Al Speyer is returning to work.
Speyer, who retired earlier this year after 39 years with Bridgestone/Firestone, has joined DeltaWing Racing Cars as president and chief operating officer. Speyer’s initial focus will be on integrating all of DeltaWing’s activities, preparing for 2014 and transitioning DeltaWing into a new organization for long-term growth.
Speyer directed Firestone’s return to racing in 1993 and oversaw all aspects of the program. During his tenure, the Bridgestone/Firestone brand dominated American open-wheel racing and set new standards for product performance, customer support and overall team image.
Firestone brand sales correspondingly made very significant market gains.
“DeltaWing is a terrific concept, and I am delighted to be joining the team,” said Speyer. “I have been a passionate believer in DeltaWing since its inception and am very enthusiastic about the future. I am grateful to managing partner Don Panoz and partners Chip Ganassi, Joe Walton and Duncan Dayton for selecting me for this key position. I am fully aware that there is a lot to be done and am eager to get started.”
The DeltaWing is unique in running at half the weight, half the fuel and half the horsepower of a normal prototype, and three quarters of the tire consumption. The car ran for the first time in the LMP1 class at Sebring.
“Al Speyer was one of the original supporters of the DeltaWing,” added Panoz, “I’ve gotten to know him through that support and through his representation of motorsports through Bridgestone. He is an enthusiastic believer in the car and brings a great deal of experience and expertise to our company. We look forward to working with Al and to a future of even more success.”