SANTA ANA, CA. – (June 17, 2021) – Yokohama is returning to the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and for the fourth straight year as the sponsor and exclusive tire supplier of The Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama. This year’s effort will be highlighted by the addition of several new drivers in multiple classes.
The 99th running of the iconic “Race to the Clouds” is set for June 27 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The new Yokohama-sponsored drivers are Tanner Foust, Codie Vahsholtz and Randy Pobst.
Foust, a Team Yokohama member and Rallycross/Formula Drift champ, heads the list of competitors in the five-car Porsche GT4 class. All will continue to set records on Yokohama’s ADVAN A052® tires.
“These tires are ideal for handling the varying wet and dry conditions frequently encountered on the way to the top,” said Fardad Niknam, Yokohama Tire’s senior director of product planning and product marketing.
“I’m looking forward to driving the same GT4 that Porsche customers can purchase on street-legal Yokohama’s,” said Foust. “A great part of this ‘spec’ class is proving the capability and performance of attainable driving hardware
for the enthusiast. Porsche and Yokohama have an extensive history on Pikes Peak and it’s an honor to be contributing to that this year!”
Veteran racer Clint Vahsholtz, who won the overall championship and the Open Wheel division on ADVAN A005™ tires last year, is handing the reins over to his son Codie, a multiple Pikes Peak winner in the motorcycle division. Like his dad, Vahsholtz will be driving the 12.42-mile race in a 2013 Ford Open.
Pobst, who will compete in the Exhibition Class in the Unplugged Performance Tesla, will also be on A005 slicks.
“Winning the overall championship last year was incredible,” Niknam said. “We have another strong group of drivers eager to take on the mountain on ADVANs. It’s going to be a fantastic day of racing.”
Yokohama is also partnering with BBi Autosport, which is back for the sixth time at Pikes Peak, supporting three Porsche race cars in three classes, including Foust; 2019 class winner Raphael Astier driving the record-setting OPTIMA GT3 “TurboCup” in the Open Class; and David Donohue returning to Time Attack 1 in the Audrain Motorsport GT2 RS Clubsport. Yokohama is providing technical support and equipping the TurboCup and GT2 RS with ADVAN A005 slicks.
For more details on the Pikes Peak race, visit https://ppihc.org/fans/. For livestreaming of the race, go to https://www.facebook.com/Mobil1/.
Along with the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, Yokohama’s extensive list of 2021 North American-based motorsports activities – both on- and off-road – includes the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama, Yokohama Drivers Cup USA, Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA, Nitro Rallycross, SCORE, Crandon International Raceway sponsorship, One Lap of America, Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb presented by Yokohama Tire, 24 Hours of Lemons, Subaru Motorsports USA partnership, Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000, Yokohama Tire Jeepspeed Race Series, TrophyLite Series, Championship Off-Road Series Partnership and Yokohama Sonora Rally.
About Yokohama Tire Corporation
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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