Dunlop's USA roadracing manager...
Dunlop's USA roadracing manager Jim Allen leaves behind a legacy of racing domination for the tire manufacturer, amassing countless AMA roadracing championships.
The man who helped engineer over two decades of roadracing dominance by Dunlop in the U.S.A. has finally decided to ride off into the sunset. Senior Manager of Motorcycle Roadracing for Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Jim Allen, will officially retire on April 1, 2010, after 31 years at the tire manufacturer. One of the most knowledgeable and affable personalities in the AMA paddock, Allen was the point man for Dunlop’s American roadracing efforts, working with nearly all of the top racers who have competed in the U.S.A. (including those who have progressed to World Championship racing), collating immense amounts of data from those racers and helping forge what can only be categorized as a racing dynasty. During his tenure, many other tire manufacturers have tried to make a dent in the continued roadracing success enjoyed by Dunlop in the U.S.A., but with very little success. A literal fixture in the AMA roadracing scene, Allen’s vast knowledge and attention to detail were also crucial in helping Dunlop build tires that could handle the unique demands of many American racing circuits, including Daytona and Willow Springs.
Allen’s successor at Dunlop will be Sabastian Mincone.
From the Vreeke and Associates press release:
After 31 years of dedicated service at Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Jim Allen, Senior Manager Motorcycle Road Racing, will retire on April 1, 2010.
Allen joined the company in 1979 as a tire test coordinator and progressed over the years in various positions within the company, including tire construction and service engineer, motorcycle race coordinator, road race manager and in 1998 was named Senior Manager Motorcycle Road Racing.
When Allen joined Dunlop he was already a highly regarded member of the motorcycle industry. Allen came to Dunlop with an extensive background in road racing, having competed extensively in Canada as well as the U.S. During that time Allen collected two prestigious Canadian National number one plates in 1973 and 1977. His first-ever race in an AMA event was at Daytona, where he raced on Dunlop tires. Throughout his career, Allen has served as the epitome of professionalism, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the sport in all that he does.
“Words cannot adequately express what Jim Allen has meant to the AMA road race paddock and the entire sport,” said Mike Buckley Vice President, Motorcycle Tires. “Jimmy is an icon in our sport, and his expertise has played a role in the careers of hundreds of racers, including every American champion for the past few decades.”
Allen’s successor as Senior Manager Motorcycle Road Racing will be Sabastian Mincone. Sabastian joined Dunlop Motorcycle USA in February 2008 as Manager, Motorcycle Road Racing, transferring from the Dunlop Tires Motorsport Division in Birmingham, England where he held the position of Sales and Product Manager, Motorcycle Motorsport Europe. Mincone began his professional career with Dunlop Tires in 2002 based in the United Kingdom. Following that start, he fulfilled a number of senior roles within Dunlop Tires UK, bringing an international perspective and understanding to all the roles he has filled.
“Jim Allen has left big shoes to fill,” said Buckley. “But we have every confidence that Sabastian is the man to fill those shoes. Both Jim and Sabastian have our congratulations and well wishes as they take on their future endeavors, and we are certain that many in the industry will also want to wish them well.”
Dunlop Tires is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S. and the only manufacturer of motorcycle tires in North America. With North American operations headquartered in Buffalo, NY, Dunlop has been making and selling high-quality tires in the U.S. since 1923. For more information, visit www.dunlopmotorcycle.com.