CHAMPCAR/CART: Rahal on switch to Firestone

CART Online (October 1) -- Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal announced after the Marlboro 500 that his team will run Firestone tires in 1998, but the move was not an overnight decision. The team will race Firestone tires on its Ford Cosworth-powered...

CART Online (October 1) -- Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal announced after the Marlboro 500 that his team will run Firestone tires in 1998, but the move was not an overnight decision. The team will race Firestone tires on its Ford Cosworth-powered Reynard Indy cars for the 1998 PPG Cup campaign.

"This is not a decision we took lightly or made hastily," team principal and driver Rahal said. "It was with a great deal of analysis and consideration, not to mention a fair amount of lost sleep, that we determined to make the move. The overwhelming current competitiveness of this series magnifies the minute advantages that arise from circumstances like the tire war. If the cost of ignoring those advantages is missing visits to victory lane, we The 58-member, Ohio-based team owned by three-time PPG Cup champion Bobby Rahal and partner David Letterman had been a Goodyear-backed operation since its inception.

"I owe a great deal personally and professionally to our friends at Goodyear for the effort they've put into our relationship and our series over the years," Rahal added. "We certainly wish them well."

"We are delighted that Team Rahal has decided to use Firestone tires for CART competition," said Bridgestone/Firestone Director of Motorsports Al Speyer. "Theirs is a very successful team with significant status in the sport, and it is a tribute to our entire program that they have selected Firestone."

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