Firestone belongs to the Bridgestone Americas conglomerate. Bridgestone America was born out of the merger between two industry giants: Firestone Tire& Rubber and Bridgestone Tire company Ltd. The merger took place in 1988 after Bridgestone Corporation took over Firestone for 2.6 billion dollars, creating the biggest tyre company in the world. Today, Bridgestone Americas is an international conglomerate of companies including 52 production sites, and more than 50 000 employees all over the Americas .
Firestone enjoys wide credit for having participated in all the Indy Car races, the US version of Formula 1. Firestone's tyres are known worldwide since they quasi exclusively equipped Ford's vehicles for several years. The structure of the tyres is brimming withcutting edge technology and outstanding performance. The longevity of Firestone's tyres is outstanding, in part thanks to the quality rubber used in the compounds.