MMRA WELCOMES HOOSIER TIRES!
MMRA is excited to welcome the worlds largest race tire manufacturer to
the sport of minicup racing. Hoosier Racing Tire has produced winning
tires for everything from the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series to Winston Cup.
Their engineers have used the latest computerized design and
manufacturing to produce the best minicup tire possible at a competitive
price. MMRA worked closely with Hoosier to develop the new tire and
has successfully tested the final product. The new Hoosier minicup racing tire is a
higher quality product than anything previously available, and the price is
right. We welcome Hoosier tire to our sport, and look forward to a
long, successful partnership.
Pictured above is the new Hoosier minicup
racing tire. Welcome Hoosier!
Pictured above is one of the Hoosier
manufacturing plants. This is a serious company with a serious
commitment to motorsports, and now minicup racing. They have a
fascinating history which you can read about on their website by
Frequently Asked Questions:
New added 2/1/04 - Which direction do I mount my Hoosier tires?
Mount the tires with the double white "Hoosier" name to the outside of
the car on both sides.
1. So are the new Hoosier tires legal to run in MMRA? The MMRA Competition Committee has voted to approve the new
Hoosier minicup tires for all MMRA minicup races starting with the 2004
2. What about our old tires? The old tires are still
legal to run and will be legal throughout the 2004 racing season at all MMRA
events. Starting in 2005, the only tire legal for MMRA Touring or
Grand National races will be the new Hoosier tire.
3. So in 2004, there will be two different legal tires? Yes
- the new Hoosier minicup tire and the old style.
4. What does the new Hoosier tire cost? The retail
price to the racer is $60 per tire.
5. Are they all one type? Yes and no. MMRA asked
for help with our stagger needs and Hoosier has responded by producing 2
different tires. The only difference between them is that one is
slightly larger than the other. As such, you will be able to buy a
"regular" or "short" tire. This will eliminate most of the
guesswork in buying tires and the process of "putting a hot tire in the sun"
to make it grow larger. With the new Hoosier tire, if you need a
larger tire, simply order a "regular" tire. The compound for both
sizes will be the same and will be stamped right into the tire.
6. What are the catalog numbers for the new tire? The
regular size tire will be 41150MC780 and the "short" version will be
7. Can I mix and match tires? No - all cars must have
EITHER 4 old tires, or 4 new Hoosier tires. You can't put one new
Hoosier tire with 3 old style tires for example.
8. How can I buy the new Hoosier tires? New Hoosier
tires will be available at all MMRA Touring and Grand National races in
2004. Also, we anticipate that minicup manufacturers and dealers will
also offer the new Hoosier tires. Finally, all regular Hoosier tire
distributors will also be able to sell the new Hoosier minicup tire.
Racers can buy the new Hoosier tires from anywhere they like and wherever
they can get the best price.
9. Are they faster? MMRA worked with Hoosier to
develop a "better" tire. It has better quality construction and should
hold air both when new, and after riding around the pit area. It may
possibly be slightly faster on the racetrack but we worked to develop a tire
that won't immediately obsolete all the old tires out there.
10. How are they different? MMRA testing has shown
that the new tire is more balanced, producing a smoother ride. It also
works best after a heat cycle - i.e. one race or practice.
11. How long will they last? The new Hoosier tires are made to
be durable. One of the greatest advantages of minicup racing is that
you don't have to buy lots of new tires to be competitive. That will
remain the same with the new Hoosier tire.
What is Hoosier doing to support the sport? The biggest thing
Hoosier has already done is to spend the time and money to develop a better
tire than we used to have. They have also added to the credibility of
minicup racing by joining the sport. This is the largest racing tire
manufacturer in the world and they are taking notice of minicups.
Their support will be seen in many ways in 2004 including signage at events
and Hoosier tire apparel for MMRA racers and race winners. Check out
the examples below.
|The Hoosier neckband will be a familiar
sight in victory lane next year.
||If you're an MMRA member in 2004, you'll
probably have a Hoosier hat.
||If you win an MMRA Touring or Grand
National race in 2004, you'll receive a Hoosier jacket.
13. Is there an introductory special? Yes, Hoosier tires will
be available at all 2004 Touring and Grand National races. For the first 50
sets of tires sold, the price will be only $200 per set of 4. Once 50 sets
are sold, the price will be $60 per tire. One set only per car please.
14. Are these new Hoosier tires MMRA stamped? No,
although MMRA worked with Hoosier to develop the tire, Hoosier is making
this tire for more than just MMRA minicups. They see a large market
for this type of tire and will be working with other groups to introduce
their new product.
15. Where can I learn more about Hoosier tires?
16. I have another question - No problem, please send e-mail
Pictured below is Hoosier Tire Product Manager Irish Saunders and test
driver Lindsay Daniels during evaluation of the new Hoosier
minicup racing tire at the Hoosier testing facility.