ROME, Ga. (March 17, 2019) – Pirelli Tire North America and Kyle Wyman emerged victorious on Saturday in a nail biter finish at the 78th Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Due to an incident on Lap 53 resulting in a red flag, the 200-mile endurance race evolved into a four-lap shootout and Wyman proved to be unstoppable on his N2 Racing / KWR Yamaha equipped with Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike slicks. A move by Wyman coming out of the chicane on Lap 57 allowed him to take control as he raced to the checkered flag.
“What an incredible way to finish and win the Daytona 200,” said Kyle Wyman. “The Pirelli DIABLO™ Superbike slicks were extremely predictable for me all weekend, which really gave me the confidence I needed. With the feeling that I had, I knew I could consistently turn low lap times the entire race.”
A Daytona compound was offered to all Pirelli riders competing in the event and was used on the rear tire of Wyman’s Yamaha YZF-R6 in 200/60-17 sizing, while a 120/70-17 DIABLO™ Superbike SC1 was chosen for the front. Wyman opted to run the same tires in qualifying and racing and was just .02 off of the qualifying record time.
“It’s great a great feeling to have Pirelli back in the winners circle here at Daytona,” said Oscar Solis, road racing manager, Pirelli. “Kyle Wyman rode phenomenal all weekend and his results show off the hard work and development behind the Pirelli product. We learned some great lessons from the race and are going to keep working hard to stay on the sharp edge of Daytona.”
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Pirelli was founded in Milan in 1872 and today stands as a global brand known for its cutting edge technology, high-end production excellence and passion for innovation that draws heavily on its Italian roots. With around 30,000 employees, Pirelli is a major player in the tire industry and the only global player focused solely on the Consumer tire market, which includes tires for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. Pirelli is now concentrating on High Value tire markets, delivering innovative tires and developing Specialties and Super Specialties for its comprehensive product portfolio. Pirelli has a long link with motorsport and it sustains its technological excellence by bringing innovations developed within the motorsport arena into its consumer products. The company currently supports over 460 car and motorcycle sport events and has been the exclusive tire supplier to the Formula One™ World Championship since 2011. Such a strong presence in motorsport enables Pirelli to transfer a series of avant-garde solutions to its day-to-day operations providing the final consumer with the maximum levels of performance and safety.
Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services North America through its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico and its New York City, Montreal and Mexico City sales and marketing offices. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications (US, CA, MX) and Agro/Heavy Truck platforms (MX).