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When the Trans Am Series takes to the track on March 2 at Sebring International Raceway to begin the 2014 Trans Am Championship, it will do so with every car sporting a set of Hoosier Racing tires.
The Trans Am Race Company has announced a partnership that will see Hoosier Racing Tire designated as the spec tire manufacturer during the upcoming 2014 Trans Am Championship for all three Trans Am classes: TA, TA2 and TA3.
“In Hoosier Racing Tire we have a partner who has proven themselves time and time again in the racing world,” said John Clagett, President of the Trans Am Race Company. “When we began this process we wanted more than just a tire supplier, we wanted a partner with an eye to the future. I’m confident that Hoosier Racing Tire is that partner, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to grow the Trans Am Series.”
The effort will feature a dedicated research and development program, including a brand new TA class tire for road courses, a more robust TA class tire for speedway styled road courses like Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway (both of which Trans Am visits in 2014) as well as molded rain tires for the TA class. The deal was finalized after testing at Sebring International Raceway was completed by Tony Ave, of the Trans Am Race Company and two-time Trans Am Champion.
“I was very impressed by what Hoosier brought to the table,” said Ave. “They came with five different tires for us to work with, and we were able to narrow it down to two and then one. I’m pleased and impressed with the tires we settled on and excited to see what they can do in the coming yearthey’re consistent, durable and above all, performed exceptionally well. Also, the good news for our current drivers and teams is, while there will be tweaks and changes like any other time you switch tires, your current setup is a great place to start.”
“We’re very excited about our partnership with Trans Am,” said Dennis Sherman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Hoosier. “We’ve made incredible progress over the last 30 days, culminating in a great test session of the TA class tire at Sebring. We anticipate a quick optimization process for cars, drivers and teams as they adjust their setups to our new tire. ”
TA2 and TA3 will also feature Hoosier Racing tires in the coming season, as Hoosier previously provided tires for the TA2 class exclusively in 2013a partnership that resulted in multiple track records and even an outright Trans Am victory with Hoosier rain tires under the #98 Wheels America/ Fix Rim Chevrolet Camaro of Bob Stretch at a waterlogged Lime Rock Park early on in the season.
Jim Derhaag, of the Trans Am Race Company, pointed to the eagerness and dedication of Hoosier to the Series.
“Not only has Hoosier built a competitive tire for the TA class, but they’ve committed to helping develop a tire specific for when we visit speedway style road courses allowing Trans Am to put on a proper show in 2014 at great tracks like Daytona and Homestead-Miami,” said Derhaag. “From the plant to the track, Hoosier has demonstrated their ability to deliver a difference making product for the TA class that delivers great performance with incredible consistency. With that knowledge in hand and their dedication to the TA2 class last year, establishing a partnership with Hoosier became an easy decision.”