By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter
Firestone has signed a multi-year agreement with INDYCAR to remain as the sole tire supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The Nashville, Tennessee-based corporation has been the sole supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2000 and has been a staple in motor racing since the very first Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
Firestone returned to Indy car racing in 1995 after a 20-year hiatus and has scored 67 wins at the Indianapolis 500, more than any tire and rubber company combined.
“For more than a century, the Firestone brand has utilized racing as the ideal stage to showcase the trusted dependability of our tires,” said Lisa Boggs, director of motorsports, Bridgestone Americas. “This partnership is integral to our marketing initiatives as it allows us to engage with fans via the unique, multi-faceted platform that the Verizon IndyCar Series provides, and we look forward to building upon the brand’s time-tested racing legacy.”
In addition to the extension, INDYCAR has made a rule change related to tire use. Teams will be allowed to use the red sidewall tires during practice in order to get a better feel of the tires for the qualifying and race session.