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.
Daniel Ricciardo has won his second consecutive grand prix, from fifth on the grid in Belgium. The Australian used a two-stop strategy, starting with two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft tire and finishing the grand prix on the P Zero White medium.
Ricciardo’s victory was the 50th for Red Bull and his third in six races. Underlining the consistency of the medium tire in particular, Ricciardo set his fastest lap on the final tour of the longest circuit in the championship.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg finished just over three seconds behind him, despite using a completely different strategy. Rosberg stopped three times, starting on the soft tire then completing two middle stints on the medium, before finishing on the soft.
A three-stop strategy was also used by Red Bull’s reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. Like Rosberg, Vettel decided to use the soft tire right at the end of the race to boost his pace just when he needed it most to hunt down his closest competitors. With around a 1.6-second time difference per lap between the medium and soft compounds, the P Zero Yellow added an extra element of strategy to one of the most demanding races of the year. As a result, there were some thrilling battles all the way to the flag for the points-scoring places.
Owing to warmer weather conditions, degradation of both compounds was different to how it had been during free practice. This led to a wide variety of strategies being employed on different cars, depending on the individual ways in which they used the tires.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “Track and ambient temperatures were higher than they had been up to now during the weekend, which meant that we saw a little less life out of the soft tire than we had initially predicted. But considering the demands of this circuit and the nature of the soft and medium compounds that we had chosen to bring, wear and degradation was still well within expectations. It was interesting to see the different strategies at work, especially with the extra speed of the soft tire. In retrospect, there were probably more drivers who wished they had used the soft for a third pit stop, but our calculations from yesterday indicated that two stops was the best way to go – and we got a very exciting race.”
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.