BFGoodrich tires seize season opening races

Feb. 13, 2015

Not laying off the throttle after a record year of desert racing, BFGoodrich Tires helped drivers win the first three races of the season in their respective series.

Wins at the King of the Hammers (Randy Slawson), Best In The Desert Parker 425 (Gary Weyhrich) and Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 (Tavo Vildosola) continued the string of dominating performance on BFGoodrich racing tires.

Drivers on BFGoodrich Tires have now won the overall title in 13 of the last 14 major North American desert races. Rough, fast and rocky were words to describe all three race courses in California, Arizona and Mexico respectively. Conditions that require tough construction and high performance tread design to carve through the terrain. In all three races, the winning drivers did not experience a single flat tire.

As part of its continued development in producing the best desert race tires available, BFGoodrich unveiled its latest in the line of BFGoodrich BajaT/A KR2 race tire at the King of the Hammers in Johnson Valley, Calif. Race Winner Randy Slawson was one of five finishers using the latest iteration of race product, the Baja T/A KR2-S tire, a purpose built tire designed for the extreme terrain and varying speeds and conditions synonymous with the King of the Hammers event. The tire is based on the foundation and structure of the KR2 race tire, but specially modified for the unique demands of rock racing.

The KR2 dominated the desert race season in 2014, which included overall wins at the SCORE Baja 500 and 1000. Overall, seven of the 17 official finishers strapped BFGoodrich tires on their race vehicle and 47 percent of the racers chose BFGoodrich products as their tire solution for King of the Hammers. For the win, Slawson not only claims the title of “King”, but also received the $5,000 contingency award from BFGoodrich Tires.

Just 150 miles away on the same weekend, Gary Weyhrich started 15th and picked off trucks in front of him to capture his first win in a Trick Truck since 2012 at the Best In The Desert Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona.

Weyhrich, outfit with BFGoodrich Baja T/A KR2 race tires, edged out Luke McMillin on corrected time, while Tim Herbst took third to complete the podium sweep for racers on BFGoodrich Tires. Overall, BFGoodrich Tires had eight of the top 10 finishers in the race and seven class wins.

BFGoodrich Performance Team member Rob MacCachren pulled double duty on the weekend. After a disappointing end to his second entrance into the King of the Hammers race where he and Lance Clifford timed out after mechanical issues, MacCachren completed the Parker 425 in 11th in the Trick Truck class.

A few weeks earlier, Gustavo “Tavo” Vildosola, Jr. earned his third consecutive Bud Light SCORE San Felipe 250 title. With the win, BFGoodrich Tires extend their win streak in SCORE International desert races to six, after sweeping the season last year.
BFGoodrich Tires placed six of the top 10 overall finishers, a podium sweep in Class 10 and helped claim 10 class wins at the race.

“We are hopeful that the desert racing community is sensing a theme here,” said Chris Baker, director of motorsports for BFGoodrich Tires. “The BFGoodrich Tires brand and its success over the past 12 months is not a coincidence. We have maintained focus on our high level product development in desert racing. The results are showing up not only on the podium, with now nine overall race wins on our latest KR2 desert race tire, but also in the fact that more racers are adopting our products. “When you go to the desert today, you will see roughly half the field on BFGoodrich Tires. That speaks to our racing heritage yesterday and our continued passion today,” added Baker. “Racers have been trusting in our latest products at a high rate as well, with more than 60% of those on BFGoodrich Tires at San Felipe running KR2.