Yokohama Now Official Tire of Global Time Attack & Super Lap

Yokohama Tire today announced a new motorsports partnership with Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA (SLB/GTA). Yokohama ADVAN is now the Official Tire of SLB/GTA competition. The first Super Lap Battle race is February 16-17 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. In addition, there will be a Yokohama Challenge championship for drivers competing on Yokohama tires at the three upcoming Global Time Attack events.

A Little History

Although there have been similar types of competitions elsewhere, like the Sports Car Club of America  Solo I (now SCCA Time Trials) program, none captured the attention of the motoring world as the Time Attack battles staged at the tight Tsukuba circuit,  44 miles northeast of Yokohama Tire’s global headquarters in central Tokyo. The Tsukuba circuit is just 1.27 miles long and affords spectators an almost unobstructed view of the safety-pin shaped course from almost every vantage point.
Events were organized so that highly-respected tuners could compete against each other in their passenger-car based creations for bragging rights. Yokohama was integrally involved from the start with their ADVAN brand ultra high performance tires. In fact, the current Time Attack record was set in December 2015 by Tomohiko Suzuki in the Scorch Racing Team Nissan S15 with a time of 51.127 seconds on Yokohama ADVAN tires.

Tomohiko Suzuki in the Scorch Racing Team Nissan S15 holds the Time Attack record at the legendary Tsukuba Circuit, captured on Yokohama ADVAN tires.

Today’s Announcement

“Motorsports is interwoven into the heritage of Yokohama,” said Drew Dayton, Yokohama motorsports manager, “and we are excited to connect with next generation of motorsports enthusiasts via the Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle series. The variety of vehicles throughout the different classes give us a great platform to prove our ADVAN products’ performance on the track and enable the competitors to achieve their best laps.”
“I’m thrilled to welcome Yokohama Tire on board as the Official Tire of Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA,” said Jason Dienhart, director of Super Lap Battle USA and Global Time Attack. “We are fortunate to be working with such a prestigious brand with a strong presence in motorsports like Yokohama Tire.”

Yokohama Tire will sponsor a separate class in the three-event 2019 Global Time Attack series for drivers running ADVAN tires.

2019 Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA Schedule:
February 16-17: Super Lap Battle USA, Circuit of the Americas
May 10-11: GTA, Road Atlanta
August 9-10: GTA, New Jersey Motorsports Park
November 16-17: GTA Finals, Buttonwillow Raceway
The Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA adds to an already extensive list of 2019 North American-based motorsports activities both on- and off-road for Yokohama. This includes the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, 24 Hours of LeMons, Spec MX-5 Challenge, TrophyLite, One Lap of America, Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000, and Yokohama Sonora Rally.

 

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Art has served in marketing functions at various aftermarket manufacturers, driven in autocross events and in road racing in a car of his own construction, and even managed a world-famous racing school.
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