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Firestone sad to lose Indy Lights contract  Today is a bittersweet day for everyone at Firestone Racing. The Firestone brand has been synonymous with Indy Lights for more than two decades. We believe in the importance of a strong ladder system to develop the next generation of open-wheel stars as well as mechanics, engineers, team managers and other key personnel. We are proud to have been part of developing the careers of many Indy Lights series graduates.

We are glad to see Andersen Promotions bring its expertise and passion to reinvigorating the Indy Lights series. The change in tire supplier will not impact Firestone Racing’s commitment to continuing to deliver the highest quality product to the teams and drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series through 2018. We look forward to welcoming future Indy Lights drivers as they make the move to the IndyCar Series.

History of Firestone Family Brands in Indy Lights

Year Series Name Sanctioned By Title Sponsor Tire Brand # Races Champion
1991 Firestone Indy Lights CART Yes Firestone 12 Eric Bachelart
1992 Firestone Indy Lights CART Yes Firestone 12 Robbie Buhl
1993 Firestone Indy Lights CART Yes Firestone 12 Bryan Herta
1994 Firestone Indy Lights CART Yes Firestone 12 Steve Robertson
1995 Firestone Indy Lights CART Yes Firestone 12 Greg Moore
1996 Firestone Indy Lights CART Yes Firestone 12 David Empringham
1997 Firestone Indy Lights CART Yes Firestone 13 Tony Kanaan
1998 Dayton Indy Lights CART Yes Dayton 14 Cristiano da Matta
1999 Dayton Indy Lights CART Yes Dayton 12 Oriol Servia
2000 Dayton Indy Lights CART Yes Dayton 12 Scott Dixon
2001 Dayton Indy Lights CART Yes Dayton 12 Townsend Bell
2002 Infiniti Pro Series INDYCAR No Firestone 7 A.J. Foyt IV
2003 Infiniti Pro Series INDYCAR No Firestone 12 Mark Taylor
2004 Infiniti Pro Series INDYCAR No Firestone 12 Thiago Medeiros
2005 Infiniti Pro Series INDYCAR No Firestone 14 Wade Cunningham
2006 Indy Pro Series INDYCAR No Firestone 12 Jay Howard
2007 Indy Pro Series INDYCAR No Firestone 16 Alex Lloyd
2008 Firestone Indy Lights INDYCAR Yes Firestone 16 Raphael Matos
2009 Firestone Indy Lights INDYCAR Yes Firestone 15 J.R. Hildebrand
2010 Firestone Indy Lights INDYCAR Yes Firestone 13 J.K. Vernay
2011 Firestone Indy Lights INDYCAR Yes Firestone 13 Josef Newgarden
2012 Firestone Indy Lights INDYCAR Yes Firestone 12 Tristan Vautier
2013 Firestone Indy Lights INDYCAR Yes Firestone 12 TBD

At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Firestone/Dayton tires will have exclusively supplied 289 Indy Lights races.

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