Yokohama Tire Corp. is teaming up with Porsche Motorsport North America, Porsche Cars North America and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Organization for a new class in the famous Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Yokohama is the sponsor and exclusive tire supplier for The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Pikes Peak Hill Climb Trophy. The hill climb is set for June 18-24 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The new class – the first official one-make Porsche category in the 96-year history of the race – is exclusive to the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. Eight “invitation-only” entries will compete on Yokohama’s Advan A052 tires.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the tiremaker’s Advan brand, said Andrew Briggs, Yokohama’s vice president of marketing. Briggs said “it’s an honor to combine our heritage on the mountain with our ongoing support of Porsche activities in North America. We’re excited to once again be involved with Porsche in this new class at Pikes Peak.”
In addition to providing tires for the event, Yokohama will use one of the invitations to send team member and Nitro Circus founder Travis Pastrana up the mountain.
“Travis has a wealth of experience in a wide array of vehicles and venues, but this will be his first time racing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb,” Briggs said. “It’s our passion and commitment to motorsports that’s going to align Travis, our new Advan A052 street tire and an iconic make in Porsche, all competing in one of the world’s most legendary races. It’s certainly going to be fun to watch.”
Running in the Pikes Peak Challenge Time Attack Division, three variants of the mid-engine Porsche Cayman GT4 are eligible: the Clubsport, the IMSA GS class-spec Clubsport and the international GT4-specifaction Clubsport MR. The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is the race variant of the popular road-going Cayman GT4.
Porsche Motorsport North America will have race support on site for the entire week of testing, practice and qualifying and the race on June 24. Yokohama will provide tire technical support throughout the week dedicated to the Pikes Peak Challenge Time Attack Division’s Pikes Peak Cup.