May 15, 2003

New sizes announced for Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 Tire

Mississauga, Ontario – In anticipation of the Indianapolis 500 mile race, Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire has announced the addition of 18 new sizes to the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 tire.

“The Firehawk Indy 500 tire, launched May of 2002, is the first and only functional automotive component to wear the Indy 500 logo,” said Mark Emkes, chairman, CEO and president of BFNT. “Last year’s sales of this tire were very encouraging, and with a full size compliment, we anticipate strong sales of the Firehawk Indy 500 this year. With these additional sizes, we’re able to offer this unique tire to a broader segment of the consumer market.”

The Firehawk Indy 500 pays tribute to the performance of the Firehawk Indy Racing Slick, which was originally developed for professional drivers racing at speeds higher than 200 mph. The Firehawk Indy 500 street tire is a T- and S-speed rated tire that provides all-season performance.

The Firehawk Indy 500 also employs UNI-T (an acronym for Ultimate Network of Intelligent Tire Technologies), a combination of advanced technologies that work together. Firestone tires featuring UNI-T offer drivers precise handling, reduced noise, a smooth ride and outstanding control.

Listed below are the new size additions to the Firehawk Indy 500.

50 Series 55 Series 60 Series
P195/50R1581S P205/55R15 87T P185/60R14 82T
P205/50R15 90S P205/55R16 89T P195/60R14 85T
P245/50R16 96T P235/55R16 96T P195/60R15 87T
P205/60R15 90T
P225/60R15 95T
P275/60R17 110S

65 Series 70 Series
P205/65R15 92T P235/70R16 104S
P245/70R16 106S
P255/70R16 109S
P265/70R16 111S
P265/70R17 113S

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