PALMETTO, Fla. (July 26, 2016) — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is strengthening its relationship with IndyCar racing by agreeing to become the presenting sponsor of the Mazda Road to Indy, a driver development program encompassing three lower level racing classes.
Cooper already is the official tire of and racing tire supplier for all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy — Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
“Our level of commitment to the premier open-wheel development series is more than just as a sponsor; it is a commitment as a partner,” said Chris Pantani, director of event marketing and motorsports for Cooper Tire.
“The Mazda Road to Indy, now presented by Cooper Tires, is integral to the development of young drivers aspiring to become IndyCar drivers. Extending its commitment to provide proven race tires on the track, Cooper Tires develops young driver's needs on and off the track.”
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, but Mr. Pantani noted that Cooper Tire is a key partner in the scholarships that allow a driver to progress to the next step on the ladder. In 2016, more than $2.3 million in season-ending prizes and awards will be offered.