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