Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Cypress, Calif. - Feb. 11, 2014 - Nitto Tire, a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, celebrated its second year as presenting sponsor of the Griffin King of the Hammers off-road race by taking first place in the Unlimited 4400, the series' most demanding class.
Held Friday, February 7th in California's rugged Johnson Valley, Nitto sponsored racer, Loren Healy, of Farmington, N.M., took the top winning spot driving the Unlimited class 4400 #67 Jimmy's 4x4 ATX Wheels/Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy, finishing with a total time of 8:03:25 on Nitto’s 40x13.50R17 Trail Grappler Mud-Terrain tires. With his win in this year's Griffin King of the Hammers, Healy joins elite company as one of only two drivers to have won the event multiple times.
Healy began racing in the Ultra4 series in 2009 and has quickly progressed up the ranks, adding the Ultra4 championship to his racing resume in 2010. Having participated in every Ultra4 competition since, Healy is a regular top finisher in the series since he began racing. When he is not competing in Ultra 4, Healy owns and runs a solar power business.
The Griffin King of the Hammers is billed as the world's toughest 4x4 race, and above all, the Unlimited 4400 class is the main and most sought after class win that all participants strive to win. In fact, of the 156 drivers who started the event, just 32 finished. Including race winner Loren Healy, Nitto had a total of five drivers complete the event. Finishing fifth was Derek West from Springfield, Mo., in the #4420 Jimmy's 4x4 Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy. Right behind West was Rick Mooneyham of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in the #554 Nitto Tire Trick Toys Fabrication Ultra4 buggy. Also finishing this grueling event were Nitto-sponsored drivers Ben Napier from Sydney, Australia, and Erik Miller of Cumberland, MD. Napier, driver of the #4461 BN Motorsports Ultra4 buggy finished in 16th place, while Miller, driving the #4421 Miller Motorsports Ultra4 buggy came home in 25th place, despite leading a portion of the event.
The Griffin King of the Hammers presents an intimidating blend of desert racing and rock crawling with the drivers facing sand, hard-packed rock trails, near-vertical rock walls and treacherous ledges. With a fraction of the starting group completing the course, simply finishing the race is a tremendous achievement. When the dust had settled and final time adjustments were made, Healy took the 2014 victory and received the Nitto championship ring.
For more information about Ultra4 racing and the Griffin King of the Hammers event, visit www.ultra4racing.com
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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Cypress, CA - February 04, 2014: The eighth running of the Griffin King of the Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire is set for Fri., Feb. 7, 2014 in California’s rugged Johnson Valley. The tough 4x4 race will be the culmination of this year’s week-long event that also features a vendor show, entertainment and spectator areas.
Considered by many as one of the toughest single-day off-road events in the world, the King of the Hammers combines aspects of desert racing and rock crawling. The event pits highly skilled drivers and finely tuned vehicles against the area’s sand, hard-packed rock trails, near-vertical rock walls and treacherous ledges in breathtaking fashion. Each year, the Hammers takes its toll on the participants, with less than half of the drivers finishing the race. The event has evolved from an invitation-only, non-spectator event with13 participants to more than 180 teams competing in front of more than 35,000 fans on-site and nearly a half-million online. At the culmination of the main race ending at 10:00 p.m. PST on Friday, Nitto will award the winning team with the customized King of the Hammers Nitto championship ring.
Nitto Tire has made an aggressive commitment to this signature Ultra4 racing event as the presenting sponsor and sponsor of nine racing teams. That impressive roster includes three former King of the Hammers champions: 2012 winner Erik Miller, 2010 winner Loren Healy and 2009 winner Jason Scherer. All Nitto-sponsored drivers will be running the Nitto Trail Grappler, a durable off-road tire that had no flats in last year’s event.
Nitto welcomes two new drivers to its already impressive lineup for the 2014 season including:
- Erik Miller (Cumberland, MD) – #4421 Miller Motorsports Ultra4 buggy; 2012 King of the Hammers champion
- Ben Napier (Sydney, Australia) – #4461 BN Motorsports Ultra 4 buggy; 5th place finish in 2013 King of the Hammers
The remaining seven drivers have returned to the Nitto Tire team for the 2014 season and include:
- Loren Healy (Farmington, NM) – #67 Jimmy’s 4x4 Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy; 2013 Ultra4 Superlift race winner; 2010 King of the Hammers champion
- Rick Mooneyham (Lake Havasu City, AZ) – #554 Nitto Tire Trick Toys Fabrication Ultra4 buggy; 2013 Ultra4 American Rock Sports Challenge race winner
- Nick Nelson (Las Vegas, NV) – #4404 Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy; 2013 Ultra4 Glen Helen Grand Prix race winner and 2012 Ultra4 Series champion
- Cottin and Randy Rodd (Cortez, CO) - #4407 Jimmy’s 4x4 Nitto Tire Ultra 4 buggy
- Jason Scherer (Walnut Creek, CA) – #76 Rubicon Express Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy; 2013 Ultra4 Stampede and Ultra4 National Championship race winner; 2009 King of the Hammers champion
- Mel Wade (Long Beach, CA) – #4451 Discount Tire Off-Road Evolution Jeep; 2013 Vegas to Reno desert race winner
- Derek West (Springfield, MO) – #4420 Jimmy’s 4x4 Nitto Tire Ultra4 buggy; 2013 Ultra4 Rausch Creek race winner
For more information about Ultra4 racing and the Griffin King of the Hammers event, visit http://www.ultra4racing.com. Learn more about Nitto-sponsored drivers at http://www.nittoracing.com. Complete details on Nitto tires can be found at http://www.nittotire.com. Join Nitto Tire on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NittoTire and on Twitter at @NittoTire.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
We have had the NT421Q tires mounted for several months now, but we still haven't reached 3000 miles on the tires. So far the tires have seen rain, sleet, snow and of course dry roads. The tires on dry roads have been excellent. The vehicle they are on is a 2008 Saturn VUE XR. It has the 3.6l V6. On the OEM tires, I would floor the gas pedal and would instantly get wheel spin. After installing the NT421Q tires, I decided to test them the same way, however I didn't get any wheel spin and the VUE took off. Pushed me back in the seat a bit. In the rain, the tires handled very well. Wet road traction was very good, it held the road. As for the snow, the tires manged to grip going up our driveway. The OEM tires would leave us stranded at the end of the driveway, until I shoveled, sanded and salted. So far, my wife and I have been very pleased with the NT421Q tires in all weather.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
I have just now put right around 5K miles on my Nittos. I have to say I really love these tires. We just got over 12" of snow in one day (the most I can remember in my life) and they performed flawlessly. We were under a snow emergency but being a Paramedic I was called into work for numerous different things on un-plowed road and not once did the tires fail to take me where I wanted to go. I have had them on all types of weather in the last year and they are great in every situation. They seem to be wearing very well and will be rotating them again come spring.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
After driving for a full summer and into winter now, the tires have been doing great. The tires handle amazing on wet roads, as well as water covered roads. Dry roads are also just as great. Snow covered roads do start to show that these tires are all-season tires and not snow or summer tires, they don’t like cold weather and tend to slip quite a bit when pushed past lazy driving. In deep snow they do keep the car going and track very well, but once again, any type of halfway aggressive driving and they can’t keep you straight. The ride quality is excellent with the tires, and road noise is a minimum. I still experience slight flat spotting with the tires after the car is parked overnight, it could be my tire pressure is a little lower than normal, and combined with a heavy vehicle could make it more pronounced. Overall I enjoy the tires and are a great compromise from buying a dedicated set of snow tires and summer tires.