For the seventh consecutive year, Firestone will be the presenting sponsor for the RRDC’s annual celebration in conjunction with the Long Beach Grand Prix. This year’s festivities will honor George Follmer.

[Andy Blackmore Design image]

[Andy Blackmore Design image]

Previous honorees were Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Roger Penske, Jim Hall, Brian Redman, Mario Andretti and Bobby Unser. These “RRDC Evenings” are acknowledged as one of the highlights of the auto-racing social calendar, drawing fans and luminaries from all forms of motorsports.

The Firestone brand has appeared in world-class motorsports events across the globe since its first documented victory in the inaugural Indianapolis 500 Mile Race® in 1911. Since 2002, Firestone has served as the Official Tire of the Verizon IndyCar® Series and the Indianapolis 500, which has been won by a Firestone-equipped driver 66 times in its 99-year history. This season marks the 17th consecutive year that every driver competing at the Indianapolis 500 and in the Verizon IndyCar® Series as a whole will rely on the durability and consistency of Firestone racing radials.

This year’s festivities will be held on Thursday, April 14, 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 $200 per person ($175 for RRDC members) if purchased in advance, and space is limited. Sponsor packages are also available. This event is expected to sell out quickly. All are welcome and early reservations are recommended. Please contact Jeremy Shaw at

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