Firestone Is Title Sponsor For Nashville Superspeedway IRL Event
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 14, 2002) - The July 20 Indy Racing League event at Nashville Superspeedway will showcase some of America's fastest racecar drivers - and the Firestone tire brand as the title sponsor for the competition.
The Firestone Indy 200 will run under a state-of-the-art lighting system at the 1.33-mile oval track near Lebanon. All cars in that race - the 10th of 15 events on the 2002 IRL schedule - will be equipped with Firestone Firehawk racing radials.
"While the Firestone Racing program has traveled around the world, visiting some of the finest motorsports facilities, we consider the new Nashville Superspeedway our 'home' track because it's so near our headquarters in Nashville and our manufacturing facilities in Lavergne and McMinnville," said Al Speyer, Executive Director of Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports. "Being the title sponsor for the July 20th Indy Racing League event at the speedway is especially important to us, since so many of our employees in middle Tennessee will be at the event, cheering as the Firestone-equipped cars race around the 200-plus miles per hour mark.
"Motorsports continues to be an important part of our business plan, providing not only increased visibility and positive exposure to consumers, but allowing our engineers to research new technologies that may find their way to our street tires," Speyer said. "It's very exciting for us to think that something we may learn at the Firestone Indy 200 race at Nashville Superspeedway might someday go into a regular street tire. We also know our employees in middle Tennessee will leave the race with more pride in how Firestone is contributing to the fastest racing at this speedway and at other tracks across America. That's certainly an important reason why we compete and why we wanted this event - at such a great facility near our home - to wear the Firestone name."
Firestone tires have been used in motorsports since 1909. Throughout the past nine decades, Firestone tires have appeared in and won virtually every top form of racing, including Indy car, NASCAR, Formula One, sports car, drag racing, sprint racing, monster truck racing and other series. In 2001 Indy Racing League competition, Firestone collected its 52nd win at the Indianapolis 500 - a record of victories greater than all other tire companies competing at Indy combined. Nashville Superspeedway single-event tickets for the 2002 season go on sale Feb. 11 at 8 a.m. by calling toll-free (866) RACE-TIX.
Nashville Superspeedway is owned and operated by Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc. The 1.33-mile "D"-shaped oval concrete track is located 30 minutes east of downtown Nashville in Wilson County. The 2002 season schedule includes two NASCAR Busch Series events April 13 and June 8 (night race), the Firestone Indy 200 July 20 (night race) and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Aug. 10 (night race). The state-of-the-art superspeedway opened in April 2001.
Nashville-based Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC 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 North America.