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3/11/2016 Member News
Firestone enters into multi-year sponsorship extension with Grand Prix

 

Firestone Enters into Multi-Year Sponsorship Extension

with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (March 10, 2016) – Organizers for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg are pleased to announce that Firestone, the Official Tire of the Verizon IndyCar® Series, has entered into a multi-year extension, reaffirming the tire brand as title sponsor of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Firestone first began its naming rights agreement with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in 2014.

 

"Firestone has been a valued and key sponsor for many years, and together we have been able to bring this event to new heights, " said Kim Green, owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, organizers of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. "They are a fundamental part of the race weekend and we are thrilled to continue our partnership and growing the event with their support."

 

Firestone, whose involvement in motorsports dates back more than a century, also serves as the Official Tire of the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Grand Prix of Boston, as well as the title sponsor of the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

 

“Everyone at Firestone is proud to continue our sponsorship of this outstanding event,” said Lisa Boggs, director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “The Firestone Grand Prix is a marquee weekend on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule and the perfect venue to kickoff the season. The dedication of the Green Savoree team and the support of the St. Petersburg community are second-to-none, and we are honored to continue this partnership.”

 

The 2016 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg runs March 11-13 and is the first race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. Tickets to the event are on sale now at www.gpstpete.com or by phone at 877-725-8849.

 

About Firestone Racing
The Firestone brand has appeared in world-class motorsports events across the globe since its first documented victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 1911. Since 2002, Firestone has served as the Official Tire of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500, which has been won by a Firestone-equipped driver 66 times in its 99-year history. This season marks the 17th consecutive year that every driver competing at the Indianapolis 500 and in the Verizon IndyCar Series as a whole will rely on the durability and consistency of Firestone racing radials.

 

About the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Now in its 12th year, the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlook the Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina. The event is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions.

 

To learn more about the event, visit www.gpstpete.com, ‘like’ its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GPSTPETE or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE #FirestoneGP.

 

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Media information:

Kathleen Stelmach

Torchia Communications

416-341-9929 ext. 227 (office) / 647-830-0354 (cell)

kathleen@torchiacom.com

 

Jimi Russell

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

615-937-3310 (office) / 615-692-2816 (cell)

russelljames@bfusa.com