Hankook Tire America, a growing leader in the U.S. tyre market, will be the exclusive tyre supplier for SCCA Pro Racing’s formula championship ladder, starting in 2019.
SCCA Pro Racing is the sanctioning body behind the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda and the new F3 Americas Championship Powered by Honda.
“We are extremely pleased to bring Hankook Tire on board for the F4 United States Championship and the F3 Americas Championship,” said SCCA Pro Racing Vice President Steve Oseth. “Their experience in other F4 Championships and the F3 European Championship around the world means their products exhibit the durability and performance demanded of a highly competitive series and this was shown during tyre testing in some very extreme conditions. They will mesh very well with our other series technical partners, Honda, HPD and Onroak and Liger.”
In a multi-year agreement with an option to extend, Hankook Tire will not only deliver Hankook-branded slick and rain tyres to F4 U.S. and F3 Americas competitors, but also provide marketing services to drivers and teams.
Per FIA guidelines, a maximum of two sets will be available for purchase at each event with no limitations on tyres at official series tests. Hankook Tire will provide trackside mounting service and tyre engineering support at each race and test.
“Hankook is thrilled to support F3 and F4 as the primary tyre supplier,” said Hankook Tire’s Sooman Choi, Vice President of Marketing. “We are excited and eager to provide our state-of-the-art racing tyres to a series that is designed to develop young American racing talent.”
As part of the F4 U.S. Championship scholarship, Hankook will also present the F4 title winner with two full sets of tyres per event for the season to progress into the F3 Americas Championship, starting with the 2018 F4 U.S. champion Dakota Dickerson.
Danny van Dongen, the founder of the motorsports division said: “We put extra effort into securing this sponsorship because we believe in the future of Formula racing in the United States.”
He added: “We have a full range of competition sizes from 13 to 19 inches, but we have previously only sponsored GT and prototype cars. Formula Three and Four really help us showcase everything our brand can do.”