Yoshihara Makes TC America Debut With Pit+Paddock Sponsorship

Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara made his TC America debut with support from industry organizations Pit+Paddock, ARP and ENEOS, the driver announced.

Yoshihara made his official race debut with the Florida-based Victor Gonzalez Racing Team (VGRT) at Sonoma Raceway on April 1. Pit+Paddock, ARP and ENEOS will serve as title sponsors for Yoshihara’s SRO campaign, while Turn 14 Distribution, PowerStop and MBRP will provide supporting sponsorship.

“I am so thankful to all of my sponsors and the Victor Gonzalez Racing Team for this opportunity. It feels good to be back in motorsport competition and driving a Civic Type R in the series is extra special as a Japanese driver,” said Yoshihara.

Yoshihara’s Pit+Paddock, ARP and ENEOS-backed homologated Type R will battle against seven TCX entrants: two teams utilizing the same Type R platform and five BMW M2 CS Cup cars, the team said.

“We are happy to be a part of Dai’s initial foray into the SRO professional road racing series with our partners as we contend for a championship,” said Daryl Sampson, publisher of Pit+Paddock. “The established team at VGRT has prepared a competitive package that will allow Dai to compete at a high level in each round.”

A.J. Hecht

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