MOORESVILLE, N.C. — When the 2023 Indy Lights Series season begins, all cars will ride on Firestone tires.
IndyCar and Firestone made the announcement on June 22 as part of the grand opening of Firestone’s Advanced Tire Production Center in Akron, Ohio.
The move will mark a return for Firestone to IndyCar’s developmental series as the Bridgestone brands Firestone and Dayton supplied tires for Indy Lights from 1991 to 2013.
“We look forward to expanding our partnership with IndyCar to supply tires for Indy Lights starting in 2023,” said Lisa Boggs, Director of Motorsports, Bridgestone Americas. “We know the importance this series has for technology advancement and driver development and are proud to be a part of the journey.”
The announcement highlighted Firestone’s plans to expand its partnership with IndyCar as the company is also the exclusive tire supplier for the NTT IndyCar Series, North America’s premier open-wheel series.
“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.”
In the fall of 2021, IndyCar assumed control of Indy Lights operations. The 2022 season began a more inclusive atmosphere with the NTT IndyCar Series, with integration in marketing, digital assets, and race officiating.
“We want to thank Cooper Tires, who has been a partner with Indy Lights since 2014,” said Indy Lights 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 2022 Indy Lights championship continues Sunday, July 3 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.