It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Bob Newton, Founder of Hoosier Racing Tires in Plymouth, who died Wednesday afternoon at his home at the age of 85.
Newton’s background as an old Jalopy racer during the days of re-surfacing or re-treading tires to save money carried that thrifty nature with him the rest of his life.
Active in the racing world, Newton was equally as active in the community. Commonly seen for decades at city council meetings speaking about giving back to the community, He tirelessly worked to make an impact on the city by building bigger and hiring more to change the city’s economic outlook.
Bob Newton’s impact in Michigan was great. He was always a man who wanted to give. Newton was the main donor behind Newton Park and the Newton Center. He also started the Little Hoosier 100 race.
Bob Newton was a racer and he enjoyed competition on the track. Newton was a businessman and he thrived on competition in the marketplace. Newton is survived by his wife Joyce, four children and many grandchildren and great children. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Ironically, Newton’s former son-in-law and one-time Hoosier employee, Mike Boits passed away earlier today of Cancer. All of us at onedirt.com extend our warmest condolences to the entire Hoosier racing family.