Mickey Thompson Tires has been named the official sponsor of the Pro Bike Battle event held at Sonoma Raceway, NHRA officials announced today. The multi-year agreement will feature the top motorcycle competitors in the country battling for a lucrative purse.
The Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle will take place June 29th during the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals with the eight best riders in the two wheel category. Riders earn points into the specialty event based upon points awarded for final qualifying positions at each Pro Stock Motorcycle event.
“The Mickey Thompson Tires Pro Bike Battle is one of the most anticipated specialty events during the season,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “The racers in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category appreciate the support of Mickey Thompson Tires and their contribution to the sport.”
For 2017, the winner will take home $10,000 and in 2018 and 2019 the winner will receive $25,000, $10,000 for the runner-up, two semifinalist will receive $6,000, and the quarter final finishers will get $3,500 for a total purse of $61,000. Starting at the event in Sonoma the low qualifier at each event will receive $1,000 for a No. 1 qualifying position.
Sonoma Raceway has hosted record-breaking NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle runs since 2002 and the race-within-a-race allows the riders to earn ultimate bragging rights in the category. Andrew Hines is the defending event winner.
The Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals returns to Sonoma Raceway, July 28-30, with professional competition featured in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. For more information or to purchase tickets now, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.sonomaraceway.com.
Max-Trac Tire Co., Inc., DBA Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, markets racing and high-performance tires and wheels for street, strip, truck, and off-road applications. The company was founded in 1963 by racing legend Mickey Thompson and is headquartered in Stow, Ohio, USA. For more information, visit www.mikeythompsontires.com.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 24 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17. In addition, NHRA owns and operates four racing facilities: Atlanta Dragway in Georgia; Gainesville Raceway in Florida; Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis; and Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. For more information, log on to NHRA.com, or visit the official NHRA pages on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.