Press Release

Sep. 22, 2008

TOYO TIRES Wins T2 Class in the Second Event of the Dakar Series Pax Rally in Portugal 2008

OSAKA, JAPAN - September 22, 2008- TOYO TIRE & RUBBER Co., LTD. (President and CEO : Kenji Nakakura) hereby announces that Toyo Tire Europe GmbH, its European tire sales subsidiary, provided its rally raid tires, OPEN COUNTRY M/T-R 235/85R16, in the second event of the Dakar Series Pax Rally in Portugal 2008, which began on September 10 and finished on September 14. Kenjiro Shinozuka (Team : TECNOSPORT ITALIA/ Vehicle : NISSAN PATROL GR) won the T2-1 class and took 15th place overall in the rally using OPEN COUNTRY M/T-R 235/85R16. (39 finishers/52 entries)

The total distance of the rally was 1,583 km (including 829 km of special stages). OPEN COUNTRY M/T-R 235/85R16 made a significant contribution to his win with its high reliability and performance while the 5-day race, which is known for the difficulty and toughness.

Tecnosport Italia Kenjiro Shinozuka
(Co-Driver: Roberto DI PRIZIO)





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