NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 18, 2016) — Bridgestone Americas is replacing its Firestone Firehawk Wide Oval Indy 500 and Wide Oval AS lines with the Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 ultra-high-performance (UHP) and Firehawk AS all-season high-performance lines.
Bridgestone describes the new Firehawk designs as “consumer tire extensions” of the Firehawk race tires used in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
“Racing is an integral part of the Firestone brand's heritage and the ultimate proof point for our tire technology,” said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.
The Firehawk Indy 500 summer UHP tire offers a new tread compound and wide shoulder blocks for enhanced cornering and handling in dry conditions. It also includes “Pulse Groove” technology for improved hydroplaning resistance and 20-percent shorter stopping distance in the wet, Bridgestone said.