Both net sales and tire volume were up for the first half of Groupe Michelin's 2017 fiscal year ended June 30. However, consumer and truck tire margins were down.
Michelin and its technical partner teams will face a new series of challenges as the TUDOR United SportsCar Series heads to the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) for the Brickyard Grand Prix, Friday, July 25.
The first sports car event at IMS for Michelin and its GT Le Mans (GTLM) class technical partner teams from BMW Team RLL, Corvette Racing, Dodge Viper SRT, Porsche North America and Risi Competizione Ferrari is also the first sports car event on the new 2.439 mile, 14 turn road course which debuted earlier this year.
“The new Indianapolis road course features very long straightaways with hard braking zones,” said Ken Payne, motorsports technical director for Michelin North America. “The temptation for teams will be to reduce downforce in order to maximize straightaway speeds and then rely heavily on the tires to handle the braking and cornering loads. If teams go that route, the key will be to avoid flat spotting tires and to maintain consistent handling and lap times over the longer runs.”
“The circuit runs clockwise, so with five left hand turns and nine right hand corners, the left side tires will be more heavily stressed. We may see some of our Michelin technical partner teams try split tire combinations with a harder tire solution on the left side than the right,” said Payne.
Michelin engineers will be closely monitoring track and tire temperatures for the two-hour 45-minute race from 5:45pm to 8:30pm. “The track gets cooler in late afternoon as the shadows increase and teams may even consider a softer tire option in the closing stages,” said Payne.
Michelin technical partner teams from Porsche North America (2) and Corvette Racing (4) have claimed the GTLM class victories in all the 2014 TUDOR Championship events held to date and Michelin teams currently hold the top nine positions in the GT Le Mans team championship.
Sentury Tire Americas has introduced the Landsail 4-Seasons all-weather passenger car radial tire.
Big O Tires LLC is sponsoring an in-store promotion supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures for all childhood cancer, throughout August 2017.
Nexen Tire Co. Ltd. is sponsoring the 2017 International Champions Cup (ICC) presented by Heineken in the U.S.
“It’s nice to be wanted, but it’s even nicer to be needed.” In a nutshell, that’s Monro Muffler Brake Inc.’s philosophy when it comes to online tire sales.
James "Jim" Stocking Sr., the second-generation owner of Park Tire Co. in Lincoln Park, Mich., died Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was 93.
The fact that overall sales at Monro Muffler Brake Inc. increased in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 is hardly news. The company's aggressive approach to acquisitions helps it continually add to the sales column. But in the latest quarter, Monro's existing, comparable stores helped the bottom line, too. And that's news.
Fourteen representatives from the tire industry are vying for four seats on the Tire Industry Association's board of directors. Each will serve a three-year term.
Monro Muffler Brake Inc. is acquiring 20 more stores in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.
The new Vanderbilt Grand Spirit Touring L/X and C/X tires from TBC Brands LLC are designed to combine outstanding wet traction performance with extended, even wear.
The new Robinair AC1234-4 for R-1234yf systems from Bosch Automotive Service Solutions is designed for both standard and high-voltage AC systems.
The Tech200Pro from Bartec USA LLC is an is an all-in-one stand-alone tire inspection tool designed to help front counter associates better communicate the precise condition of a customer’s tire.
Women in Auto Care (formerly Car Care Council Women’s Board) is accepting nominees for the annual Women of the Year Awards, which include Auto Care Woman of the Year, Female Shop Owner of the Year and Auto Care Woman of Excellence.
The University of the Aftermarket Foundation has awarded 127 students with scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year.
Nexen Tire Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding "to explore strategic partnership opportunities" with Mubadala Investment Co. The strategic investment fund has made a direct investment in the tire maker as part of the agreement.