CORONA, CA – In off-road racing, there are limits: Limits to horsepower, speed, and even passing. But the most efficient way to push those limits out further is with traction. With better traction, you can apply more horsepower to the ground, you can go faster, and you can take the lines you need to take in order to get around your competition.

And that’s why it’s so important that the 2011 Lucas Oil Off Road Series has strong competition where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. We’re talking, of course, about the tire manufacturers, all of whom have returned for 2011, along with a new player in the game.

This year, General Tire, BFGoodrich, Yokohama, Maxxis and Toyo are all returning to supply tires and expertise to the racers in the 2011 championship, and they’re joined by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires this year as well.

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“It really is important to us that teams and racers have tire choices available,” says Lucas Oil Off-Road Series Manager Tony Vanillo. “With the different driving styles, types of dirt, and track layouts in this series, the more choices racers have, the better the racing can be.”

The five returning tire companies will be re-assuming their respective roles in the series, while the Mickey Thompson Tire company will be re-emerging into the Pro Lite and Pro Buggy classes, while the plans are to get further involved in the higher-horsepower classes as time goes on.

With a half-dozen tire companies now dedicated to the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, the racing should be better than ever in 2011. The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series would like to wish all of our tire manufactures the best of luck in the fierce 2011 season.

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