|Just a night at the track with Bob and Joyce Newton. Image via Hoosier Tires.|
Hoosier became the race tire for people who race as individuals rather than corporate-sponsored teams. With thousands of Saturday night type race tracks around the country, the privateers were the ones buying Hoosiers since 1957. The company branched out from oval tracks to drag racing, road course racing, vintage racing, Bonneville, autocross events even go-carts shipping tires to more than 70 countries.
Early in the 1980s the company began supplying tires to NASCAR, and Darrell Waltrip took Hoosier tires to victory in 1989 at the granddaddy of events, the Daytona 500. You could say Hoosier tires have become a fixture at race tracks around the country by today's standards. Even with that, it's still a privately held company headquartered in Lakeville, Indiana.
Bob Newton passed away on September 26, 2012 at the age of 85. Godspeed Bob...
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