McCarthy Tire Service Inc. has relocated its operations in Reading, Pa., to a larger facility less than two miles away.
Factory Mahindra rider Miguel Oliveira added to his points score in today’s Catalunyan GP, with a fighting 12th place, at the front of a group that had been engaged for the full 22 laps of the opening race of the day. Arthur Sissis also led his battling group over the line, in 18th place, just three away from the points.
But if the official Mahindra team had hoped for better after Oliveira qualified a strong seventh, it was still a pleasing day for the only Indian manufacturer in World Championship racing. Customer team rider Brad Binder (Ambrogio Racing Mahindra) played a prominent role in a seven-strong battle for second, eventually finishing a close sixth and underlining the Mahindra MGP3O’s growing strength.
Oliveira’s difficulties began on the first lap, when he was boxed in off the start, losing a number of positions to finish the first lap down in 13th. This left him in close combat with a big secondary group, giving the leading gang of ten the chance to escape and move out of reach.
The canny Portuguese teenager more than held his own in the volatile gaggle of high-class riders, and was almost alongside the group leader over the line, by when they had caught up the battle for ninth. Another lap might have seen further promotion.
Arthur Sissis had a hill to climb, after qualifying 27th, and made the most of it, picking up places lap by lap and finally finishing 18th, leader of a big pack going for the final points.
Alessandro Tonucci (CIP Mahindra) was less than half-a-second behind Oliveira, putting a third MGP3O in the points.
The next race is the Dutch TT in 13 days … uniquely the Assen race is held on Saturday.
MIGUEL OLIVEIRA – 12th position
A pretty hard race. We put in a new engine today, and the settings weren’t perfect. I was losing a lot in acceleration, especially in first gear. That made it tough off the line and in the fighting, and I’m not happy with my result.
ARTHUR SISSIS – 18th position
My race was not so bad, but the weekend was quite bad. My first session was good, then we changed settings and it didn’t work, and I qualified 27th. Being so far back makes the race difficult: you are with slower riders and by the time you get past them the front group has gone. It was exactly like that today, though I did lead my group. I really have to work on qualifying better.
MUFADDAL CHOONIA – CEO Mahindra Racing
That was an excellent race for Brad Binder – and it’s great to see him improve every race on his customer bike, showing also the improvement of the Mahindra MGP3O in its second season. He was in a very strong group, and held his position to the end. It was not the best day for the factory riders: Miguel lost many positions at the start, which cost him his chances of doing the same.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s net sales were flat while net income was nearly 10% lower in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the year-ago period.
Due to lack of support, the organizers of the North American Tire & Retread Expo (NATRE) are rethinking the exposition format of the show. As a result, plans to hold the expo in Nashville, as previously announced, have been put on hold.
Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc. has hired Jeff Bootz as vice president of sales. Bootz comes to Nitto Tire from its sister company, Toyo Tire U.S.A., and he begins his new role with Nitto on May 1, 2017.
Rising raw material costs significantly affected Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s financial results for the worse in the first quarter of 2017.
Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is adding F-load range tires to the brand’s Open Country line of light truck products to meet the needs of late model truck owners and dealers.
What does it take to be Modern Tire Dealer's Tire Dealer of the Year? Business success, marketing know-how and industry expertise are the foundation. Community involvement and management skills are important, too. And our 2017 award brings something special to the recognition.
Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. Recently we asked, "Do you sell tires to consumers online via your website?"
Meineke Car Care Centers LLC honored its top owners and operators during its annual convention, including the group's first three-time winner of the Franchisee of the Year award.
TBC Brands LLC has introduced the first studdable winter tire for the Sumitomo brand. The Sumitomo Ice Edge is certified for severe snow performance and will be available in 57 passenger, CUV and SUV sizes for the 2017 season.
Net sales for Michelin Groupe were up 9.9% in the first quarter of 2017, led by early buying of tires ahead of the company’s price increase which went into effect April 1.
Big O Tires LLC franchisees celebrated growth in all business metrics at their annual convention April 4-5, 2017, in San Diego, Calif.
The nation’s largest network of independent tire dealers increased overall passenger and light truck tire unit sales in 2016 by 7.8% and same-store sales by 5.5%. With a net gain of 44 new Tire Pros stores last year, Ron Sinclair reminded dealers, “We have power!”
The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) on 2007 to 2016 GM/Cadillac Escalade Series system uses the remote control door lock receiver (RCDLR), body control module (BCM), four radio frequency (RF) transmitting pressure sensors, and the serial data circuit to perform the sensor learn mode functions.
The new BFGoodrich Winter T/A KSI from Michelin North America Inc. is designed for passenger and crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) in the Canadian market.