YOKOHAMA RETURNS AS PRESENTING SPONSOR AND EXCLUSIVE TIRE SUPPLIER FOR 2006 CHAMP CAR ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP
INDIANAPOLIS (January 10, 2006) -- The Champ Car Atlantic Championship is proud to continue one of the longest partnerships in motorsports with today's announcement that the Yokohama Tire Corporation will return for its 18th season with North America's top open-wheel racing development category, once again serving as the exclusive tire supplier and presenting sponsor for the Atlantic series in 2006.
In this prestigious role, Yokohama will continue to provide its ultra-performance ADVAN Racing Slicks as the official tire on the new generation Atlantic competition package that will feature a Swift 016.a chassis design powered by a 2.3 liter Cosworth engine. Yokohama will also continue to provide significant contribution to the Atlantic prize fund making the 12-race purse one of the most substantial in racing. In addition, Yokohama will have an even stronger presence this season among Atlantic competitors with its Contingency Tire Program and among race enthusiasts with at-the-track presence through its racing services arm, Trackside Performance.
"Yokohama is very happy to return as presenting sponsor and the exclusive tire supplier for the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama," said Robert Dole, Product Promotions Manager at Yokohama. "Atlantic competition is always extremely close and we're looking forward to what promises to be a very exciting season in '06 with a new car and many new and returning teams and drivers to the Atlantic series. At the track, the Atlantic series has proven to be a valuable marketing asset and a superb way to entertain our dealer network."
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Yokohama Rubber Company, a global producer and distributor of premium tires for more than 89 years. 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.
"We're excited to welcome back Yokohama for their 18th season of Atlantic racing," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama. "It's a pleasure and an honor to rely on a trusted partner as we move into a new era of competition with the Atlantic championship in 2006."
The Champ Car Atlantic Championship continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. The championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. 2005 Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Andrew Ranger and Ronnie Bremer are also established Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champ A.J. Allmendinger. In 2006, competitors will fight for the 12-race championship and the unique $2 million Champ Car series champion's bonus. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.champcaratlantic.com.