Officials at U.S. Legend Cars International announced that Federal Tire will be named the official tire for asphalt Legend Cars racing. The new Federal tire will be available for purchase on April 15.
The Federal tire that will be used in competition in Legends Cars racing was originally developed in 2001 as a street legal, ultra-high performance tire. It has since undergone technical modifications to suit the purposes and abuse of Legend Cars competition.
The new Federal tire marks the first time since the inception of U.S. Legend Cars International, in 1992, that a new tire has been introduced into the asphalt series.
"We are thrilled to be the official tire sponsor of the series," said Jamie Ma, CEO of Federal Tire Corporation. "By giving ultimate control under the harshest conditions, this Federal tire model has supported a wide range of motorsports from across the world."
"It bears the same concept as Legend Cars, fun and affordability. We are proud to share the passion we have in motorsports with everyone at U.S. Legend Cars International and INEX Corp., as well as drivers of the Legend Cars asphalt series."
Founded in 1954, Federal Tire has enjoyed technical alliances with Bridgestone Corporation from 1960-1979 and Sumitomo Rubber Industries (Dunlop Tires) from 1981-2000. Those collaborative efforts have helped Federal Tire develop the highest quality racing tires.
Each new Federal tire will be marked with the INEX logo on the sidewall and available only to U.S. Legend Cars International to purchase and resale to their racers. The weight of the new tire is four pounds lighter than that of the previous tire used in Legends Cars racing,and the hardness and wear patterns are comparable.
"Once we tested the new tire we were pleased and excited with its performance," said Ken
Ragan, general manager of U.S. Legend Cars International. "We have been racing on the same tire for the last 17 years, and the prospect of going to a new tire was very daunting.
"We knew we needed a very good tire and the Federal tire was the perfect fit for our series. We feel this change is going to be seamless and are looking forward to the coming season and beyond with Federal Tire."
See the new tire in action July 15-17 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the Legends Million, a one-of-a-kind grassroots racing event with a $1 million purse. For additional information and competitor registration for the Legends Million visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call the Charlotte Motor Speedway events department at (704) 444-3205.
For more information about U.S. Legend Cars International and Legend Cars, visit
www.uslegendscars.com or call U.S. Legend Cars International headquarters at 888-882-8722.