Toyo renews NASA partnership
Toyo Tire U.S.A. has announced it will continue as the official tyre of NASA. For those scratching their heads at this point, the NASA Toyo is connected to is the National Auto Sport Association rather than the space agency; continuing a relationship that began in 2002 when the Proxes Ra1 was first chosen as the spec tyre for select racing classes, Toyo has renewed its agreement with NASA through 2015. In addition, Toyo Tires returns as the title sponsor of the NASA Championships.
Toyo will also reportedly increase the payouts in its NASA contingency programme, which it says has long been considered “one of the most lucrative in amateur road racing.” Drivers in thirteen different spec classes as well as time trial and non-Toyo spec classes are eligible to earn ‘Toyo Bucks’ when they win on Toyo tyres.
“We are delighted to renew our partnership with Toyo Tires for several more years. They have been an incredible partner for more than a decade and we have found their product to be a perfect fit for many of our most popular classes,” said NASA national chairman Ryan Flaherty. “We have worked very hard to offer the most lucrative contingency programme available to grassroots racers and with more than two million dollars up for grabs, Toyo Tires proves they are 100 per cent committed to NASA racers.”
“Toyo Tires is proud to support NASA and the amateur racers who put their cars through the paces every weekend,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. “NASA provides a great platform which offers everything from high performance driving events, to time trial and wheel-to-wheel competition with a wide variety of car classes. With our extensive tyre line-up, we have the products to match.”