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 for both race and programming schedules.  Check out more information on Kyle LeDuc in the Team Toyo section of


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.”

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA — Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces their new Get Lucky with Toyo Tires® Sweepstakes is running now through March 17, 2012 at  Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, fans of the company’s Facebook page have the chance to enter and win fun prizes.

One lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a Robby Gordon TRAXXAS “SLASH” series R/C truck.  This bright orange 1/10th scale replica of Gordon’s short course off-road race truck features SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires graphics. It is supplied Ready-To-Race® and can reach speeds in excess of 30-mph.

Two First Place winners will each receive their own copy of the new UFC® Undisputed® 3 video game.  Five winners will receive Anthony “Showtime” Pettis t-shirts by FORM Athletics and 10 winners will each receive a set of Toyo Tires beverage ‘koozies’ to wrap around their favorite drink.

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CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announced today that Pro2 Unlimited class driver Rodrigo Ampudia, has joined Team Toyo Off-Road for the 2012 race season.  Competing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Ampudia will pilot his 900-horsepower #36 Papas and Beer / Lucas Oil / Toyo Tires® Ford Raptor on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires. The high-energy Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series draws huge crowds and is broadcast on television through major networks and cable.

Ampudia, now a resident of San Diego, California; has many accomplishments to his name.  During his 2006 rookie season in short course off-road racing, Ampudia was the first international driver to win a Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) series race.  He also won the CORR World Championship race in Crandon, Wisconsin during that same year.  Ampudia then capped it off by winning the 2006 CORR Series Pro-Lite™ class championship.  When he made the transition to Pro 2 class trucks, he qualified first in his rookie year.

CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announced today Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg and Jeremy McGrath will both compete in the Pro2 Unlimited class of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.   This action-packed short-course off-road racing series features large fields of entrants in high-horsepower machines, all fighting for the top spot on the podium.  Both drivers are members of the powerful Stronghold Motorsports off-road racing team.

Last year seven-time AMA Supercross Champion, Jeremy McGrath, captured his first win in Pro 2 Unlimited in front of a packed stadium at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  He also captured six podium finishes, one being third overall in the big money finale, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, Pro 2 vs. Pro 4.  With his 2011 successes, look for McGrath to be a strong contender for the Pro 2 Unlimited championship in 2012 with his 900-horsepower #2 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Ford F-150.

Joining McGrath and Team Toyo Off-Road is Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg with his Toyo Tires / Stronghold Motorsports Ford F-150.  The hard-charging Stenberg is a 10-time X-Games medalist in Freestyle Moto-X and won the 2010 SuperLite truck class championship in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series.

“I’m pumped to be joining my teammate Jeremy McGrath on Team Toyo.  Toyo Tires has established itself as a leader in short course off road racing with the Open Country M/T race tire,” said Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg.  “My Stronghold Motorsports Pro2 is dialed in and with my Toyo Tires putting that horsepower to the ground we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

“We are excited to have both Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg and Jeremy McGrath as members of Team Toyo Off-Road in 2012,” said Amy Coleman, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “Both are highly competitive and have a huge base of fans.  They will both be great representatives of our Toyo Tires philosophy… Driven to Perform.”

The 16-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series begins March 31, 2012 at Firebird Raceway in Chandler, Arizona.  Races will be broadcast on CBS Sports, NBC Sports Network, SPEED Channel and MavTV.  Log on to for both race and programming schedules.