IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard has admitted that he is 'definitely concerned' by the prospect that having already pulled out of F1, Bridgestone might elect not to renew its contract to provide America's premier open-wheel series with tyres from 2011 onwards either.
Having supplied rubber to F1 teams from 1997 until 2010 – exclusively for the final four years of that deal – Bridgestone has now departed the fray to make way for Pirelli.
Under the banner of its American subsidiary Firestone, the Japanese manufacturer has also been the sole tyre partner to IndyCar since the dawn of the new Millennium – but it failed to renew its existing agreement that expired on 31 December, and Bernard fears that could be a worrying sign, telling the Indianapolis Star
that he is 'definitely concerned, no doubt, definitely concerned'.
“Firestone is evaluating all their marketing assets right now, but we're currently in negotiations,” he added in a more upbeat tone, speaking to Speed.com
. “We talked again today, and I'm optimistic that we're making progress.”