Yokohama Off-Road Drivers Ready To Tackle KOH

The Yokohama Tire Team is heading to King of the Hammers and will compete on rugged Geolandar tires built for the most extreme terrain.
Levi Shirley is set to take on King of the Hammers in an all-new build.

Yokohama Tire off-road teams are heading to Johnson Valley, California for this year’s King of the Hammers. All Yokohama drivers will be on Geolandar off-road tires. KOH, which is the season opener for the Ultra4 National Series racing tour, combines desert racing and rock crawling, and is considered the one of the toughest off-road races in the world. Yokohama’s off-road team will compete in several categories.

Purpose-built Geolandar MT-R tires will lead the charge in the 4400 class under veteran Levi Shirley and father and son team Brian and Chayse Caprara. Other Yokohama team drivers include Bailey Cole (4600 EMC and 4400), Rick Lavezzo (4500 and 4400), Duane Garrettson (4500 EMC) and Ryan Taylor (4800 EMC). All will race on Geolandar M/T G003 tires. Over the course of the event, Yokohama will support more than 30 drivers at KOH and participate in all six of the four-wheel races.

Also, Yokohama and partner Warrior Built Foundation and are co-funding combat veteran Jay Schwab to run in the KOH Everyman Challenge 4800 Legends Class. This will be Schwab’s first time competing at KOH and Yokohama is equipping him with Geolandar MTs for his debut.

The terrain in Johnson Valley is unlike anything else on the planet.

“The King of the Hammers is a unique, extremely challenging race,” said Patricia Wall, Yokohama’s motorsports manager. “The team will definitely be up for it, as will our tough, durable Geolandar tires.”

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