Irish man driving for Dodge team in the US drift championship

Dean Kearney a 22 native of Waterford has joined the U.S. Dodge drift team of Samuel Hübinette Racing for 2011. Dean or “Karnage” as he’s known will be driving a specially prepared Dodge Viper SRT10. Dean is an accomplished driver, having captured the 2009 European Pro Drift Championship.
Two-time champion Samuel Hübinette is set to unleash a one-two Dodge punch
on the Formula DRIFT (FD) Series in 2011.

The “Crazy Swede,” who returns for a second year of dual owner and driver
roles, will drive his own Samuel Hubinette Racing (SHR) Dodge Motorsports
Dodge Challenger.
“This is a perfect fit for me, and I feel right at home with Samuel and the whole SHR family,” Kearney said. “With driver nicknames ‘Crazy Swede’ and ‘Karnage,’ fans are going to quickly see SHR as one of the most exciting teams in all of drifting this season.”

Dodge is looking forward to another successful season of drift competition. “Samuel brings a ton of passion and experience to everything he does for Dodge, so we’re excited to be back with Samuel Hübinette Racing in 2011 and look forward to the arrival of a second champion, Dean Kearney in the SHR Dodge Viper,” said Bryan Viger, Head of Dodge Motorsports. “We can’t ask for a better team to represent Dodge and Dodge Motorsports in the Formula DRIFTSeries.”

Jake York, president and CEO of new team sponsor V-LEDS, one of the largest
automotive LED replacement bulb retailers in the world, shares the enthusiasm as the 2011 season opener approaches. “We can’t wait to see our logo on the SHR Dodge Viper SRT10,” York said. “Dean is sure to quickly let loose on the Streets of Long Beach and we look forward to the start of the season and developing a long-term relationship with SHR.”

Hübinette, Kearney and SHR kick off their season in the 2011 FD Round One
event on the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. on April 8-9. The season
continues at Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga., May 6-7; Palm Beach International
Raceway, Palm Beach, Fla., June 3-4; Wall Speedway, Wall, N.J., June 17-18;
Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, Wash., July 22-23; Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
Aug. 26-27; and Irwindale, Calif., Oct. 7-8.

All the guys here at The Next Gear wish Dean the best of luck for the coming season, we’ll keep the folks at home up to date with all the info we can get.
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