Retail

Team Toyo Tires Drift gears up for D1GP

Posted on March 24, 2014

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. announces that the newly structured Team Toyo Tires Drift racing team will participate in the 2014 D1 Grand Prix Series (“D1GP”) (sponsored by D1 Corporation), which kicks off on March 29. The season-opening race will be held at Fuji Speedway. The team will compete in six events at five venues throughout Japan, and will aim for a second consecutive series championship.

The newly formed Team Toyo Tires Drift adds the support of Trust Corporation, and joining top driver and last year's season champion Masato Kawabata, who will race behind the wheel of the NISSAN GT-R, will be Michie Mimoto, the team's first female driver and the 2013 D1 Ladies League Series Champion. Rounding out the team of six racers are fast-rising stars Sakuma, Utsumi, Tadokoro and Tanaka. The team is revved up to establish the dominating force of Toyo Tires throughout the racing season.

A Toyo Tires booth will be set up at each racing venue, which will host talk shows featuring the racers and sell newly designed 2014 team merchandise, and also promote interaction and communication with fans via Web reports by the Toyo Girls and other exciting projects.

■Team Toyo Tires Drift 2014 Team Drivers

Masato Kawabata    2013 Series champion
Tatsuya Sakuma    2013 Series ranking 3rd place
Akinori Utsumi    2013 Series ranking 5th place
Yoshifumi Tadokoro    2013 Series ranking 18th place
Seimi Tanaka    2013 Series ranking 22nd place
Michie Mimoto    2013 D1 Ladies League champion

For further information, please visit
Team Toyo Tires Drift Official site: http://toyotires-drift.net
D1GP 2014 Official site : http://www.d1gp.co.jp

Related Topics: D1 Grand Prix Series, D1 Ladies League Series Champion, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co.

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Ron Sinclair says as of Jan. 1, 2017, there were 748 Tire Pros stores, including 84 new stores enrolled in 2016 for a net growth of 44 stores.
News

Tire Pros PLT Tire Sales Beat the Industry in 2016

The nation’s largest network of independent tire dealers increased overall passenger light truck tire unit sales in 2016 by 7.8% and same-store sales by 5.5%. With 748 stores, Tire Pros President Ron Sinclair reminds the group’s dealers, “We have power!”

News

Riccardo Cichi Leaves Pirelli After 27 Years

Pirelli Tire North America Inc. is searching for a new chief commercial officer for the NAFTA region. The company says Riccardo Cichi is leaving Pirelli effective Feb. 24 to pursue personal interests.

News

Union Official Calls Tariff Vote 'A Huge Mistake'

The leader of the United Steelworkers union says the International Trade Commission has made "a huge mistake" in not imposing tariffs on truck and bus tires from China. And based on early feedback from Modern Tire Dealer readers, tire dealers and particularly retreaders agree.

News

Two Asian Automotive Shows in One in March

Tyrexpo Asia 2017 and the inaugural edition of GarageXpo Asia will be held in conjunction with each other March 21-23, 2017, in Singapore. The events are organized by SingEx Exhibitions Pte. Ltd.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!