IN -- Richie Streicher has
a USAC Champion as a father along with a namesake who ranks, arguably,
the best USAC driver ever. Mike
Streicher and the late Rich Vogler serve as a legacy like few other
quarter midget drivers have ever had. As the 1991 United States Auto
Club National Midget Champion, the elder Streicher has now turned his
car building prowess to quarter midgets.
With several quarter-scaled cars in use throughout the
Midwest, his happiest customer might just be his son.
That joy was evident November 20th at the season-opening
Columbus Indoor WinterNational event in Columbus,
OH. The Bluffton (OH) Elementary second grader dominated the 32
car field winning his Heat and Feature event. The 8-year-old youngster drove
one of the best races of his two-year career. While the
fabrication abilities of his dad helped him carry the checkered
flag, but there was more, earlier, the
proud papa had bolted the brand new Hoosier D-20 quarter midget tires
on the car and the rest, as they say, is history.
it wasn't the first time that Mike had bolted on new Hoosier's for an indoor event. In January
of 1982, he and driver Rich Vogler agreed to try a treaded
dirt tire on the family's Midget for an event in the Ft. Wayne (IN)
Coliseum. "I'll never
forget the car pulling the front tires off the ground all the way down
the straightaway," recalls Streicher.
The team started using the new 13" Hoosiers on dirt that
finishing third overall in the USAC standings.
A year later, Hoosier introduced a
specific indoor and asphalt tire to complete the purple brand's Midget
product line. With a full
compliment of tires, Vogler piloted the team's car to the USAC title
in dominant fashion. The elder
Streicher continued bolting Hoosiers on the family's cars through
1991 when the "QuickPrint Hawk" carried him to that year's USAC
those years of success with the Hoosier brand weighed heavily in his
recent decision to try the new Hoosier quarter midget tires.
The Findlay, OH native has now started recommending the tires to
owners of his cars and they, too, are experiencing a great deal of
success like Jordan Conover who recently captured the January 1st
Light Mod A Main at the Columbus Indoor event.
Looking forward to the 2005 outdoor season, Streicher is
anxious to try the rest of the product line.
With a driver named Rich, a mechanic named Mike and a tire
named Hoosier, it could be déjà vu all over again.
For more information
about Hoosier Quarter Midget tires you can contact your nearest Hoosier