ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 20, 2013 – Green Savoree St. Petersburg LLC (GSSP) announced today it will join forces with Firestone for the opening race of the 2014 IndyCar Series season – the newly-titled Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and GSSP, the promoter of the downtown waterfront event, entered a multi-year agreement as entitlement sponsor, beginning with the race on March 28-30, 2014.

“Firestone has been a first-rate sponsor of our event for the past nine years, and we can only express gratitude for having a partner who understands the value of our event,” said Tim Ramsberger, President of the newly christened Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. “It speaks volumes about Firestone and what we have built with all of our partners in our wonderful community.”

General public tickets for the 2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will go on sale Dec. 1. All tickets will be available online at gpstpete.com or by calling 877-283-5385.

“Motorsports is an integral part of the Firestone brand marketing efforts and the entitlement sponsorship of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg aligns perfectly with our plans,” said Lisa Boggs, Director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “Our commitment to the race is a reflection of our longstanding relationship with Green Savoree  and the terrific St. Petersburg community and fans. We are proud to have the Firestone name on this outstanding event.”

Firestone has been the Official Tire of the IndyCar Series since 2002 and is the only tire to compete in every event since the league’s formation in 1996. In addition to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in March, Firestone also serves as the title sponsor for the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.

For more information on Firestone Racing, visit firestonetire.com/racing, follow @FirestoneRacing on Twitter or like Firestone Tires on Facebook. To learn more about the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, visit gpstpete.com, like its Facebook page at facebook.com/GPSTPETE or follow the event on Twitter, @GPSTPETE, #GPSTPETE.

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations: Nashville, Tenn.-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.

About the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is run on a 1.8-mile, 14-turn waterfront circuit that includes a combination of adjacent downtown streets circling Pioneer Park, the DukeEnergy Center for the Arts, the Salvador Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlook the Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina.

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