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Continental Tire Sponsors Big-Rig Truck Racing Series, ChampTruck

05/21/2015
  • Continental Tire is the named tire sponsor of professional road-racing series for Class 8 trucks
  • All trucks in the series are equipped with Continental tires

Fort Mill, South Carolina, May 21, 2015.  Continental Tire the Americas, LLC’s Commercial Vehicle Tire group (“Continental Tire”), is now the named tire sponsor of the Meritor ChampTruck World Series®, North America’s competitive big-rig truck racing.

Big-rig truck racing can be found in Europe, Australia, India and South America, and has become one of the largest segments of professional motorsports. Now gaining momentum in the U.S., and often referred to as the next great American motorsport series, the Meritor ChampTruck World Series® delivers an exciting competition featuring world-class drivers on world-class tracks. Continental Tire, as tire sponsor, will equip every truck in the series with its tires.

"We are very excited to be part of the ChampTruck series and part of this growing segment in racing,” said Alex Chmiel, director of marketing for Continental truck tires, the Americas. “Our research and development engineers spent a lot of time with ChampTruck drivers and testing tires at races to determine the best tire for truck racing series.”

All trucks in the 2015 Meritor ChampTruck World Series® will run the Continental HSR2 tread pattern.

“ChampTruck is all about Real Racing, Real Tracks and Really Big Trucks – with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour,” said John Condren, executive director and founder of ChampTruck. “It’s crucial our drivers have reliable and durable tires, which is why ChampTruck specifically chose Continental Tire as our Official Tire for the Meritor ChampTruck World Series®. I am confident Continental Tire’s products will provide the quality needed for top-level competition.”

ChampTruck races provide an exciting, family-friendly event that includes a series of 30-minute-long sprint races throughout race day. The inaugural 2015 season includes 10 events across the U.S. The next race will be held this weekend, May 22-24, at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California. For tickets and more information on ChampTruck, visit www.champtruck.us.com.

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. Continental generated sales of €37.7 billion in 2020 and currently employs around 235,000 people in 58 countries and markets. In 2021, the company celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The Tires business area has 24 production and development locations worldwide. Continental is one of the leading tire manufacturers with more than 56,000 employees and posted preliminary sales of €10.2 billion in 2020 in this business area. Continental ranks among the technology leaders in tire production and offers a broad product range for passenger cars, commercial and special-purpose vehicles as well as two-wheelers. Through continuous investment in research and development, Continental makes a major contribution to safe, cost effective and ecologically efficient mobility. The portfolio of the Tires business area includes services for the tire trade and fleet applications, as well as digital management systems for tires.

Continental develops pioneering technologies to make commercial transport safer, more efficient and more connected. The company’s products and services deliver measurable impact for commercial vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. They benefit from a broad portfolio and from fully integrated systems. The portfolio includes tires, digital tire monitoring, fleet management, telematic solutions, Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and tachographs, hoses, air springs, Electronic Control Units (ECU), displays, drivetrain and exhaust aftertreatment systems, sensors, advanced driving assistance systems, as well as eHorizon maps and events and cloud-based services. In 2017, the share of Continental’s global sales for commercial vehicle products and systems was around €4.7 billion.