Yokohama Drivers Get Three Podium Finishes in Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Opener

FULLERTON, CA (March 23, 2011) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored
drivers combined for three podium finishes at the Lucas Oil Off-Road
Racing Series opener at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona, March

In the Pro Lite Unlimited class, Yokohama driver Jimmy Stephensen took
his #33 Discount Tire/Ironclad Nissan, outfitted with  Yokohama
Geolandar A/T-S® tires, to the podium with a third-place finish in
round 1 on Saturday, March 19. The next day, Stephensen, from Las
Vegas, repeated his podium performance with a second-place finish.

“The competition was fierce out there this weekend and there are a lot
of new trucks and drivers to contend with. I feel ecstatic to be on
the podium both days,” said Stephensen. “It was quite the battle to
get up on the podium but I’m glad to be here and start the season
strong. We proved that we can run with the best of the best.”

In the Super Lite class Saturday, Funco Motorsports driver Chad George
(Rialto, Calif.) battled hard from the middle of the pack and moved up
truck by truck to get his #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama SuperLite, outfitted
with Geolandar A/T-S tires, on the podium with a third-place finish to
start the season.

“Overall it was a solid start to the 2011 season. With the weather and
track changes, the Firebird dirt was tricky to master, said George.
“Without the superior performance of the Yokohama A/T-S tire, a pair
of top five’s for the Kawasaki/Yokohama Superlite would not have been
possible. We are only moving up from here.”

The next event in the 2011 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series is April
16-17 at Speedworld Off-Road Park in Surprise, Arizona.

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 a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S.,
Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation.
The company’s complete product line includes the dB Super E-spec™ –
the world’s first tire to use orange oil to reduce petroleum – as well
as tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial
truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications.
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