PJChilds 5pts Of course, it's well documented that Firestone came roaring back with a vengeance in the mid-nineties, dominating the Indy Car scene to the extent that Goodyear withdrew from the IRL and CART series after the '99 season. Their corporate partner, Bridgestone, also showed their superiority in Formula 1 to the point that Goodyear bid adieu to that series as well. After being blindsided in the lucrative NASCAR market by relatively small tire supplier Hoosier, and fearing that Firestone might be considering it as its next target, Goodyear has negotiated a series of exclusive five year contracts, paying NASCAR a tremendous sum of money to supply their three top echelon series. This has also effectively shut Michelin, though their BF Goodrich brand, out of the running as well.Similarly, in 2001, Goodyear has also negotiated an exclusive contract with the NHRA to supply tires for their top echelon Top Fuel and Funny Car classes, again shutting out all competition.Since negotiating these exclusive contracts with these series, Goodyear has suffered a number of embarrassing, very high-profile racing tire related issues in their solely supplied series.After Goodyear left Formula 1, Bridgestone carried on a healthy rivalry with Michelin, until the French tire maker suffered a disastrous weekend at the United States Grand Prix, which subsequently lead to the sanctioning body to name Bridgestone the sole supplier. Bridgestone and Michelin both continue to supply innumerable racing series world wide.Firestone continues to supply the Indy Car series with tires that have evolved through constant testing. Though the years since the departure of Goodyear, a number of manufacturers have been mentioned as possible competition, none has joined the fray.