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Bridgestone Americas to build plant Firestone race tyres in Akron

Bridgestone Americas to build plant Firestone race tyres in Akron

Bridgestone Americas announced its plans to build a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Akron, Ohio that will manufacture Firestone race tyres.

The new plant, Bridgestone Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) will be located across the street from the Bridgestone Americas Technical Center and less than a mile from the Bridgestone Advanced Technology Workshop, where race tyres are currently produced. The company said that the plans for the ATPC include both new construction and the full renovation of an existing structure.

A team of more than 50 expert tyre builders and manufacturing professionals at the Advanced Technology Workshop currently keeps that tradition alive through the production of more than 60 unique race tyre specifications for the NTT IndyCar Series season. All race tyre manufacturing will move to the new facility over the next four years, and early plans are for the site to produce its first Firestone Firehawk race tyre for testing in the NTT IndyCar Series by the end of 2020.

“The Akron community and race tyre development have each played significant roles in our company’s past, and they will continue to drive innovation for us in the future, to ensure that Firestone race tires will be built in Akron for many years to come, soon in a new facility that will be as cutting-edge as the tires it produces,” said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer, Bridgestone Americas.

The Japanese tyre company also extended its contract with  NDYCAR by five years to be sole tyre supplier and Official Tire of the NTT IndyCar Series through 2025.

The agreement, which includes continued rights for Firestone as the Official Tyres of the Indianapolis 500, furthers the brand’s storied history in open-wheel racing and its longstanding commitment to tyre innovation.

“Champions have relied on Firestone tires for more than a century, and racing has always been the ideal proving ground for new technologies that help us evolve and advance our company’s passenger tire offerings,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “As the NTT IndyCar Series continues gaining momentum, we are introducing new fans to the Firestone brand and strengthening our relationship with the drivers who use our durable, dependable Firestone tires.”

“Firestone has long been a great INDYCAR partner and is making a huge investment to the NTT IndyCar Series with its new facility in Akron,” INDYCAR president Jay Frye said. “This extension also reflects Firestone’s commitment to helping to shape INDYCAR’s paddock-wide, five-year plan.”

Firestone is entering its 20th consecutive season as the sole tyre supplier of the NTT IndyCar Series. It will produce and deliver more than 26,000 Firehawk race tires to teams across the upcoming 2019 schedule, including more than 6,000 tyres  for track activities related to the Indianapolis 500 alone. The brand’s roots in the sport date back to 1911 when the inaugural Indianapolis 500 was won on Firestone tires. In all, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” has been won on Firestone tyres 69 times – more than double all other tire manufacturers combined.

The 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season kicks off March 10 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St.

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