AMA Pro Racing announced today that effective with the season-opening rounds of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Daytona Short Track in 12 days that Dunlop Tire will be coming on board as one of it's official sponsors and suppliers for the new season.
Although Goodyear has been considered the 'official' spec tire for The Rolling Thunder Show for the last several seasons, Dunlop has actually been listed in the rule book as well for tires that are 'eligible' for usage in the series' races. And this new venture also opens the door for Dunlop to have representatives on hand for the upcoming season to offer sales and technical service to the competitors at each race on the 16-race schedule, something that has been missing over the course of the last few years.
Whether or not this will be a better or less expensive option for the teams is yet to be seen or announced, but opening the door for other tire manufacturers to come in could prove to be a benefit down the road, considering the inroads that GoldenTyre, an English-based supplier of race rubber, has been trying to make in the underling series around the country the last season or two. GoldenTyre has been able to offer racers sets of tires for approximately $25-35 less than any of it's other competitors in the Steve Nace Racing Series, and have been supplied in the States by former 7-Time AMA Grand National Champion Chris Carr out of his home base in Pennsylvania. And any chance that a cheaper option may or could be available will benefit everyone in the paddock all around.
In the shot above, riders scramble for position on lap 1 of heat race #2 at round 7 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship at the Peoria TT on August 11.
Leading the fray is Shaun Russell on his self-sponsored #28 Honda CRF450R, with Jake Johnson on the #5 Parkinson Brothers Racing/Arai Honda, Bryan Smith on the #42 Crosley Radio/Howerton Motorsports Honda, Brandon Robinson on the #44 TJ Burnett Farms/USC Racing Kawasaki KX450F and Sammy Halbert on his #7 Fredericktown Yamaha/Van's Yamaha YZ450F close in the mix. Dan Mischler on his #77K Mischler's H-D/BMW-sponsored Honda rolls wide to get out of the spray as the field bunches up in between turns 1 & 2.
It's almost time for the racing to get started for the 2014 season as Daytona kicks off on Thursday, March 13, and a big handful of the racers will be on hand next Friday, March 7 as the 'unofficial' season gets into full swing at Oglethorpe Speedway's hosting of the Steve Nace Racing AMA All-Star Series, long considered the big kick-off to the week of big racing heading into Daytona the next week.
You can check out the full press release below from AMA Pro Racing as they outline Dunlop Tire's new involvement in the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world, as we all wait for the season to get in gear and help us Midwesterners get over the long, cold and snowy winter we have all been dealing with. Let's go racin'!
Dunlop Announced as AMA Pro Flat Track's Official Tire Sponsor for 2014
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