RSSFeed Kirby Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Team M/T Ready to Hit the Dirt for the 2019 Short Course Off-Road Racing Season news/team-m-t-ready-to-hit-the-dirt-for-the-2019-short-course-off-road-racing-season 2019-03-13 The Team Mickey Thompson stable of short course off-road racers is revved up and ready to hit the dirt for the 2019 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) season.

Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels will again sponsor top drivers in several LOORRS classes, showcasing the performance of its off-road tires in the nation’s foremost dirt racing series. New in the 2019 season, the Pro 2 class will be reqired to race off-the-shelf tires rather than project tires.

“We are extremely excited to be back sponsoring some of the best racers in LOORRS,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “These dirt short course competitions offer edge-of-your-seat excitement, with the country’s best drivers battling wheel to wheel, and 2019 promises to be the finest season yet. Due to new tire requirements for the Pro 2 class, we believe our off-road tires will become the new standard for champion LOORRS Pro 2 competitors.”

The 2019 Team M/T lineup includes:

• Pro 2 – Brian Deegan, “Li’l” Ricky Gutierrez, Adam Daffner, Eric Jacobus, Kipp Mickels
• Pro Lite – Mason Cullen, Hailie Deegan
• Pro Buggy – Trevor Briska

The company will also sponsor Andrew Carlson in East Coast Pro 2 and limited West Coast Pro 4 races.

Born in the longstanding traditional home of Midwestern short course off-road racing and enlivened by the fast-emerging West Coast short course movement, LOORRS is the country’s premier short course off-road racing series.

The seven-event Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series 2019 schedule kicks off March 16 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. Competing classes include: Pro 4, Pro 2, Pro Lite, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV, Production Turbo UTV, Mod Kart and JR 2.

A Drag Slick for Today’s Fastest Classes news/a-drag-slick-for-todays-fastest-classes 2019-03-08 As hard work and innovation continue to lead to faster times in some of the NHRA’s top classes, competitors need a drag slick that can keep pace. Enter the new ET Drag tire from Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels.

Designed for the fastest of the fast racers in series such as Top Dragster, Top Sportsman and Pro Mod, the ET Drag is a 35/15.0-16 race slick featuring Mickey Thompson’s next-evolution L6 compound technology for improved traction and consistency. The innovative compound translates to little or no burnout required in order to reach maximum traction, a game-changer for today’s high-horsepower applications.

“The new Mickey Thompson ET Drag race slick was developed with supercharged and turbocharged race machines in mind,” Tom Kundrik, Motorsports Manager for Mickey Thompson said. “Featuring our new L6 compound, this tire is purpose-built to provide reliable performance at the strip, resulting in better ET’s for drag racers.”

Real-world research and development give Mickey Thompson slicks the competitive edge. The ET Drag slicks are engineered for maximum traction and consistent ETs, even on 6-second cars that top 230 mph, making them suitable for nearly every drag racing application.

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Mickey Thompson Backs a Fan Favorite news/mickey-thompson-backs-a-fan-favorite 2019-02-13 Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels is the official sponsor of the Street Outlaw drag racing category for the 2019 National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) season.

Mixing big power with small tires, Street Outlaw is NMCA’s 275 radial championship category. Running at every event on the schedule, it attracts premier competitors battling for a prestigious NMCA championship. Leading the small tire category with its ET Street Radial Pro line, Mickey Thompson has supported small-tire radial racing since its inception.

“The small-tire radial drag race world has exploded over the past decade,” Ken Warner, Vice President of Sales for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels said. “Mickey Thompson has been innovating drag radials for 20 years, but our ET Street Radial Pro tire helped bring small tire racing to where it is now, one of the most popular forms of racing out there. We are excited to sponsor the Street Outlaw category and continue our partnership with NMCA in to the next season.”

Mickey Thompson’s ET Street Radial Pro is a purpose-built race tire for classes requiring P275/60R15 or P315/60R15 tires built from size-specific materials. The radial features next-generation construction designed to take more power for better launches, a reduced tread pattern for maximum traction, and is for racing only – not street use.

“Mickey Thompson has stepped up to the plate to sponsor Street Outlaw, NMCA’s premier 275 radial class,” said Steve Wolcott, NMCA president & CEO. “This big-power, small-tire category features turbos, blowers and nitrous all battling for 275 supremacy. Intense radial racing is a fan favorite.”

Mickey Thompson is posting valuable racer contingencies on Mickey Thompson tires (all four) in all NMCA championship classes. It will also continue to offer onsite trackside support at most events, as well as contingency awards to drivers competing in Pro, Sportsman and various special event classes.

The 2019 NMCA season starts March 7 with the Muscle Car Mayhem event in Bradenton, Fla. For a complete 2019 NMCA schedule, go to:

Fanning the Flames of a Mustang Rivalry news/fanning-the-flames-of-a-mustang-rivalry 2019-02-12 Knowing the thrill of a good rivalry, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has signed on as sponsor of an exclusive Mustang drag race showdown, in addition to its continued support of the National Mustang Racers Association.

The NMRA Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout class runs at two of the largest NMRA events on the schedule: the NMRA Spring Break Shootout season opener Feb. 28-March 3 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida; and the NMRA All-Ford World Finals Sept. 26-29 at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

“The Mickey Thompson Cobra Terminator/GT500 Shootout features some of the baddest Ford factory-produced street cars on the planet battling heads-up for national bragging rights,” said Steve Wolcott, NMRA CEO and co-founder. “There has always been a rivalry between the supercharged Cobra segment and the GT500 community, and Mickey Thompson is helping to fan the flames with prize money and bonus tires up for grabs for the winner. Fans can witness this insane battle at the Spring Break Shootout and World Finals events courtesy of Mickey Thompson.”

Mickey Thompson is posting valuable racer contingencies on Mickey Thompson tires (all four) in all NMRA championship classes and will also continue to offer onsite trackside support at most events, as well as contingency awards to drivers competing in Pro, Sportsman and various special event classes.

The NMRA Keystone Automotive Ford Nationals is the top all-Ford motorsports show in the United States, attracting the most racers, fans, sponsors and contingency. Each NMRA event features awesome heads-up Ford drag racing, a huge all-Ford car show, a giant manufacturers’ midway, burnout contest and true street and bracket racing.

For a full 2019 NMRA schedule, visit

Mickey Thompson is Ready for a Showdown news/mickey-thompson-is-ready-for-a-showdown 2019-02-11 Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels is ready for an old-fashioned drag racing showdown. The well-known racing tire manufacturer has announced a sponsorship agreement with Don Schumacher Racing’s (DSR) NHRA Stock Showdown Series program and driver Leah Pritchett.

The sponsorship of DSR’s NHRA Mopar Factory Stock Showdown Series team will involve support for drivers Leah Pritchett and Mark Pawuk. The agreement includes plans for driver appearances, marketing partnerships and exposure on Pritchett’s social media channels throughout the 2019 and 2020 race seasons.

“Mickey Thompson is no stranger to championships, and we’re thrilled to align ourselves with DSR’s championship-winning Stock Showdown Series team and driver Leah Pritchett,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “We know this is going to be another great year for the DSR team, and we can’t wait to hit the track.”

Last year, 30-year-old Pritchett closed out her second full season as a member of Don Schumacher Racing with a championship in the Factory Stock Showdown Series, to go with a top-five finish in the Top Fuel class. Throughout 2018, Pritchett pulled double-duty, competing in the full seven-event Factory Stock Showdown Series schedule while simultaneously competing in the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

She clinched the 2018 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Series championship in her Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak at the Texas NHRA FallNationals when she raced to her third consecutive win during her first full year competing in the class.

Her first win came at the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals, where she raced to victory from her second Factory Stock No. 1 qualifier position. At the very next event, she became the first Factory Stock driver to make a 7-second pass.

The 2018 Factory Stock Showdown crown was the fourth title for Pritchett, who previously captured the 2000 and 2001 Jr. Dragster division 7 championships, and the 2010 NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series championship in the Nostalgia Funny Car class.

While securing the Factory Stock title, Pritchett was the only professional driver to contend for two world titles during the 2018 NHRA season.

The first race of the 2019 NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Series is set for March 14-17 at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. The series will expand to eight races during the year, including inaugural visits to the Virginia NHRA Nationals in Richmond, Virginia, and the Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas.

For a complete 2019 NHRA schedule, visit

Mickey Thompson launches off-road only tire news/mickey-thompson-launches-first-off-road-only-tire 2019-01-30 Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has launched a new, off-road use only tire designed to traverse even the most extreme terrain that today’s rock bouncing and mud bogging enthusiasts encounter. The Baja Pro X tire is on track to be the most aggressive off-road tire ever released by the company.

The Baja Pro X is for off-road use only, due in part to new design elements such as the sticky compound and innovative Treadbiter™ cleats which make the tire too aggressive for street use. The Baja Pro X model takes Mickey Thompson’s proven off-road tires to new heights with exclusive attributes and durability not found anywhere else. The tire is currently only available in size 43X14.50-17LT, with additional sizes planned in the future.

Features include:

• Sticky compound provides the ultimate grip on hard surfaces.
• Pro-Tech Construction™ adds extra flexibility while maintaining durability.
• Dual Decoupling Grooves™ provide additional flexibility on irregular surfaces.
• Treadbiter™ cleats provide extra biting edges across the tread for added traction.
• Serrated tread-regions indicate where pattern can be hand cut to allow for additional mud and loose surface traction while maintaining lateral stability & grip
• Mud scoops supply added cleaning power.
• Massive Sidebiters® and angled shoulder scallops provide the ultimate traction and grip.
• Symmetric directional tread pattern provides excellent traction and cleaning power.

“We designed the Baja Pro X for extreme outdoor use: rock bouncing, mud bogging, deep mud, rock, snow, sand, dirt and gravel,” said Jason Moulton, Senior Product Development Manager for Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “After the Baja Pro X was named a runner up in the tire category of the 2018 SEMA New Product showcase and won a SEMA Global Media Award, we are more excited than ever to get the Baja Pro X out to our customers to test on the trail or mud bogs.”

Mickey Thompson was an innovator and product pioneer who developed the first 35-inch-tall truck tire for off-road use. He created “tread-on-the-sidewall” tires for traction and pulling power in extreme conditions. Today, Mickey Thompson’s off-road tires are developed and designed with uncompromising standards and deliver undisputed performance.

Mickey Thompson Back as NHRA Major Event Sponsor for 2019 news/mickey-thompson-back-as-nhra-major-event-sponsor-for-2019 2019-01-21 “Drag racing is an important part of what we do, and who we are,” said Ken Warner, vice president of marketing, Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels. “We offer a complete line of competition tires for racers on two and four wheels and our products set new standards and break traditions in innovation.”

In addition to attending all national events with the fully-equipped Mickey Thompson trailer to provide trackside support to racers, the company will increase its presence at select 2019 NHRA events with a second on-site trailer.

The additional trailer will offer NHRA fans the opportunity to learn more about Mickey Thompson’s line up of tires and wheels, sign up for giveaways, and experience the new Interactive Garage kiosk - a 42-inch touch screen that allows users to digitally customize 4x4 vehicles with Mickey Thompson tires, wheels and many other aftermarket options in order to build and visualize their ideal light truck or SUV.

The company will continue its role as a contingency sponsor for all NHRA Sportsman racing classes, as well as Pro Mod and Pro Stock Motorcycle, and is the title sponsor of the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series.

Mickey Thompson will also serve as a Divisional Level Associate Contingency Sponsor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series in all Sportsman classes and will support NHRA racers through the popular Team M/T program, including champions Dan Fletcher and Luke Bogacki.

The NHRA season begins Feb. 7-10 at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by in Pomona, California, which is also the site of the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals Nov. 14-17.

To see the full schedule of 2019 NHRA events, go to

Mickey Thompson Back as Title Sponsor of Lights Out 10 news/mickey-thompson-back-as-title-sponsor-of-lights-out-10 2019-01-21 Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels is again serving as title sponsor of Lights Out 10 “The Baddest Small Tire Races in the World.”

Leading the small tire category with its ET Street Radial Pro line, Mickey Thompson has supported the annual event since 2009. This year’s races are set for Feb. 14-17 at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Georgia.

“The largest small-tire radial drag race in the world is back, and we wouldn’t miss it,” said Ken Warner, vice president of marketing, Mickey Thompson. “As always, the event promises to provide a unique brand of motorsports excitement for racers and spectators alike, and is a great showcase for our ET Street Radial Pro line.”

Lights Out hosts an estimated 400 competitors over 10 racing classes, each with purses reaching as high as $10,000, as well as an exclusive Radial vs. The World class that offers a whopping $50,000 prize to the winner.

Mickey Thompson’s ET Street Radial Pro is a purpose-built race tire for classes requiring P275/60R15 or P315/60R15 tires built from size-specific materials. The radial features next-generation construction designed to take more power for better launches, a reduced tread pattern for maximum traction, and is for racing only – not street use.

Mickey Thompson Returns as Title Sponsor of the NHRA Top Fuel Harley Series news/mickey-thompson-returns-as-title-sponsor-of-the-nhra-top-fuel-harley-series 2019-01-21 The popular Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series will be featured at 10 events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series calendar.

“The Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Top Fuel Harley motorcycle category has quickly become one of the most exciting of the NHRA series,” said NHRA vice president and chief development officer Brad Gerber. “Top Fuel Harley thrilled fans at events in 2018, and we look forward to another electrifying season.”

The Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Top Fuel Harley series features bikes capable of exceeding 220 mph, making it the fastest motorcycle racing action on the circuit. Races are often decided by thousandths of a second.

Mirroring last year’s schedule, the 2019 Top Fuel Harley season will begin at the historic Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, Feb. 7-10, and conclude at the Lucas Oil Raceway with the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Aug. 28 - Sept. 2.

This year, however, the category will compete at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Aug. 16-19, in Brainerd, Minn. which features “some of the most passionate fans in the country at a scenic facility that is known for producing record speeds,” according to the NHRA. The Brainerd stop for the Top Fuel Harley series will replace last year’s race at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Las Vegas.

The 2019 season marks the third year Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels has served as the title sponsor of the Top Fuel Harley series.

“We’ve produced drag motorcycle tires for more than 20 years and are proud to continue our partnership with the NHRA and support the riders, teams and fans who have helped make the Top Fuel Harley series such a success,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing at Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels.

Last year, Tii Tharpe claimed the Mickey Thompson Tires Top Fuel Harley Drag Racing Series championship when he defeated Doug Vancil in dramatic fashion after the two entered the finale separated by less than a round's worth of points.

For more information about the 2019 Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels Top Fuel Harley series, go to:

Mickey Thompson Sponsors 2019 KOH Experience news/mickey-thompson-sponsors-2019-koh-experience 2019-01-18 King of the Hammers (KOH) attendees have the chance to take their off-road ready vehicles on the legendary KOH race course during the KOH Experience - slated for Saturday, Feb. 9 in Johnson Valley, CA.

Participants in the KOH Experience will be led by Tony Pellegrino from GenRight Off Road on the same path the Unlimited Class race cars will tackle the day before during the official King of the Hammers race.
Drivers will traverse obstacles and rough terrain, putting their off-road vehicles to the ultimate test in some of the most remote areas of the Johnson Valley off-highway vehicle area.
Because of the course’s extreme terrain, no stock vehicles are allowed to participate in the KOH Experience. Officials recommend 35-inch tires and lockers, and drivers should be ready to test the limits of their vehicle.
The KOH Experience run will take place rain or shine. Check in is at the Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels trailer between 8-9:30 a.m. on Feb. 9. The run will depart at 10:30 a.m. Officials expect participants to be back in Hammertown by 4 p.m.
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