Yokohama readies for several race series

Producing tires for a wide variety of racing disciplines, Yokohama Tire Corporation’s (YTC) 2015 motorsports season is about to begin.

“Yokohama prides itself on the breadth of our racing program and how it pushes our tire development,” said Duane Sampson, YTC manager, motorsports. “Our tires have to handle everything from road courses like Road America in Wisconsin to the rocky terrain of Baja, California to the rallycross course in Barbados.”

See the full 2015 Yokohama motorsports calendar.

Yokohama’s racing slate includes:

Red Bull Global Rallycross

YTC enters its second year as the exclusive tire supplier of the Red Bull Global Rallycross (RBGRC), with the series expanding in 2015 from 10 races to 12. RBGRC combines elements of rally, stadium, circuit and off-road racing, lending itself to harrowing stunts and wheel-to-wheel competition. Cars in the series are heavily modified from their street-going counterparts, packed with all-wheel drive, 600 horsepower and Yokohama ADVAN® race tires. Star drivers include 2014 champion Joni Wiman, Tanner Foust, Scott Speed, Bucky Lasek, Travis Pastrana and Nelson Piquet Jr.

The series starts May 31 in Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

Covering eight venues with 16 rounds, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama is the largest single-make Porsche series in the world. It features two classes of vehicles that race on YTC’s orange oil-infused racing slick, the ADVAN® ENV-R2.

Porsche GT3 Cup enters its seventh consecutive season with Yokohama as its exclusive tire supplier. Semi-professional and up-and-coming drivers compete in two car classes, Platinum and Gold. The drivers will compete on some of the best tracks in the U.S., including Circuit of the Americas, Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca and NOLA Motorsports Park, a new venue near New Orleans, Louisiana, that has been added this season.

The racing is under way this week at Sebring.

Off-Road Racing: SCORE & BITD

Coming off a third-place finish in the SCORE Trophy Truck division at last year’s Baja 1000, Cameron Steele and his Desert Assassins team return under Yokohama sponsorship for 2015.

Steele, a two-time SCORE Person of the Year, runs race-engineered 40-inch GEOLANDAR A/T-S® R tires mounted on his 800-horsepower No. 16 Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck. For 2015, the team will focus on the major desert off-road races in North America, including the SCORE Baja 500, SCORE Baja 1000, and the Best in the Desert’s Vegas to Reno.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of tires since 1917.