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Bridgestone Team Up With European Minardi Cosworth to Offer Website - Readers Ride in a Grand Prix Two-Seater

Brussels (ots) - Bridgestone Europe have teamed up with the European Minardi Cosworth Formula One team to offer one of their website readers a trip in a two-seater Grand Prix car. Bridgestone will fly the Winner to Minardi's home country of Italy to experience this thrilling ride of a lifetime. Entries can be submitted at http://www.bridgestone-eu.com/gp The Japanese company, who also supply tyres to World Champions Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, saw one lucky fan handed the chance of a lifetime with Minardi when they gave away a two-seater run in August. And they will continue their commitment to bringing Formula One fans close to the action this month (September) by offering the fans that missed out a second chance to win a dream drive. The winner of the first Bridgestone competition, Pierre Miles, was thrilled by his adventure and enthused: "It was an absolutely fantastic experience that exceeded all of my expectations. "The physical experiences during the ride were truly awesome -- how the car stays on the road around the bends at those speeds defies belief -- it must be the excellent Bridgestone tyres!" Events like Minardi's recent "Thunder at the Rock" event at Rockingham in Northamptonshire are crucial to Bridgestone's outlook on the sport. And as the tyre supplier to five of the ten teams on the Grand Prix grid the company is keen to offer fans the chance to participate in more events as they compete at the highest level. The two-seater experience is a prime example and, according to Minardi's Dutch driver Jos Verstappen, the lucky winner will truly experience the power of Formula One. "I still can't believe how close the two-seater is to the Formula One car -- it is only a few seconds slower," said Verstappen, a former teammate to Bridgestone's World Champion Michael Schumacher. The chance to strap into one of Minardi's two-seater racing machines and be driven to the limit at speed by a professional racing driver is very rare. And Minardi Team Principal Paul Stoddart promised: "A ride in the two-seater is an amazing experience, something that if you get the chance to do, you will never ever forget." Bridgestone have supplied tyres to the winners of the last five World Championships and, in doing so, have experienced the passion of competing in one of the fastest sports on earth. The company is part of Formula One history and in bringing the sport to the fans they are committed to being part of Formula One's brightening future. For more information please go to http://www.bridgestone-eu.com/gp Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is a leader among the world's tyre companies, producing a complete line of tyres which account for 79 percent of its sales worldwide. It also manufactures a wide range of diversified products which include industrial rubber and chemical products, sporting goods and others. These products are sold in more than 150 nations and territories around the world. Bridgestone Europe NV/SA -- with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium -- is a key division of the Bridgestone Corporation. It develops and manufactures top-quality tyres in Europe which, through its 16 subsidiary sales companies and other channels, are distributed all over Europe including the Eastern European markets. Products are also exported outside Europe, including to Japan. ots Originaltext: Bridgestone Europe NV/SA Internet: www.newsaktuell.ch Contact: Gert Meylemans Tel. +32/2714-6840

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