SANTA ANA, CA. – (Aug. 17, 2021) – Yokohama Tire and veteran racer Travis Pastrana left no question who had the top ride at Sunday’s Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb presented by Yokohama Tire.
Pastrana, who drove his ADVAN® tire-shod, 862-horsepower Gymkhana 2020 Subaru WRX STI – nicknamed the “Airslayer,” — shattered his own 2017 course record with a blazing time of 5 minutes, 28.67 seconds to easily win the 7.6-mile event up Mt. Washington Auto Road in Gorham, New Hampshire.
“Travis was firing on all cylinders!” said Fardad Niknam, Yokohama Tire’s senior director of product planning & product marketing. “He absolutely crushed his old record time. The ADVAN tires worked flawlessly, helping Travis negotiate the narrow and steep road on his way to setting a new course record.”
“What a wild ride!” Pastrana said. “The team at Vermont SportsCar built the most awesome Subaru on the planet. The Airslayer was designed with the Mt. Washington record as a top priority. They pushed the limits on horsepower and downforce then widened the body for better stability. On top of the horsepower and downforce gains, the Yokohama ADVAN tires gave me a huge advantage keeping the power to the ground consistently from bottom to top.”
Yokohama is the official presenting sponsor of the hill climb, partnering with Mt. Washington Auto Road and the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, as well as Subaru of America.
Pastrana, a team Yokohama member, hails from Annapolis, Maryland and is a five-time United States Rally Champion. The record-breaking specially built 2020 Subaru WRX STI is the same car he drove in his action-packed Gymkhana video.
For more details on the Mt. Washington Hillclimb, visit mt-washington.com/climb-to-the-clouds.
Along with the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb presented by Yokohama Tire, Yokohama’s extensive list of 2021 North American-based motorsports activities – both on- and off-road – includes the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama, Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, Yokohama Drivers Cup USA, Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle USA, Nitro Rallycross, SCORE, Crandon International Raceway sponsorship, One Lap of America, 24 Hours of Lemons, Subaru Motorsports USA partnership, Yokohama NORRA Mexican 1000, Yokohama Tire Jeepspeed Race Series, TrophyLite Series, Championship Off-Road Series Partnership 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 and www.yokohamatruck.com.
Report from Bill Groak