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Nexen Tire Kicks Off 2022 Motorsports Program

THE SHOPNexen Tire Motorsports is kicking off its 2022 U.S. motorsports program with its support of four Nexen Tire Motorsports drivers in Formula DRIFT, the tire manufacturer announced.

“This year, Nexen Tire Motorsports looks to strengthen its competitive racing program by supplying Nexen’s extreme ultra-high-performance tires to high-caliber, championship-winning and podium-finishing drivers,” the company said.

The 2022 Formula DRIFT season kicks off on the “Streets of Long Beach” in Long Beach, California, on April 1-2 and will commence Nexen Tire Motorsports’ competitive racing program, the company said. Nexen Tire Motorsports drivers will begin the season equipped with the company’s current line of drift tires, the N’Fera SUR4G Extreme Ultra High-Performance tires. Teams will then begin running Nexen Tire’s next generation of extreme ultra-high-performance tires, N’Fera Sport R, which debuted at last year’s annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, the company said. The tires debut in Formula DRIFT will align with the national rollout of the N’Fera Sport R.

2022 Nexen Tire Motorsports Formula DRIFT Pro 1 drivers include:

  • Ken Gushi (Toyota GR86)
  • Federico Sceriffo (Ferrari 599)
  • Jhonnattan Castro (Toyota GR86)
  • Dean Kearny (Dodge Viper)

“We are extremely excited to be back in Formula DRIFT after having limited involvement during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Paul Jho, specialty tire and motorsports director at Nexen Tire America Inc. “This year we’ve refined our motorsports program by partnering with some of the most well-known drivers in Formula DRIFT and will supply them with the highly anticipated N’Fera Sport R, the exclusive tire choice for Nexen Tire Motorsports drivers. We are confident our drivers will test the capabilities of N’Fera Sport R and we look forward to seeing the success this year.”

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the digital content editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at [email protected]

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