Bridgestone Americas announced on Thursday that as part of a realignment of their Firestone race tyre development team that they have promoted Cara Adams who held the position of senior project engineer, race tyre development to the role of chief engineer of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and manager of race tyre development.
Speaking about her promotion Adams said:
I’m honored to lead our engineering team in the future development of tires for Indy car racing and into the next chapter of Firestone Racing’s storied history,” Adams said. “Perhaps one of Dale’s biggest contributions to our sport is the expert team of engineers and chemists developed during his tenure. Dan, our entire team of engineers, chemists and technicians and I look forward to applying those teachings as we continue to provide world-class tires to our racing family.
As part of the restructuring, Adams takes over from Dale Harrigle who has accepted a position within Bridgestone’s consumer tyre trade group. Speaking about his move Harrigle commented by saying:
I am extremely proud of my accomplishments as Chief Engineer and Manager of Race Tire Development, and throughout my entire career with Firestone Racing. “I’ve had the privilege of working with many talented, dedicated and inspiring people in the world of motorsport, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead the great team at Firestone Race Tire Development for the past four years. I am excited for a new challenge and to use my expertise in leading a team in the Consumer Tire Trade Group. I wish Firestone Racing and INDYCAR continued success in their tremendous partnership, and I congratulate Dan and Cara on their new roles
Dan Peterman who currently holds the role of Plant Engineer at Bridgestone’s Passenger Radial tyre plant has been named manager of race tyre development/production and building services.
Director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports Lisa Boggs commented on the new appointments by saying:
“Dale is an innovator in the world of race tire design and he has been instrumental in the success of Firestone Racing for more than two decades. The program would not be where it is today without his expertise, leadership and sacrifice,” “Dan and Cara have demonstrated the knowledge, experience and leadership necessary to ensure a seamless transition and to continue our tradition of excellence.”
Peterman takes up his new role effectively immediately while Harrigle and Adams take up their new roles at the end of the current Verizon IndyCar Series season.