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MOVERS & SHAKERS: PIRELLI TIRES, CENTURY TRUCK CAPS, TORQUE.TV, LASER DESIGN INC., GKS INSPECTION SERVICES AND IHRA WORLD FINALS

Pirelli Tires recently announced a $15 million investment to boost its manufacturing capacity by 20% at its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) factory in Rome, Georgia. The factory produces high-performance tires for the North American market, and the investment will increase the number of MIRS production lines from four to five. 

Century Truck Caps, a division of the Truck Accessories Group, announced that it recently added three new dealers: Truck’n America in the Baltimore/Washington D.C., area; Alexanders Camper Sales in Bloomington, Indiana; and Mike Ryan’s Truck & Auto in Pensacola, Florida. Century attributes quality products and its continued dealer support as the main reasons it continues to draw new dealers in a tough economic climate.

Torque.TV currently features television coverage of the 2008 Carlisle All-Truck Nationals that took place in August. Record crowds attended the three-day event and Torque.TV includes coverage of the Truck Tug of War and all of the mud runners, rock crawlers, low riders, lifted legends and more.

“The All-Truck Nationals are centrally located and staged within reach of attendees from a huge, diverse geographical area,” said Torque.TV CEO Jesse Raiford. “Killer trucks and great stories come from all over and their owners jump into the event action for our cameras.” Check out the action here

Laser Design Inc. and GKS Inspection Services launched their newly improved website at www.laserdesign.com. The redesigned site provides updated product and service information, current news and case studies and features new online video demonstrations of products and services.  

More than $2 million will be up for grabs at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) World Finals at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina, October 17–19. Championship showdowns are expected in Top Fuel, Nitro Funny Car, Pro Modified and Pro Stock—classes that remain undecided heading into Rockingham. For more information, visit www.ihra.com


Rookie Spencer Massey heads to Rockingham as the IHRA points leader in Top Fuel.

The Cooper Tires & Rubber Company and Roush Performance entered into an agreement through which Cooper was named the official tire of Roush Performance. Cooper will supply ultra-high-performance tires for Stage 1, 2 and 3 and other limited-edition vehicles, such as the P51B Roush-customized Mustangs, currently available at select Ford dealerships nationwide.


Cooper Tires is the official tire of Roush Performance.