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EPA and IndyCar Series Drivers Announce Phase-out of Lead Tire Weights

Release Date: 08/22/2008
Contact Information: Karen Thompson, 312-353-8547,


(Washington, D.C. – August 22, 2008) Susan Parker Bodine, EPA's Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, will join IndyCar Series drivers and Bridgestone-Firestone representatives to announce the National Lead-Free Wheel Weight Initiative. The announcement will take place at a ceremony recognizing companies and government agencies that have pledged to significantly reduce the use of lead wheel weights by December 31, 2011.


  • Susan Parker Bodine, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay, IndyCar Series Driver
  • Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Firestone Motorsports
  • John Sheerin, Director, Environmental Affairs, Bridgestone Firestone Retail & Commercial Operations, LLC
  • Greer Tidwell, Director, Environmental Management, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC

What: National Lead-Free Wheel Weight Initiative Partner Recognition

When: 10am EDT, Friday, August 29, 2008

Where: Detroit Belle Isle, MI Grand Prix

To obtain credentials to attend this event, please RSVP to Mark Robinson,
Public Relations, Bridgestone-Firestone Racing, by Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Email:, Tel. 615.972.5007