Yokohama Tire, Competent Motorsport and Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) are partnering on two Porsche-specific race series in 2020. Yokohama is the title partner and exclusive tire provider for the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West and Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA series, as well as the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West Invitational, which consists of a select number of special events that will take place on the east coast.
The ADVAN A005 race slick is the spec tire for all the events.
“We’re looking forward to supporting a talented field of drivers, Competent Motorsport and working with Porsche Motorsport North America again next season,” said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama Tire’s vice president of marketing and product management. “This new venture with Competent Motorsport and PMNA fits perfectly within our motorsports strategy and continues to fortify Yokohama as a key supplier for another exciting Porsche one-make series.”
Yokohama is also the sponsor and sole tire supplier for The Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama, as well as the IMSA-sanctioned Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.
“With an existing alliance in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA & Canada, the expansion of Yokohama’s presence in the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West series will be a catalyst for accelerating continuity and growth for our current one-make racing programs in North America,” said Rob Owen, one-make program manager, Porsche Motorsport North America.
The Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West features a full field of Porsche racing platforms from the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars to the newly announced Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. The series consists of multiple car classes, including: The Platinum and Platinum Masters Class (Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup), Gold Class (Porsche 991.1 GT3 Cup), Diamond Class (991.1 GT3 R and 997 GT3 R), Emerald Class (Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup MR), Silver Class (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport SRO and Clubsport Comp) and Bronze Class (Porsche GT4 Clubsport with Trophy Kit and Clubsport MR).
The Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA series features four classes consisting of Porsche 964/993 Cup cars, Porsche 3.0/3.2L G series cars, Porsche Spec 2.0L platforms, as well as an Exhibition Class for air-cooled track-prepared cars, (non-turbos) to participate in sprint races.
“We are coming around full circle with the return of Yokohama Tire as our new title partner for 2020!” said Gregory Franz, founder and president of Competent Motorsport LLC. “There is excitement for our teams and drivers to experience the performance of the Yokohama tires on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars, along with the GT3Rs and GT3MRs. Sanctioned by PMNA for 2020, we will also run the newly released Porsche, 911 RS Clubsport in the Porsche Sprint Trophy USA West Series. We will bring back our Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA Series to expand our opportunities for air-cooled drivers across the US. These are all great Porsche track platforms for Yokohama to show their tires at their best on the track. We look forward to an exciting 2020 race season with new venues and classes introduced in the coming weeks!”