LAKEVILLE – Robert “Bob” Newton, founder and owner of Hoosier Racing Tire, has died. He was 85 years old.
Mr. Newton and his wife, Joyce, founded Hoosier Tire in 1957. Today, it is one of the largest manufacturers of racing tires in the world.
Mr. Newton opened a factory in Plymouth in 1979 and the company gained nationwide recognition in 1980 when it began producing tires for NASCAR’s Winston Cup series.
Mr. Newton also was involved in the local community, donating land for Lakeville’s Newton Park complex where youth baseball, softball and soccer team play.