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BRIDGESTONE RUNS FLAT AT ONE LAP; SPECIAL TIRE ACHIEVES 2,800 MILES IN DEFLATED CONDITION

 DETROIT, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In a dramatic demonstration of its new Run Flat tire technology, Bridgestone ran a completely deflated Run Flat tire for a total 2,800 miles as part of the June 9-12, One Lap of America event.
 Last Wednesday, all air pressure was removed from a Bridgestone Run Flat tire, mounted on a Callaway Corvette, and the car left suburban Detroit along with approximately 70 other cars competing in "Car and Driver Magazine's" 10th annual One Lap of America event. Over the next four days, the car, traveling at legal speed limits, went through 12 states in the eastern United States over a variety of road conditions and terrains with the right front tire completely deflated the entire way.
 On Saturday, June 12, the Callaway Corvette, driven by race car drivers Sandra Bartley and Frank Turner, returned to Detroit with the same right front tire intact and operational. In total, the tire went over 2.2 million revolutions with absolutely no air pressure.
 "The primary benefit of our Run Flat technology is safety because it eliminates the need for roadside tire/wheel changes," said Mike Cerio, Bridgestone's consumer products marketing manager. "Although we don't expect anyone to travel 2,800 miles on a deflated tire in a real world situation, they can certainly have confidence that the Bridgestone Run Flat tire will enable them to drive to a safe location if they experience a flat tire. This remarkable achievement shows just how far Run Flat technology has progressed."
 Bridgestone's Run Flat system, the first such system to be marketed in the U.S., was first announced last August and made available in the marketplace in December. It is presently available as an option package on new Callaway Corvettes and to owners of Corvettes and Callaway Corvettes (1988 and newer models).
 The system incorporates three main components: a Run Flat tire (the Bridgestone Expedia S-01 Run Flat A/M, size P275/40ZR17), a bead retention "wedge hump" wheel, and a tire low pressure warning device manufactured and marketed by Epic Technologies.
 The Run Flat tire features special rubber compounding and a low pressure support insert in the sidewall which allow the tire to maintain enough strength and durability to support the weight of the vehicle even when the tire is deflated. The inflated tire feels and operates as a standard ultra high performance tire.
 The special wheel provides enchanced ability to keep the tire bead fully seated on the rim when the tire loses air. And the low tire pressure warning device, via a radio receiver which transmits to a warning light on the dashboard, tells the driver that a low pressure situation exists. This is important because the driver may not notice a change in the deflated Run Flat tire's performance.
 The owner's manual for the Bridgestone Run Flat tire system states that the deflated tire is capable of traveling at least 50 miles at 55 mph.
 While the market for this Run Flat tire system is presently limited to the Corvette applications, Bridgestone officials say a larger market will develop as the public and automobile manufacturers recognize the capabilities and advantages the system offers.
 "This demonstration with One Lap of America will help focus more attention on the advantages of Run Flat tires," Cerio said. "We believe that in the not-too-distant future American consumers will be able to purchase Run Flat tires as an option on a variety of new automobiles ,as well as from aftermarket suppliers."
 Once a road rally that circumnavigated the United States, One Lap of America has evolved into a 2,800-mile event that features legal- speed transmit sections, with competition taking place at famous racetracks in New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Indiana.
 One Lap is the brainchild of Brock Yates, an editor at "Car and Driver" and author of numerous Hollywood screenplays, including "The Cannonball Run" movie, featuring Burt Reynolds.
 This year's event was sponsored by Bridgestone, and proceeds from the event benefited Ronald McDonald Children's Charities.
 Bridgestone is the world's largest tire and rubber manufacturer. The company's U.S.-based subsidiary, Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
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 /CONTACT: John Taylor of Bridgestone, 615-872-1417 or 800-851-7000/


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