Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11Costa Mesa, CA – Toyo Open Country tires helped racers capture two wins and a total of three podiums last weekend in Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) at the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, California.

Team Toyo’s Robby Gordon started out by capturing the Round 11 race win on Friday, piloting  his #7 SPEED Energy/MAPEI race truck from a fourth place starting position in the 12-truck field to the number one spot. He then followed that up with a second place finish Saturday in Round 12. With his two-consecutive podium finishes, Gordon sits in second place in the overall championship points for the inaugural season.

“It was pretty cool to be able to come here and race Stadium SUPER Trucks in Costa Mesa, California.  It is a huge step forward for the form of off-road motorsports,” said Gordon.  “I am also stoked that we could pull off another victory on our Toyo tires, and it’s pretty cool that Toyo Tires won two of the three events here at the Sand Sports Super Show.”

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11SPARKS, NV – Defending Pro 4 Unlimited Class Champion, Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires, swept Rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series last weekend at the Wild West Motorsports Park near Reno, NV.  LeDuc’s 900+ horsepower #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 proved unstoppable as he made his way through the thundering field of short course race trucks on the 1.2-mile track to win on both Saturday and Sunday.

During Saturday’s Round 11, he posted a fastest lap at 81.273-mph; and then returned with an even faster 82.542-mph in Sunday’s Main Event.  This is his third consecutive win, having won Round 10 at Glen Helen in San Bernardino, CA in July.  LeDuc has now captured six podium finishes in 2013 (three second-place and three first place wins), as he pursues a repeat of his 2012 championship.  Kyle LeDuc attributes much of his success to his Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.

Robby-Gordon-Toyo-Baja-500-6-4-13Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico – Toyo Tires captured a historic 1st and 2nd overall in the 45th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 this past weekend.  Robby Gordon of Charlotte, NC, driving his #77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires® Chevy CK1500 trophy truck, won the 501-mile race in a time of 10:04:36.  Finishing second was BJ Baldwin of Las Vegas, NV, piloting his #1 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado trophy truck in a time of 10:13:51.  Both drivers relied on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires for their decisive podium finish over a field of some 275 international competitors.

For the first time, pre-race qualifying was held a few days earlier on a section of the Baja 500 race course near Ojos Negros.  Robby Gordon qualified the fastest, ensuring a number one starting position.

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11San Diego, CA – Robby Gordon and Toyo Tires have won Round 5 of the Stadium SUPER Trucks (SST) racing series during its return visit to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California this last weekend.  This marked Gordon’s second win of the season with his #7 SPEED Energy/MAPEI race truck.  With his combination of five podium finishes and two Fast Qualifiers, Gordon takes over the championship points lead with six races remaining in the 11 race series.  It also marks the third victory of the 2013 SST season for Toyo® Open Country tires.

“San Diego No. 2 was definitely better for me than San Diego No. 1. I had a great battle with youngster Sheldon Creed with him pressuring me the entire race,” said Gordon.  “It was a great race, these Toyo tires really worked well tonight, and I can’t thank all the fans enough for coming out and supporting us.”

AREQIUPA, PERU – Nasser Al-Attiyah, driver of the #300 Team Qatar Red Bull buggy equipped with Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires, scored his second consecutive stage victory today in the 2013 Dakar®.  Al-Attiyah’s success in this year’s Dakar includes a third place in Stage 1, and victories in Stages 3 and 4.  During today’s 429km Nazca to Arequipa (Peru) Stage 4, he moved to within 5minutes 16seconds of the overall race leader, Stéphan Peterhansel in the X-Raid MINI.

In addition to Al-Attiyah’s success, Carlos Sainz captured a Stage 1 win with his #303 Team Qatar Red Bull buggy. Robby Gordon in his #315 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER also placed second in yesterday’s Stage 3.  In total, Toyo Tires has captured three wins in the first four stages, with a total of five podium finishes.

The countdown is on to the 2013 Dakar, considered by many to be the craziest, most dangerous off-road rally in the world! Toyo Tires will be covering the 2013 Dakar rally and its sponsored teams in the race that starts tomorrow.

Starting January 5, this 15-day, Pan-American odyssey will cover nearly 5,000 miles in 14 stages. See Gordon’s Hummer traverse some of the world’s highest sand dunes and mountains while racing through Peru, Argentina and Chile – all with one thing on his mind: victory.

PARKER, ARIZONA – Robby Gordon and Toyo Tires® swept the BlueWater Desert Challenge in Parker, Arizona this past weekend.  Driving the #1537 SPEED Energy/RPM Offroad/Toyo Tires/4 Wheel Parts open wheel ‘truggy’ equipped with Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires; Gordon dominated the three day event which consisted of Friday qualifying and two segments of racing.

During Friday’s qualifying, Gordon topped the charts with a time of 3:02.466 for an average speed of 59.19-mph.  Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires were also on the truck of the second fastest qualifier, BJ Baldwin.  Baldwin drove the #1 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado class 1400 Trick Truck to a time of 3:03.353 at 58.90-mph.

During Saturday and Sunday’s three-lap, 26-mile per lap races; Gordon won overall each day with more than a two-minute margin of victory.  His cumulative time for the race was a 2:42:52, beating the second overall finisher by more than 4.5 minutes.  BJ Baldwin finished second in class 1400 and fifth overall with a cumulative time of 02:52:02.

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces a tougher all-terrain tire is now available for truck and SUV owners.  The all-new Toyo® Open Country® A/T II offers over 40% more treadlife than the leading competitors, exceptional all-season performance, an aggressive new tread design, and a quiet ride.

It also comes with an industry-leading 65,000-mile warranty for P-Metric and Metric sizes, as well as a 50,000-mile warranty for LT and flotation sizes.  Last but not least, the Open Country A/T II qualifies for Toyo Tires’ No Regrets® 45-day, 500-mile trial offer.

Improvements in performance and wear are attributed to changes in compounding and design. A new wear-resistant tread compound has significantly increased tread life while maintaining all-season capabilities.  The new tread design delivers enhanced performance on and off the road, including in rain, mud and snow.  At the same time, tread features were developed with low noise and comfort in mind.

SPARKS, NEVADA – Team Toyo’s Kyle LeDuc won Round 11 of the Lucas Oil® Off Road Racing Series in the Pro 4 Unlimited class this past weekend on a new racetrack located in the hills outside Sparks, Nevada.   It marks LeDuc’s seventh win in the 16-race season while driving his 900+ horsepower #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires® Ford F-150.  Part of LeDuc’s competitive advantage is his Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

LeDuc easily captured the number one qualifying spot both Friday and Saturday.  During Saturday’s Pro 4 Unlimited class main event, he turned in the best lap with a 53.042 time at 81.445-mph.  Late in the race, a shock mount broke, delivering a pounding to both driver and truck until the checkered flag came out.  LeDuc showed his toughness by still capturing the number one spot on the podium.

CHANDLER, ARIZONA –Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires swept the Pro 4 Unlimited class this weekend during the Lucas Oil® Off Road Racing Series 2012 season-opener at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Arizona.  Driving his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-150, LeDuc’s domination began when he was the fastest qualifier on Friday.  He then won both Saturday and Sunday’s big races in a field of 12 competitors.  His 900+ horsepower truck relied on Toyo Open Country M/T®-R tires to help deliver the early season wins.

“Toyos don’t just win races, they eliminate any competitor,” said LeDuc.  “Team Monster Energy Drink Toyo Tires is in a league of our own and will continue to deliver more than ever expected.”

Scoring a win in the Pro Lite Unlimited class during Saturday’s Round 1 was Austin Kimbrell, driving his #88 Toyo Tires / Kimbrell Electric Ford Ranger.  Kimbrell, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, fought his way to the front of the huge 26-truck field while riding on street legal Open Country M/T tires.  During Sunday’s Round 2, Kimbrell led the field until being spun out by another competitor.  He fought his way back into a solid fourth place finish for a great start to the season.