SANTA ANA, Calif. — Yokohama Tire Corp. and Competent Motorsport L.L.C. are reviving the Yokohama Drivers Cup USA — a series featuring Ferrari and Porsche models that has been dormant since 2007 — for the 2021 season.
The new Yokohama Drivers Cup USA, an eight-race series at several iconic U.S. race tracks featuring Porsches and Ferraris in brand-specific groups, replaces the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West, which no longer will be a series in the U.S. next year, Yokohama said.
The races will feature multiple generations of Porsche GT3 Cup Cars, GT3 RS and Cayman GT4, as well as the Ferrari F430, F458 and F488 competing against each other. Yokohama will be the title sponsor and exclusive tire provider.
Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire's vice president of marketing and product management, said, "We know this will be a competitive and action-packed series, and we're confident our Advan race tires will once again exceed the expectations of a field full of experienced and talented drivers."
Competent Motorsport President Gregory Franz, said the "unsurpassed quality" of the Yokohama Advan slicks will bring "uncompromised performance" to enhance the drivers' racing experience.
"Thank you in advance to our title partner for bringing the tires and the dedicated personnel to help our drivers and teams get the checkered flag," he said.
The series will include races at well-known venues such as Circuit of the Americas, Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway and Road America.
This is Yokohama's second racing-related announcement of the past few weeks and rounds out an expanded motorsports program the YTC is planning for 2021.
Less than a week ago, Yokohama disclosed it was partnering with Porsche Motorsport North America and the United States Auto Club (USAC) to establish the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America, a new racing series for Porsche 991 GT3 Cup and 718 Cayman Clubsport GT4 racers.
The new series, which replaces the former Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, will comprise nine race weekends in 2021, starting March 5-7 at Sonoma Raceway near San Francisco.