Yokohama and Subarua to take on One Lap of America contest

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This year One Lap of America, a cross-country drive over the USA, will feature two teams sponsored by Yokohama. Travis Pastrana and Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams are being provided with a pair of WRX STI Type RA vehicles by Subaru Motorsports USA, for a head-to-head showdown at the event, which runs on May 4-11.

Nitro Circus ringleader Travis Pastrana and fellow Nitro Circus member Bilko Williams, both Team Yokohama members and the winners of last year’s Stock Touring division in a Subaru WRX STI, are back again – with a twist. This time, instead of being teammates, Pastrana and Williams are taking each other on in the eight-day, 3,379-mile race.

“Travis and Bilko are both super competitors so I’m sure they’ll put on a show in this classic race,” said Fardad Niknam, Yokohama’s senior director of consumer product planning and product marketing. “They’ll be on the new Advan A052 tires for One Lap 2019, so it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.”

William Stokes, motorsport manager for Subaru of America, said, “The WRX STI Type RA was designed to be track-ready without sacrificing comfort for the street. With One Lap demanding both serious track performance and long-distance highway driving, Travis and Bilko will definitely be putting their cars to the test.”

“Last year’s One Lap event was a blast,” Pastrana added. “Bilko and I got a chance to experience the event and push the Subaru WRX STI and Yokohama tires to the limits. We decided at the end of last year’s event that we had to do it again, but on different teams. This year is going to be even better.”

Pastrana’s co-driver will be author and former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell. “I’m going with the ‘Lone Survivor,’. He’s mentally tough and has experience behind the wheel,” Pastrana said.

Williams is driving with his friend, Nitro Circus athlete and X Games gold medalist Josh ‘Sheeny’ Sheehan. “Last year was such an awesome time. I had a blast battling with the competition and also the ongoing rivalry with Travis,” quipped Williams. “I can’t thank Yokohama, Nitro Circus and Subaru Motorsports USA enough for the support, and the crew from One Lap for putting on such a rad event.”

One Lap of America started in the early 1970s when auto journalist Brock Yates created the now infamous Cannonball Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash – a flat out, no-holds-barred race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California. In 1992, Yates configured the Cannonball One Lap of America into the format it uses today: nearly 24 hours a day of driving with competitions taking place as time trials on race tracks throughout the country.

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