Firestone Racing gives back to community; prepares for future in Sonoma

Harrigle (on right). Photo: IndyCar
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We didn’t get to this during the weekend but will do so today, because it’s a good thing.

Over the weekend, Firestone Racing announced it was giving $20,000 back to the motorsports community split between four charities, at $5,000 each.

Here’s the release from Firestone:

In celebration of the 2016 Championship, Firestone Racing will donate $20,000, divided evenly ($5K each) between the following four charities:

  • The Wilson Children’s Fund
  • The Indy Family Foundation
  • The Dan Wheldon Foundation and Alzheimer’s Association
  • The USAC Benevolent Fund in memory of Bryan Clauson

“Championship weekend is a perfect time to reflect upon and celebrate everything that has happened over the past season,” said Lisa Boggs, director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “The motorsports community is one big family and it’s a privilege to be a part of it. We wanted to take the opportunity afforded by this weekend to honor those individuals who embodied the spirit of racing and their legacies that live on through all of the great work these organizations do to help others.”

This weekend was also a sentimental one, as it marked the last weekend for Dale Harrigle in his role as Chief Engineer and Manager of Race Tire Development, and the last before Cara Adams, Senior Project Engineer, Race Tire Development, moved into her new role as Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and Manager, Race Tire Development.

You may not know Harrigle’s name off the top of your head but since he has more than 20 years experience with Firestone and has been integrally involved in its racing program since its return to top flight North American open-wheel racing in 1995 (testing occurred in 1994), he’s been a key part in ensuring the advancement, safety and development of Firestones over the years.

“It’s bittersweet, but I’ve loved every minute of it,” Harrigle told NBC Sports during the weekend. He has accepted a management position within Bridgestone’s Consumer Tire Trade Group.

Adams, meanwhile, started on Monday in her new role – it will make for a busy week, because her IRONMAN 70.3 August takes place this weekend along with her friend Katherine Legge in what they’ve dubbed #IRONMANCaraKat.

They eclipsed the $5,000 barrier of fundraising to support the Scott Rigsby Foundation (SRF), a service organization that supports veterans who have been injured while on duty.

Adams joked over the weekend she hopes to keep pace with Legge, the professional athlete of the two.