GT3: Series presenting sponsor announced

Yokohama Tire Corporation to be Presenting Sponsor of the Patron GT3 Challenge FULLERTON, CA (Dec. 3, 2008) - Yokohama Tire Corporation announced today it will be the presenting sponsor and official spec tire of the newly-minted Patron GT3 ...

Yokohama Tire Corporation to be Presenting Sponsor of the Patron GT3 Challenge

FULLERTON, CA (Dec. 3, 2008) - Yokohama Tire Corporation announced today it will be the presenting sponsor and official spec tire of the newly-minted Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama race series. The single-make series, featuring Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, is a support event for the American Le Mans Series and is entering its fifth season after previously being known as the IMSA Challenge.

The agreement between Yokohama and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association), which is for the 2009 and 2010 racing seasons, provides Yokohama prominent branding on each race car as well as in seven, one-hour Speed TV specials covering the Series. The 2009 campaign will feature 12 races during six event weekends at famous American racetracks such as Sebring International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

As part of the sponsorship, Yokohama will engineer and construct purpose-built ADVAN® racing tires for the GT3 Cup cars. The ADVAN A005® will handle dry weather racing while the A006® will handle wet weather duty. The sizes (front/rear) will be 240/640R18 and 280/680R18.

Yokohama ADVAN Sport® tires are OE fitment on the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and the Cayenne with other recent OE fitments including the Boxster and the Boxster S.

"We're excited to participate in a series that features Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars and great racetracks," said Mark Chung, director of strategic marketing. "This is a proud extension of our motorsports involvement with IMSA, ALMS and Porsche."

-credit: yokohama

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