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The tire contract for SCCA SM expires in 2019.

 

Several of us on the SMAC, plus Mazda, met with Hoosier at Runoffs and discussed options for SM tires moving forward.

 

We discussed previous/current slicks and the advantages/disadvantages, as well as goals moving forward:

  • Lap times are not important (everyone on same tire)
  • Overall grip should be reduced to reduce wear and tear on cars/parts
  • Tire longevity is important
  • Getting more heat cycles is important

We also discussed previous current rain tires and the advantages/disadvantages. We seek to improve the rain tire so that it will be fast/usable over a number of sessions, as opposed to the super sticky tire that now is great for the first session and falls off drastically from there.

 

We are working on improved tires for slicks/rains for 2019. Hoosier has already made up some tires to test, which we will have some volunteers testing in the next couple of weeks with Hoosier tire engineers.

 

Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.


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We also discussed previous current rain tires and the advantages/disadvantages. We seek to improve the rain tire so that it will be fast/usable over a number of sessions, as opposed to the super sticky tire that now is great for the first session and falls off drastically from there.

 

 

I wish the best in your effort as I am looking to switch to SM this year. One word of caution. SRF, seeking a longer lasting rain tire, ended up with a Goodyear tire that was just basically a treaded slick. It was so hard that the car was hard to drive, trading crash damage for tire costs. I think everyone is glad we are no longer using those. Longer life on rain tires is a great goal, but proceed with caution.



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Just to clarify...the contract ends after the 2018 season?


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correct


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How about the physical tire size ?
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A smaller tire does not lend itself to all the goals.


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Please state all the goals.
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Please read my post.


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