FONTANA, Calif. (June 27, 2003)—Kumho Tire USA unveiled the next step in its focus on racing.
The Fontana-based tire maker has assembled a motorsport support tractor-trailer and a fleet of three Mini Coopers. The truck—which can carry all three vehicles—will provide trackside support at select Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) national events and at Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) events. Company officials said the truck's first year already is booked.
The Minis will be used for ride-and-drive events for tire dealers, consumers and the media. Both the Minis and the tractor-trailer were introduced at a ceremony at the company's technical center in Fairlawn, Ohio.
“We've been involved with SCCA racing since 1993, and we're now in our third year of CORR racing,” said Rick Brennan, high-performance brand manager for Kumho. “We've won several national championships with SCCA, and this year we've scored our first wins in CORR's Pro divisions. Our success on the track has caused our stable of SCCA and CORR racers to grow. This new truck and trailer will enable us to better serve our racers and will also serve notice that Kumho is committed to these series and to motorsports in general.”
The truck features a Kenworth T2000 tractor and a 53-foot trailer custom-built by High Tech Performance Trailers in Painesville, Ohio. The trailer includes tire mounting and balancing equipment, a lounge and meeting area complete with a flat-screen television and digital satellite system, a rooftop observation deck, retractable awning and a 5,000-pound capacity liftgate. Kumho's former presence at racing events had been a large white pickup pulling a trailer.
Kumho decided to add the Minis to the mix because of their handling capabilities and attention-grabbing features.
“We want more people to experience the performance of Kumho tires, and we believe that ride-and-drive events are the best way to do that,” Mr. Brennan said. “We believe our dealers will enjoy the ride and drive experience and having a visit from our motorsport truck and the Minis.”