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Yokohama Tire Corporation Drivers Continue to Win in 2009 Redline Time Attack Series

June 01, 2009

Media Contact: Bill Groak, PCGCampbell, 310/224-4940,

FULLERTON, CA (June 1, 2009) - FX Motorsports Development Acura NSX driver Billy Johnson is on a roll. The Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored racer claimed victory again in the May 30-31 Redline Time Attack Series at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, California. Johnson drove the NSX to RWD Unlimited Class and overall event wins, as well as setting the series record - 1:18:555 - on ADVAN A005® racing slicks. Johnson also won the special Super Session event finale, a wheel-to-wheel, five-lap points race featuring the top running cars.

This was the second Redline Time Attack race Johnson has won this season. He claimed the season opener in March at Buttonwillow Raceway in Central California.

Also winning on Yokohama tires for the second time this season was Jeremy Toye, who piloted the Reese Tuning Mitsubishi Evo to a Street Class-AWD victory on the new ADVAN Neova® AD08s in 1:28.817.

"Thanks to driving skills of Billy and Jeremy, this is shaping up to be a very successful year for Yokohama in Redline Time Attack," said Mark Chung, Yokohama director, corporate strategy and planning. "Both drivers are leading their classes in points and the ADVAN A005 and Neova AD08 are performing extremely well."

The Redline Time Attack, 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. For details, visit

For more on Yokohama's ADVAN Neova AD08, go to:

As a part of its sponsorship, Yokohama will manage a tire contingency program at each race for teams running Yokohama ADVAN® tires. Additionally, at the end of the season, Yokohama will reward the winner in each of the Street classes a fully-sponsored trip to attend Jim Russell Racing Drivers School's two-day racing course.

Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global producer and distributor of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation offers a complete line of tires, including high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, as well as off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama's extensive product line, visit For details on Yokohama's environmental efforts, go to

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 "Taking Care of Your Tires" section at