Hoosier Racing Tire

 May 31, 2012
Jerry Coons, Jr. after winning the "Hoosier Hundred" for the second year in a row. (Photo courtesy of www.usacracing.com)INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 25, 2012) -- Jerry Coons, Jr. dominated Friday night's 59th running of the USAC "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Tucson, AZ driver led 87 of 100 race laps en route to the win. 

While the USAC Silver Crown Series competes exclusively on Hoosier tires when racing on pavement, they allow use of any tire brand when the series races on dirt.  

Under extremely hot conditions, Coons opted to run Hoosier's F85 as his right rear tire compound, while the second, third and fourth place finishers used the harder F95 compound. 

In addition to claiming the top four spots, Hoosier-shod cars laid claim to eight of the top ten spots in the night's feature race. In fact, the Hoosier brand was the choice of 15 of the 22 cars trying to make the feature race.  

Bryan Clauson was the fastest qualifier for the event. Riding on Hoosier tires, Clauson captured the top spot with a time of 34.768 seconds around the 1-mile oval. Clauson would go on to compete in the Indianapolis 500 two days later finishing in 30th place.   

Coons led the final 87 circuits, while Tracy Hines was the only other race leader during the 100-lap race. Hines, also running on Hoosiers, led the first 13 laps before giving way to Coons who led the remainder of the distance to capture back-to-back wins in the prestigious event.

Coons commented after the win, "Winning this race just once and joining that list of names, that was a huge deal in itself. To come back and join the group of guys who have won it more than once, and won it back-to-back, it's just amazing." 

Finishing in second place was Bud Kaeding followed by Levi Jones and Bobby East in third and fourth, respectively.

Hoosier's Open Wheel Oval Track Dirt Product Manager Neil Cowman attended the event to assist the various teams competing on Hoosier tires.

Cowman stated, "I was very pleased with the way the Hoosier tires performed. The track was well prepared by Bob Sargent and his crew."

Cowman added, "I want to thank all the competitors who chose to run Hoosier tires and also recognize the great service provided by Hoosier Tire Midwest."  

For more information about the "Hoosier Hundred" please visit www.usacracing.com

The USAC Silver Crown Series will be back competing on pavement at Iowa Speedway, June 22, where all the competitors will be racing on Hoosier tires.     


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