CHAMPCAR/CART: Firestone and Pioneer to sponsor inaugural Texas race

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 1, 2001) - Texas Motor Speedway today announced Bridgestone/Firestone and Pioneer Corporation will sponsor the April 29 CART FedEx Championship event at Texas Motor Speedway, the Firestone Firehawk 600, presented by ...

FORT WORTH-DALLAS (April 1, 2001) - Texas Motor Speedway today announced Bridgestone/Firestone and Pioneer Corporation will sponsor the April 29 CART FedEx Championship event at Texas Motor Speedway, the Firestone Firehawk 600, presented by Pioneer.

"This event will be one of the most highly watched CART races of the season," said speedway general manager Eddie Gossage. "Both Firestone and Pioneer have been involved in motorsports for a number of years and we're glad to have them as race sponsors at Texas Motor Speedway. It's going to be a great event."

Firestone tires made their first racing appearance at the speedway in 1997 as part of the Indy Racing Northern Light Series. The Firestone Firehawk 600, presented by Pioneer, will be one of two CART events sponsored by Firestone in 2001.

"This sponsorship connects us with a world-class racing facility and a great competition where our tires will be an integral part of the excitement. Every car in that race will be on Firestone racing tires," said Bridgestone/Firestone director of motorsports Al Speyer. "We're sure this strong presence at Texas Motor Speedway will support sales and generate additional enthusiasm. It's going to be very rewarding to see Firestone have such a commanding presence at what we're sure will be a great race."

Presenting sponsor, Pioneer Corporation, has a 25-year history as a sponsor in motorsports and is entering its third year as a team sponsor in the CART series.

"With the addition of the Firestone Firehawk 600 to the CART series for 2001, race fans will see 600 kilometers of pure racing entertainment," said Ed Sachs, Pioneer executive vice president of car electronics. "The beginning of a new race allows for the beginning of new traditions, and Pioneer is proud to be presenting sponsor at this exciting new venue. We will make every effort to make the Firehawk 600 one of the most entertaining and memorable events of the season."

Tickets for the Firestone Firehawk 600, presented by Pioneer, are available by calling the speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by going online to www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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