NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 11, 2011)—Firestone will continue to serve as the sole tire supplier to the IZOD IndyCar Series through the 2013 race season, according to Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations L.L.C. and IndyCar.
Late last week the companies announced that they would allow the Firestone sponsorship and supply contract to expire at the end of the 2011 season.
“We feel that this new supply agreement will benefit everyone,” said IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard. “It provides a proven safe and reliable Firestone product for the transition to the all-new cars for 2012.”
Dennis Reinbold, team owner, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, said the team owners are collectively very relieved that Firestone had an open mind and that they were able to reach this agreement with IndyCar.
Al Speyer, executive director at Firestone Racing, said his company will continue to evaluate all options for promoting the Firestone brand inside and outside of motorsports.
Firestone has supplied tires to the IZOD IndyCar Series since 1996.
The new agreement does not include Firestone Indy Lights, the developmental series for drivers and teams striving to reach the top level of open-wheel racing in North America.
Firestone will remain as title sponsor and tire supplier of the development series through 2011.