Yokohama Tire Corporation is expanding its factory support to three teams for the upcoming 2013 Formula Drift season. New to the roster are GSR Autosport's BMW E46 at the hands of Michael Essa and GTNET's Tomei Powered Subaru BRZ piloted by Toshiki Yoshioka. Pat Morduant will be returning as the driver for the Apexi-I Lexus SC430. It will be Yokohama's second consecutive year as a tire supplier for the Formula D series.
GSR Autosport has previously teamed up with Yokohama on other road-racing programs. It's no different in the drifting world. GSR Autosports believes that it's imperative to partner with what it believes to be the best tire maker in the business to counter the rise in drifting competition.
Driver Yoshioka is a force to be reckoned with as he partners with Yokohama. Not only has he participated in Formula Drift, but he's also a veteran of Japan's D1 Grand Prix series. The multi-talented wheel man will also be competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The three teams will be running on ADVAN Neova AD08 and S. Drive tires. Formula Drift is a seven-event series, which starts at the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 12-13. Keep your eyes peeled for these talented drifters and the Yokohamas they'll be smoking up.