Cooper Tire to be Replaced by Firestone for Indy Lights

Cooper Tire

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.

“Firestone continues to be a phenomenal partner,” said IndyCar president Jay Frye. “We are proud to see that our relationship is expanding into supplying tires for both of our series.

“Their attention to detail, safety, and performance is unmatched. Supplying their world-class product to the NTT IndyCar Series and Indy Lights reflects Firestone’s commitment to IndyCar’s present and future.”

Lisa Boggs, director of motorsports at Bridgestone Americas added: “We look forward to expanding our partnership with IndyCar to supply tires for Indy Lights starting in 2023. “We know the importance this series has for technology advancement and driver development and are proud to be a part of the journey.”

“We want to thank Cooper Tires, who has been a partner with Indy Lights since 2014,” said series director Levi Jones. “Their assistance while IndyCar assumed operational control was crucial to our success.

“With Firestone, we cannot wait to begin this new era, which will align the entire IndyCar paddock and help our rising stars reach their goal of competing in the NTT IndyCar Series.”

The Lights series held its round on Sunday, July 3, at Mid-Ohio before the 9th round of the IndyCar series.