Toyo Tires has a few new faces on its team for 2016. Returning to the brand are off-road veterans Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin, but Gustavo Vildosola, or “Tavo,” is one of the team’s newest players, while Andy McMillin also joined the team after taking a break from racing a full season in 2015.
If you weren’t aware that National Tire Safety Week then you’re not alone. Fortunately Toyo Tires is in the business of knowing all things tire safety, and so they’ve produced a new video series highlighting important safety reminders and tire tips to check out before hitting the road this holiday weekend.
Toyo Tires recently announced that it added a new size to its Open Country R/T tires with its new 31X10.50R15LT. Toyo says the new tire will have a C Load Range, and it is designed to fit wheels with width from 7- to 9-inches.
Today, Toyo Tire U.S.A Corp. formally announced that Gustavo (Tavo) Vildósola, Jr. is joining the Team Toyo Off-Road team. If you caught our BITD Henderson 250 coverage this weekend, we noted Tavo was on Toyos when he earned the overall win, but today’s news makes the partnership official.
CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. is expecting to host large crowds once again when they display at the annual SEMA Show, November 3 – 6 in Las Vegas, NV. The company brands three distinct areas within the show – a large booth inside the South Hall; a show-stopping display directly outside the South Hall and the Toyo Tires Treadpass, which serves as a walkway between the South and Central Halls. Together they feature more than 30 exceptional cars and trucks including several making their world debut. These vehicles demonstrate the broad range of products and sizes offered by Toyo Tires. Featured lines include Open Country® for light trucks, SUVs and outdoor adventure vehicles; Proxes® for the performance-minded; and the revolutionary new Celsius® variable-conditions tire.
LAKE ELSINORE, CA – Team Toyo’s Kyle LeDuc was crowned 2015 Pro 4 Class Champion this weekend in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS), making him back-to-back champ. He arrived at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, CA having already secured enough points to earn the title. Without the pressure to win the championship, LeDuc still showed his competitive spirit by qualifying first for the final Round 17 on Saturday. He ultimately finished second overall during the main event with his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 equipped with Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.
CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – The annual Toyo Tires Dakar Rally Blog is back at ToyoTires.com/Dakar with exclusive pre-race features and soon, daily coverage of the world’s most grueling, most unpredictable race. Covering nearly 3,500 miles over 13 days of competition, racers never know what Dakar will throw at them. This year, drivers will journey through Argentina and Chile between January 5 and 18.
Embracing the theme Meet the Unexpected, Toyo Tires will provide exclusive, first-hand reports from the Dakar Rally while chasing Team Toyo® racers Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin as well as accomplished French-American racer Guerlain Chicherit. Fans can also depend on the Toyo Tires Dakar Rally Blog for never-before-seen interviews, footage and photos. All three drivers will compete on race proven 37-inch Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.
“Daily posts by Toyo Tires will capture the unexpected and take race fans inside the legendary Dakar Rally,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “From pre-race interviews to real-time updates, our annual Dakar Rally blog will be loaded with content that keeps people coming back for more.”
WHITE, GEORGIA – Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing, Inc. (TNA) located in White, GA; broke ground today for a 700,000-square foot addition to its current 2,000,000-square foot tire manufacturing plant. The warehouse portion of the facility will also be expanded by 323,000-square feet in order to accommodate the increasing demand for Toyo Tires® and Nitto® brand premium light truck and passenger car tires.
Parent company, TOYO TIRE & RUBBER CO., LTD. of Osaka, Japan, is investing $371-million in the TNA expansion over the next four years. This investment will result in the creation of 650 new jobs in the State of Georgia.
The state-of-the-art TNA manufacturing facility first broke ground in 2004 and features a proprietary automated production system called A.T.O.M. (Advanced Tire Operation Module). The first tire rolled off the line in early 2006 when the company employed a staff of 81 people. It has since undergone three expansion projects, more than doubling the size of the facility and now employing a staff of more than 1,000.
Attendees will see Toyo Tires exhibits throughout the show including on the first floor of the South Hall; in the popular DUB® Live area located in the parking lot outside the South Hall; and in Toyo Tires® Treadpass™, the new passageway connecting the Central and South Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Countless booth and feature vehicles will also don Toyo tires throughout the show.
Costa 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.”