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 intelligent technologies for transporting people and their goods. As a reliable partner, the international automotive supplier, tire manufacturer, and industrial partner provides sustainable, safe, comfortable, individual, and affordable solutions. In 2015, the corporation generated sales of €39.2 billion with its five divisions, Chassis & Safety, Interior, Powertrain, Tires, and ContiTech. Continental currently employs approximately 215,000 people in 55 countries.
The Tire Division currently has more than 24 production and development locations worldwide. The broad product range and continuous investments in R&D make a major contribution to cost-effective and ecologically efficient mobility. As one of the world's leading tire manufacturers with about 49,000 employees, the Tire Division achieved sales of €10.4 billion in 2015.
Continental Commercial Vehicle Tires is one of the largest manufacturers of truck, bus and commercial specialty tires worldwide. The business unit is continuously developing from a pure tire manufacturer to a solution provider, offering a broad range of products, services and tire related solutions.