Nitto Tire Becomes Official Partner of TORC (The Off-Road Championship)

Nitto Tire signs on as the Official Series Partner of TORC (The Off-Road Championship), the nation's premier short-course, off-road racing series, for the 7-race 2014 season.

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Cypress, Calif., April 2, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., a leading manufacturer of off-road and street performance tires, announced today its partnership with TORC (The Off-Road Championship) for the 2014 season. As a major series sponsor of the series, the Nitto team will sponsor Short Course World Champion Ross Hoek, pilot of the #10 2014 Toyota Tundra Race Truck, in his 2014 Pro 4x4 (Pro4) Championship campaign providing both technical support and the specialized Nitto Grappler Tire's.

TORC kicks off its 2014 season on April 5-6 at the Primm Valley Off-Road Raceway located just miles outside of Las Vegas, NV. Broken down into three classes of PRO Trucks -- Pro Light, Pro 2WD (Pro2), and Pro 4X4 (Pro4) -- TORC promises high-octane off-road excitement. 

Competing in the Elite Pro4 class, Nitto team driver Ross Hoek's 2014 Toyota Tundra is powered by an unrestricted V-8 making over 850 HP and just under 600 FT/LB of torque.  Putting all of that power to the ground is an extreme test of man, machine and tires during race day.  Nitto debuts its first ever 35x12.50R17 Nitto Grappler S/C, composed of a durable racing compound and designed to resist extreme conditions found in off-road racing competition.

For the 2014 season, TORC will be broadcast by NBC Sports alongside NASCAR, Formula 1 and IndyCar. In addition to the race broadcasts, NBC Sports will bring fans behind the scenes and provide them with a look at the world of TORC through a docu-reality TV series chronicling the stories of the off-road racing teams and the drivers getting behind the wheel and putting it all on the line.

For more information about The Off-Road Championship, visit www.torcseries.com. To learn more about Nitto-sponsored driver, Ross Hoek, check out www.nittoracing.com. Join Nitto Tire on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NittoTire and on Twitter at @NittoTire.

About Nitto Tire

Nitto Tire (www.nittotire.com) develops performance tires for all uses, including racing, off-road and street. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing and testing facilities in both Japan and the United States, Nitto provides innovative and high-quality performance tires for the most demanding automotive enthusiasts. For more information about Nitto or its products, visit the company's web site or contact the company directly.  Nitto is a registered trademark of Nitto Tire U.S.A. Inc., located at 5665 Plaza Drive, Ste. 250, Cypress, CA 90630.

Jon Barrett
Kahn Media