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Yokohama to Sponsor West Racing Team in 2011 ALMS GT Class

Two Lamborghinis will race on ADVAN® tires

October 01, 2010

FULLERTON, CA (Oct. 1, 2010) – The 2010 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season finale is this weekend at Road Atlanta, but Yokohama Tire Corporation is already gearing up for 2011. The Fullerton, California-based tire company announced today at a press conference it has signed a deal with West Racing Team to provide ADVAN® tires for the team’s two sleek Lamborghinis, which will campaign in the ALMS GT Class.

“ADVAN represents Yokohama’s motorsports heritage,” said Mark Chung, Yokohama director, corporate strategy and planning,” and we’ve had quite a bit of success at the track with them over the last quarter century. From the eco-friendly, orange oil-infused ADVAN ENV-R2 tires used today in GT3 and GTC, to the ADVAN slicks campaigned in GT2, racing has always been the perfect opportunity to showcase Yokohama’s technical capabilities.

“This will be especially true next year on West Racing’s Lamborghinis. That’s why we’re look forward to a successful, winning relationship with owner Eduardo Espindola and his team.”

Espindola, an international businessman, said, “Simply put, I chose Yokohama because of their great history in motorsports and solid reputation. We have the same values, vision and expectations and in one word, it means success.

“I’m a passionate guy and I feel Yokohama is the same way. Just look at the success of their motorsports programs and their ADVAN race tires. I truly believe Yokohama and their hi-tech know-how will be a perfect fit on our West Racing Team’s Lamborghinis. I can’t wait until next season begins.”

Chung agreed: “With the Ferraris, Porsches, Corvettes and everyone else battling it out, we feel the GT Class is going to be super competitive and a lot of fun. The West Racing Lamborghinis will be right in the mix and ready for the challenge.”

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in the United States, 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 premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes the dB Super E-spec™ - the world’s first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – as well as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.

Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the “Tire Safety” section at www.yokohamatire.com.