KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The latest piece may have fallen in place in terms of the tire picture for winged sprint car racing for the 2013 season.
In August, the 410 sprint car industry learned Goodyear would not be supplying tires for the new season and the majority of tracks and sanctioning bodies had raced with Goodyear tires in recent years.
Knoxville Raceway has signed an agreement with Hoosier Tires to be the official tire supplier for all Knoxville Raceway events including the Knoxville Nationals, 360 Knoxville Nationals and the Knoxville Championship Cup Series. All three sprint car classes, 410, 360 and 305 will run Hoosiers on all four corners.
“After very careful consideration and testing, we selected Hoosier,” said John McCoy, Knoxville’s race director. “We have tried to strike a balance between what is best for the racer, the track and the fans. We feel Hoosier’s commitment to the sport and to good competitive racing is the best for everyone involved.”
Knoxville Raceway joins the Interstate Racing Ass’n, Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park, Fremont (Ohio) Speedway and the King of the West Sprint Car Series as organizations having announced plans to use Hoosier rubber next season.
“Knoxville’s Hoosier Tire agreement is a five-year commitment that will help provide fast, competitive and exciting racing every night. We are very happy to be working with a premier company like Hoosier whose commitment to racers and the race tracks has been unsurpassed over the years,” said Knoxville Raceway Marketing Director Brian Stickel.
Fremont Speedway Promoter Rich Farmer said after Goodyear announced they were leaving sprint car racing, there has been testing go on between the remaining two tire manufacturers.
“Our main goal going into the negotiations was to find a tire that was capable of lasting longer than one night and bring the cost down to our teams,” said Farmer. “The tires we will be using are capable of going two or three nights or longer and can be reversed to get even more wear.”
“We tried to strike a balance between what is best for the race teams, the tracks and the fans. We feel Hoosier offered the best alternative to accomplish our goals,” said Rex LeJeune, director of operations for Attica Raceway Park. “Hoosier has been a very good partner to Attica with our late model division and previously for both race tracks for the sprint cars. We are happy to be working with a company like Hoosier whose commitment to racers and the tracks has been unsurpassed over the years.”