Bridgestone Firestone Announces Promotion of Joe Barbieri to Manager of Motorsports

Nashville, Tenn. (July 21, 2004) - Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT), announced today that Joe Barbieri has been promoted to the position of manager of motorsports. Barbieri, previously a project supervisor in the BFNT motorsports department, assumes his new responsibilities immediately.

Barbieri is a native of Akron, Ohio, and began his career with the company in 1972. He has been involved in the Bridgestone Motorsport and Firestone Racing programs since 1987 and has served as a project supervisor since 1994. With his promotion, Barbieri will take on additional responsibilities related to budgeting for the department, as well as coordination of contracts with race teams, leagues and venues.

"It's impossible for me to express how valuable Joe has been to our motorsports program over the last 17 years," said Al Speyer, executive director of motorsports for BFNT. "Without him, our programs certainly wouldn't have been as successful as they have been over the last decade. I have no doubt that he'll approach his new responsibilities with the same dedication and passion he's always shown."

Bridgestone is the official tire and presenting sponsor of Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Firestone is the official tire of the Indy Racing League and the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. BFNT develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and private and associate brand tires. The company is focused on wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off-road, agricultural and other tires to its customers in North America.