Tires produced specifically for drag racing are an essential part of improving performance and consistency on the drag strip. Over the last 20 years, that technology has been applied to Department of Transportation-approved road tires to provide a product that can harness the ever-increasing power output of street machines. Some of these sticky “street” tires have become the spec tire for many racing sanctions and classes, and their D.O.T. approval continues to keep a little bit of the “street” mentality in stock-bodied race cars, too. Mickey Thompson tires have become the tire of choice for many a drag racer and quite often, the company’s radial tires are the preferred equipment be it for class regulations or all out performance.
If you check out an NMRA or NMCA race, you’ll no doubt see that Mickey Thompson tires are a popular choice for the racers in these series. When it comes to NMRA racing, John Urist has put his fair share of laps in and has become very familiar with the Winner’s Circle. With 9 championships to his credit and a multitude of race wins, Urist is as knowledgeable as they come when it comes to talking about tires. As owner of Hellion Turbo Systems, he’s also familiar with the extreme amounts of horsepower and torque that today’s modern muscle cars are capable of when boosted with a power adder, and their subsequent need for tires that can make the most of it.
Recently, ProMedia’s Mike Galimi caught up with the NMRA Street Outlaw racer to talk about the evolution of radial tire racing, and how it relates to his team and business.