Updated: December 21, 2012 2:43 PM | By AFP

Auto Racing: Bridgestone to supply IndyCar through 2018

Bridgestone Americas' Firestone tire brand will remain to sole supplier for IndyCar through the 2018 season, the US-based open-wheel racing series announced on Friday.

Firestone, which has supplied tires for the series since its 1996 debut, also will remain the official tire of the Indianapolis 500, ensuring the deal runs through the 100th running of the annual oval classic in 2016.

"We are excited about the opportunity to continue the ongoing success of this series by extending the Firestone brand's history in the sport through the 2018 season," said Firestone Racing executive director Al Speyer.

IndyCar will stage 19 races on 16 circuits in 2013 starting next March in St. Petersburg, Florida, with double-header race weekends to be staged in Toronto, Houston and Detroit.

© 2012 AFP

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