Nitto Tire Takes Two Podiums at Best in the Desert Parker 425
February 7, 2007
Nitto Tire made its 2007 debut in the Best in the Desert (BITD) off-road
series at the Parker 425 on February 3-4, 2007. Nitto sponsors two teams
in the series, Team Donahoe and Camburg Engineering. Both teams performed
exceptionally well, each finishing in third place in their respective
classes. Kreg Donahoe of Team Donahoe campaigned the team's Ford F-250
Super Duty in the 8100 class, and Jerry Zaiden and Jason Campbell of
Camburg Engineering campaigned their Ford Ranger in the 7200 class. Both
vehicles were outfitted with Nitto's Grappler Series tire. Nitto® sees
this promising start as an indication of season's future success.
The BITD Parker 425 consisted of three, approximately 141-mile loops
through some of the most grueling desert terrain, including sandy washes
and gravel roads. The course was also very narrow, which made passing
difficult. Of the more than 200 racers who started the course, roughly
one-half did not finish. "This was a very challenging and technical
course," said Conrad Galamgam, Technical Director at Nitto Tire. "It gave
our teams a great opportunity to test our Dune Grappler competition-spec
tire in rugged terrain. We're very pleased with the results and the podium
finishes." The competition-spec Dune Grappler is a specialty tire is
engineered to resist punctures and withstand the brutal Nevada deserts.
Nitto has also developed a consumer line of Grappler tires, which are
available in retail stores.
Both teams were also excited by their finishing positions. "This was our
first race with Nitto Tire as our sponsor, so we looked at Parker as
proving grounds for the Dune Grappler," said Kreg Donahoe. "Our
third-place finish is a testament to the tire's performance. We even had
some engine problems, making our win all the more impressive." The Nitto
Tire/Team Donahoe F-250's engine oil overheated and the engine management
system cut back the power to 50 percent in order to compensate.
"The best part about Parker was how rough the track was. It was a great
opportunity to test our parts and tires. The course also disqualified
quite a few teams that would have given us a run for the championship.
It's still early, but we hope our early points lead is a sign of things to
come," said Jerry Zaiden of Camburg Engineering.
Nitto looks forward to the rest of the Best in the Desert races. "This was
a great showing for us," said Jonathan Ozeretny, Marketing Supervisor at
Nitto Tire. "We hope this is an indication of many more podiums for both
teams -- and hopefully a 2007 Best in the Desert class championship."
Look for Nitto Tire, Team Donahoe and Camburg Engineering at all of the
Best in the Desert events in 2007.
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