Press Release

Mar. 15, 2023

TOYO TIRES with Ring Racing 2023 Participation in Endurance Races at Nürburgring

Hyogo, Japan – March 15, 2023 – Toyo Tire Corporation (Headquarters: Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture; President & CEO: Takashi Shimizu; hereinafter, “Toyo Tire”) announces that it will participating in the Nürburgring 24 Hours (The ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring), which will take place from May 18 to 21, 2023, and the Nürburgring Endurance Series (Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie), a year-long series competition that is to open on March 17, 2023, both races will be held in Nürburgring, Germany.



The Nürburgring 24 Hours is known as one of the world’s most demanding endurance races, while the Nürburgring Endurance Series comprises nine races with varying lengths from 4 to 12 hours and is often entered by drivers participating in the Nürburgring 24 Hours to familiarize themselves with the course or test their skills. Located in Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Nürburgring is a 25-km-long circuit featuring the Grand Prix track (approximately 5 km) and the Nordschleife (“North Loop,” approximately 20 km). The North Loop, in particular, is known for numerous challenges for drivers, including a 300m elevation change and more than 170 corners. As such, lap time*1 on the course serves as a performance indicator for vehicles and tires, with the result that many auto manufacturers and tire manufacturers view the event as an opportunity to enhance the performance of their products.

This year again, Toyo Tire is participating this prestigious race with Ring Racing, an experienced racing team that has tied up with some of the world’s leading auto manufacturers with numerous prize winners. Takayuki Kinoshita who was appointed as the PROXES Brand Ambassador this January, will join the team as one of the drivers for 2023 seasons. Toyo Tire will provide its PROXES Slicks (with special specifications for Nürburgring), a racing tire developed exclusively for TOYOTA GR Supra GT4, in a bid to win the championship in the SP10*2 class of the 2023 races.

Toyo Tire will continue feeding the data and experience gained through participation in motorsports activities back to the product development process in an effort to deliver high-quality high-performance tires.

*1 The time taken to complete a certain segment of a racing circuit
*2 GT4 category


■ Takayuki Kinoshita
A professional racing driver, Takayuki Kinoshita hasKinoshitaTakayuki achievedpodium finishes at numerous major races in Japan, including the All Japan Touring Car Championships, Super GT, and the Super Taikyu Series.
Having participated in many international races, Kinoshita was placed 5th overall – the highest among Japanese drivers – in the 2004 Nürburgring 24 Hours. He has participated in this endurance race a total of 26 times, which made him the most participated Japanese driver.
While remaining active as a racing driver, Kinoshita is also involved in a wide range of activities as a motor journalist, serving on the selection committee for Car of the Year Japan and writing as a columnist.
This January, Kinoshita was appointed as the Brand Ambassador of PROXES, TOYO TIRES flagship tire brand.



Toyo Tire Corporation
Corporate Communications Dept.
Hyogo Head office Telephone: +81-72-789-9100 Facsimile: +81-72-773-3272

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