Yokohama Tire Corp’s 2012 Motorsports program revs up
Fullerton, Calif.--Let the racing begin. That’s the word from Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire Corp’s (YTC) director of product planning and motorsports, as the Fullerton, California-based tire maker prepares for the 2012 racing season. Leading the line-up will be Yokohama’s campaign in the ALMS GT series featuring a new partnership with Alex Job Racing competing in a Lotus Evora. Yokohama will also once again continue to run in the GTC Class of the ALMS and in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama with its eco racing slick, the ENV-R2 as the series spec tire. Plus, Yokohama-sponsored teams will compete in off-road racings SCORE and Lucas Oil series where they won championships in 2011.
We have a new partner in ALMS and have titles to defend in off-road, said Briggs, so we are really anxious for this season to get underway.
Yokohama will participate in four race series during 2012, ranging from sports cars to off-road trucks. Series include:
American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and GT Challenge (GTC) Class this season, Yokohama will partner with Alex Job Racing and supply tires for team Lotus-AJR in the highly competitive ALMS GT Class. The Lotus Evora-based GT entry will ride on Advan A005 development tires.
While the 10-race series begins with the 12 hours of Sebring on March 17, the Lotus-AJR team will make its debut on the streets of Long Beach at the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 14. The ALMS season will conclude with the Petit Le Mans 10-hour event at Road Atlanta, where Yokohama is the Official Tire. For details, visit www.yokohamatire.com/motorsports or the ALMS web site at www.americanlemans.com.
The orange oil-infused ENV-R2 race tires will again be campaigned in the ALMS GTC Class. A field of approximately 10 cars will compete at all ALMS events, including endurance races, such as the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. More details can be found at www.yokohamatire.com/motorsports or www.americanlemans.com/primary1.php?cat=schedule|calendar.
2012 ALMS Schedule and GT Challenge Schedule March 14-17: 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring; Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Fla. April 13-14: Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach; Long Beach, Calif., May 10-12: American Le Mans Series Monterey; Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Monterey, Calif., July 6-7: American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix; Lime Rock Park; Lakeview, Conn., July 20-22: Grand Prix of Mosport; Mosport International Raceway; Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada Aug. 2-4: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge; Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Lexington, Ohio Aug. 16-18: Road Race Showcase; Road America; Elkhart Lake, Wis., Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Baltimore Grand Prix; Baltimore, Md., Sept. 13-15: American Le Mans Series at VIR; Virginia International Raceway; Danville, Va. Oct. 17-20: 15th Annual Petit Le Mans; Road Atlanta; Braselton, Ga.
IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
Yokohama's ENV-R2, the first and only environmentally-friendly tire used in a racing series, will campaign in the 15-race series (at eight venues), which YTC is sponsoring for the fourth consecutive year. As the series spec tire, the ENV-R2 will be featured on all the Porsche 911 GT3 race cars, which will compete at leading North American tracks such as Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and Road Atlanta.
“The ENV-R2, which reduces petroleum inputs while performing at the same level as previous compounds, is one of our biggest successes,” said Briggs. “It has surpassed all driver expectations from a performance standpoint. We expect fields of more than 30 cars vying for championships in two divisions, all on ENV-R2 tires.”
The series begins at Sebring, March 14-17. For details, visit www.imsachallenge.com.
2012 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Schedule March 14-17: Sebring International Raceway; Sebring, Fla., April 28-29: Miller Motorsports Park; Tooele, Utah, May 10-12: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca; Monterey, Calif., June 8-10: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the le de Notre-Dame; Montreal, Quebec, Canada July 20-22: Mosport International Raceway; Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada Aug., 16-18: Road America; Elkhart Lake, Wis., Sept. 13-15: Virginia International Raceway, Danville, Va., Oct. 17-20: Road Atlanta; Braselton, Ga.