Indy Lights confirms Firestone swap for 2023
The IndyCar-owned Indy Lights collection will finish its longstanding partnership with Cooper Tires and return to Firestone as its sole supplier subsequent season. The transfer comes after a latest check of Firestone tires on the Dallara IL15-AER chassis, which led to the anticipated swap in distributors.
“Firestone continues to be an exceptional companion,” stated IndyCar President Jay Frye. “We’re proud to see that our relationship is increasing into supplying tires for each of our collection. Their consideration to element, security and efficiency is unmatched. Supplying their world-class product to the NTT IndyCar Sequence and Indy Lights displays Firestone’s dedication to IndyCar’s current and future.”
Since its formation in 1986 because the American Racing Sequence, Indy Lights has skilled its justifiable share of change amongst tire service suppliers and model names. Cooper Tires’ guardian firm Goodyear was the primary to take care of the March-Buick ARS automobiles from 1986-1990, with Firestone serving because the second tire provider for the renamed Indy Lights taking on from 1991-2013 throughout CART, Indy Racing League and IndyCar possession; its sub-brand Dayton was additionally used at one level. Cooper took the reins in 2014 when Firestone withdrew from the collection, giving all of it three tiers of the Street To Indy with USF2000, Professional Mazda (now Indy Professional 2000) and Lights on its tires.
“We look ahead to increasing our partnership with IndyCar to produce tires for Indy Lights beginning in 2023,” stated Lisa Boggs, Bridgestone Americas’ director of motorsports. “We all know the significance this collection has for expertise development and driver growth and are proud to be part of the journey.”
Underneath new collection possession led by Roger Penske, the tires used on high step of the RTI beginning in 2023 can be aligned with IndyCar’s use of Firestone as its sole provider whereas Cooper will keep its provide of the Andersen Promotions-owned USF Juniors, USF2000 and Indy Professional 2000 collection.
“We wish to thank Cooper Tires, who has been a companion with Indy Lights since 2014,” stated Indy Lights Director Levi Jones. “Their help whereas IndyCar assumed operational management was essential to our success. With Firestone, we can not wait to start this new period, which can align all the IndyCar paddock and assist our rising stars attain their objective of competing within the NTT IndyCar Sequence.”