CHICAGO – Racing legend Mario Andretti, often referred to as the greatest
racer in motorsports history, and his grandson Marco Andretti, current driver for Andretti Green
Racing in the IndyCar Series, will be making appearances at the Bridgestone Americas booth
(#NH1) at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. A number of top level Bridgestone Americas executives
will also be at the booth which showcases the company’s leading products and new technologies,
interactive tire displays and racing display cars including an IndyCar, a Formula 1 car and an exact
replica of the car driven by Mario Andretti when he won the 1967 Daytona 500 – exactly 40 years
ago this month.
“Over the years, the Andretti name has become synonymous with Firestone Racing,” said
John Gamauf, President of Consumer Tire Replacement Sales, Bridgestone Firestone North
American Tire, LLC. “More so than anyone else, Mario and Marco are qualified to talk about our
quality and commitment to excellence. We are very proud that Mario won so many important races
– including the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 – on Firestone tires,” Gamuaf concluded,
“and now his grandson is collecting victories on our tires, carrying on that family tradition.”
Mario will appear in the Bridgestone Americas booth on Friday, Feb. 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
and on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where he will be signing autographs for fans and
will be available for brief media interviews. He will be joined by his grandson Marco, 2006 IndyCar
and Indianapolis 500 Rookie-of-the-Year and son of former IndyCar champion Michael, at the
Saturday morning session. Marco will also be available for autographs in the booth from 2 p.m. to
4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11.
As part of a global initiative to highlight the Bridgestone group of companies’ advanced
technology, Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. (BSAH) will feature breakthroughs in vehicle
systems and tire design, as well as the Bridgestone group’s motorsports strength, in a dazzling
exhibit at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Bridgestone Americas is the exclusive tire company of
the show, which opens to the public Feb. 9, 2007. This marks the second of a three year
commitment by the company to participate in North America’s largest consumer automotive show.
“We are proud to once again be the exclusive tire company for this year’s Chicago Auto
Show,” said Christine Karbowiak, Vice President of Public Affairs, BSAH. “Our participation is a
great way to showcase our advancements in technology through a broad range of products. And
we have the unique opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s Daytona 500
victory on Firestone tires allowing us to contrast the technology of that time with his grandson
Marco’s modern-day IndyCar. Our exhibit is a reflection of the company’s diverse businesses in
the Americas, and it also builds on the strong foundation of technological leadership by Bridgestone
Corporation and its subsidiaries worldwide.”
About Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.:
Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc. (BSAH) is the U.S. subsidiary of the Bridgestone
Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAH and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone, Dayton and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies also produce air springs, roofing materials, synthetic rubber and industrial fibers and textiles and operate the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers.
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