Yokohama Tire Preview: Long Beach
It’ll be quite a weekend in Long Beach, California for Yokohama Tire Corporation’s motorsports program. Its tires will be on race vehicles ranging from sports cars to drift cars to off-road stadium trucks. The excitement runs April 19 to 21 on the streets of downtown Long Beach.
The on-track action starts Friday, April 19, with the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), where the Team West Alex Job Racing Ferrari 458 will compete on ADVAN A005 tires in the GT Class. Yokohama’s orange oil-infused racing slick, the ADVAN ENV-R2, will also be on all of the Porsches 911 GT3 Cup cars competing in the GTC Class.
Additionally on Friday are drift demonstrations from select Formula Drift teams, hot off of their season opener last week. YTC is a tire supplier for a number of Formula D teams, which use ADVAN Neova AD08 and S.drive tires. Saturday is racer’s heaven with two hours of drifting demonstrations, as well as a two-hour ALMS race.
On Sunday, it’s the California debut of the Stadium Super Truck (SST) series. Yokohama is competing in the inaugural season, featuring GEOLANDAR tires in off-road stadium style racing.
“The activities Yokohama’s motorsports program covers are a wide spectrum, and this is a rare weekend where they all happen in one place,” said Duane Sampson, YTC manager, motorsports. “It shows the versatility of our tires, the breadth of our racing activities and that Yokohama is truly a full-line supplier.”