The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has announced that Hoosier Racing Tire will become the exclusive tire supplier for the SCCA Club Racing Spec Miata (SM) class for National competition beginning January 1, 2012. The tires that SM cars will use are the Hoosier SM6 tire in the P205/50ZR15 size, with the P205/50R15 Hoosier H2O designated for wet conditions. I personally have driven on the SM6 tire and can say that when I learned of this news, was very excited to hear it!
From the SCCA press release:
“We conducted a survey of licensed Spec Miata competitors this past winter, and we believe that the move to the Hoosier products best addresses the feedback we received, within the parameters of our selection process,” SCCA President and CEO Jeff Dahnert said. “The survey results showed a strong preference for a molded dry tire that did not require shaving to a race depth. We shared the survey results with the Club Racing Board which, in turn, consulted with the Spec Miata Advisory Committee. All of these sources helped us to shape our decision. Additionally, we have received considerable feedback requesting universal support at National race events across the country from the tire provider.”
SCCA set forth a process to select the next tire early in 2011. After evaluating the survey information, input from the CRB and data from the most recent tire test conducted, the Hoosier tire was selected.
“We are extremely pleased and excited about this great opportunity,” said Bruce Foss Sr. Product Manager, Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation. “This program fortifies our strong and long-term commitment to SCCA Club Racing.”
Hoosier has locked in a price of $166 per tire plus tax for 2012, representing a 3.5-percent discount off the current SM 6 and a 25 percent discount off the 2011 price for an H20 tire. Additionally, Hoosier will provide 750 tires each year of the three-year agreement toward a comprehensive contingency program for National racers and provide technical, service and sales support at each SCCA Nationally sanctioned event through its network of dealers.
Established in 2006 as a National-level class, but existing for several years before that in Regional competition, Spec Miata exclusively utilizes the 1990-2005 Mazda Miata with safety modifications and an approved suspension kit available through MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development. Since its inclusion into the SCCA Club Racing National program, Spec Miata has finished first or second in annual class participation, making it an extremely popular program within SCCA. Spec Miata utilized the Toyo Tires Proxes RA1 tire from 2006-2008 and 2010-2011 and the Toyo Tires Proxes R888 tire in 2009.
About Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.
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