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Dunlop racing manager Jim Allen retiring

Racing icon retiring after 31 years

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jan. 20, 2010
Dunlop’s senior manager of motorcycle road racing Jim Allen is retiring after 31 years with the tire manufacturer. Allen’s last day at Dunlop will be April 1.

A highly-regarded figure in the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock, Allen joined Dunlop in 1979 and took on several positions including tire test coordinator, tire construction and service engineer, motorcycle race coordinator and road race manager. Allen played a significant role for Dunlop in its role as spec tire provider for AMA Pro Road Racing.

Jim Allen has been a fixture at Dunlop since 1979.“Words cannot adequately express what Jim Allen has meant to the AMA road race paddock and the entire sport,” says Mike Buckley, Dunlop vice president of 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.”

Before joining Dunlop, Allen was a two time Canadian National #1 plate-holder. Allen also competed in the U.S., making his AMA debut at Daytona.

Allen will be succeeded by Sabastian Mincone, formerly Dunlop manager of road racing. Mincone joined Dunlop’s U.S. branch in February 2008 after transferring from the company’s Birmingham, England office where he served as sales and product manager for Dunlop’s European motorcycle motorsports operations.

“Jim Allen has left big shoes to fill,” says 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.”