John Mathews of Off Track Motorsports Wins 4500 Modified Class on Milestar Patagonia M/T Tires
Gardena, CA – Feb 7, 2022 – MILESTAR, a leader of high value performance tires, is pleased to announce a team win at the 2022 Ultra4 Racing King of the Hammers – Every Man Challenge Modified Class. John Mathews of Off Track Motorsports (#4580), took the win in his custom chassis Jeep Wrangler, shod with 37X12.50R17LT Milestar Patagonia M/T tires.
John, an accomplished off-road and desert racer, added his 7th podium finish on Patagonia M/T’s in numerous off-road racing events across the country. He had an amazing qualifying earlier in the week, allowing him to start 10th out of 135 cars in the race. He maintained a solid and quick pace in Lap #1’s desert loop, but really extended his lead during the rock trails of Lap #2; which ultimately led to his 1st place finish in the Modified Class.
King of the Hammers is arguably the most grueling set of single-day off-road races in the world, and truly a battle of attrition. The Every Man Challenge race started with 135 vehicles taking the green flag, yet only 34 survived and finished the race.
Seven additional teams competed on Milestar Patagonia M/Ts during King of the Hammers week. They include Dustin Esenhour (#4472) and James Mahoney (#308) in the 4400 Class Race of Kings, and Eric Johnson (#1311), Kyle Seggelin (#617), Anthony Hadsall (#4652), Shawn Rants (#4531) and Gary Henderson (#4562) in the Every Man Challenge. Notably Kyle Seggelin is the only competitor in the entire field competing in an EV (electric vehicle).
This year’s race caps off 5+ years of continuous feedback from real-world enthusiasts and professional rock-racing and rock-crawling competitors, who have assisted in developing the second generation Patagonia M/T-02, set to debut in just a few months. The Patagonia M/T-02 garners much of the original M/T design, yet integrates all-new internal tire technologies with finite adjustments. It is engineered to be even stronger, tougher and more pliable during aggressive rock-crawling, yet harness the traits that made it one of the smoothest and quietest on-road performing M/T tires on the market. It will now be offered with Milestar’s MILETECH® 3-Ply sidewall for maximum sidewall durability, yet still pliable and flexible for aired-down bite and off road grip.
“On behalf of the Milestar Tires’ family; I want to congratulate John Mathews and Off Track Motorsports for an amazing win, stated Andrew Hoit, Tireco’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Thank you to all the teams that supported us during the Every Man Challenge and the Race of Kings. Your commitment, dedication, and knowledge is essential for our product development, reliability and continued improvements.”
“We’re proud to be supported by Milestar Tires, and honored to put them on top of the podium in our class, stated John Mathews. Our Patagonias survived 156 miles of the most brutal desert and harsh rock trails with ZERO tire failures. This is our 4th year racing on Milestars and this is our best achievement yet.”