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AutoBlog: Mopar pulls sponsorship of Sam Hubinette's drift team

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Filed under: Motorsports, Chrysler, LLC.

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In an unsurprising turn of events, Chrysler has pulled its sponsorship of Sam Hubinette's drifting team as part of the company's restructuring plan. The bankrupt automaker's Formula Drift program was run by Shaun Carlson's NuFormz Racing, which began with Mopar in 2002, competing in the NHRA Sport Compact division. The team eventually made their way into drifting in 2004, where Hubinette captured the championship behind the wheel of a Dodge Viper during Formula D's inaugural season. Hubinette went onto several podium finishes, placing second overall in 2006 and claiming runner-up finishes in both 2005 and 2008.

Although the team's last sideways outing will be at the New Jersey Speedway on June 5 and 6, Chrysler's Director of Brand Marketing and Strategy, Mike Accavitti, said in a release, "At this time, [Chrysler] plan to continue supporting our other racing sponsorships into the foreseeable future." Make the jump for the press release.

[source: Chrysler via EverythingDrift]

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Not cool. Pull out of ASSCAR not something that is actually funt o watch and actually uses real cars.

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Not cool. Pull out of ASSCAR not something that is actually funt o watch and actually uses real cars.

Real cars...huh?




Correction: Hyundai Genesis Coupe Drift Car Using Nissan Engine

On Wednesday IL incorrectly reported that Rhys Millen's Red Bull sponsored Hyundai Genesis Coupe drift car is powered by a stroked 4.0-liter version of Hyundai's 3.8-liter Lambda V6. A Nissan VQ-based 4.0-liter V6 actually powers the car.

Millen told Inside Line last week that a "4.0-liter V6" powers the car and he was being truthful. However, subsequent discussions centering around specific choices to use the Hyundai V6 rather the the Hyundai 2.0-liter turbo engine were curiously misleading and led to the error. We regret the mistake.

Millen points out that he was under contract to complete the car by the first Formula D event (April 11) and using the Hyundai engine with so little development time was not an option. The program was only approved in mid January and the car was built entirely in nine weeks.

"The Hyundai engine should be ready by the second or third event of the season," Millen says.

Drifting is a unique sport which allows competition cars to use virtually any powertrain so the car was not in violation of the Formula D rules at last weekend's opening event on the streets of Long Beach, California.

Edited by BrewSwillis

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What looks more like the real stock car to you?



Or this?


Oh, the Viper is very real.....I'm talking about all the rules that allow lame ass, naturally aspirated, FWD Japanese cars to compete with RWD and giant turbos that are not even available from the factory.....especially when most of the cars looks fairly stock.

At least Dodge, Ford, and Chevy make V8 engines, that they put in actual cars (maybe with different names, and even some with RWD :lol:) ....as far as NASCAR goes.

BTW, your second link does not show up correctly. It's showing as a stock Corvette....which really confused me about the point you were making. :lol:

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