UT - Participants in the Goodyear/Skyjacker
Extreme Rock Crawling Nationals typify knowledgeable gamblers.
To casual observers, it seems they may be taking unnecessary
chances as they climb walls of rock and twist their brawny
vehicles around jagged boulders, but the
risks are calculated.
weekend, as the rock crawlers tackle the tough terrain outside
of Reno, one of the nation's foremost gambling meccas, they
will be rolling the
dice in hopes for an early advantage in the severe off-roading
of the primary tools some competitors will be using this
year, and which promises to increase their odds of success
in conquering the rocks,
is Goodyear's Wrangler MT/R in a new 40-inch size, the 40x13.50R17LT.
The tire is nicknamed the "Rock Spider."
series champion Chris Durham, last season's third-place
finisher Joel Randall and legendary off-roader Walker Evans
will be among the competitors
using the 40-inch Rock Spiders this weekend.
the Wrangler MT/R is built upon a foundation of being the
most aggressive and durable off-road light truck tire in
the market, we wanted to take it a step further with the
most extreme size that an enthusiast can obtain,"
said Mark Cherveny, Goodyear's product manager for light-truck
Wrangler MT/R (maximum traction/reinforced) all-season off-road
tire features a breakthrough patented Durawall sidewall
construction that contains a high-tech silica compound and
three polyester plies for outstanding cut-, tear- and puncture-resistance.
Wrangler MT/R was launched three years ago as 'the' tire
for severe off-roading, and it has been a star in the rock
crawling world. As we contemplated the addition of the huge
40-inch size to the product line-up, much of the urging
came from these competitors and other off-roading enthusiasts
who wanted an advantage against Mother Nature,"
ultra-aggressive tread and the exclusive Durawall sidewall
protection combine to make the Wrangler MT/R the tire of
choice among those who prefer rocks and mud, vs. a smooth
highway. A tire this good is like having an ace in the hole,"
Reno event kicks off the series that is operated by the
Rock Crawlers Association of America (RCAA). Additional
events are slated for May 22-24 in Moab, UT; July 10-12
in Cedar City, UT; and Oct. 4-11 in Farmington, NM.
President Ranch Pratt is excited about the series potential
for 2003 and beyond. As the initial sponsor of the first
- and most recognized - competition series for the sport
of rock crawling, Goodyear has been a participant since
of groups are jumping on the rock crawling bandwagon, but
our series, highlighted by Goodyear's sponsorship, was the
ground-breaker and remains the real deal," Pratt
said. "In the past two years, this sport and this
series has been the topic of coverage by all of the leading
off-road enthusiast media, along with Car & Driver,
Automobile Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The History
Channel, NBC, The Outdoor Channel and many more."
2003 competition, the Goodyear/Skyjacker Extreme Rock Crawling
Nationals will include two separate classes: Modified Stock
and Super Modified. Variations between the two classes concern
the hood, grill, fenders, tub/cab, hydraulic steering and
the uninitiated, extreme rock crawling is an unusual sport.
Drivers and their spotters follow a strategy for conquering
an obstacle course
with lifted suspensions in the least amount of time and
are taken off for stopping, backing up, running over course
flags and winching up boulders.