IRL On Firestone In Nashville

The Indy Racing League’s first race at Nashville Superspeedway last season featured intense action under the lights before a sold-out crowd.

This season, Firestone decided to get in on the action in Lebanon, Tenn. The IRL announced Tuesday that the race will be called the Firestone Indy 200 after the tire maker signed on as the event’s sponsor.

“While the Firestone Racing program has traveled around the world, visiting some of the finest motorsports facilities, we consider the new Nashville Superspeedway our home track because it's so near our headquarters in Nashville and our manufacturing facilities in Lavergne and McMinnville," said Al Speyer, executive director of Bridgestone-Firestone Motorsports. “Being the title sponsor for the July 20 Indy Racing League event at the speedway is especially important to us, since so many of our employees in middle Tennessee will be at the event, cheering as the Firestone-equipped cars race around the 200-plus mph mark.

“Motorsports continues to be an important part of our business plan, providing not only increased visibility and positive exposure to consumers but allowing our engineers to research new technologies that may find their way to our street tires. It's very exciting for us to think that something we may learn at the Firestone Indy 200 race at Nashville Superspeedway might someday go into a regular street tire.

"We also know our employees in middle Tennessee will leave the race with more pride in how Firestone is contributing to the fastest racing at this speedway and at other tracks across America. That's certainly an important reason why we compete and why we wanted this event - at such a great facility near our home - to wear the Firestone name.”

Nashville Superspeedway is hosting the IRL for the second time this year. Buddy Lazier won last season’s inaugural event at the track.

This season, Nashville’s race is the 10th of 15 events. It will take place under the lights on Saturday night, July 20.

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