FULLERTON, CA. – (Dec.12, 2011) – Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored off-road racer Chad George wrapped up a stellar season by clinching the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Super Lite title at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona on December 10.
George piloted the Funco Motorsports #42 Kawasaki/Yokohama Super Lite – outfitted with off-the-shelf Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S+® tires – to a fourth place finish at Firebird to win the 2011 season championship. During the season, he won five races and reached the podium nine out of 15 times.
“It takes three ingredients to win a championship,” George said after Saturday’s race, “performance, reliability and teamwork. That’s what I had with Yokohama and the Funco team. My Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S tires hooked up no matter what the track conditions were, and we didn’t have one flat tire all year. The teamwork between my Funco team and Yokohama’s tire technicians really paid off all year.”
“Chad proved his mettle in a tough Super Lite class this season. He consistently ran in the front of the pack and had too much for the rest of the field,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama’s senior manager of motorsports. “He and the Funco team did a fantastic job and the Geolandar A/T-S tires never let him down. It was a total team effort and Yokohama is proud to part of the team.”
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. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.
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