MILWAUKEE (Aug. 27, 2007) — Automobile Racing Club of America Inc. (ARCA) has renewed its 12-year-old exclusive tire supply contract for the ARCA RE/MAX short track stock car series with Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. through the 2011 season.
Officials from ARCA and Hoosier announced the contract Aug. 26 at the Milwaukee Mile race track, which hosted the RE/MAX series over the weekend.
Hoosier has supplied tires to ARCA-sanctioned racing events since 1985 and became the RE/MAX series' official tire in 1995. The series features stock cars nearly identical to those that run the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch Series championships, such as, Chevrolet Monte Carlos, Ford Fuzions, Dodge Chargers and Toyota Camrys.
With the contract extension official, Hoosier has begun developing a radial for ARCA's short track races on paved tracks up to one mile in length to complement the exisiting radial for superspeedways. Hoosier engineers are using existing data and performance records of Hoosier radials for other racing series in developing the RE/MAX radial. Competitors will continue to use bias-ply tires on dirt tracks.
“We believe that instituting radial tire technology for short track events will provide for a number of potential advantages,” said Joe Wells, ARCA vice president of competition. “Among the benefits are uniformity of race car construction and components, consistency in sizing from unit to unit of the tires themselves, better durability and as such, less overall tire consumption resulting in better cost control for the teams.”
Plans call for testing of the new short track radial this fall, with its debut intended for the first short track race of the 2008 series season.
“Our relationship with ARCA has been extremely beneficial to our overall radial tire development program,” said Dennis Sherman, vice president of marketing for Hoosier. “…We are very pleased to be a part of the evolution of this growing series. Our philosophy and ARCA's has always been the same. It is our mutual goal to grow the sport because it is in both our interest to do so.”
Hoosier and ARCA have a long history. Hoosier co-founder Bob Newton began his association with ARCA in 1953 when he competed as a racer in ARCA-sanctioned short track racing at Flat Rock Speedway.
The partners did not disclose the value of the contract, but the RE/MAX series averages about 23 races a year with about 40 competitors per race. Racers use up to five or six sets of tires per race weekend, yielding a tire supply need of upwards of 18,000 tires at $394 each, according to ARCA and Hoosier data.
Hoosier also is the spec tire supplier for ARCA's Lincoln Welders Truck Series, which features pickup trucks similar to those that race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.