New right rear tire program adopted

World of Outlaws Adopts Hoosier's New Right Rear Tire Orlando, FL -- Dec. 16, 2006 -- The result of thorough testing and industry support has led Hoosier Racing Tire to announce during the Performance Racing Industry trade show a new national ...

World of Outlaws Adopts Hoosier's New Right Rear Tire

Orlando, FL -- Dec. 16, 2006 -- The result of thorough testing and industry support has led Hoosier Racing Tire to announce during the Performance Racing Industry trade show a new national sprint car right rear tire program featuring three compounds and stiffer construction that the World of Outlaws will adopt.

The new tires, which will retain the same tread pattern and tire dimensions as the current open competition right rear tire, still allow a compound choice that gives racers the grip necessary to move up and down a racetrack.

A result of the national sprint car tire program, a key topic during the Unified Sprint Car Summit in July, will cut cost and create even more side-by-side racing. Thanks to Hoosier's efforts, teams' cost will be reduced about $25 per tire, with the three compounds offering a reduction in season-long tire expenses. The World of Outlaws, which will adopt the plan in the spring, will continue with its current policy of allowing only one right rear tire to be used through qualifying events.

"With the support of other series and tracks across the country, the World of Outlaws are confident that this is a very positive step forward for sprint car racing and we are pleased to be a part of the national sprint car right rear program," said World of Outlaws series director Carlton Reimers. "The benefits will be measured in reduced costs to the teams and better racing for the fans."

Hoosier's national right rear tire program was developed with input from all of the major stakeholders in the sport, and those figures fully supporting the results of comprehensive testing. With support from the World of Outlaws, several test sessions mandated by promoters revealed that 18-inch tires with a stiff sidewall kept sprint cars loose on entry into the corners while drivable in the center of the corner through the exit. That should translate into more passing on entry into a turn and a race for position into the next corner. Initial testing included a 16-inch-wide right rear tire, but all of the data and feedback convinced series officials the 18- inch-wide tire was the best solution. The other three tires on the car will remain open in 2007.

"The test sessions with Hoosier proved to be quite valuable and we are excited to have been a part of the development of the national sprint car right rear tire program," said DIRT MotorSports Executive VP of Operations Ben Geisler. "We have invested a great deal of time and energy testing and evaluating both wings and tires this season and believe that the tire is the best place to start as their construction is perhaps the part of sprint car racing that has changed the most in the past 10 years."

"I'm happy to see Hoosier and the World of Outlaws working hard to keep the World of Outlaws the most competitive sprint car series in the world," said 2006 World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz. "At the same time, it should help to keep costs down for all the teams that have to go up and down the road all season."

"Limiting the choices on tires is a positive step for the sport because it will make it more competitive from top to bottom whether you're on tour or you run weekly," said 2001 World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski. "It'll put the focus back on the cars and drivers."

-credit: woo

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