Goodyear named sole professional supplier

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 16, 2001) -- A joint announcement today between The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the National Hot Rod Association positions the race tire manufacturer as the sole tire supplier to the sanctioning bodies' two 6,000 ...

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 16, 2001) -- A joint announcement today between The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the National Hot Rod Association positions the race tire manufacturer as the sole tire supplier to the sanctioning bodies' two 6,000 horsepower categories -- Top Fuel and Funny Car -- effective immediately.

As the "Exclusive Tire Supplier of the NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car Categories," Goodyear will continue, as it has for decades, to be a dependable and consistent source of quality Eagle racing tires for the competitors, according to Stu Grant, general manager of global race tires. "Goodyear values the goodwill generated by its relationship with the NHRA and our commitment to the sport of drag racing," Grant said. "We're proud to have been associated with NHRA for years as the principal, and currently, sole supplier, to the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories of this dynamic form of motorsports that poses the ultimate speed and durability challenge for our product."

In formalizing this partnership, Tom Compton, president of NHRA, said, "Goodyear has been the main supplier to most of our teams in these top two classes for many years and we wanted the quality, safety and consistency that Goodyear offers. This landmark partnership between NHRA and Goodyear demonstrates the strength our drag racing sport currently enjoys." Goodyear's involvement in NHRA Drag Racing extends far beyond the relationship with the two nitro categories. "Even though we are announcing a sole supplier status in Top Fuel and Funny Car, we remain committed to supporting and growing our involvement in all classes of NHRA Drag Racing," said Grant.

-NHRA

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