Nitto Tire and John Urist Win Three Back-To-Back NMRA Drag Race Championships

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In December 2008 Nitto Tire U.S.A., and sponsored driver, John Urist, celebrated their third back-to-back drag racing championship in the National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA). They are the first team in class history to accomplish this feat. In celebration of John Urist's victory, Nitto Tire has created a commemorative web site that features video interviews with John Urist and footage from past seasons. The website can be viewed at http://JohnUrist.NittoTire.com.

In December 2008 Nitto Tire U.S.A., and sponsored driver, John Urist, celebrated their third back-to-back drag racing championship in the National Mustang Racers Association (NMRA). They are the first team in class history to accomplish this feat. In celebration of John Urist's victory, Nitto Tire has created a commemorative web site that features video interviews with John Urist and footage from past seasons. The website can be viewed at http://JohnUrist.NittoTire.com.

John Urist started drag racing in 1998 when he convinced five college friends to head down to Florida for the weekend. They had no idea he was secretly going so that he could drag race. No one expected him to make it past the first eliminations, but he ended up making it to the last round. This fateful day launched one of the most successful drag racing careers.

Despite beginners luck, Urist faced several challenging years where he never won a race. In 1999 he even earned the nickname "The Fireball" after his car caught fire during a run. Urist didn't win a single race until 2003. That year Urist won five of eight rounds and took home his first championship.

In 2006 Nitto Tire teamed up with John Urist. That year the team won the first of its three championships. Their luck continued in 2007, which was the closest points race in class history. The final outcome wasn't determined until the last round of the last race. In 2008 the team took on a new challenge by switching to a new vehicle. Despite learning a new vehicle, the team once again defended their championship and set a new record as the only team to win three back-to-back championships.

In celebration of this accomplishment, Nitto Tire created a web site that explores Urist's early years, his back-to-back championships, what it takes to make it to the top of his class, and his preparation for the 2009 season. Additional features include an image gallery, downloadable wallpapers and Urist's car specifications. To see the site, logon to http://JohnUrist.NittoTire.com.

Nitto Tire 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 and Fueled by Enthusiasts are registered trademarks or trademarks of Nitto Tire U.S.A., Inc., located at 6021 Katella Ave., Ste 250, Cypress, CA 90630.

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