Title Sponsor & Official Tire
In 2014, Continental Tire will continue its long-running support of sports car racing through a multi-year deal with International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) as be the Official Tire of IMSA. The Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona classes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will run exclusively on Continental’s ExtremeContact™ DR (Dry Race) tire which has been specifically developed for the series. Continental Tire will also continue as the title sponsor and official tire of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
From the ExtremeContact™ line of tires, the durability and performance of Continental’s race tires have been second-to-none over the last four years and have given the world’s best drivers the grip and confidence they need to win races and championships. In October 2013, Continental tires gave driver Colin Braun the confidence he needed to go 222.971 mph around the famed Daytona International Speedway in the No. 14 Michael Shank Racing Ford EcoBoost Daytona Prototype car. Breaking the record for the fastest lap around the 2.5-mile oval.
On the streets, the Continental ExtremeContact™ DW (Dry Wet) ultra-high performance tire is tuned for drivers seeking extreme grip in dry and wet conditions without sacrificing tread life and comfort. The ExtremeContact™ line of performance tires also includes the ExtremeContact™ DWS (Dry Wet Snow) and the ExtremeWinterContact™.
Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC is a division of the Continental Corporation and manufactures and distributes a complete premium line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Their ultra-high performance tires include award-winning technologies that focus on safety, help save money, and reduce CO2 emissions. Continental’s premium products are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, and mass retail companies across North America. For more information and to locate a dealer near you, visit www.continentaltire.com.
With sales of €32.7 billion in 2012, Continental is among the leading automotive suppliers worldwide. Founded in 1871, Continental is headquartered in Hanover, Germany. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for powertrains and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, Continental contributes to enhanced driving safety and global climate protection. Continental is also an expert partner in networked automobile communication. Continental currently has almost 175,000 employees in 46 countries.