A 2012 Street Tire Auto-X Favorite: Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Although the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec's name is a bit taxing, its popularity and test results have been quite clear. As one of the top Extreme Performance Summer tires, the Z1 Star Spec has been a hit among drivers looking to be competitive in street tire racing classes which demand a treadwear of 140 or higher.

It seems that the creation of a new class, dubbed Street Mod Street or SMS for short in SCCA's SOLO II category, has added to the Dunlop's popularity. This class allows drivers of highly modified vehicles to use the Star Spec as a more cost-effective alternative to R-compound tires. Where as before in Street Modified, the only way to be truly competitive was to run a low tread depth tire (2-4/32") and extremely soft compound (Hoosier A6). Now drivers can enjoy tires that can be driven to the event, wear much longer and are easier on the budget -- all while staying class competitive.

Recently, I went to a SCCA event in Fort Wayne, Indiana and counted approximately 15 cars using this tire. The types of cars varied greatly and included the SMS class winner in a well-prepared Acura Integra, as well as two newer body style Mustang GTs, an E46 BMW M3 and a handful of Miatas. Given the large amount of available sizes ranging from 14-18", the tire's low price point and phenomenal track times, I can't say that I was surprised at what I saw.

If you're looking to outfit your sports car, sports sedan or grassroots racer with a competitive street tire, then watch "Testing the New Extremes of Extreme Performance Summer Tires" and see how this tire can help you enjoy driving more.

Win, Place or Show with Toyo Motorsports Tires

Friday, May 11, 2012 by Cy Chowattukunnel

The first Saturday in May is no ordinary Saturday, especially if you like speed. This day means horses galloping down the stretch at Churchill Downs and even more horsepower on our skidpad. In Louisville, the Race for the Triple Crown begins with the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. In South Bend, we start the 29th edition of the Tire Rack One Lap of America.

Whether we're on the autocross track or the horse track, we all want to win. Winning the Derby requires a serendipitous collaboration between horse, jockey and trainer. Winning on the asphalt requires similar partnership between man, machine and tires.

We're all very excited about our new partnership with Toyo Motorsports. Tire Rack now offers the streetable road race/time attack Proxes RA1, the Proxes R1R, the Proxes R888 and the Drag Racing Radial Proxes TQ.


275/40-17 Toyo Proxes RA1

275/40-17 Toyo Proxes RA1

275/40-17 Extreme Performance Toyo Proxes R1R
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes R1R
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes R888
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes R888
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes TQ Drag Radial
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes TQ

The RA1's strengths are its wide variety of sizes, a track record of relatively good wear and resistance to heat cycles, ease of use and handling predictability. R888 tires add even more grip but it's more sensitive to vehicle set-up. Both tires give you tons of grip but can still be driven to the track (as opposed to the track-only BFGoodrich g-Force R1 and Hoosier R6).

Although the Hankook Ventus R-S3 offers outstanding performance in dry conditions, the Proxes R1R has shown surprisingly good traction at cooler ambient temperatures and is a tire worth considering in the Extreme Performance Summer category. Toyo Proxes TQ radials help lower your 1/4-mile time at the strip, while allowing you to drive back home on the same set of tires.

With these new choices to choose from, we definitely have the right tires for the thoroughbred in your garage.


  1. Can I special order another Toyo tire that's not listed on your website? With our current Toyo agreement we only carry the Toyo tires that are listed on our website.
  2. You mention that many of these tires can be driven to the track, how come the Hoosier R6 and BFGoodrich g-Force R1 don't fall under this category? These tires have such a light carcass and gummy compound that any minor debris will work its way through the tread and puncture the tire.

UTQG Treadwear Numbers: What Do They Mean?

Friday, April 27, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Often, I receive calls about a tire's life and the tire's relationship to its assigned UTQG treadwear indicator. UTQG numbers are assigned to indicate a tires overall level of performance and tread hardness. These numbers beginning at 0 for race products and traveling north of 800 for some of the longest lasting all-season tires, are nothing more than a general guideline to assist customers in making their correct tire purchase. 

While certain performance standards are held standard, such as Traction Grades and Temperature Resistance, UTQG treadwear numbers are published by the manufacturer based upon their test findings of a tire's life expectancy. It's important to note that not all manufacturer's standards are equal and similar ratings may lead to different real world results between similar product types.

On a large basis, however, most manufacturer's figures are surprisingly accurate. To gain a better understanding of the process, take a look at a few of our popular performance categories beginning with soft compounds and working our way up.

Track & Competition DOT

These tires offer maximum grip in race environments where performance is key and treadlife is sacrificed. In order to be competitive, these tires feature a soft tread compound that tends to be very adhesive. These soft tires wear much faster than a standard street tire and aren't recommend for street use. Take a look at the Hoosier A6, a popular autocross tire to see an example. Note this tire's low UTQG figure of 40.

Max Performance Summer

This category features high-performance tires designed for street use. Although not nearly as soft as the race products outlined above, they're at home in a performance environment. This is an optimal choice for a driver looking for acceptable levels of treadwear combined with a high-performing grip level. Even though these tires offer much more flexibility, I'm reminded of an economics lesson: There is no free lunch. The longest wearing Max Performance Summer tires will not outlast a good performing all-season option. Sometimes a driver must choose between smiles and miles. Take a look at our current top-rated summer tire, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport and its 300 indicated UTQG treadwear.

Ultra High Performance All-Season

Perhaps our most popular and best-selling category, the Ultra High Performance All-Season, promotes higher treadwear in exchange for some loss in ultimate dry grip. Although not as soft, and therefore not as sticky as the Max Performance Summer tires, these tires still place a good amount of focus on performance. This new breed of all-season tires typically lasts between 30,000-50,000 miles and allows the driver to experience practicality while also including good performance features such as a responsive sidewalls and higher speed ratings. The Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position is currently the number one tire in this category and carries a UTQG number of 400.

Standard Touring All-Season

Tires in this category sacrifice performance in terms of ultimate dry grip to focus on maximum life and mileage. These tires are designed for conservative drivers that are looking for the best in ride, treadlife and practicality. These tires aren't meant for track use or for aggressive street driving, but often work well as purposeful all-season tires. The popular Hankook Optimo H727 is a great example of such a tire. Notice that its 700 treadwear fits this category to a tee.

Hoosier A6 and R6 Race Tires

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by Gary Stanley

Not only do Hoosier's racing tires provide outstanding performance on the track, but they're also produced right here in Indiana. Experienced road racers and autocrossers who get great performance from this Midwest tire company will tell you to look no further than Hoosier for your race tire needs.

Hoosier's racing tires are popular for competition use in the following events:

  • Autocross
  • Road Racing
  • SCCA Racing
  • Time Attack Racing
Hoosier A6
Hoosier A6
Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6

If you're chasing cones in an autocross event or have a very light road race car and want maximum grip at the cost of some wear, choose the Hoosier A6. The tire is an exceptional choice for autocross events because it heats up very quickly for the short runs. As mentioned, Hoosier A6 tires can be used at the track on a lightweight vehicle, but will wear quickly due to its very soft rubber compound. 

For heavier cars and most track driving applications, the Hoosier R6 is the proper choice. With a more gradual warm-up time and consistency lap after lap, the tire is well suited for lapping sessions and competition driving.  

When viewing the tires, you'll notice that both the A6 and R6 have the same two groove shallow tread pattern that's designed for maximum dry grip and reduced tread squirm. The difference between the two is in the rubber compound.

For detailed information on each tire's temperature recommendations, initial run heat cycle, tire pressure recommendations for competition and more, download "R6 & A6: Tire Care and Safety Guidelines" (PDF). 

Note: Hoosier A6 and R6 tires meet Department of Transportation requirements for marking and performance only and aren't intended for highway use. And like all Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires, these Hoosier tires are not intended to be driven in near-freezing temperatures, through snow or on ice. It's also essential these tires be stored indoors at temperatures maintained above 32 degrees F.

Hoosier A6 or R6: Which Tire is Best for my Needs?

Friday, April 13, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

Hoosier A6 and R6 Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires have proven themselves to be at the pinnacle of racing performance, but many autocross drivers don't know which one best suits their needs. There are some overlapping qualities between the two, however these tires are purpose-built for two different functions.

Hoosier A6 tires are intended to be used as autocross tires. The science behind this function is the very soft rubber compound. The tire has a lower operating temperature for maximum traction. Many autocross events are too short of a course to get a typical race tire up to its optimal race temperature, therefore if the tire is too cold you'll never get the best grip the tire can offer. A downside is that the treadlife is lower on the A6 when compared to the R6. However, if you want the quickest lap times at the autocross course, the A6 is definitely the tire that can deliver. 

Hoosier A6
Hoosier A6
Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6

R6 tires are designed for drivers who compete in road racing where there's longer road courses or lapping days over a longer period of time than an autocross event. R6 tires use a harder rubber compound which takes more time to build up heat to reach its optimal operating temperature. Harder rubber compound also offers a longer treadlife.

The Hoosier R6 is also seen on many autocross courses and is still appropriate for use at these events. Many racers like this tire for autocross because they'll get much more racing time on their tire. However, if these tires are raced cold, racers will be sacrificing maximum grip for treadlife. It's recommended to run these tires hotter for autocross than the Hoosier A6 to maintain better traction.

Both tires will benefit from the Tire Rack Heat Cycling Service and it can be added to your order for $15 per tire.

Toyo Motorsports Tires Now Available at Tire Rack

Thursday, April 12, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Recently, we announced our new relationship with Toyo. Although we have carried Toyo tires in the past, fitments had been limited to those that came Original Equipment on select newer vehicles. 

Adding Toyo's line-up of tires will strengthen our already wide selection of competition-based tires and allow customers to select from popular intermediate compounds that are known to wear longer than super soft tires such as the Hoosier R6 and A6. Tires added to our line-up include the following:

Moreover, these tires are offered in a wide array of hard-to-find fitments and will make for good selections for those with few performance options. Given the outstanding reputation of the R888, I can't wait to get my hands on a set of 225/45-15s for my own personal use. This tire promises an excellent choice for those looking for a 100 treadwear tire.

Note: Many sanctioning racing bodies also use the Toyo RA1 as a spec tire in various classes.

Want the Best Traction and Longer Treadlife from Competition Tires? Heat Cycling Delivers

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by Zig Ziegler

The first run of a competition tire's life is the most important. If we look at tire construction from a microscopic level the tire is made up of many weak and strong molecular bonds. During any run a tire will stretch and flex which breaks the weaker bonds and generates heat. However, if you take your new tires that have never been driven on to the track and push them too hard and too long, you'll also break some of those stronger bonds. Breaking down these stronger bonds compromises the tire's ultimate grip.

In order to get the most life and best traction from your competition tires it's recommended to heat cycle them before competitive use. Tire Rack uses a heat cycling process which puts an inflated tire between rollers and applies pressure while the tire is brought up to speed. The natural deflection of the tire will build up heat within the tire's normal operating range. There's no artificial heat needed. The roller process allows the most even heat distribution across the entire tread of the tire which gives a more precise heat cycle than can be attained on the track.

Once the proper temperature is confirmed with a pyrometer, the tire is stamped to designate it's been "Tire Rack Heat Cycled." It's recommended that the tire not be driven on for 24-48 hours after heat cycling so the bonds broken during the process can reform in a more uniformed and stronger orientation. Hoosier racing tires, as well as competition tires from Yokohama and Kumho should be heat cycled before they're used in competition.  

Tire Rack's heat cycling service can be added to your order for $15 per tire. Take a look at our competition tires to see how Tire Rack can help you have a more successful racing season.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

The following post was created from content submitted via Tire Rack's consumer surveys. Information shown is the opinion of the consumer and meant to be used for comparison shopping purposes.

Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTTReviewer's Overall Rating: 7.38

2012 Nissan GT-R
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February 22, 2012

This is the OEM summer tire on the 2012 Nissan GT-R. Daily driven, these are fantastic in the dry and light rain. With half-tread left, they like to hydroplane in standing water.

I used these tires to place 7th in the 2011 Spectre 341, better than many people with modified cars and Hoosier A6/R6 race rubber. They are great, if not a little expensive.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus Z214

Friday, January 13, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus Z214 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

2006 Porsche Cayman S With Standard Brakes
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November 22, 2011

Been R6 fan but they are very sensitive to alignment (uneven wear). Just came back from VIR event and have all good things to say about this tire (C51). Takes a couple laps to warm up when stone cold but no different than R6's. In terms of grip, unless back to back, wouldn't be able to tell difference between these and Hoosiers. Seems to be more tolerant of alignment changes. Will need to report back next season regarding how much longer they last vs. Hoosiers. I have 10 30 min sessions in instructor group on these and they seem to be in much better shape vs. my R6 experience. They also hold their pressure better than R6's on my OZ allegeritta's - R6's randomly lose pressure over time - sometimes does, sometimes not depending on the rim. I would definitely use these moving forward...even for races. if they last longer, grip just as well, and are cheaper, I really dont see any reason to go back to the hoosiers. Sorry, want to buy american but not with that big of a value difference! Only issue is that it is not always available so need to plan ahead and order a backup set before you really need them.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hankook Ventus Z214

Friday, January 6, 2012 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hankook Ventus Z214 Reviewer's Overall Rating: Not Rated

1985 Renault Alliance
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October 25, 2011

These are racing tires. I used them on my IT-C Renault at Mid Ohio two weeks ago and won all three races and set a new track record by over half a second! Their wear seems better than the Hoosiers that I have been using and the price is much better. They are a little heavier than the Hoosier, but not too bad for my class. The pressures and setup are the same.

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Hoosier Radial Wet H20

Friday, December 23, 2011 by Tire Rack Consumer Reviews

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Hoosier Radial Wet H2OReviewer's Overall Rating: 10

2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata
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November 17, 2011

My 2006 Mazda MX-5 (3rd generation Miata) is prepped for C Street Prepared class autocross competition, where I compete against the smaller & much lighter 1st and 2nd gen Miatas. My drivetrain/suspension mods include AST 5220 coilovers, Hyperco springs, Hotchkis RX-8 front swaybar (no rear bar), full polyurethane bushings, and Mazdaspeed LSD. The engine is producing close to 200 hp and 170 tq (crank). It weighed 2360 at Nats this year, or nearly 400 lbs more than my competition. My best finish was 11th in 2010, although the car does have a National Championship title (Juliann Pokorny won the CSP Ladies class in 2009, in the rain on Day 2, on Hoosier Wets).

As a matter of fact, I've never been to Lincoln NE for a National-level event when it didn't rain! This past May, I was there for a 4-day combined SCCA National Tour & ProSolo, and it rained for the Tour. We finished mid-pack on my street Dunlop Direzza Star Specs, so I vowed to be prepared for rain at Nats.

I bought some "insurance" for Lincoln and installed a fresh set of the brand new Hoosier Wet H2O racing rain tire (275/35R18 on Enkei RPF1 18x9.5" 45ET wheels) just before the 2011 Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships. I also had a fresh set of Hoosier A6s for my dry race tires. We were in the first heat, and it had rained all night so there was not just standing water, but small rivers flowing across the course. After 1st runs, we were way ahead of our competition, and stayed on the H2Os as everyone else switched from rain tires to dry and back again, trying to find the edge. On my last run, with drying conditions accentuated by standing puddles, I layed down an astonishing run and finished Day 1 in 1st place, .6 seconds ahead of the field (including multi-time National Champions Matt McCabe, Scott Fraser, and eventual winner Tim Aro). I finished in 4th after Day 2 in the dry, so I give all the credit to the fantastic Hoosier Wet H2O tires for helping me achieve my first Nationals trophy!

Project STR races in C Street Prepared at the Solo Nationals

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by Tire Rack Motorsports
 Following the fun of our R-compound tire test, we thought it would be an interesting experiment to run the car in the C Street Prepared class at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo Championship event in Lincoln, Nebraska. Since our regular drivers can’t compete in more than one class we drafted GRM’s newest editor and long-time Miata owner Alan Cesar to make his first trip to Nationals and drive in CSP. We also twisted the arm of SCCA’s VP of Rally/Solo Howard Duncan to take a turn at the wheel, too. Just to keep things interesting neither driver had an opportunity to practice in the car prior to their first run. To make matters even more challenging, the morning dawned with pouring rain soaking the course.

Alan Cesar runs through a soaked courseThe rain stopped as runs got underway, with plenty of water still on the course. All the competitors had bolted on their racing rain tires, so we rolled up our STR “wet” tires of choice, the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec. Conditions continued to dry out so we installed the Hoosier A6 radials for the 2nd and 3rd runs, figuring it was going to all come down to the final run, anyway.

Alan was the first driver, and had to live with lingering damp and puddles, which made driving at the limit on the virtually-slick Hoosiers a real challenge. A spin and several big slides on his first two runs left Alan playing it safe to get a clean run in the bank heading into day 2. Duncan took maximum advantage of a rerun and the continually improving conditions to lay down the 6th fastest time of the class!

Day two was a different story, with warm, humid and most importantly dry conditions. Alan adapted to the sticky Hoosiers, showing no fear as he attacked the course. Cone trouble on his first two runs again forced Alan into safe mode to get a good one in the books. Howard is no stranger to R-compound tires, also driving hard right out of the gate. His scratch times were solid, but cone trouble penalties on all three runs pushed Howard down to 11th spot, just out of the trophies.

The car showed good speed in CSP, despite the relatively mild prep level (for the STR class). It would be an interesting experiment to d a little more development and try the car in CSP. Hmmm. Back to the matters at hand, the next stop for Project STR during Nationals week in Lincoln is in the Street Tire Roadster class with project drivers Chris Harvey and John Rogers at the wheel. 

At the Track with Hoosier Tires

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by Tire Rack Team

Hoosier A6The A6 Radial from Hoosier is a Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tire developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip are desirable. This particular Hoosier tire begins with a tread depth of 4.5/32" and does not require shaving for competition. However, it will benefit from a minimal scuff-in prior to its first run. It is important to note that Hoosier Racing Tires meet Department of Transportation requirements for marking and performance only and are not intended for highway use.

Read "Getting More Out of Competition Tires" for important tips on inflation pressure and storing a competition tire.

We tackle installing an aftermarket limited slip differential to help solve our wheelspin issues.

Monday, August 1, 2011 by Tire Rack Motorsports
As we look through our comments in the log book, one that stands out is rear wheel spin as we try to accelerate to the next corner. We’ve worked on the KW coil-over suspension to try and increase rear end grip, and even tried different tires, settling on the Hankook Ventus R-S3. And while this has helped, at most event sites we can still slide the rear exiting medium to high speed corners, resulting in sideways motion without forward progress. A look at the data stream from our onboard Race Technology data logger shows the OE Mazda diff still allows some single wheel spin, and we’re getting inside wheelspin and not just sliding both rears.

So we turned to the guys at OS Giken, makers of some tricky driveline parts and the OS Super Lock LSD. This tunable limited slip diff allows the rear end to lock smoothly with power application, and can be tuned to have different lock rates during acceleration and deceleration.

To simplify our installation and allow us the opportunity to try some back to back testing, we sourced a separate diff carrier to install the Giken unit in. This allowed us to simply swap out the pre-loaded diff housing in about 2.5 hours, with the help of a co-worker’s lift. Some things shouldn’t be done on the garage floor.
Ring gear removed from the spare OEM diff awaits the new OS Giken LSDOEM ring gear is a precise fit on the new OS Giken diff

OS Giken diff installed int he spare diff housing

Project STR waits for another turn at the Windy City Miata Club eventAfter a few break in miles, Project STR driver Chris Harvey joined the fun with the Windy City Miata Club to get an initial read on how the freshly installed OS Giken limited slip differential works. The competitors enjoyed great courses and lots of runs as they battled to reduce time throughout the day. Chris piloted the Project STR MX5 to the quickest time of the day for all Mazda's entered and 2nd overall for the event, just a few tenths behind a well prepped and driven BMW M3 running on ultra-grippy Hoosier autocross tires.

Next up for Project STR will be the SCCA Great Lakes Division Championship event held at Grissom AFB in Peru, IN, August 6th and 7th.  

Tire Rack.com - More Than Just A Tire Website

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
TiresMost race enthusiasts know if Hoosier tires are the right choice for their next competition. But what about the consumer who needs help comprehending tire speed ratings or how to make an informed purchase based on a tire comparison? Our website is filled with shopping tools that make your online experience as efficient and enjoyable as if you were talking on the phone to one of our sales specialists. So whether you want to shop for tires or other products such as wheels, brakes and more, just remember - tirerack.com is much more than a tire website.

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Project STR Competes in 4 Events in 3 Weeks

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 by Tire Rack Motorsports
It's been a busy few weeks for Project STR as the summer race season has finally made its way to the Midwest with three back-to-back weekends of competition.

First up was an outing to the Tri-State Sports Car Club event at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, IL for a shake down on the installation of our new KW Clubsport suspension. Coil Spring rubs against the shock body creating a bind in the suspensio ntravel.Installation went well, but during the event driver Chris Harvey noticed some unusual handling characteristics. Investigation revealed that machining on one of the prototype rear shock mounts allowed the spring coils to come in contact with the shock body, creating a significant bind. Once back home, shimming the angle of the top mount canted the spring enough to clear the shock body, and solved the problem. We’re using the first prototype, so the final production piece will be corrected to prevent this from happening.

The KW Clubsport suspension was put to the ultimate test over the Memorial Day weekend as Harvey and co-driver John Rogers drove the car 600 miles to Lincoln, NE for the Tire Rack SCCA Spring Double Nationals with back-to-back Pro Solo and National Tour events. At the Pro, Rogers was quick early on, but faded on day two, slipping back to 7th, one out of the trophies. Harvey was able to capitalize on his day-two runs, jumping up to the 3rd spot, right behind the S2000s of Robert Thorne and James Yom.

Here’s a video look at the right side course on day two.     

Chris Harvey makes a rear shock adjustment on our new KW Clubsport Coil-Over suspensionAt the National Tour event, rain was the story on day one, as the first two heats were run in soaked to just wet conditions. A drying course for our heat meant it would come down to the third and final run to get it done. Adding to the challenge was the sheer size of the course, lasting 75 seconds per run and covering the entire area normally devoted to two courses. Rogers struggled to find his rhythm in several of the four long slaloms on the course, slotting into the 16th spot out of 26 drivers. Harvey fared better, posting the 7th fastest time in the class, and the quickest for a 3rd gen Mazda MX-5 as the field tried to chase down the gaggle of Honda S2000s that lead the pack. Hot temperatures and high winds greeted our drivers on day two. In the end, our team wasn’t able to find enough speed to catch the leaders, with Harvey taking the 8th and final trophy spot and Rogers moving up one to 15th overall.

Back home in Indiana, Chris Harvey took some time to compete in the 19th annual Yokohama/Tire Rack/Windy City BMW Club Charity Challenge held at the Tire Rack test track. All non-BMWs are lumped together in the “everything else” class competing heads up with no index factor. Harvey put his local track knowledge to good use as he drove his way through the tight and tricky course set-up by the Windy City crew. When the dust settled Chris had the 3rd fastest non-BMW and the 4th fastest time of the event. Not too bad considering the cars ahead of him were rolling on sticky Hoosier R-compound tires, versus the Hankook Ventus R-S3 street tires currently on our MX-5.
Project STR takes a moments rest during a busy race weekend
Next up will be the Tire Rack SCCA National Tour in Toledo, OH over the July 4th weekend.

Autocrossing with Bridgestone, Dunlop and Hoosier!

Saturday, May 14, 2011 by Hunter Leffel
Here in the Midwest, the temps are rising, the sun is out and drivers are bringing out the toys. Lets go racing! Tires are what makes it all happen. All the power and suspension in the world is for naught if the tires don't deliver the goods. Tire Rack has test results and reviews on Extreme Performance and R-compound tires.

Bridgestone RE-11
Bridgestone Potenza RE-11
Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec
Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec
Hoosier R6
Hoosier R6

Extreme Performance tires deliver the most dry traction you can obtain without going to an all out dedicated track set up. These are completely useable in street applications while providing ample grip for weekend track events and serious auto crossing. While encompassing both street and track use, our latest test results favored the Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 as the best all-around tire. It was the easiest tire to drive at the limit while also providing the most comfortable ride on the street. Read the full test report.

When you are ready to take the next step, you will want to look at Track aka R-compound options. Even though the tires are street legal, they are not recommended for street use. This is due to soft compounds and other track specialty features that make them less than ideal for daily driving.

Take a look at what consumers had to say about their experience with each tire:

"[The Bridgestone Potenza RE-11] is a perfect street tire for occasional track use." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2008 BMW M3 Coupe 

"[The Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec] is an amazing tire, overall grip is very close to an R-compound tire." -- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2003 Porsche Boxster S

"...Hoosier track tires are my favorite. I can depend on them for maximum grip."
- Tire Rack Consumer Review, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Take Hoosier Tires to the Track!

Friday, March 11, 2011 by Chad Hocker

Hoosier A6Ready to go racing? Hoosier has two Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires available to meet your racing needs.

The Hoosier R6 is designed for drivers who compete in road racing where responsiveness and high levels of grip in dry conditions is desirable.

The Hoosier A6 is developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trail and hillclimb events in dry conditions where providing responsiveness and high levels of grip at lower operating temperatures is desirable. Hoosier R6

Hoosier recommends that their competition tires be "heat cycled" before being run in competition. Tire Rack has found the most effective heat cycle service is done via a heat cycling machine that provides more consistent results. To learn more about heat cycling, read "Competition Tire Heat Cycling Service."



Additional Information from Hoosier Tire:
Tire Care and Safety Guidelines (download PDF)


Cure for the Winter Blues!

Saturday, February 26, 2011 by Tucker Glenn
Hoosier A6It's time to start thinking about racing season! Whether it's the short, quick bursts of autocross, or the endurance of a road race, Tire Rack has the racing tires you need from Hoosier

The A6 is developed for competition in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip at lower operating temperatures is beneficial.Hoosier R6

The R6 is designed for road racing events where responsiveness and high levels of grip in dry conditions is desirable.

Note: Hoosier Racing Tires meet Department of Transportation requirements for marking and performance only and are not intended for highway use.

In the Mood for Autocross and Track Events?

Thursday, February 17, 2011 by Henry Carlson

Hoosier A6Hoosier has excellent Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tires for autocross and road racing events.

The A6 Radials are designed to compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip at lower operating temperatures is desirable. Starting with a tread depth of Hoosier R64.5/32", they will not require shaving for competition, however they will benefit from a minimal scuff-in prior to their first runs.

The R6 Radials are developed for drivers that compete in road racing events where high levels of grip and responsiveness in dry conditions are desirable. Beginning with a tread depth of 4.5/32", they do not require shaving for competition, however they will benefit from heat cycling before competition to enhance wear and provide more consistent performance.