Firestone Returns As Presenting Sponsor of RRDC Evening With Brian Redman in Long Beach

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Firestone Returns As Presenting Sponsor of RRDC Evening With Brian Redman in Long Beach  The Firestone brand will return as presenting sponsor of the Road Racing Drivers Club's fifth annual West Coast banquet honoring auto racing's most influential leaders. This year, on Thursday, April 18, prior to the running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the 'RRDC Evening with Brian Redman presented by Firestone' will highlight the career of one of the sport's most popular, talented and successful race-car drivers. This is the Firestone brand's fourth straight year as a supporter of the RRDC West Coast banquet.

'The Road Racing Drivers Club honors the heritage of road racing and we are thrilled that the RRDC this year will be honoring Brian Redman, who carved a special place in road racing annals using Firestone tires,' said Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing. 'Brian captured a pair of World Sportscar Championships driving on Firestone tires, in 1968 and 1970 driving for the John Wyer team. Maybe his most impressive performance came in winning the grueling Targa Florio in 1970 on the 45-mile circuit around the island of Sicily. This alone makes Brian a most deserving RRDC honoree, not to mention the rest of his exemplary career.'

'It is a privilege to have the Firestone brand return as the presenting sponsor of this year's RRDC Evening with Brian Redman,' said RRDC president Bobby Rahal. 'Firestone's heritage in motorsports is legendary and this year's honoree Brian Redman was very much a part of its remarkable history.'

The dinner's proceeds will help support the RRDC's young driver initiatives, including its groundbreaking www.SAFEisFAST.com program and the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has backed since 1997. Previous banquets have honored Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske and Jim Hall, drawing fans and luminaries from all forms of motorsports.

The RRDC Evening with Brian Redman presented by Firestone will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 701 West Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, Calif., with cocktails at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person, if purchased in advance, and space is limited. Early reservations are recommended by contacting Jeremy Shaw at rrdc2@cox.net. Sponsor packages are also available.

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 and 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 commercial tire division is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying tires to passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and retread markets.

About the RRDC:

The Road Racing Drivers Club was formed in 1952 as a way to give champion drivers a say in their sport, particularly in the areas of safety, and has evolved to serve the future of road racing by mentoring new drivers on both amateur and professional levels. The Club's membership includes leading industry professionals, race officials and motorsports journalists, in addition to prominent racing names.


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    In 2011, the RRDC launched a free on-line training seminar – www.SAFEisFAST.com – featuring more than 30 RRDC members and other industry experts in high-quality videos covering subjects from physical and mental preparation to driving techniques, driver safety to car setup and sponsorship. The videos are updated regularly. Each week, a professional from the world of motor racing answers readers' questions on the site in a feature called 'Ask a Pro.'

    President Bobby Rahal is the 1986 Indy 500 winner and is co-owner with David Letterman and Mike Lanigan of the 2004 Indianapolis 500-winning Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan Racing team. Ten-time SCCA National champion John Fergus (who also has three Pro Sports 2000 crowns and one IMSA championship) is the Club's Vice President/Treasurer, and five-time SCCA National champion Tom Davey is the Secretary.

    In addition to RRDC members lending their expertise to up-and-coming drivers, the Club presents three annual awards: the Phil Hill Award for rendering outstanding service to road racing; the Mark Donohue Award for personal spirit and performance at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs; and the Bob Akin Award – the top award presented to amateur and semi-professional racers – for speed with style, passion, sportsmanship and contribution to motorsports.

    The RRDC also supports the Team USA Scholarship, which has been assisting young Americans in the early stages of their careers since 1990. Membership in the RRDC is by invitation only. Additional information on the organization may be found at www.rrdc.org.

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