Hoosier Inks Agreement With Lucas LMs
WAYCROSS, Ga. — Hoosier Tire has become the official racing tire of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.
The new agreement with Hoosier Tire reduces the amount of tires needed including limited compounds and constructions.
With this new agreement the LOLMDS is taking steps to reduce the costs and burden of carrying so many tires to a LOLMDS event. The series has always welcomed two tire manufacturers to compete on the series but the competition among the tire companies created too many compounds and new constructions for race teams to keep up with and be prepared. With our previous tire rule, race teams were having to purchase the same amount of tire constructions and compounds as compared to the open tire rules before the series began.
“Hoosier has been involved with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series from its beginning,” said Dennis Sherman, vice president of sales and marketing for Hoosier Racing Tire. “When we consider a partner, we focus on the vision of the sanctioning body, the participants, and the strength of schedule. We are proud to become the official race tires of Lucas Oil Late Models.”
“With the previous tire rule, it made events like the Show-Me 100 and Topless 100 very complicated with no less than a dozen tire choices to be made during a drivers tire selection,” said Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director Ritchie Lewis. “We were hearing from the local and regional drivers and the series drivers loud and clear that they wanted something done for the past two years. We notified our drivers in yearly meetings that we were working on this type of tire rule.”
This new agreement with Hoosier Tire as the exclusive race tire of the LOLMDS, competitors will now have fewer compounds and one construction to purchase. Hoosier Tire has replated six of its current rib construction right-rear tires.
The LOLMDS will continue to limit the amount of compounds used at events from the six available compounds. These six tires will be shoulder plated and carry a 01/1300, 02/1320, 03/1350, 04/1425, 05/1450 and 06/1640 numbering system with the four-digit compound number everyone is familiar with underneath the new numbering system.
The left rear and front tires on the car will see similar limitations. Competitors will choose a rib constructed Hoosier Tire for the left rear and steer tires. The series will continue to limit the amount of compounds used for the rib-constructed tires on these three corners (LR & Fronts) that work best and are used at each track. This will allow race teams to use the rib constructed tires and compounds they have in stock on these three mentioned corners of their cars.
“Everyone at Hoosier is extremely pleased to increase our participation with the Lucas Oil Late Model Series. This would not have been possible without the hard work of the entire Lucas Oil Late Model Series staff as well as the support of promoters and competitors alike,” stated Shanon Rush, product manager for Hoosier Racing Tire. “They drove this program forward to protect the future of dirt late model racing.”