Torrance, Calif. – August 6, 2007 – The Toyota TMX Athlete Program has announced at the Air Nautiques AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships that Wil Hahn, 17, was selected to be the 2008 Toyota sponsored rider and received a ride on the Lucas Oil Star Racing Yamaha Team as well as a new Toyota Tacoma. Wil will receive a full sponsorship in addition to integral training and exposure to help him move forward to the pros.
Wil hails from Decatur, Texas and raced for 13 years before being selected as the Toyota TMX athlete for 2008. The 2008 Toyota sponsored rider was narrowed down from the “Toyota 20,” the top 20 amateur riders as selected by Toyota and evaluated at the Air Nautiques AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. Wil was selected from these top 20 riders and will receive a pro ride aboard a Lucas Oil Star Racing Yamaha, a new Toyota Tacoma, personal trainer, media training and participation in Toyota-related events among other activities.
“The pro ride with Lucas Oil Star Racing Yamaha really is the opportunity of a lifetime and I am glad to be a Toyota sponsored athlete and part of the Toyota family,” said Wil. “Winning the final Motocross A moto at Loretta’s was a great way to complete my amateur career as I move forward to the pros. Signing with Toyota and Lucas Oil Star Racing Yamaha is an awesome opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”
Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates ten manufacturing plants including one under construction. There are more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sell more than 2 million vehicles a year. Toyota directly employs over 32,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $13 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.