Allpart Supply Inc. has opened a training facility in Arlington, Texas, for wheel balancing and automotive lift owners and operators.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his 27th career victory at the British Grand Prix, using a two-stop strategy in a thrilling duel against his team mate Nico Rosberg, where strategy was key. But Rosberg’s eventual retirement meant that Hamilton has closed to within just four points of the championship lead.
The race was red-flagged following an accident on the opening lap, with an hour’s delay for barrier repairs. As the re-start was a continuation of the race that had already started, drivers were allowed to change their tires on the grid. Providing both compounds were at some point used, any driver switching compounds during that period would theoretically not be obliged to change tires again during the race.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso switched from hard to medium, while the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso), Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Sergio Perez (Force India) made the opposite move from medium to hard.
A two-stop strategy was used by Hamilton to win the race, but the rest of the podium – and seven out of the top 10 – was made up of one-stoppers, at one of the toughest circuits of the season. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third, made his final set of medium tires last for 37 laps.
The teams will now remain in Silverstone for a two-day in-season test on Tuesday and Wednesday. Under the 2014 regulations, each team has to devote one of in-season testing throughout the year to Pirelli, as the Italian firm develops future products. Ferrari and Marussia will test for Pirelli on Tuesday, while Red Bull and Lotus F1 Team will undertake Pirelli testing duties on Wednesday. Lotus F1 Team will run a new 18-inch wheel concept in a demonstration on Wednesday, designed to provide an insight into what Formula One might look like in the future.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “The restart at the beginning of the race obviously had an effect on the tire strategy, with a few drivers taking advantage of the situation to switch from their original strategy. We saw some quite opposite approaches being taken, with most drivers who changed moving to the harder tire, while Alonso was able to exploit the extra speed of the medium tire – worth about a second a lap – to gain track position after the re-start. The same story continued throughout the race with a number of different approaches to strategy. Even though Silverstone contains the highest lateral energy loadings of the year, seven drivers in the top 10 proved that it was possible to one-stop, which says a lot about the durability of these tires. Even Lewis Hamilton, who took a brilliant home win, could probably have stopped just once. Now we look forward to this week’s test, during which we will see what an 18-inch tire looks like on a Formula One car, and it’s going to be very interesting to hear what people think about that.”
Colleen Horn Doyle, a fourth-generation member of the McCarthy family, is the new corporate attorney for McCarthy Tire Service Inc.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling certain Discover M+S Sport tires in 15- through 19-inch sizes. The potential number of units affected is 7,067.
Tire Factory Inc. members have rebranded the vast majority of their 206 stores to the Point S banner at a breakneck pace. And leaders of the Oregon-based cooperative are unveiling new programs with two big hopes: the momentum of current members continues, and more independent tire dealers join their network.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. posted net income of $69.3 million on net sales of $783.9 million for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to income of $59.2 million on sales of $775.5 million for the same period in 2015.
ATV Inc. has acquired six stores in the greater Los Angeles metro area. The purchase expands ATV's network of American Tire Depot stores to 98 outlets, all in California.
The Mid-America Tire Dealers Association (MATDA) has joined the social media content platform developed by the Tire Industry Association (TIA) and the Automotive Marketing Foundation (AMF).
Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. reported a net loss of 12.3 billion yen on net sales of 381.6 billion yen for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to net income of 1.6 billion yen on net sales of 407.8 billion yen for fiscal 2015.
Omni United (S) Pte. Ltd. has signed Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golfer Jodi Ewart Shadoff as ambassador for its flagship Radar tires brand for the second straight year.
The president of Meineke Car Care Centers LLC says consumers want to do business with big brands, and he expects that overall shopping trend will affect the automotive aftermarket.
Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. will increase prices on GT Radial brand tires in the U.S. and Canada, effective April 1, 2017.
An upcoming free webinar, "Commitments: Understanding Customer Buying Decisions," will help improve your retail selling experience. It will be held today, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, starting at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT), and last an hour.
The last two months of the year proved to be busier than expected, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA). Way busier.
Margins on consumer tires helped boost Groupe Michelin’s net income 43% in 2016. Michelin posted net income of 1.7 billion euros on net sales of 20.9 billion euros for its fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2016. That compares to income of 1.2 billion euros on sales of nearly 21.2 billion euros for fiscal 2015.
The BFGoodrich tire brand developed its off-road identity four decades ago in the Baja peninsula in Mexico. Now Michelin North America Inc. is recognizing the region's importance with a $10,000 donation.