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Not long ago, Toyo Tires brought a new off-road tire to the market in the all-new Open Country R/T. We’ve had a chance to put the tire to the test ourselves and came away impressed (check out the review link below). As Toyo notes, the tire is designed for off-road performance blended with on-road comfort. The R/T is essentially made to be more in line with a mud-terrain in terms of off-road performance but more like an all-terrain in terms of being quieter and smoother on the highway than a mud tire.

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Toyo Tires will launch its all-new Open Country R/T in the first part of September 2014. It will be the first Toyo tire fully made in North America at its plant in Georgia.

Toyo Tires pulled the cover off its new off-road tire recently – but only a little bit. Off-Road.com was recently invited to get an early look at its newest off-road tire, the Open Country R/T, which won’t be available in dealers until September of this year.

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tires® is proud to announce it is the official tire of SPEED® Energy Formula Off-Road in 2014.  As a result, all Stadium Super Trucks (SST) running in the series will compete on Toyo® Open Country® A/T II tires. Toyo Open Country tires are known for their traction, durability, and uniformity.  These qualities provide racers with sure footing for maximum performance, while the introduction of a spec tire further evens the competitive field.

The series was founded by former NASCAR® and IndyCar® driver Robby Gordon, who is also an off-road champion and long-time Team Toyo® driver.  The 600-plus horsepower SST trucks tackle a serpentine race course with ramp jumps that can launch them 20 feet in the air.  Speeds can reach as high as 130-mph, making for a true spectacle to excite the fans.

THUMB-BJ-Baldwin-SCORE-Baja-1000-11-19-13CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Toyo Tires and Team Toyo racer BJ Baldwin scored their second consecutive Baja 1000 victory and second consecutive SCORE Overall Point Championship this weekend at the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.  Baldwin “iron-manned” the race, driving the entire 883.1-mile course on his own.  His Monster Energy / Toyo Tires Chevy Silverado trophy truck was equipped with Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.

Both starting and finishing in the port city of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico; this year’s winding course was highly technical with 251 competitors dealing with massive fields of rocks and continuous obstacles.  Baldwin finished first for the four-wheel vehicles with a time of 18:36:10.

“This year’s Baja 1000 was the most difficult race I’ve ever done.  Mentally and physically it was just a brutal race especially since I drove the entire race myself. Most teams have two or three drivers,” said Baldwin.  “All of the other teams had at least one flat and most had several flats. Thanks to our Toyo’s we didn’t get any flats which helped us conserve our energy. We didn’t have to get out of the truck to change tires. We couldn’t have won this race without our high performance Toyo Open Country M/Ts.”

Toyo-Tires-Logo-5-16-11CYPRESS, CA – Toyo Tires will present an adrenaline-pumping driving demonstration November 6, with Team Toyo stars Robby Gordon, BJ Baldwin, Kyle LeDuc and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg.   The event will take place during the 2013 SEMA Show in front of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall.  The action will begin at 5pm when the 600-horsepower Stadium SUPER Trucks start their engines and take off on Toyo Open Country tires.

Spectators will see the talents of two desert racing champions, Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin.  In addition, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series 2012 Pro 4 Unlimited class champion Kyle LeDuc; and X-Games Gold Medalist and Pro 2 Unlimited short course driver Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg will also demonstrate why they are the best in their sport.  Each driver will take multiple runs on the course.

Once the action settles, fans will have a chance to meet the celebrity drivers, get autographs and take photos.  Toyo models will also be on hand passing out Team Toyo posters and signing autographs.

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-5-16-11Cypress, 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.

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.

Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11Sunday is often the day when the action really unfolds here in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, presented by GEICO, and today, that was certainly true. Here at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV, just east of Reno, the skies were clearing after a couple of days of substantially smoky skies thanks to nearby wildfires, and the passionate local fans again packed the stands to watch a festival of horsepower.

Points battles are really heating up in all the classes, and while some of the frontrunners found continued good fortune this weekend, others hit major pitfalls, and had to fight hard to make up lost ground.