An innovative racecar driver, designer and promoter, Mickey Thompson held 485 national and international speed and endurance records at the time of his passing.
Today, his son Danny Thompson is rebuilding the Challenger 2 to create the Challenger 2.5 in hopes of exceeding the existing land speed record for wheel-driven vehicles, a record Mickey Thompson flirted with in the early 1960s but never attained.
His family and the company he founded remain dedicated to his legacy.
The company continued on in its founder's absence. In 1991, Mickey Thompson introduced the Sportsman Pro tire, a follow-up to the 1982 launch of its Sportsman tire, which was the widest high-performance street legal tire ever made at the time. The Sportsman Pro tire featured a specially designed tread, unique "hot and sticky" drag tire compound and flexible wrinkle wall construction, providing racers with a street legal tire that could be used for drag racing. The tire was inducted into the Hot Rod Magazine Speed Parts Hall of Fame in 2011.
In 2000, Mickey Thompson acquired the assets of off-road tire, wheel and suspension specialist Dick Cepek Inc. Three years later Cooper Tire acquired Mickey Thompson.
Mickey Thompson remains a recognized leader in high-performance tires and wheels, with product distributors in more than 60 countries and thousands of dealer locations worldwide. The company also supports dozens of racing sanctioning bodies representing drag racing, short-course off-road racing, vintage funny car and motorcycle drag racing categories.
The company said its innovation is reflected in products like the new Baja Pro short-course racing tire, the new Street Comp ultra-high performance street tire and the all-terrain and off-road Baja ATZP3 Radial. The company's vision for the future extends to the development of complete solutions like the new Enhanced Stance System (ESS), combining tires and wheels for specific applications, Mickey Thompson said.
"Our company continues to focus on product development to meet the changing needs of the vehicle and racing landscape," Mr. Warner said. "Today's drag racing vehicles are faster, higher horsepower and lighter weight than ever before, and short-course, off-road vehicles are custom-built for unique track conditions and course demands. Every vehicle and racing application requires specialized tire and wheel designs, and we remain dedicated to providing excellent