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Firestone to switch Cooper as tire provider for Indy Lights

Firestone to switch Cooper as tire provider for Indy Lights

As a part of the opening of Firestone’s Superior Tire Manufacturing Heart (ATPC) in Akron, OH., IndyCar and Firestone officers introduced plans for Firestone to develop into the only real tire provider for Indy Lights starting in 2023.

This sees the corporate exchange Cooper Tires, who turned the collection provider in 2014, after Andersen Promotions took on the position of promoter and introduced the collection according to the opposite steps on the Street To Indy ladder, specifically, USF2000 and Indy Professional 2000 (previously Star Mazda after which Professional Mazda).

Nevertheless, IndyCar took over the operating of Indy Lights as soon as the 2021 season ended, with improved integration between the 2 collection in advertising and marketing, digital belongings and race officiating. Lower than 9 months on, IndyCar’s long-term associate Firestone has dedicated to supplying the feeder collection – a case of reunification, since Bridgestone manufacturers Firestone and Dayton provided tires for Indy Lights from 1991 to 2013.

“Firestone continues to be an outstanding associate,” mentioned IndyCar president Jay Frye. “We’re proud to see that our relationship is increasing into supplying tires for each of our collection.

“Their consideration to element, security and efficiency is unmatched. Supplying their world-class product to the NTT IndyCar Sequence and Indy Lights displays Firestone’s dedication to IndyCar’s current and future.”

Lisa Boggs, director of motorsports at Bridgestone Americas added: “We look ahead to increasing our partnership with IndyCar to provide tires for Indy Lights beginning in 2023. “We all know the significance this collection has for know-how development and driver improvement and are proud to be part of the journey.”

“We wish to thank Cooper Tires, who has been a associate with Indy Lights since 2014,” mentioned collection director Levi Jones. “Their help whereas IndyCar assumed operational management was essential to our success.

“With Firestone, we can’t wait to start this new period, which is able to align your entire IndyCar paddock and assist our rising stars attain their objective of competing within the NTT IndyCar Sequence.”

The subsequent spherical of the Lights collection can be held on Sunday, July 3, at Mid-Ohio simply earlier than the ninth spherical of the IndyCar Sequence.

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