TOPEKA, Kan. (April 17, 2007) – SCCA Pro Racing Ltd. and Kumho Tires announced today a multi-year agreement that makes Kumho the Official Tire of the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup through the 2008 season.
Beginning with the Grand Prix of Houston, April 20-22, each MX-5 Cup car will be outfitted with Kumho’s Victoracer V700 DOT-approved racing tire.
“We’re excited to begin this new relationship with Kumho Tires,” SCCA Pro Racing President Robert Wildberger said. “Kumho has a rich history in SCCA Club Racing competition and an excellent relationship with Mazda. We look forward to having them on board as a long-term partner in this exciting, growing series.”
“Grassroots motorsports are important to us because they provide an opportunity to prove our products on the track,” Kumho Tire U.S.A. Motorsports Manager Rudy Consolacion said. “But motorsports are also about enthusiasm and emotion, and all of us at Kumho are passionate about motorsports. We’ve got great relationships with Mazda and SCCA because they share that same passion. We welcome this opportunity to get involved with the MX-5 Cup series because it provides an opportunity for grassroots racers to pursue their passion and prove themselves on the track.”
With the announcement, SCCA Pro Racing unveiled the new series logo.
The 2007 SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup features eight rounds at some of North America’s top road racing venues, including the Grand Prix of Houston, Road Atlanta, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Portland International Raceway, the Grand Prix of Cleveland, Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres and Miller Motorsports Park.
Established in 1960, Kumho Tire Co., Inc., of Seoul, South Korea, had 2006 sales of $2 billion. Kumho manufactures and distributes a complete line of tires for passenger cars, light trucks and heavy-duty trucks. Kumho has manufacturing facilities in Korea and China and operates technical centers in Birmingham, England, and Akron, Ohio. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Kumho Tire U.S.A. is the U.S. distribution arm of Kumho Tire Co. In addition to its 830,000 square foot headquarters and central distribution facility in Rancho Cucamonga, the company operates four additional distribution facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus and Dallas. For more information, visit the Kumho Web site at www.kumhotire.com.
SCCA Pro Racing
A wholly owned subsidiary of Sports Car Club of America, Inc., SCCA Pro Racing is a leading sanctioning body for motorsports events in the United States. A member of the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS), SCCA Pro Racing owns, operates and sanctions the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships and the SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup, as well as provides sanctioning and various operational services for other series, including the Formula Russell Championship Presented by Yokohama and F2000 Championship Series. For more information, please visit www.sccapro.com.