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Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored FXMD Team Captures Redline Time Attack Race Championship at Auto Club Speedway

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

November 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Bill Groak, PCGCampbell, 310/224-4940, bgroak@pcgcampbell.com

FULLERTON, CA (Nov. 16, 2009) – Billy Johnson and the FXMD Team did what they do best: win. The Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored race team and driver have dominated the Redline Time Attack all year long and they did it again at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California during the season finale, November 14-15, capturing the overall series championship. Yokohama drivers also took three other first-place finishes at Fontana, as well as a second, highlighting the company’s ADVAN A005® and new 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.

Winners in Yokohama Tire-shod cars included:

- Billy Johnson, Unlimited RWD Class, FX Motorsports Acura NSX (on Yokohama ADVAN A005 slicks), took first place and won the class championship with a time of 1:36.103. Johnson’s victory also earned him the overall series title.

- Jeremy Toye, Street AWD Class, Reese Tuning/Robispec Mitsubishi Evo X (on Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08s), 1:47.050, beat second-place driver Stephen Ruiz (also on Yokohama AD08s) in the StopTech/AMS Performance Mitsubishi Evo X, 1:49.868. Toye’s win netted him the AWD West championship.

- Clint Boisdeau, Street FWD Class, FocusSport Focus (on Yokohama AD08 tires) took first with a time of 1:56.844

- Dez Ballard, Stock-FWD Class, ABF Performance/Gruppe-S Mini Cooper (on Yokohama AD08 tires), won with a time of 1:59.595

“Chalk up another series championship for Yokohama and ADVAN tires,” said Mark Chung, Yokohama director, corporate strategy and planning. “Congratulations to Ken Namimatsu and Mike Angel of FXMD for winning the Redline Time Attack championship. Driver Billy Johnson dominated like he did all season and we scored impressive victories in several other classes, too. What a great way to end a spectacular season.”

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.

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