IBJNews

IndyCar exploring tire options beyond Firestone

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

IndyCar said Tuesday it is exploring partnerships with tire manufacturers besides Bridgestone Firestone, which has been the sole supplier for the series and under contract through the 2014 season.

Al Speyer, executive director of Firestone Racing, told Motorsport Magazine the company is interested in extending its contract with IndyCar through perhaps 2020, but has heard rumors that IndyCar is looking at other deals.

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard confirmed that the series is looking at many different tire options and Firestone is not out of the mix.

"IndyCar is always exploring what's best for the sport for both the short and long term," Bernard said in a statement. "It is the series' goal to have partners that will provide safe, reliable and high-performance products that are designed to meet and exceed the on-track demands."

Speyer told the magazine Firestone is "deeply concerned" there is little the manufacturer can do but wait to see what IndyCar decides.

"Even though we thought they wanted to extend with us, all of a sudden we learned that they want to go in a different direction," he said. "It's clear to us the current IndyCar management is not interested in working with us. We want to stay. We've got certain rights and we want to stay. This new direction caught us by surprise. We had no idea it was coming."

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Really
    Competition? No way. IMS is looking at cheaper alternatives so they can claim to lower prices for the owners and STILL get maximum $$$ for the Dallara parts kickback program. You think a tire war is good thing now with the already overpriced ugly new car and Dallara coffee shop weighing this series down like an albatross? IMS wants to sacrifice quality for $$$, it's that simple.
  • Firestone doesn't sound like a company that has been taken advantage, it sounds like a company that is not pleased that it may face competition. If they do not feel that Indycar has a future, they would not sound so ticked Indycar is looking around at other manufacturers.
    • Short memory
      Firestone was being taken advantage of before the contract was renewed...why you ask? Because the ROI for Firestone was NON EXISTENT. That meant that for every dollar they put in, the IndyCar Series couldn't generate enough interest in it's puny fanbase or TV rating audience to make it worthwhile as a sponsor. SO, IndyCar had to "pay-to-play", and they don't like it. Great time to add a new tire manufacturer....when you are headed into T1 at Pocono at 215mph. Maybe even a double-header....
    • Isn't this the same tire company that was going to dump Indycar until the contract was renegotiated in Firestones favor? Sounds like Indycar learned its lesson and is keeping its options open. I hope they are seriously looking at Hoosier Tire. A great company with a long racing tradition

    Post a comment to this story

    COMMENTS POLICY
    We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
     
    You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
     
    Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
     
    No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
     
    We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
     

    Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

    Sponsored by
    ADVERTISEMENT

    facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
     
    Subscribe to IBJ
    1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

    2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

    3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

    4. Exciting times in Carmel.

    5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

    ADVERTISEMENT