A couple of years ago, an attempt was made to belittle my efforts on bringing the Hoosier Drag Radials to market. Both IndyEvo and I spent a lot of time and money to bring a good drag radial in a very specific niche size to the Evo community. It wasn't cheap, nor an easy sell. To do it, we had to step up to the plate and GET 'ER DONE. Because it related to us and was something that had been previously promised by 'the dark side' for some time, they once again bad mouthed the DR and said, "We're working with..blah, blah,..AND we're going to get M/T to .....blah, blah, blah." Fine, just get it done and we'll see if it happens in the end. Well, today, I read the final post from M/T. Basically, it AIN'T HAPPENIN.
Here's a perfect example of how it's easier to bash someone for what they're doing than to do it yourself. It was put up or shut up time and now, Silence is Golden. The Hoosier Drag Radial was brought to market for a specific purpose, Drag Radial Class racing. It was spec'd to be the best size, weight and compound that we could get made. The Hoosier Engineer and VP of PR worked with Jim and I to get the tire to market as long as we guaranted the purchase of the first full run of tires. We wanted it for the community. Is the DR the best for 60' times over a slick? No, but then again, a slick isn't a drag radial either. Later, our Hoosier DR was used to set the Evo Drag Radial record by AWDMike. It simply did the job that it was intended. Within 1 year, it set the DR record. Ain't too shabby. I use it on the street, although it definitely wears too fast for DD driving. This compound was the same as used on slicks, just radial construction. 26" tall, 9.3" wide and only 20lbs. More sidewall flexibility than most DR's, but up to 8 lbs lighter than the competition. I type this only to say, are you part of the solution or part of the problem. Once again, get off the tracks if there's a train coming. Don't be so quick to put down what the other guy is doing, unless you can PRODUCE and do it better. In this case, another group of loud mouth bashers are left with their pants down and no product. It was just another attempt to belittle what someone else was doing, instead of them. I'll step down from my "Told ya So" soap box.
added: By the way, I sincerely hope that SOMEONE builds the 17" slicks. I would even be a buyer for a set. My comment is based on being a basher of someone moving forward vs doing something yourself. Support what anyone does, don't beat on them for personal gain.