RACE: Goodyear Racing profile on Miserindino

Miserindino A Quick Study In Spec Racer Ford FONTANA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2007) -- Sometimes, in this time-compressed world, you have to learn to get things done quickly. Mike Miserindino has watched his father, Tom, race in Sports Car Club of ...

Miserindino A Quick Study In Spec Racer Ford

FONTANA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2007) -- Sometimes, in this time-compressed world, you have to learn to get things done quickly.

Mike Miserindino has watched his father, Tom, race in Sports Car Club of America competition since Mike was born and the son finally started following Dad's footsteps four years ago. At the 2006 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, Mike Miserindino won his first national title by winning the Spec Racer Ford race.

Not bad for a guy who is still a junior in college.

Goodyear became the exclusive tire provider for the Spec Racer Ford category, the largest class of cars sanctioned by the SCCA, prior to the 2006 season. The tiremaker and the SCCA extended that agreement over the winter.

"It was a very welcome change," Miserindino said of the introduction of the Goodyear tires before the start of the 2006 season. "They last much longer than the last tire we had."

Goodyear designed and built a tire specifically for the Spec Racer Ford class. The tire measures 22 inches by seven inches and mounts on a 13-inch wheel. The tire is of bias-ply construction and is designed to be used on every tire position. Teams reported during 2006 that they could use the tire for a dozen or more heat cycles and still maintain performance. The dry track tires will have four circumferential grooves, two in the center of the tire and two toward the sides. The wet track tires will include the same construction, but with Goodyear's wet-weather tread pattern.

Miserindino, 20, said, "You could put 15 heat cycles on the tire and still gain valuable information from them."

The cars in the Spec Racer Ford class are single-seat racers of a single design, powered by a sealed Ford engine. Only limited modifications are allowed. It is the largest class in the SCCA with an estimated 800 competitors across the United States. The class rules emphasize driver skill over the ability to fund a team.

"My dad has been racing spec racers for 20 years," the younger Miserindino said, "so I've been around it all my life. I enjoy going to the race track knowing that I don't have to worry about spending $50,000 to have the best equipment."

Miserindino said that because the SCCA officials do an excellent job of policing the cars, Goodyear's manufacturing consistency is extra important.

The Cal Club Region of the SCCA will host a national points event at California Speedway Jan. 25-27. The cars will race on the sports car course, which includes the front straight and first two corners of the superspeedway.

"That's a lot of fun," Miserindino said. "Especially our cars. They draft real well. Our cars are a second or two faster in the draft than running by themselves."

A student at the University of San Diego, Miserindino is majoring in business administration. He dreams of becoming a professional racer and wants to own his own team some day. But first, he said, he'll learn about the business side of things.

-credit: goodyear racing

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