The 2018 Verizon IndyCar® Series is in full swing! Who will be the next winner? With these Firestone Racing facts, you will. Whether you're an expert or novice, it’s time to get yourself off to the races and satisfy your need for speed!
1. Trusted Year After Year
Firestone has served as the title sponsor of the IndyCar Series season opener, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, for the last five years.
2. The Go-To Tire Supplier
The most respected drivers from all over the world trust Firestone to help them deliver their best (and fastest) performances. Firestone is the sole tire supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series – for the 19th season!
3. Hot or Cold
Drivers can experience temperature drops of up to 30 degrees between Turn 2 and Turn 4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Temperature plays a big role in how race tires grip the track surface, which in turn, affects the speed at which the cars can travel. A driver has to account for many different factors during a race and react accordingly.
4. Tires Backed by Engineering
Firestone Racing engineers developed more than 60 race tire specifications for use during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Every aspect of a Firestone race tire is thoughtfully engineered to help drivers achieve the speed, cornering, grip, and braking they need.
5. Firestone = Success
Many Indy 500 winners have Firestone tires in common! Firestone race tires carried winners to victory circle a record 68 times. This year’s Indy 500 on May 27th will mark the 69th win – more than double all other tire manufacturers combined.
6. Benefits for Everyday Drivers
The same highly-skilled engineers who design and develop Firestone race tires work alongside the engineers designing the durable and dependable Firestone tires for your passenger cars – like Firestone Firehawk INDY 500 tires – that offer the everyday driver superior handling, tenacious grip, and race-worthy style.
7. A Legacy of Quality
Firestone introduced the first all-rubber, non-skid tire in 1908. The next year, 1909, racer Barney Oldfield won a 300-mile race called the Indianapolis Sweepstakes in a car with Firestone tires.
“Today, the driver knows that his victory in the race and his life depends to a great extent upon how good his tires are,” Harvey Firestone said in a radio address from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1930.
Firestone has been delivering time-tested, dependable tires for years. The details may have changed, but the quality of Firestone tires have not.
8. A Legacy of Car Care!
The season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida is a homecoming of sorts for Firestone Complete Auto Care. The oldest still-operating Firestone Complete Auto Care opened in Tampa in 1933!
Race car drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series shouldn’t have all the fun. Trust the brand of champions. Bring home a sport performance tire that’ll have you feeling like an Indy car driver about to cross the finish line… of savings and safe driving, of course! Stop by your local Firestone Complete Auto Care to learn more today.