Bridgestone to build racing tire factory in Akron


Akron, Ohio – Bridgestone Americas Inc. plans to build a dedicated racing tire plant in Akron near its technical centre, company officials have announced.

The facility will replace an existing race-tire unit in the original Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. Plant One building, said Cara Adams, chief engineer at Bridgestone Americas Motorsports.

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Pirelli Strengthens Motorsport Commitment in North America for 2019


Pirelli has committed to being involved in 10 major motorsport championships in North America this year.

In addition to supplying thousands of tires to several races and rallies every weekend, Pirelli has also committed to 40 personnel to be a part of them.

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Conti to sponsor Extreme E off-road electric racing series

Continental is to sponsor the Extreme E off-road electric racing series. This new championship will take teams to the most remote corners of the world – from the Himalayas to the coast of the Indian Ocean – and will serve as a proving ground for the tire manufacturer to develop its tire technologies. Individual tires will be developed for the different terrains.

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General Tire secures NASCAR second-tier series tire supply contracts


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Continental Tire the Americas’ General Tire brand has secured exclusive tire supplier and official racing tire status with NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Pinty’s Series and PEAK Mexico Series for the next few years.

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Hankook Tire to supply racing tire to the 2019 Radical Australia Cup

Hankook Tire announced it will be the sole supplier to the 2019 Radical Australia Cup, a high-performance sports car racing cup in the Australia and New Zealand region.

Radical cars, a United Kingdom sports car, will be entering the motorsports fitted with Hankook Tire’s high-performing racing tires, the ‘Ventus F200’ and ‘Ventus Z217’.

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Michelin, Goodyear put products to test in big early-season races

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Long before NBC Sports clinched the deal to televise live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 from Daytona International Speedway on Jan.

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Hankook Becomes Official Tire Partner of W Series


Hankook Tire is now the official tire partner of the new W Series that specifically aims at encouraging women in motorsports.

Hankook Tire will provide its high-end racing tires, the Ventus Race (F200 slick and Z217 wet), in sizes VA 230/560-13 and HA 280/580-13 to the W Series.

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Michelin chosen as official tire of the International Motor Sports Association

Michelin announced at the North American International Auto Show that it has been chosen as the official tire of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). IMSA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019.

“Endurance racing is woven throughout the fabric of Michelin’s history. In fact, racing has always played an active role in driving innovation and ingenuity at Michelin,” Scott Clark, Chairman and President of Michelin North America said.

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Michelin Pilot Sport’s wet and dry success


Michelin’s Pilot Sport tire survived a tough test at this year’s Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E race. The schedule effectively had to be adjusted by race control after unexpected heavy showers caused big puddles to form, making the track unsafe.

The morning’s first free practice session was canceled and the second was postponed until 10:15am to give marshals time to sweep aside excess standing water. Two qualifying sessions then followed at 11:25am.

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Pirelli boosts SRO link Blancpain GT World Challenge, Pirelli GT4 America Series


Pirelli’s global motorsport partnership with promoter SRO Motorsports Group has been strengthened with the arrival of the Blancpain GT World Challenge in 2019. The global championship brings together the Pirelli World Challenge in USA alongside the other GT sprint series promoted by SRO throughout Europe and Asia. This brings the total number of SRO competitions supplied by Pirelli up to 12.

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