Oct 29, 2015 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Bridgestone Presents Canadian Automotive Journalist Stephanie Wallcraft with Feature Writing Award

Bridgestone Presents Canadian Automotive Journalist Stephanie Wallcraft with Feature Writing Award

As the world’s largest tire and rubber company, Bridgestone has a deep appreciation and respect for the journalists who cover our industry.

Andy Robinson, regional general manager, Canadian Consumer Sales, Bridgestone Canada

(L to R) Paul Ferris (first runner-up in Bridgestone Feature Award category), Andy Robinson (Regional General Manager, Canadian Consumer Tire Sales) and Stephanie Wallcraft (Bridgestone Feature Award winner)

Tire manufacturer celebrates 17th year as sponsor of AJAC TestFest event

Bridgestone Canada (Bridgestone) today announced Stephanie Wallcraft is the recipient of the 2015 Bridgestone Feature Writing Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding journalism in the Canadian automotive industry, was presented to Wallcraft as part of the annual Automotive Journalist Association of Canada (AJAC) TestFest event held this week in Bowmanville, Ontario. Wallcraft won for her story titled, “On losing Justin Wilson and why the show must go on.”

“As the world’s largest tire and rubber company, Bridgestone has a deep appreciation and respect for the journalists who cover our industry,” said Andy Robinson, regional general manager, Canadian Consumer Sales, Bridgestone Canada. “We are proud once again to be part of the 2015 AJAC TestFest event, which truly does attract the best Canadian automotive writers in the business.”

Wallcraft’s winning feature story took readers through the various emotions she felt as a motorsport writer and fan following IndyCar driver Justin Wilson’s tragic death at Pocono Raceway on August 23. The article delved into the dangers and rewards of racing and celebrates the life that Wilson lived.

Journalist Paul Ferris was named runner-up in the Bridgestone Feature Writing Award category for his story titled, “Inside the Driver’s Mind.”  Ferris’ piece examined the growing trend of technology in vehicles and how it can overwhelm and distract drivers.

Bridgestone accepted submissions for the Feature Writing Award from automotive journalists and AJAC members throughout Canada. Entries were evaluated according to four criteria: writing style, educational value, passion imparted and entertainment value. The bilingual judging panel, haling from Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, consisted of communication professionals, automotive industry veterans and a world class translator.

To see a complete list of the 2015 AJAC TestFest award winners, go to www.ajac.ca.