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Drivers on Yokohama Tires Claim Redline Time Attack Victories at Auto Club Speedway

Yokohama has overall win and three first-place finishes with drivers racing on ADVAN A005® slicks and the ADVAN Neova® AD08 ultra high-performance tire

June 04, 2010

FULLERTON, CA (June 4, 2010) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-shod race cars took the overall win and earned three first-place finishes at the Redline Time Attack event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, May 29-30. The drivers scored the wins on Yokohama’s ADVAN A005® and ADVAN Neova® AD08 tires.

The Redline Time Attack series, which features purpose-built 600-horsepower race cars and highly tuned street-legal vehicles, awards points and names winners based on which driver achieves the fastest lap time during competition.

In addition to taking the overall win with the fastest time of the weekend (1:39.730), Brian Lock won the DSPORT Super Modified AWD Class driving the Cobb Tuning Nissan GT-R on Yokohama ADVAN A005 slicks.

In the DSPORT Super Modified FWD Class, Jason Saini, also using Yokohama A005 tires, took the class win in the Tri Point Motorsports Mazda3 with a time of 1:46.233.

Driving the Evasive Motorsports Honda Civic, Michael Chang won the Fontana Nissan Enthusiasts FWD Class using Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 tires in 2:00.395.

“I was extremely pleased with the tires,” said Lock, who said he shaved off three seconds by simply switching to Yokohama tires and captured the event’s overall championship along with the class victory. “What really impressed me with the tires, besides the speed and performance, was the temperature control. We were able to run three to four laps at a time when the track temperature was 95 degrees. We’ll be using the same tires to try and break the track record when we come back to Auto Club Speedway in November.”

“We had first place wins in every category where we had tires running,” said Sam Kwa, Yokohama motorsports technical engineer. “Cobb Tuning did a great job. The amazing thing is all they did was switch from tires that are legal in modified class over to the A005 slicks and dropped their lap time by almost three seconds. This shows that tires are the most important aspect of the race car; everything has to work in synergy with the tires to produce an effective package. Those teams that recognize this will have an edge over their competitors.”

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.