel races in one of the most competitive grassroots racing series in the country, GRIDLIFE Touring Cup. Last month, Hertel competed in the season kickoff at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where he placed fifth overall. Hertel relies on N’Fera Sport R extreme ultra high-performance tires and drives a modified Nissan 370Z sponsored by True Performance Motorsport. Located in Santa Ana, Calif., True Performance Motorsport is one of the premier N’Fera Sport R distributors on the West Coast.
Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
Competing in the Tire Rack CAM S Challenge Series, Mike Manikas of SAF Motorsports is a new Nexen Tire Motorsports' driver competing in autocross and time attack events. Manikas pilots a modified sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette, known throughout the series as an SCCA Solo CAM car, and is set to compete throughout the Midwest this season.
“We’re excited to once again commence our annual racing program across several different styles of competition,” said Jason Yard, marketing director for Nexen Tire America, Inc. “For 2023, we’ve partnered with several new- and very-talented drivers, and our returning drivers are some of the most well-known names in Formula DRIFT, Ultra4 Racing and AMSOIL Championship Off-Road. We are very confident in our roster of drivers this year, and we know they will test the capabilities of our street-legal tires. We look forward to seeing their success.”
For more information, please contact Media@NexenTireUSA.com or call 310-374-6177.
About Nexen Tire: Inspired by Nexen’s global family of drivers to engineer superior performing tires – from championship-winning Formula DRIFT drivers, rock-climbing off-road enthusiasts to everyday commuters – Nexen Tire utilizes proprietary technology and the highest quality standards in the industry to guarantee world-class products backed by unrivaled customer support for the life of each tire. As a worldwide leader in high-performance, passenger, SUV / light truck and winter offerings, the company is second-to-none in research, development and state-of-the-art manufacturing. And as part of a select group of tire manufacturers worldwide that are specified as standard fitment on original equipment vehicles, Nexen delivers premium products at a sensible price.
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