LAKEVILLE, IN --
When Steve Kinser won the 2002 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series title
last weekend, it marked the third consecutive year that Hoosier tires
were on the series champion's car. This season, Team-Hoosier compiled
its most impressive record to date, a 90-6 mark in sprint racing's
premier series. With the overall dominance of the Hoosier brand, it's
not surprising that the top eight drivers in the final standings were
members of Team-Hoosier.
The 2002 season was one of the most
exciting seasons ever in the series. Steve Kinser, who gave the
Hoosier brand its first-ever Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series crown in
2000, was locked in a season long battle with fellow Team-Hoosier
driver Danny Lasoski until Lasoski was injured late in the year
causing him to miss several races. Amazingly, the defending series
champion still managed to finish the season in second place.
Dollansky, the 2000 Gumout champion (on Hoosiers) finished in
third--just four points out of second place. Joey Saldana, who earned
the most fast-qualifier awards (21) took fourth place honors. Tim
Shaffer, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz and Brad Furr finished fifth
through eighth, respectively, in the standings. All eight drivers
raced on Hoosier tires during the 2002 season, as did tenth place
finisher Randy Hannagan.
The 2002 season was undoubtedly the best in
the history of Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. The Hoosier brand compiled a
phenomenal 90-6 team record and finished runner-up in the six races
where victory eluded them. Not only did a Hoosier-shod car win 90
times this season, cars using Hoosier tires finished 1-2-3 a total of
71 times (in 96 races).
Hoosier Open Wheel Dirt Product Manager Neil
Cowman, who has guided the overall development of Hoosier's dirt tire
program, commented, "I want to congratulate Steve Kinser and his
entire team on their hard earned championship. We owe a lot to the
Kinser team for their decision to run Hoosiers back in 2000. Since
then, our results have been nothing short of amazing."
added, "This was a real team effort. From the engineers and
compounders to the manufacturing and warehouse personnel, the entire
Hoosier organization played a part in the success we enjoyed this
season." Cowman continued, "We also would like to thank all
the teams who ran on our product this season. Their confidence in our
tires means a lot to all of us and we vow to continue our testing and
development program to maintain our status as the producer of the best
race tires in the world."
Racing Tire Corp. thanks all the teams, drivers, and fans who
have supported our efforts to provide the best sprint tires in the
world. Hoosier tires are, and have always been, proudly "Made in