Mader Named Manager of Race Tire Development For Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 7, 2002) - Page Mader has been named Manager of Race Tire Development for Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, replacing Richard (Dick) Davis, who retired following 35 years of service. Formerly a senior project engineer with the company's racing program, Mader assumed his new responsibilities Jan. 1, 2002.
Mader started work with the former Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1972 after graduating from Toledo University with a degree in mathematics. Following work in the technical services department and replacement tire engineering, he moved to race tire development in 1979.
When Bridgestone Corporation purchased the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1988 and then consolidated operations in the United States two years later as Bridgestone/Firestone, Mader continued working on the company's various motorsports efforts. His racing activities have included NASCAR, sprint cars, drag cars, several IMSA series and the Indy Lights program.
Since 1995 he has been involved with the company's participation in the Indianapolis 500 and other Indy Racing League events, and the Championship Auto Racing Teams series. During this time, Firestone-equipped drivers have earned six consecutive CART championships and won the Indianapolis 500 four times.
"Much of our success on the race track can be attributed to the hard work and talent of Page Mader and the race tire development group," said Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Executive Director Al Speyer. "His engineering skills, combined with a thorough knowledge of motorsports and a love of competition, put him in good stead to oversee our race tire development program. He's well respected in the motorsports community, with many drivers, team owners and sanctioning body officials routinely consulting him about tires. We're confident he will make our racing program stronger, and we're pleased he has taken on this new assignment." Mario Andretti, a former world driving champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, echoed those sentiments.
"I can't think of anybody better suited to lead the Bridgestone/Firestone race tire development program," Andretti said. "I've known Page for many years, and have always been impressed by his attention to detail, his knowledge of this sport and his concern for giving drivers the safest and most reliable tires. I'm certain the racing community will see this as great news for the quality of future competitions. With Page directing the development efforts, racecar drivers will see even more impressive tires from Bridgestone/Firestone. I congratulate the company on this great choice, and wish Page the best as he takes on his new work."
Mader will oversee all facets of the race tire development program, including design of tires for the Indianapolis 500 and other IRL competitions, tires for CART events, and tires for the new Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series. His team of engineers, chemists, technicians and support personnel will design tires for more than 40 major open-wheel racing events on ovals, superspeedways, road and street courses in the United States and abroad in 2002.
"I'm excited about the new opportunities and challenges," Mader said. "Fortunately, I'm working with some of the world's best engineers and chemists, all dedicated to putting the world's finest race tire out on the track, event after event. We'll continue to look for improvements in consistency, durability and grip in our tires, listening to teams and drivers about what they want and expect. The men and women who drive these racecars aren't just customers, they're our friends, and we want them to have the best tires. That's my goal."
Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT) is a subsidiary of Bridgestone/Firestone 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 associate and private 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 the Americas.