RICHMOND, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2003) — Toyo tires have been selected as the official tire of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA).
As part of the Toyo Tire (USA) Corp.-NASA relationship, the Toyo Proxes RA-1 will be the spec tire for American Iron, Spec Miata Challenge, Honda Challenge, the United States Touring Car Challenge and the Camaro-Mustang Challenge. The Cypress, Calif.-based tire maker—a subsidiary of Japan's Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd.—also will be involved with the NASA's Hyperfest lifestyle events as a Spec Miata race sponsor and be the spec tire for other NASA racing classes.
The RA-1's “long life and consistent excellent performance make it a perfect tire for NASA racers and HPDE drivers,” according to the NASA.
The organization said Toyo has been a long-time supporter of NASA's programs and the latest announcement “reflects the strengthening of the relationship for 2003. A tremendous number of NASA members have already made Toyo their brand of choice and the brand has been extremely popular in NASA chapters nationwide.”
“This is a great honor for us,” said Jerry Kunzman NASA executive director, “I have been very grateful for Toyo's support over the years and I am happy that we have been able to put together such a comprehensive package for our members.”