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GT to run new tire in 2003

SCCA Pro Racing®, Toyo Tires announce move to Proxes Ra-1 race tire for Speed GT in 2003. LAS VEGAS, Nev. (November 11, 2002) -- SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. and Toyo Tires announced at the Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas...

SCCA Pro Racing®, Toyo Tires announce move to Proxes Ra-1 race tire for Speed GT in 2003.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (November 11, 2002) -- SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. and Toyo Tires announced at the Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas that the SPEED World Challenge GT Championship will compete exclusively on the Toyo Proxes RA-1™ race compound DOT-approved tire in 2003.

Since Toyo Tires and SCCA Pro Racing began its relationship with the SPEED World Challenge Championships in 2001, the SPEED GT and Touring Car divisions have raced on shaved Toyo Proxes T1-S™ street tires.

"Over the past two years, we've proven that the Toyo Proxes T1-S is, indeed, an ultra-high performance tire," said Mitch Wright, SCCA Pro Racing Vice President and General Manager. "Toyo is ready to roll out some new sizes in its RA-1 racing tire, and premiering them in SPEED GT is the natural evolution of our relationship with Toyo."

"We are very excited to provide the Proxes RA-1 for the GT category," said Earl Knoper, Toyo Tires Senior Vice President of Marketing. "Demonstrating our commitment to the SPEED World Challenge, we have recently developed and tested a new 335/30ZR18 size specifically for the high-torque American cars in SPEED GT. With the horsepower and the high speeds attained by these cars, this new tire spec should provide even more exciting racing, and we look forward to setting new lap records".

The Proxes RA-1 is a DOT-approved competition tire that comes in either "V" or "Z" ratings, and is available to fit rim diameters such as 13-, 14-, 15-, 16-, 17- and 18-inches. The RA-1 has a tread molded to 8/32" depth for superior wet traction, while it can be shaved to 3/32" to generate extreme dry cornering force. In addition, the Proxes RA-1 has a Tread Wear of 40, with A-ratings for both Traction and Temperature.

Testing has already been performed on both a 3R Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Chevrolet Corvette ZO6--two very different automobiles--and results were impressive.

"In testing at a short, tight circuit, both cars were over two seconds per lap faster on the race compound, and the drivers were extremely pleased with the tire's ability to run consistent lap times in a variety of scenarios and over a long run," said Wright.

Toyo Tires became the official spec tire of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge in 2001, signing a three-year contract worth just over $1 million. The SPEED Touring Car Championship Toyo Tire package for 2003 will be confirmed shortly.

For more information on Toyo Tires, please visit www.toyo.com. For more information on the SPEED World Challenge, please visit www.world-challenge.com.

-scca pro racing-

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