RACE: Spec Miata spec tire manufacturer named

TOYO TIRES NAMED EXCLUSIVE TIRE OF SPEC MIATA FOR SCCA CLUB RACING NATIONAL COMPETITION THROUGH 2008 LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2005) -- Sports Car Club of America announced today that Toyo Tires has been selected as the exclusive tire for...

TOYO TIRES NAMED EXCLUSIVE TIRE OF SPEC MIATA FOR SCCA CLUB RACING NATIONAL COMPETITION THROUGH 2008

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Sept. 22, 2005) -- Sports Car Club of America announced today that Toyo Tires has been selected as the exclusive tire for the SCCA Club Racing Spec Miata class in National competition from 2006-2008. Beginning in 2006, all Spec Miata competitors will compete on the Toyo Proxes RA-1 in National races.

The decision was voted on by the Board of Directors after a selection process that included extensive tire testing, proposals and negotiations which began in late April.

"After reviewing the extensive data and information gathered by the SCCA National staff, the SCCA Board of Directors selected Toyo Tires as the best choice for the competitors based on its performance, durability, price and contingency support," SCCA Board of Directors Chairman Gary Pitts said. "We are pleased to welcome Toyo as our exclusive tire partner for the Spec Miata class."

"Toyo Tires has been extremely popular and involved with the Spec Miata class since its inception, and we're excited to carry this relationship into the next chapter of the class as it enters National competition for the first time in 2006," Toyo Tires Senior Director of Marketing Travis Roffler said.

SCCA conducted a private tire test July 11-14 at Heartland Park Topeka with five different participating tire companies, gathering data on durability, consistency, drivability and performance. Five drivers ran a total of 2002 laps (4204.2 miles) over the four-day test in a variety of cars, including 1.6L, 1.8L and 1.8L (1999 and up) Mazda Miatas. Following the test, the performance data on each tire was analyzed and weighted in a subjective evaluation matrix.

Following that test, the top three performing tire companies were asked to submit proposals for final consideration. The proposals were analyzed and factored into the overall evaluation matrix, again weighing a variety of criteria including: pricing, contingency, trackside support and corporate support.

"After gathering all of the information and assigning the predetermined values to each area, Toyo Tires was the clear choice," SCCA Club Racing Technical Jeremy Thoennes said. "The process has demonstrated why the Toyo tires are so popular within the Spec Miata community and resulted in a great package for Spec Miata competitors."

With the announcement also came information on pricing and support for the 2006 season. Tires will be available through Toyo's current distributor and dealer network at the current manufacturers' suggested retail price of $140 apiece shaved and $130 unshaved (for rain use). Toyo Tires' overall contingency program for 2006 will total $85,000 in cash, with payouts for each National event, year-end Divisional standings and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

For each National event, Toyo will pay $925 (based on 70 races), with $300 going to first place, $200 for second, $150 for third, $50 for fourth through seventh and $25 for eighth through 10th. Each SCCA Divisional Champion will receive $1,000. The 2006 SCCA National Championship Runoffs contingency prize payout will total $11,250, with the National Champion receiving $4,000, and the remaining top six finishers receiving $3,000, $2,000, $1,000, $750 and $500, respectively.

Competitors must be registered for the contingency program, administered through SCCA, prior to competing. Details on program registration will be announced through SCCA's Web site, www.scca.com.

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