Samuel Hübinette, two-time Formula D champion, will not return for the 2012 Formula Drift pro championship season. "Two of our main sponsors changed their marketing direction, so we decided that the best thing to do with the Dodge Challenger SHR drift car is to focus on doing demos," said Hübinette, driver and team owner of Team Samuel Hübinette Racing. But don't think team SHR has lost its competitiveness. While drifting has been put on the back burner, Hübinette (the "Crazy Swede") has refocused his team on rallycross and off-road truck competitions.

Born in Sweden, Hübinette earned an early reputation for pushing motorcycles, cars and snowmobiles to the limit. He worked for Volvo Cars as a test driver in product development and was on the company's Touring Car racing team from 1997 through 2000. Since moving to the United States 2004, he has secured a bronze medal in the X Games, won two Formula Drift championships, and driven in the Baja 1000. He is also a working stunt driver in Hollywood productions.

Not only has Hübinette been one of the top names in drifting, but he maintains the record for most Formula D victories. "We will miss having a competitor like Samuel this season," said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula Drift.
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Long Beach, Calif. – March 15, 2012 – The 2-time Formula DRIFT champion, Samuel Hübinette has announced today that he will not be returning for the full 2012 Formula DRIFT pro championship season.

After 8 seasons with the Series, Hübinette will not be competing in the full Formula DRIFT schedule due to sponsors' changing interest. Team Samuel Hübinette Racing will continue to participate in Formula DRIFT international demos and is still working on participating in some Pro Championship events. Hübinette will concentrate on other racing opportunities for 2012.

"Two of our main sponsors changed their marketing direction, so we decided that the best thing to do with the Dodge Challenger SHR drift car is to focus on doing demos. For competition, we're pursuing opportunities in rallycross and off-road truck. We hope to run a round or two of the Formula DRIFT competitions for 2012, but won't know for sure until things settle down," said Samuel Hübinette, professional driver and team owner of SHR. "It has been such a good time to be part of the Formula DRIFT Series from day one and to be the inaugural Series champion means a lot to me. Drifting and Formula DRIFT has given me many opportunities in my career including stunt driving in movies and car commercials. "

In 2011, Hübinette drove in both Formula DRIFT and the Traxxas TORC Series ending up with a few conflicts that resulted in missing a couple rounds in Formula DRIFT. The highlight of the season was gaining a first qualifier spot in the Samuel Hübinette Racing Dodge Challenger at the -– round. With 2 championships and 9 event victories, Hübinette maintains the record for most Formula DRIFT victories.

"We will miss having a competitor like Samuel this season," said Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT. "We know that when the funding and sponsorship re-align, Samuel will be able to return to the Series and continue to be a competitive driver."


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      gfviperman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Samuel is a great guy and will succeed in whatever he dos in the future .... just want him to stay with Dodge.
      Sebastian K.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Global Rallycross is the reason why he left, Dodge is starting a GRC team with Hubinette and Pastrana, as I remember from the rumors...
        Xenovitalis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sebastian K.
        Yep. Last I heard they're using the Dodge Dart.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sebastian K.
        Not until next year. GRC is fixing to start up, and they have limited time to build a GRC-spec car. Their first event is in May. I mean unless SRT has been building this car without us knowing for the past months and they're going to unveil it next month. By the way, if this is true, What's that going to mean for AcidTonic when he complains about Ford not building an AWD Fiesta RS for the public? Is he going to start complaining about Dodge not doing the same thing?
      theblackemblem
      • 2 Years Ago
      Red eyes and a frown. That is one furious looking Challenger.
      centexvic
      • 2 Years Ago
      Guess they could not get a helmet to fit that hair..
      2012 ZR1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the new Chryslers are like old Buicks, good but still needs work. My neighbor bought a new Chrysler 200 @ Xmas, and in less than 3 months, the doors were squeaking & rattling, and the thing smokes more than someone on medicinal marijuana!
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2012 ZR1
        Bullshite. You are a GM fanboy, so you're going to make up stories about how other manufacturers can't build cars.
      Mc32100
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the new dodge products but my grand caravan I got for finance, it sucked I went for service a month ago and boom my dad drive it and it broke
      Kevin Potts
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never understood drifting...it's so anti-racing in terms of efficient driving. I'm glad to see Dodge focusing on Rallycross as that's where it will help push the Dart into more respect of the auto community. I always felt the Challenger was best suited for drag racing, but it's rare to see "stock" drag racing these days.