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America’s pioneer tyre brand Firestone is now owned by Japanese the Group Bridgestone.

 

History highlights:

1900:  Harvey Firestone founded the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company.  His company boasted an innovative tyre manufacturing process for carriages. The Firestone company began with 12 employees in Akron, Ohio. 

1906: Firestone tyres were chosen by Henry Ford for the first mass-produced automobiles in America.

1911:  Firestone ran and won the first race of the 800-km Indianapolis Series, which was the beginning of a car racing experience that would make legendary history in years to follow.

1932:  Firestone introduced the low-pressure tractor tyre.

1979:  Firestone introduced the « temporary spare » tyre.

1988:  Bridgestone acquired Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, resulting in a world-class company. 

1995:  legendary Indy 500 Firestone tyre brand was back on the car racing tracks.

Firestone also manufactures truck and agricultural tyres.

Competition / sports sponsorship

Motor racing:

  • In 1997, Arie Luyendyk won his second Indy 500 race and claimed the 50th win for Firestone on the legendary Brickyard circuit.
  • In 2000, Firestone won the CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) Championship for the 5th time in a row.