MOPAR SIGNS HUBINETTE TO PILOT DODGE VIPER COMPETITION COUPE IN FORMULA DRIFT SERIES By Team Mopar Center Line, Mich. - Team Mopar has signed expert drifter Samuel Hubinette to drive its 500+ horsepower Dodge Viper Competition Coupe in the Formula Drift Championship (Formula D) series. The series will consist of four championship rounds across the country from Los Angeles to Atlanta. Over a dozen teams have already committed to the series, which first event is scheduled April 24-25 at Road Atlanta in Georgia. "The Dodge Viper has been a dream car for me ever since I first saw it," said Samuel Hubinette. "So having the opportunity to drift it competitively for Mopar is unbelievable. I can't wait to get out there and show everyone what this Mopar Dodge Viper can do." Hubinette (pronounced Hoo-bin-et), a native of Sweden, is considered by many to be the top drifter in the United States. He finished first among American drivers at the 2004 D1 Grand Prix, and in the top-10 overall with his team Lateral G Racing. "We feel that Sam will be a perfect fit for Team Mopar," said Kevin Miller, Senior Brand Manager for Mopar. "He's well-spoken, intelligent and not afraid to push the envelope both on and off the track." Hubinette has worked as a performance driving instructor, including a stint at the Skip Barber Racing School where he gained experience driving Dodge Vipers. Hubinette also worked as a stunt driver in several television commercials. Drifting, which originated in Japan, is a unique form of motorsport that is judged on a variety of style points rather than crossing the finish line first. The goal is to apply enough power to the rear wheels to break the tires' traction and initiate a slide, or "drift." Once a drift is initiated, it must be maintained through the turn using a precise balance of power, braking, and steering.