AZ (January 16) -- Every year, the Sport Car Club of America's Arizona Region
shakes off the dust early and kicks off the west coast racing season with a
Double National event at Phoenix International Raceway. In 2001, drivers from
all across the United States journeyed to the "Valley of the Sun" for
their first shot at SCCA gold in the new season. Eighteen drivers claimed
victory honors on Hoosier tires at the event, including Bob
Neumeister and Bill
Wallschlaeger on redesigned Hoosier Formula Vee tires.
Neumeister and Wallschlaeger bolted on Hoosier's new
R55-compounded tires and immediately noticed the improvement. "Both Bob
and Bill could feel the difference in the new tires." said Hoosier Product
Manager Bruce Foss. "The stability was incredible and the harder they
drove the tires, the better their lap times got. Best of all, the profile and
treadwear looked great even after a full double national. We expect great
things from the new R55's throughout the year."
Formula Vee was not the only category in which Hoosier-shod
drivers swept the double national event. Jeff
Jorgensen, Brian Linn,
and Marc Hoover also claimed both days of competition on the 1.51 mile road
course. Also, Bob Schader, T.C. Kline, and Jorgensen
used USA-built Hoosier racing tires to shatter existing track records in T-1,
SSB, and F500 respectively. Jorgensen, who broke the existing record on Sunday,
reset his own Formula 500 record again on Monday.