Yokohama-sponsored Heidi Steele named Dirt Sports' 2008 Driver of the Year

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Off-road champion Heidi Steele has made history...again.First, the Yokohama Tire Corporation-sponsored racer cemented herself in off-road history last year by being the first woman
to win two major truck championships in one season - the Best in the Desert and SCORE. Now she's been named Dirt Sports magazine's 2008 Driver of the Year, becoming the first female to win the coveted award.

"This is a truly amazing and unforgettable feeling," said Steele of San Clemente, California, who is married to off-road champion and TV commentator Cameron Steele. "To be recognized and honored with such a prestigious award among the many talented drivers in off-road racing is
truly unbelievable. I am grateful that Dirt Sports has taken more and varied factors into consideration for the Driver of the Year award, including winning two championships in one year and the challenges of competing in a more limited class.  This award gives hope and
inspiration to so many drivers that you can be recognized for your racing abilities regardless of the class you may race in."

Added Mark Chung, Yokohama Tire director, corporate strategy and planning: "Heidi is a phenomenal competitor who had an amazing year. The award is much deserved and well earned. Congratulations to her and her team. We're proud to be associated with Heidi and Cameron and look forward to more championships and awards in 2009."

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