Title sponsors return for 2005

Toyota and Yokohama Return as Primary Atlantic Series Sponsors in 2005 INDIANAPOLIS (October 28, 2004) -- Continuing to build on one of the longest relationships in motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales USA will return as title sponsor for the Toyota...

Toyota and Yokohama Return as Primary Atlantic Series Sponsors in 2005

INDIANAPOLIS (October 28, 2004) -- Continuing to build on one of the longest relationships in motorsports, Toyota Motor Sales USA will return as title sponsor for the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama in 2005.

Toyota became the Atlantic series sponsor and exclusive engine supplier in 1989 and as the Toyota Atlantic Championship gears up for its 32nd season in 2005, Toyota returns as the driving force behind the top open-wheel development series in North America. In 2005, Toyota will begin its 17th season as title sponsor of the Atlantic series.

"There is a very strong bond and a great deal of heritage between Toyota and the Atlantic series," said Les Unger, Toyota National Motorsports Manager. "The Toyota Atlantic Championship continues to produce outstanding open-wheel talent year in and year out and we're already anticipating another exciting season in 2005."

The Yokohama Tire Corporation will also return to the Atlantic series as presenting sponsor of the 12-race championship next season. Yokohama first signed on as a series sponsor in 1989 as well, forming a bond with Toyota that has given the Atlantic Championship a long-lasting, trusted partnership with two of the top companies not only in motorsports, but in the entire automotive industry.

"The Yokohama Tire Corporation is pleased to continue its relationship with the Toyota Atlantic Championship series and Toyota Motorsports," said Art Michalik, Director of Marketing and Communications for Yokohama. "This series has been a great success for us and we look forward to being a part of the 2005 season."

As series sponsors, both Toyota and Yokohama will contribute to a substantial prize fund for 2005 Toyota Atlantic Championship competitors. Toyota will continue to provide the race-modified, four-cylinder, 1.6 liter, 16-valve, fuel-injected twin cam 4A-GE engines that will generate 240 horsepower for each Atlantic entry next season. Yokohama returns as the Official Tire supplier of the series, producing the ADVAN Racing Slicks that will equip each Atlantic machine in '05.

Toyota Atlantic officials are finalizing details on the 2005 season schedule, but the 32nd season of Atlantic competition will get underway the weekend of April 8-10, 2005 with the crown jewel of the racing calendar -- the annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. All 12 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama events that will be contested on a combination of road courses, street circuits and oval tracks will be broadcast on SPEED Channel. A full season schedule is expected to be released in within the next week or so.

"We're delighted to welcome back both Toyota and Yokohama as we look forward to the 2005 season," said Toyota Atlantic Managing Director Vicki O'Connor. "With such tremendous sponsorship support and the talented young drivers and hard-working teams that are putting together programs for next season, we're looking forward to one of our best seasons ever on track in 2005."

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