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 R1R
275/40-17 Toyo Proxes R888
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.
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.
- 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.