Two-time champion Samuel Hübinette is set to unleash a one-two punch on the 2011 Formula DRIFT Series. The man from Jokkmokk, Sweden, known as the "Crazy Swede," will field his Samuel Hübinette Racing (SHR) Dodge Motorsports Challenger, with European Pro Drift champ Dean Kearney tapped as driver of the SHR V-LEDS-Federal Dodge Viper SRT10. "We're very excited about the coming season," said Hübinette, who earned two FD championships in his first three seasons, including the series' 2004 inaugural year. "The SHR Dodge Motorsports Dodge Challenger should be even more formidable with a year of competition under our belt, and Dean Kearney is a talented young driver that will be competitive right out of the gate in the SHR Dodge Viper SRT10."I'm also very grateful to continue important relationships with sponsors such Dodge, BFGoodrich, and welcome in new sponsors including Discount Tire and V-LEDS. We intend to repay their support by putting on the best drift show we can and by bringing home some victories—and a championship."
"Dean will fit right into the SHR family," said Hübinette, who along with his wife Stina recently welcomed baby daughter Stella into the Hübinette household. "With drivers nicknamed "Crazy Swede" and "Karnage," you can bet we're going to be one of the most exciting teams on the FD Series. It's going to be must-see drifting." ABOUT SAMUEL HÜBINETTE A native Swede, Hübinette has been living and competing in the United States since 2004. He became a US citizen in 2006. With his 2 championships in drifting, X games bronze medalist in Rally Cross and Baja1000 driver makes Samuel to a very diverse driver. When he isn't competing, Hübinette is also a serious motorcycle rider and a working stunt driver in car commercials and in Hollywood productions including Fast and the Furious franchise, Crank2, and Knight and Day.
Hübinette developed a taste for speed in his native Sweden, where he earned a reputation for pushing snowmobiles, Motorcycles and cars to their limits. He competed as a driver in Touring Car racing on a team for Volvo from 1997 through 2000 and worked for Volvo Cars for nine years as a test driver in product development for the company. He has also worked as a performance driving instructor, including a three-year stint at the Skip Barber Racing School, where he was a member of the elite Special Product Group.