Two-time Formula DRIFT (FD) champ Samuel Hübinette is ready to put the season-opening FD Long Beach event in his rear-view mirror. Hübinette encountered mechanical problems in his Samuel Hübinette Racing (SHR) Dodge Motorsports Dodge Challenger and was unable to make a qualifying run at Long Beach, forcing the “Crazy Swede” to miss the tandem drift elimination battles on Saturday, April 9.
Hübinette still gained some encouragement from the weekend, as his new SHR driver, Dean Kearney, qualified for the show at Long Beach in his Mopar-powered SHR Dodge Viper SRT10. Kearney qualified No. 28 and fell in the opening round to Rhys Millen.
“One of the two SHR/Dodge race vehicles made it in to the show at Long Beach,” said Hübinette. “Due to a mechanical problem with the Challenger it was not able to get out on time for the qualification runs on Friday. I’m very disappointed to not make it into the show, but at the same time I’m happy that my driver Dean Kearney qualified in his SHR V-LEDs Dodge Viper. We’ll head to Atlanta for Round 2, where I will get my chance to grab some very important points for my chase for a third championship.”
Next up is the Round Two Formula DRIFT event at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., May 6–7. For more information, visit http://www.formulad.com.