LE MANS, France — Goodyear plans to re-enter international sports-car racing later this year with its Goodyear brand, starting with the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the Le Mans 24-hour race, as a prelude to a broader program that could involve prototype and GT-style racing.
Goodyear — which last competed under the Goodyear brand in international endurance racing in the late 1990s — disclosed its plans this week just days ahead of the 2019 Le Mans 24-hour race, set to run June 15-16 on the fame LeSarthe circuit in west-central France.
The FIA World Endurance Championship features long-distance races on four continents with the Le Mans season finale, a race won 14 times by Goodyear-equipped cars.
Goodyear has competed in the WEC for the past eight seasons with its Dunlop brand. Teams using Dunlop race tires have won the WEC's LMP2 category at Le Mans eight straight years. Eight teams campaigning nine cars are competing at this year's race on Dunlop tires.
Goodyear did not say in its announcement whether the Dunlop-brand race program would continue in WEC.