Bridgestone Corporation announced its 2019 motorsport plan. Bridgestone supports various domestic and overseas motorsports, ranging from top-level professional series to grassroots amateur races, primarily by supplying Bridgestone Potenza tires for car races and Bridgestone Battlax tires for motorcycle races.
The 2019 plan aims to build off a successful 2018 calendar in which teams using Bridgestone tires won championships in both the GT500 class and the GT300 class of SUPER GT car races for the first time in five years. Furthermore, in just its second year supporting the event, Bridgestone supplied tires to the teams that won the 2018 Endurance World Championship (EWC), which is the world’s foremost series of endurance motorcycle races organized by Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).
In 2019, Bridgestone will supply tires to the All Japan Road Race Championship and the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race motorcycle races, as well as to the NTT IndyCar Series in North America through. Through its Firestone brand, Bridgestone is entering its 20th consecutive season as the sole tire supplier, a partnership was recently extended through 2025. By designing and developing high-performing race tires for these top-level series, Bridgestone is continuously advancing its tire technology and expertise.
This year’s plan also includes support for the Toyota GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race, the ROADSTER Party Race III, the All-Japan Gymkhana Championship, and racing kart, all of which are held in Japan. In addition, Bridgestone supplies tires to a team competing in the Nürburgring 24 Hours Endurance Race, a grassroots motorsports event held in Germany that gathers crowds of more than 200,000 spectators. By supplying tires to these motorsports, Bridgestone hopes to deliver enjoyable driving experiences.
In 2019, Bridgestone will continue working together with automobile manufacturers and other parties to contribute to the development of motorsports and to societies that encourage enjoyable driving and riding.
More details of Bridgestone’s 2019 Motorsport plan can be found here.