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November 1, 2019 Nashville, Tenn.

Bridgestone Americas Announces Expanded Role for Race Tire Engineering & Production

Cara Adams promoted to lead all race tire design, manufacturing and management

Cara Adams, director, race tire engineering & production, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) and Firestone Racing

Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) today announced Cara Adams has been named director, race tire engineering & production, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) and Firestone Racing. In this expanded leadership role, Adams will oversee the entire race tire production process – from product design and development through manufacturing and management – in support of the Firestone brand’s role as sole tire supplier of the NTT IndyCar® Series.

“Through years of hard work and dedication, Cara has demonstrated her commitment to Bridgestone and the future of race tire development,” said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer, Bridgestone Americas. “She is a leader in the field and we’re excited that she will continue to push the limits of innovation for Firestone Racing.”

Adams’ tenure with BATO began in May 2003 as an engineer in the Tire and Vehicle Dynamics department supporting original equipment (OE) development before joining the Race Tire Engineering team in 2007. She has developed Firestone Firehawk™ race tires for road, street and oval races, including the Indianapolis 500®, across more than a decade of motorsports experience. Adams most recently served as chief engineer responsible for leading the teams that oversee all race tire design and track-side support for the world’s fastest and most versatile racing series.

In addition to her work at BATO, Adams has been recognized for her support of her local Akron community. She recently received the Greater Akron Chamber’s ‘30 for the Future’ Award, and she has been honored by the United Way and the Akron Urban League, among others. Adams graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish.

Bridgestone recently announced a multi-year extension to the Firestone brand’s exclusive partnership to serve as official tire of the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 through 2025. As part of the extension, Bridgestone also announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art race tire production facility in Akron, Ohio, that will continue its longstanding commitment to driving product innovation through its race tire technology.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, the company is dedicated to improving the way people live, work, move and play in all of the communities it calls home.

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations:

Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company's Latin American tire operations; the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses; the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses; and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, which operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires, as well as retreads, to its customers in the Americas.

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