Team Honda Research Wins 2007 NASA Western Endurance Racing Championship on Toyo Tires
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December 6, 2007

Team Honda Research - West Wins 2007 NASA Western Endurance Racing Series Championship on Toyo® Proxes® RA1" R-Compound Tires

WILLOWS, CALIFORNA - Team Honda Research - West, piloting their Acura RSX Type-S racecars, won the 2007 NASA (National Auto Sport Association) Western Endurance Racing Series Championship while competing on Toyo® Proxes® RA1" D.O.T. approved, R-compound tires. The team finished second in class by less than three seconds during last weekend's grueling 12 Hour endurance race at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California, while accruing enough points to secure their 2007 championship.

Toyo Tires" is a proud sponsor of this team, which has netted numerous podium finishes throughout the year including two 1st place, three 2nd place and one 3rd place finish. Team drivers include Matt Staal, Sam Poznanovich, R.J. Martinez, Rich Hays, and Sage Marie, while the team's crew chief is David Kirsch.

We congratulate Team Honda Research - West for winning the Western Endurance Racing Championship in the super competitive NASA road racing series, said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation. Winning in this endurance racing series is a testament to the consistency and performance of our Proxes RA1 R-compound tire.

Based at Honda's U.S. headquarters in Torrance, California, Team Honda Research - West (THR-W) is the officially sanctioned sports car road racing team run entirely by Honda associates with a passion for cars and racing. Falling under the umbrella of Honda R&D America's, Inc., it is primarily comprised of Honda R&D associates involved with new vehicle development for the North American market.

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