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NITTO TIRE®SPONSORS ROCK-RACING CAMPBELL FAMILY

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Shannon, Wayland and Bailey Campbell now set to race on Nitto Grapplers.

Fast Facts
•Nitto to support Campbell Enterprises off-road racing program
•Campbell Racing tested several tire brands before selecting Nitto
•The Campbells’ first Team Nitto race is the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers

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Cypress, Calif. (January, 2015) – Nitto Tire raised eyebrows in the hard-core off-road community at the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers driver’s drawing party. On January 9, Campbell Enterprises announced their new tire sponsor: Shannon, Wayland and Bailey Campbell will campaign Nitto Trail Grappler tires.

The Campbells, led by legendary driver Shannon Campbell, are the first family of rocksports. Shannon Campbell has racked up wins in most of the major rock competitions in the U.S. and abroad. This legacy of excellence has been passed to Shannon and Tammy Campbells’ kids, Wayland and Bailey, who have been exposed to recreational four-wheeling and rock-crawl/race competitions since birth.

“Our new relationship with Nitto Tire will give us another competitive edge,” Shannon Campbell said. “At this stage of the game, we’re interested in the best products for our vehicles. Wayland, Bailey and I recently tested a variety of different tires on our trail rigs. The Nitto Trail Grapplers gave us the best all-around traction on our Jeeps. What really sold us was when we swapped on the Grapplers for a race-buggy dyno run and picked up 70 horsepower. We ran it multiple times to make sure the dyno wasn’t glitching. The reality was that the Nittos hold their shape better at speed, so we’re actually getting significantly less aerodynamic drag now.”

Wayland Campbell, now in his fifth year of competition, added: “My dad is obviously my biggest influence, but I inherited his competitive spirit. My ultimate goal is for him, me and Bailey to be on podiums together – with me in the middle. Nitto Grappler tires and overall team support will help us achieve that goal.”

High-school senior Bailey Campbell photographed Campbell Racing’s triumphs before entering her first race in 2013. With two podiums to date, she is anticipating even greater success in 2015.

“The Nittos really stood out during our testing,” Bailey Campbell says. “On Nitto Trail Grapplers, I was able to crawl up a waterfall that others on different brands had to winch up. That waterfall was similar to some Ultra4 obstacles, so the extra Grappler traction should save a lot of time on the race course.”

Nitto Tire USA Events & Motorsports Manager Chris Corbett added, “Nitto is extremely honored to have the entire Campbell Enterprises family join our team. No one in rocksports has more credibility or overall wins than Shannon Campbell. It’s a massive compliment to our Nitto product quality that a racer who was pursued by several tire companies, each with their best product offerings, chose Nitto. Nitto Tire is looking forward to a long relationship with Shannon, Wayland, Bailey and team manager Tammy Campbell in Ultra4 and other series. Feedback from the Campbells will be invaluable as rocksports progress and Nitto engineers constantly strive to create the ultimate tires for driving enthusiasts. The Campbells are not only incredible ambassadors for Nitto Tire, they are as passionate and committed as Nitto is to rocksports. We are confident our tires will have the entire Campbell team seeing many more checkered flags being flown this season and beyond. They are a welcome addition to the entire Nitto Team!”

Shannon Campbell has been the rock-racing front-runner for nearly 20 years. He was first exposed to extreme 4x4s in high school through custom-Jeep trend-setters Rick Péwé and Ned “Killer Bee” Bacon. In 1996, Shannon won one of the first national “tough trail rig” events, the Four Wheeler Top Truck Challenge, in his highly modified “Pinky” flatfender Jeep. Publicity from that victory kick-started Campbell Enterprises, a full-service fabrication shop headquartered in Gilbert, Arizona, and the home of Campbell Racing.

Over the past two decades, Shannon Campbell has won series and national championships in UROC, W.E. Rock, XRRA and Ultra4. He has also competed in ProRock, ARCA, Dirt Riot and Best in the Desert. High-profile wins include being crowned “King” of King of the Hammers in 2008 and 2011, plus victories at the 2011 and 2012 JRCA Rockcrawl in Japan. Shannon Campbell’s other honors included being named 2005 DirtSports magazine Driver of the Year and 2013 Ultra4 Sportsman of the Year. Technologically, Shannon Campbell/Campbell Enterprises pioneered the single-seat/IFS buggy configuration for Ultra4 competition, among other breakthroughs.

The Campbell family solidifies Nitto’s stable of series-leading Ultra4 drivers. The team includes 2014 King of the Hammers “King” and series points winner Loren Healy, 2012 “King” Erik Miller, 2009 “King” Jason Scherer, 2012 Series Champion Nick Nelson, 2014 4600 Vegas to Reno winner Mel Wade, 2013 Ultra4 Rausch Creek winner Derek West, Australian driver Ben Napier, 2013 Ultra4 series 3rd place finisher Jason Blanton, 2014 Ultra4 4400 Class Rookie of the Year Mike Bou and 2013 ADRA champion Jeremy Hammer.

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About Nitto Tire® 

Nitto Tire (www.nittotire.com) develops performance tires for all uses, including racing, off-road and street. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities in both Japan and the United States, Nitto provides innovative and high-quality performance tires for the most demanding automotive enthusiasts. For more information about Nitto or its products, visit the company’s web site or contact the company directly. Nitto is a registered trademark of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., located at 5665 Plaza Drive, Ste. 250, Cypress, CA 90630.

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Manufacturer of race-winning Grappler off-road tires rolls forward in support of Ultra4’s premier event as Title Sponsor of the 9th Annual King of the Hammers.

Fast Facts:

  • Proven winner Nitto Grappler light-truck tires officially aligned with toughest one-day off-road race in the USA.
  • Nitto involvement escalates from 2014 Presenting Sponsor to 2015 Title Sponsor.
  • Nitto-powered LiveAtKOH.com website provides new level of social interaction to the race.

unnamed (14)Cypress, Calif. (January 8, 2015) – On December 22, 2014, Nitto Tire U.S.A. signed an agreement with Hammerking Productions (Ultra4) to be title sponsor of the 2015 Nitto King of the Hammers (KOH) race. Nitto Tire was previously the race’s presenting sponsor.

The King of the Hammers race is recognized as America’s toughest one-day event in off-road racing and covers 200+ miles on a course that combines triple-digit-speed desert sections with technical boulder climbs that often require winching. The 2015 running – the ninth annual King of the Hammers — will be the first one with Nitto Tire as the title sponsor. Read More→

Nitto Terra Grappler G2 All-Terrain Tire

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Nitto’s new Terra Grappler G2 all-terrain light truck and SUV tire delivers balanced on-road and off-road performance with a compelling mileage warranty.

1Cypress, Calif. (September 23, 2014) – Ask any enthusiast what they want out of a tire and the answer you get is almost always proceeded by the word “more” – more traction, more stability, more sound abatement, more tread life, and more style. Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, has listened to enthusiasts and announced the evolution of the company’s flagship light truck and SUV tire – the Terra Grappler G2. Available in both OE-replacement and plus-size fitments, the G2 was engineered to balance enthusiasts’ all-around performance demands with unprecedented treadwear.

Although the G2 visually resembles the original Terra Grappler, the tire has been re-engineered inside and out. The Terra Grappler G2 uses a new rubber compound that’s unique in Nitto’s current Grappler line which significantly improves treadwear. In fact, Nitto’s limited treadwear warranty for the Terra Grappler G2 covers 50,000 miles for LT-metric and floatation sizes and an eyebrow-raising 65,000 miles for hard-metric sizes. Read More→

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Nitto Exo Grappler All Weather Tire

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Nitto Tire’s new Exo Grappler AWT delivers year-round traction for your truck or SUV off road and on road

Nitto Exo Grappler AWT - Sidewall 1Fast Facts:

  • Superior traction in dirt, rock, gravel, snow and ice.
  • Three Peak Mountain Snowflake winter rated.
  • Two unique sidewall designs let you customize the look of your truck or SUV.

Cypress, Calif. (July 31, 2014) – Four wheeling is all about enjoying the freedom to go anywhere, at anytime. But even with the wide range of capabilities that today’s off-road tires possess, the ability to deliver traction in any weather, including ice and snow, is not usually one of them. Now, Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, has announced that it has added a new tire to its popular Grappler series that really is a true all-weather tire – the Exo Grappler AWT. Read More→

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2014 ULTRA4 Nitto Tire National ChampionshipRENO, NV – AUGUST 8th, 2014:  ULTRA4 Racing is pleased to announce a return to Reno, NV  for the 2014 Nitto Tire National Championship the weekend of October 17th and 18th. More than 90 vehicles in five classes are committed to racing in the championship to be held at the Wild West Motorsports Park.  The 2014 ULTRA4 annual awards banquet will be held at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa immediately following the race.
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Friese Images Jason Scherer Stampede 3DANVILLE, CA   JUNE 10, 2014    Jason Scherer’s brand new IFS car is going to be a strong contender in the upcoming Ultra4 series races, as proven by it’s excellent performance at this weekends MetalCloak Ultra4 Stampede race.  Started a short 3 months ago after the finish of the King of the Hammers, “The Gavel” hit dirt for the very first time on it’s way to Friday’s Tech Inspection where it passed with flying colors.  Scherer finished 12th in the main event, after racing up to the lead with just a half of lap to go.  “It was great to see Tom Wayes in the winners circle in the same car that won last years Stampede!” said Jason Scherer, the 2013 MetalCloak Stampede winner.  “We had our fair share of little issues that we had to work out on the new car this weekend. Today’s race was a bit bittersweet, knowing the car is awesome and with a little tuning is a top contender.  But, also knowing that just making a normal pass or probably following the lapper would have been good enough for the win in the car’s debut race.  A little prep, some tuning, and some small mods and we will be ready for Glen Helen on July 11th!” Read More→

RTM and ULTRA4 Racing Ink Television Deal

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

PowerNation Cable Special Plus Coverage of 7 National Qualifying Events

Ultra4RacingApril 17th, 2014, Franklin, TN: RTM Productions and ULTRA4 Racing are teaming up to telecast the 8th Annual Griffin King of the Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire as a PowerNation TV special. RTM’s PowerNation shows air weekly on Spike, the NBC Sports Network and the CBS Sports Network.

“We are proud to be the exclusive television partner with ULTRA4 Racing. King of the Hammers is America’s most compelling off-road event. We are committed to giving it and the ULTRA4 qualifying series the maximum national exposure this epic motorsport deserves.” said RTM president Joe St. Lawrence. Read More→

2009 King and Two Time Ultra4 National Championship Race Winner Last to Qualify on Wednesday

Jason Scherer Lance Clifford 2014 KOHDANVILLE, CA   JANUARY 27, 2014    Jason Scherer, with co-driver Lance Clifford, will be the last driver to qualify for the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers on Wednesday during the acclaimed Power Hour.  Jason Scherer’s #76 Rubicon Express, Nitto Tire, Pirate4x4 car is extremely different than what he has driven the last couple years.  “Lance Clifford built this car as a high-speed family rig a couple years ago, but recently decided to cut it in half and turn it into a race car.  I brought it into my shop and have changed 100 little things to make it a racecar, from small sheet metal work to adding the Nitto Tires, Method Wheels and Tireballs, to making sure that it fits within all the KOH rules.  I think we got it!  It is notably the fastest car I have driven in the desert to date.  It only took Wayne at Fox Shox a few minutes to get us through the roughest sections at record speeds,” said Jason Scherer, the 2009 King and the 2012 & 2013 Ultra4 National Championship Race Winner.

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RT233 Monster Raceline Raceline Wheels Hosts Volunteer Dinner Thursday February 7th at 6pm

GARDEN GROVE, CA    JANUARY 23, 2014: It is right up Raceline Wheels alley to co-sponsor the newest challenge to the 2014 Griffin King of the Hammers presented by Nitto Tires week: king-shock-raceline-ultra4-shootoutKing Shocks Shootout at Backdoor.  Raceline Wheels will up the anti with a full set of RT233 Monster Beadlock Wheels given away to the “Raceline Right Line” winner.  “This is going to be a hoot!  Tim Lund and I will be announcing in the Backdoor canyon on Monday night and expect a full house to be watching these 50 guys attack the challenge!” said Greg Mulkey, Raceline Offroad Brand Manager.  “We are providing trophies for some unique awards, one of which is the ‘Raceline Right Line’ winner, for the fastest driver up the almost impossible right line.  We will also be giving that winner a free set of Raceline Monster Beadlocks!” Read More→

2014 King of The Hammers Will Continue in Johnson Valley, CADecember 11th, 2013: JOHNSON VALLEY, CA:  Hammerking Productions, the founders of The Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, are pleased to announce that the week-long off road festival held annually in Johnson Valley, CA will be able to continue in its current location for the foreseeable future. After six years of negotiations between the United States Marine Corps, the federal government and the Off Highway Vehicle(OHV) Community, a deal has been reached to preserve the majority of the land in Johnson Valley for OHV use. Read More→

SEMA 2013: A Really Rad Willys

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Rad Jeep Willys

Every once and a while you come by a vehicle that almost perfectly blends classic heritage, capability, and a little bit of new-school engineering. This year at SEMA we stumbled upon one of those vehicles, an early Willys Jeep, which has had its fair share of modifications and upgrades. Powered by an upgraded V6 VORTEC engine and riding on 35″ Nitto Mud Tires, the Willys is something we’d love to see in the Rock Crawler garage. Check it out below.  Read More→

Ultra4-aOctober 2nd, 2013,  CONGRESS, AZ:  With less than 300 points separating the top ten drivers in the ULTRA4 series, there was a lot riding on last weekend’s Nitto Tire National Championship held at Thunder Rock Off Road Ranch in Congress, AZ.  All top 10 drivers in series points along with 38 additional ULTRA4 cars were on hand to compete not only for the win, but also for the series championship. Read More→