At the beginning of 2023, Firestone will replace Cooper Tire as the sole tire supplier for Indy Lights. The agreement was made between IndyCar and Firestone officials as part of the opening of Firestone’s Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) in Akron.
Cooper has been the sole supplier since 2014 when Andersen Promotions took over as promoter and owner of the series. These were efforts made in line with the other steps on the Road to Indy ladder, specifically, USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000.
IndyCar took over the operations of Indy Lights at the end of the 2021 season. This was followed by an improved integration between the two series in digital assets, race officiating, and marketing. Firestone has committed to supply the feeder series in an effort to reunify. Firestone and Dayton were suppliers for Indy Lights between 1991 and 2013.
According to IndyCar president Jay Frye, Firestone’s attention to performance, safety, and detail is what makes them a great partner.