Team Falken to Support Race Prep for King of The Hammers

January 20, 2012

FONTANA, CA – Falken Tire, an important high performance choice for driving enthusiasts on pavement and off-road, continues to expand its motorsports involvement in the popular and demanding off-road arena through its support of Race Prep Racing, the husband-and-wife-managed team that will compete in the Ultra4 Class at King of the Hammers, the “toughest one-day off-road race,” according to series organizers.
King of The Hammers will take place the second week of February, on public lands in Johnson Valley, CA, near the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Center located in Twenty Nine Palms.  Over the first five years the race has run, it has evolved from 12 teams to more than 150 teams competing before thousands of fans both live and online.
Richard and Kristen Carter of Simi Valley, CA, form the team of Race Prep Racing and have previously competed in the event.  They will be running on 37×12.50-R17 Falken WildPeak A/T tires, qualifying during the Time Trials Feb. 7-8 and racing on February 10th.
“Falken has such a strong presence in other forms of motorsports and we are happy to be the team they chose to represent them in off-road racing,” stated Richard Carter.  “I’m looking forward to running the Falken WildPeak in the 2012 Ultra4 Pro Series.  It’s really nice to be working with a group of people who appreciate our hard work and race effort and work just as hard at it as we do.  Falken Tire and Race Prep Racing are a good fit.”
Added Kristen Carter: “The partnership with Falken just feels good.  The sport is ready for some new players in the tire department and we are excited to be a part of Falken’s team.  Their racing heritage speaks for itself, and to have a company like Falken in our corner validates all of our efforts.  I am excited to be running their tires in the 2012 Ultra4 Pro Series.  It’s going to be a great year for us and we couldn’t do it without them.”
“We are very pleased to be working with the Carters and Race Prep,” added Nestor Cabrera, Falken’s Off Road Supervisor.  “Falken has been gradually increasing its involvement in King of the Hammers, and we’ve watched how Race Prep Racing has continually improved and feel they are a team with which Falken wants to be involved.”
“We’re really excited about this great event,” declared Nick Fousekis, Falken’s Director of Motorsports and Customer Events.  “Both Falken Vice President of Marketing Andrew Hoit and I are big fans of King of the Hammers and other off-road events and we’re proud of our new association with this dynamic husband-and-wife team.  Our collaboration with them should generate some valuable feedback for our WildPeak line of tires.”
With an aggressive stance for maximum traction, the WildPeak A/T stands out from the crowd, featuring a symmetric five-rib pattern and rigid block designs allowing for exceptional on-road response and optimized off-road handling, coupled with two stiff, extra-wide steel belts for stability.  The tire is offered in today’s most popular original equipment sizes in metric and LT metric with choices of 15- to 24-inch wheel diameters.