The North Carolina Tire Dealers Association (NCTDA) will honor its 2017 Dealer of the Year and induct two new members into its Hall of Fame.
Michelin technical partner teams carry the momentum as they take on a “momentum” track and savor the rare opportunity to compete for an overall race win as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship heads to the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), August 24.
“Drivers in the GT Le Mans Class typically need eyes in the back of their head,” said Ken Payne motorsports technical director for Michelin North America. Drivers in the production based GTLM class - BMW Team RLL, Corvette Racing, Dodge Viper SRT, Porsche North America, and the Road America class winning Risi Competizione Ferrari - not only focus on the road ahead and their class competition, but also must constantly watch for the featured prototype cars. That is not the case here at VIR where the GTLM and pro-am GT Daytona (GTD) cars are the featured category.
“Racing as the featured category will be a rare treat for the GT drivers,” said Payne. “They won’t have to deal with the different performance characteristics of the GTs and Prototypes and the resulting traffic that often breaks their momentum.”
Momentum is a great friend of race drivers, allowing a continuous flow from corner to corner optimizing the power and handling of the car. That is especially true at a circuit like the 3.27 mile, 17 turn, Virginia International Raceway, where the speed, elevation changes and variety of corners reward a smooth, clean racing line and consistent handling.
“Being able to establish a consistent rhythm in the car allows the drivers to build confidence and extract all of the performance that the car and tires provide,” said Payne.
Michelin technical partner teams enter the two-hour 45-minute race, the ninth GTLM stop on the 11 race 2014 TUDOR Championships, with considerable momentum. Through the first eight GTLM events, eight different Michelin drivers have claimed the class pole and eight have set the fastest race lap. Each Michelin technical partner team has claimed at least one class pole, a fastest race lap and scored three or more podium finishes with four of the five Michelin technical partner teams, Corvette Racing (4), Porsche North America (2), Dodge Viper SRT and Risi Competizione Ferrari have GTLM race wins.
The Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 at 4:00 pm (EDT), Sunday, August 24. Stories, updates, and photos are continuously updated through the race weekend at www.michelinalley.com and @michelinalley.
Mark Peak of Peak Auto Service Inc. in Girard, Kan., won the grand prize in a recent Jeep Rubicon Sweepstakes from Friend Tire Co., a wholesaler in Monett, Mo. that's a wholly owned subsidiary of the Yokohama Rubber Corp.
Discount Tire has added a store in Sugar Land, Texas. It is the third Discount Tire outlet in Sugar Land, which is part of the Houston metropolitan area, and the 12th location in Fort Bend County.
Every year, Modern Tire Dealer breaks down "the year that was" in its January Facts Issue. It is the first publication with an in-depth report on the previous year's performance.
The 2017 Lexus LS sedan features the Turanza T005 run-flat tire by Bridgestone Corp. as original equipment.
The third annual North American Tire & Retread Expo will be held April 19-21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Tenneco Inc. wants to reward loyalty in a big way. That is why the company has launched the 2017 Expert Plus loyalty program for automotive service providers.
The January 2017 Facts Issue features a record 42 charts and graphs. That includes an expanded "Pricing and Sizes" section.
It looks like Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will be the second tire manufacturer to announce a price increase or price increases three weeks into the new year.
Denso Products and Services Americas Inc. has added 14 part numbers to its selection of First Time Fit tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors. The new part numbers add coverage for more than 10 million European and Korean vehicles.
Directors of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. have declared a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share of common stock. The dividend is payable March 1, 2017, to shareholders of record on Feb. 1, 2017.
Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC) has named Jeff Barna chief operating officer. He will be responsible for sales, marketing and product planning.
Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Modern Tire Dealer will not publish Hotwire on Monday. Look for the next edition on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Blackburn OEM Wheel Solutions Inc. is extending its phone order assistance hours to better serve its growing customer base. The new hours are effective immediately.
Everything automotive can be found at the annual North American International Automotive Show. The 2017 edition is being held in Detroit from Jan. 7 through Jan. 21.