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SOUTHERN MIDGET RACING SERIES
ON HOOSIER TIRES EXCLUSIVELY IN 2002

1-23-02

Southern Midget Racing SeriesLAKEVILLE, IN -- Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. and the Southern Midget Racing Series (SMRS) announced today that Hoosier will be the spec tire for all SMRS events in 2002. Hoosier will supply the same tire sizes and compound options as the recently announced USAC Midget National agreement to the SMRS competitors. The 2002 SMRS schedule currently is comprised of 17 different race dates, with more dates to be added. The series races in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The highly competitive series is comprised of some of the country's finest midget racers. In fact, many travel to the annual Chili Bowl to test their skills against drivers like Tony Stewart, Danny Lasoski and Sammy Swindell.  

Hoosier Open Wheel Dirt Product Manager Neil Cowman commented on the agreement, "We could not be more pleased with our agreement with SMRS to provide a cost-effective tire with the same sizes, compounds and prices as their USAC counterparts." Cowman continued, "This agreement will bring even more continuity and parity to midget racing throughout the country." 

John Stewart, president of SMRS, commented, "I am just grateful to Hoosier for their interest and involvement in our series. Hoosier showed a willingness to help us grow our series in the years to come."  

Hoosier Manager of Contract Sales Irish Saunders also commented on the agreement, "The number of midget sanctioning bodies throughout the country who have committed to providing a cost effective and competitive tire to their participants is nothing short of amazing." Saunders added, "I believe they recognized the difficult economic times we currently find ourselves in and wanted to do their part to reduce the cost of racing to all their competitors." 

The Hoosier Distributor handling the servicing of the series in 2002 will be Hoosier Tire Southwest based in Balch Springs, Texas. Hoosier Tire Southwest's Tom Lorenz, who was instrumental in the agreement reached with the series, can be reached at 1-972-289-RACE (7223). Tom stated his plans are to have one of his dealers service all of the events.

The Southern Midget Racing Series kicks off their season on March 30th at Creek County Speedway in Kelleyville, OK. For more details about the Southern Midget Racing Series visit their website at www.smrsmidgets.com

 Southern Midget Racing Series Dirt Sizes & Compounds for 2002

Position Size Compound(s) Price
FRONTS 68.0/7.0-13 D12, D20 $116.00
LR 74.0/10.0-13 D12 $120.00
LR 76.0/10.0-13 D12 $120.00
LR 78.0/10.0-13 D12 $120.00
LR 80.0/10.0-13 D12 $120.00
LR 80.0/10.0-13 D20 $120.00
RR 82.0/12.0-13 SP2 (D15),
SP3 (D20),
SP4 (D35)
$120.00
   

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