Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11CYPRESS, 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:

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.

Kyle-LeDuc-Lucas-Oil-Off-Road-7-30-13San Bernardino, CA – Defending Pro 4 Unlimited Class Champion, Kyle LeDuc, won Round 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA.  LeDuc’s 900+ horsepower #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 relies on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires for grip.  He posted a best lap time of 46.726-seconds around the undulating .8-mile short course race track which is constructed on the side of a mountain.

LeDuc defeated a field of 10-trucks to capture the top spot on the podium.  This is LeDuc’s fourth trip to the podium this year, as he captured three second-place finishes so far this season.

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.”

SANTIAGO, CHILE – Toyo Tires racers captured six stage wins and a total of 13 podiums during the running of the 2013 Dakar which completed its final stage this past weekend.  Running from Lima, Peru to Santiago, Chile, the roughly 5,000-mile 14-stage rally wound its way south along the Pacific Coast, while sweeping inland through parts of Argentina.  Competitors were challenged with extreme off-highway conditions which included huge sand dunes, rock strewn desert roads, deep river crossings and treks through high mountains.

In addition to Team Toyo’s Robby Gordon, two past Dakar champions Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Attiyah also took on the Dakar using Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.  Immediately, Sainz captured Stage 1 with his American-built #303 Team Qatar Red Bull buggy.  Al-Attiyah then responded by winning Stages 3, 4 and 6 with his #300 Team Qatar Red Bull buggy.

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Team Toyo’s Robby Gordon clinched the Class 1500 Championship and was crowned  2012 Grand Champion in the Best In The Desert off-road series during the Transwest Ford Henderson 250 this past weekend in Jean, Nevada.  Gordon’s #1537 SPEED Energy/RPM Offroad/Toyo Tires/4 Wheel Parts ‘truggy’ was dominant the entire season, thanks in part to his Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

In February, Gordon won the Bluewater Resort & Casino Parker 425 overall.  In March, he won overall in the Mint 400.  In May, Gordon won his class and placed third overall at the Canidae Tap It Silver State 300.  During the Vegas to Reno race in August, Gordon placed second overall.  The series then returned to Parker, Arizona in October where Gordon swept the entire weekend of the BlueWater Desert Challenge.

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.

SURPRISE, ARIZONA – Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires have been an unstoppable force this year in the Pro 4 Unlimited class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.  LeDuc battled 10 other competitors in searing 100-degree temperatures to sweep Rounds 5 and 6 this past weekend at the Speedworld Off-Road Park in Surprise, Arizona.  This makes for a perfect ‘six race wins in a row’ and a commanding lead in the 2012 Pro 4 Unlimited class championship.

The six turn dirt track offered a mix of low-and-high speed turns an unrelenting series of suspension-pounding bumps and large jumps.  Beginning on Friday, LeDuc and his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford truck were the fastest in qualifying.  He further proved his dominance on Sunday by recording a best lap time which was three seconds quicker than the second place finisher.  Kyle LeDuc relies on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires to help deliver his awesome race winning performance.

“Our #99 team has been undefeated in 2012,” said Kyle LeDuc.  “We do that by attacking the dirt, and we only do that on Toyo tires.”

“We congratulate Kyle LeDuc on his third consecutive sweep in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series this year,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “We are proud that our Open Country M/T-R tires are a part of his winning package… continuing a perfect win streak for the 2012 season.”

The 16-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be broadcast on CBS Sports, NBC Sports Network, SPEED Channel and MavTV.  Log on to www.lucasoiloffroad.com for both race and programming schedules.  Check out more information on Kyle LeDuc in the Team Toyo section of www.toyotires.com.

 

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.

JEAN, NEVADA – Robby Gordon proved dominant once again in the 2012 Best In The Desert racing series, winning his second consecutive race this past weekend, the Mint 400.  Gordon piloted the SPEED Energy/ RPM Offroad / Toyo Tires® open wheel Class 1500 buggy to a margin of victory of more than three minutes over the second place finisher, finishing the course in a time of 6:05:54.  Gordon relied on 39×13.50R17 Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires for the overall victory.

The Mint 400 consisted of four grueling laps in the Nevada deserts, with terrain varying from dry lakes with high speeds, to dust-choking silt beds to jagged rocks.

“I can’t say enough about how good my tires were this weekend at the Mint 400,” said Gordon.  “We qualified second.  I knew there were a couple of areas where we had to be careful because there were some big rocks that could have damaged a tire, but we didn’t… we qualified second and that basically set the stage to put us in a position to win the race itself.”
“With regards to the race itself, I basically paced Rob MacCachren most of the race.  When they were pulled over changing a flat tire, we drove on by,” continued Gordon.  “This win is another testament to how good Toyo tires are and how strong the RPM Offroad team is.  It’s a pleasure to be driving both on Toyos and for RPM.”

“Robby Gordon is a true desert racing champion, and we are glad Toyo Tires was a part of his overall win of the Mint 400 off-road race,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “We congratulate Robby and the entire RPM Offroad race team for their great victory this weekend.”