Traverse City, Mich., – For the first time, Radar Tires, the flagship brand of Omni United, has two competitive and race-winning entrants in SCORE International competition. Building, growing and ever-expanding, Radar Tires is the preferred tire brand for two Class 10 teams – Bronson Motorsports and Robinson Romo Racing.
Bronson Motorsports owner/driver Mike Johnson and Radar Tires have some unfinished business in SCORE International competition and both look to rectify it this year. Following a podium finish at the San Felipe 250 and a Baja 500 win, Johnson was leading the Class 10 championship points heading into the 2013 season finale. An engine failure prevented him from capturing the championship.
Johnson’s objective in 2013 was to secure a rookie championship title for Radar Tires in its inaugural long course off-road racing season. That drive to win races and the Class 10 Championship carries over into 2014.
The championship quest kicks-off this weekend at the 28th Tecate San Felipe 250. The season-opening race starts and finishes in the tranquil Mexican fishing village of San Felipe, approximately 125 miles south of the U.S. border. The one loop race distance is approximately 274 miles and includes nearly 150 miles of terrain that are new to this event.
Johnson and co-driver Mike Majesky share the driving duties of the No. 1031 Radar Tires Buggy with special non-DOT size 33X10.50R15 Radar Renegade R5 race tires in Class 10. Based on the SCORE draw that took place in mid-February, the duo will start in the 11th position in class.
“We’re ready and excited to get back into the Radar Tires Buggy for this weekend’s San Felipe 250,” said Johnson (right). “Based on how we did last year, I’m really confident in our chances this weekend. We are dealing with some new course elements this year, but we’ll be able to see those changes during the pre-race runs. John Hoffman and the Bronson Motorsports team have rebuilt the buggy and we can’t wait to hit the dirt. The Radar tires showed us last year that they can handle the desert terrain and we just need to play it smart, stick to our game plan, and finish the race ahead of the competition.”
Last year, the Johnson and Majesky earned a third place finish after starting from the ninth position in Class 10, the first Radar Tires podium finish in SCORE International competition.
“We’ve used every minute of the offseason to prepare for 2014,” said Majesky (left). “Parts of this San Felipe race are new, but we know the buggy and the Radar tires are ready for every single mile of this event. The buggy is prepped; Mike and I have studied the course. All we need to do is set our race strategy, plan our pit stops and driver changes and we’ll be set. We finished third last year and we’re looking to match and improve that result.”
New to Radar Tires and the San Felipe 250 this season is Robinson Romo Racing. Co-drivers Cody Robinson and Roberto Romo will wheel the No. 1016 Robinson Farms/Romo Race Prep Class 10 Buggy with special non-DOT size 33X10.50R15 Radar Renegade R5 race tires. The Robinson/Romo driving team is a three-time San Felipe 250 race winner (2010, 2011, 2012) in the 1600 Class.
“Roberto and I decided to switch over to Radar Tires after watching what Mike Johnson was able to do last year,” said Robinson (right). “The tires seemed to hook-up better than any tire I have ever ran on a race car, so we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do with the tires. Although we are new to Class 10, we know what it takes to win the 250 and we plan to be fighting for that win. We are confident that our buggy and the Radar tires will get us to the podium.”
The 22-year-old Robinson is from El Centro, Calif., and has been racing with the 32-year-old Romo for the last six years. Romo, from Mexicali, Mexico, has a two-fold desire to win in Class 10 at San Felipe. In addition to racing, he designed and prepped this buggy for competition.
“I have been off-road racing for 17 years and spent the last six co-driving with Cody,” said Romo (left). “We had success in the 1600 Class and wanted a new challenge, so we moved to Class 10. We wanted to work with Radar Tires because we watched Mike last year and then we saw the actual tires. That made our decision to switch to Radar Tires easy. We’re looking forward to this weekend.”
The approximate race start for Class 10 is 10:30 a.m. (PT) on Saturday, March 1. For live timing and webcast of the 28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, visit www.score-international.com and www.dirtlive.com.