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.”
Cypress, CA – Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. and its affiliates (“Toyo”) announced today that on September 16, 2013, the United States International Trade Commission (“ITC”) voted to institute an investigation against 22 manufacturers, importers and sellers of passenger and light truck tires (collectively, the “Respondents”).
The ITC will investigate whether these Respondents infringed one or more of Toyo’s eight tire design patents.
The ITC has ordered that an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States and sale of certain passenger and light truck tires. Within 45 days after institution of the investigation, the ALJ will set a target date for completing the investigation. The ITC will make a final determination in the investigation at the earliest practicable time. Commission investigations are usually completed in 13-15 months.
CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tires announces today they will send one lucky fan on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes trip to UFC 167 in Las Vegas. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is the grand prize in the Toyo Tires “The Drive Within. What’s Yours?” sweepstakes running now through October 13 on Facebook.
The Toyo Tires Facebook page features videos of UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and others telling what drives them in and out of the OctagonTM. Fans are encouraged to share their own drive within while entering for a chance to win the exclusive UFC 167 Experience from Toyo Tires. This grand prize package includes:
SPARKS, 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.