Yokohama Tire, Competent Motorsport and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) are partnering on two Porsche-specific race series in 2020. Yokohama is the title partner and exclusive tire provider for the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West and Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA series, as well as the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West Invitational, which consists of a select number of special events that will take place on the east coast.
The ADVAN A005™ race slick is the spec tire for all the events.
“We’re looking forward to supporting a talented field of drivers, Competent Motorsport and working with Porsche Motorsport North America again next season,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire’s vice president of marketing and product management. “This new venture with Competent Motorsport and PMNA fits perfectly within our motorsports strategy and continues to fortify Yokohama as a key supplier for another exciting Porsche one-make series.”
Yokohama is also the sponsor and sole tire supplier for The Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, as well as the IMSA-sanctioned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.
“With an existing alliance in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA & Canada, the expansion of Yokohama’s presence in the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West series will be a catalyst for accelerating continuity and growth for our current one-make racing programs in North America,” said Rob Owen, one-make program manager, Porsche Motorsport North America.
The Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West features a full field of Porsche racing platforms from the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars to the newly announced Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. The series consists of multiple car classes, including: The Platinum and Platinum Masters Class (Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup), Gold Class (Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup), Diamond Class (991.1 GT3 R and 997 GT3 R), Emerald Class (Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup MR), Silver Class (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport SRO and Clubsport Comp) and Bronze Class (Porsche GT4 Clubsport with Trophy Kit and Clubsport MR).
The Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA series features four classes consisting of Porsche 964/993 Cup cars, Porsche 3.0/3.2L G series cars, Porsche Spec 2.0L platforms, as well as an Exhibition Class for air-cooled track-prepared cars, (non-turbos) to participate in sprint races.
“We are coming around full circle with the return of Yokohama Tire as our new title partner for 2020!” said Gregory Franz, founder and president of Competent Motorsport LLC. “There is excitement for our teams and drivers to experience the performance of the Yokohama tires on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars, along with the GT3Rs and GT3MRs. Sanctioned by PMNA for 2020, we will also run the newly released Porsche, 911 RS Clubsport in the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West Series. We will bring back our Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA Series to expand our opportunities for air-cooled drivers across the US. These are all great Porsche track platforms for Yokohama to show their tires at their best on the track. We look forward to an exciting 2020 race season with new venues and classes introduced in the coming weeks!”
Yokohama’s extensive list of North American-based motorsports activities – both on- and off-road – 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, Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA, 24 Hours of Lemons, Crandon International Raceway partnership, Subaru Motorsports USA partnership, Spec MX-5 Challenge, TrophyLite, One Lap of America, Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 and Yokohama Sonora Rally.
About Yokohama Tire Corporation
Celebrating its 50th year in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing an extensive sales network throughout the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s broad product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com, www.yokohamatruck.com or www.yokohamaotr.com.
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Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the “Tire Care & Safety” section at www.yokohamatire.com.
About Porsche Motorsport North America
From its inception in 1985, Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) has been the sole importer of Porsche race cars and parts in the United States and Canada. In more than three decades of service, Porsche Motorsport has been a driving force for innovation at Porsche, spurred both street and race car development, and achieved more than 550 championships worldwide.
PMNA is dedicated to supporting numerous customer-racing platforms from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to PCA Club Racing, by helping customers find the race car of their childhood fantasies, and live out their racing dreams. In addition, PMNA has produced one of the most comprehensive customer support programs in the industry to help our customers at the track. PMNA customers no longer race a Porsche – they race with Porsche. For more information, visit https://www.porsche.com/usa/motorsportandevents/motorsport/customerracing/features/aboutpmna/
About Competent Motorsport
Competent Motorsport LLC has been the premier focal point for post Porsche Club racing in the United States since 2007. The mission of Competent Motorsport has been and will continue to be to create an environment for all drivers where they can enjoy the excitement and fun of racing in a safe and competitive environment. They will continue to utilize their relationship with Porsche Motorsports North America (PMNA) and other series partners to create interactive and competitive three-day racing programs. These events will include precision driver coaching, official test days, practice sessions, qualifying and sprint races. The objective is to create “competitive” seat time while further educating and developing the driver’s race craft. For more information about the series, registration and eligible vehicles visit: https://www.competentmotorsport.com/
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Trophy Instagram: @porschetrophywestusa
Air-Cooled Cup Instagram: @porscheaircooledcupusa