SANTA ANA, CA – Yokohama Tire has a new off-road racing partner: Jeepspeed®. Starting in 2021, Yokohama will be the title sponsor and exclusive tire provider in the Yokohama Tire Jeepspeed Race Series.
Jeepspeed is a class within the Best In The Desert (BITD) racing series. In 2021, Jeepspeed will be featured in all five BITD events, plus the Mint 400. Yokohama’s GEOLANDAR M/T® G003 is the spec tire. The 2021 BITD season opener kicks-off January 13-16 at the Bluewater Resort Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona.
Jeepspeed will also be part of the LEGACY Racing Association’s final race – the LEGACY Battleground – in Jean, Nevada, December 2-5.
“We’re really looking forward to our new partnership with Jeepspeed and the 2021 Yokohama Tire Jeepspeed Race Series,” said Fardad Niknam, Yokohama Tire’s senior director of product planning and product marketing. “There’s a good reason the Jeepspeed Series keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. It’s a highly competitive desert racing series that’s designed to keep the cost of racing down so more people can try it. We feel it’s an excellent fit for our GEOLANDAR® tires.”
“All of us here at Jeepspeed are super-excited to welcome Yokohama Tire to the Jeepspeed family,” said Mike Barnett, Jeepspeed’s president. “Without support from sponsors, we can’t do what we do. Yokohama is looking forward to continuing their deep history in desert racing by partnering with Jeepspeed. Our combined effort will fortify Jeepspeed as a premier series in desert racing.”
Yokohama’s extensive list of 2020 North American-based motorsports activities – both on- and off-road – also includes the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West, the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA, SCORE, Crandon International Raceway sponsorship, 24 Hours of Lemons, Subaru Motorsports USA partnership, TrophyLite, Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000 and Yokohama Sonora Rally.
About Yokohama Tire Corporation: Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global manufacturing and sales company of premium tires since 1917. Servicing an extensive sales network throughout the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation is a leader in technology and innovation. The company’s complete product line includes tires for high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, and off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s broad product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com, www.yokohamatruck.com or www.yokohamaotr.com.
About Jeepspeed: Jeepspeed, founded by Clive Skilton, and Mike and Tom Barnett in 2001, was created to offer Jeep enthusiasts affordable racing, rallying and adventure. Jeepspeed delivers the best entry-level racing on dirt and the rules are carefully written to create fierce competition, while keeping race costs to a minimum. Jeepspeed is not a spec class – you build your own Jeep race truck that fits your budget and skill level. Any model Jeep or Dodge may be used as long as it fits into the few simple rules. With an average of 20 to 30 similar race trucks on the starting line, the competition is fierce. Several top pros have launched their careers racing in the Jeepspeed series. At Jeepspeed, our mission is to bring off-road racing to anyone who wants to experience the thrill of the race! We can help you get started, or take your racing to the next level. For information about the Jeepspeed racing series go to www.jeepspeed.com.