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Last year's WoO champion Steve KinserLAKEVILLE, IN -- On the heels of their most successful Florida Speedweeks ever, Team-Hoosier will now set out to improve on last year's phenomenal 90-6 record in the World of Outlaws Series and notch its fourth consecutive series title. The series will open this Friday in Hanford, California at Kings Speedway, where last season, Team-Hoosier opened the year with their first one-two-three finish of the season. Amazingly, Hoosier-shod drivers went on to record 71 podium sweeps during the grueling 96 race season. 

In last year's season-opener at Kings Speedway, Danny Lasoski, using a pair of Hoosier D10's, led all 30 laps to take the win with Tim Shaffer and Steve Kinser finishing second and third. Shaffer used a D10/RD12 set-up, while Kinser used a D10/D12 combination and charged all the way from ninth to finish third. The three different compounds used by the top three finishers gave early evidence of the versatility of the Hoosier arsenal for the 2002 season.

The Hoosier brand is coming off its most successful sprint season to date having won their second consecutive All Star Sprint Championship, a third consecutive Gumout title, a third consecutive World of Outlaws crown while finishing undefeated in 410 competition in central Pennsylvania last year. Hoosier-shod drivers captured nine of the top ten driver positions in the Outlaws final standings--sweeping the top eight spots. And while it will be difficult to improve on such an amazing record, Team-Hoosier sets out to do just that.  

Hoosier Open Wheel Dirt Product Manager Neil Cowman commented on the upcoming season, "From what I observed over Speedweeks when Hoosier-shod teams went 7-0, the Hoosier brand is off to another fast start in 2003." Cowman added, "We know the competition will keep coming at us, so we will continue our testing programs while we remain committed to providing our customers the best race tires in the world."

Todd Seitz, Hoosier's World of Outlaws track service manager, will begin his fourth season following the Outlaws' trail. Since Seitz began his duties as Outlaws track service manager and traveling to the nearly 100 races a year, Team-Hoosier has won the series championship every year. The streak began in 2000 when Steve Kinser gave Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. its first-ever Outlaws title. In 2001, Danny Lasoski captured series crown, and last season, Steve Kinser gave the purple tire brand its third consecutive championship in sprint racing's premier series. 

Who will win this year's World of Outlaws title is anyone's guess, but chances are pretty good whoever it is, they will be riding on USA-made Hoosier tires.


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