INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 2016) - INDYCAR announced today a partnership agreement with Performance Friction Corporation that will make the company the official brake supplier of the Verizon IndyCar Series. The multiyear agreement makes PFC the exclusive supplier of brake system components to each entry competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series beginning in 2017.
"Earlier this season the majority of our teams tested the PFC brake package and the feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. PFC has a long history of building outstanding performance products that we expect to be a great benefit to the competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. "We're excited to kick off this partnership with PFC and appreciate all their efforts and commitment to INDYCAR."
INDYCAR began using lightweight carbon brakes at all tracks in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, in conjunction with introduction of the Dallara IR-12 chassis that is still in use today.
"Don Burgoon, PFC Brakes founder and visionary, truly understood the advantages and benefits of PFC's continuous wound carbon over the competition," said Darrick Dong, PFC's Director of Motorsports. "Open-wheel racing is in PFC's DNA. It is with a great deal of pride and optimism that PFC is awarded official brake supplier for the Verizon IndyCar Series for many years to come."
"INDYCAR has always been close to our hearts at PFC," said Nina Burgoon, President of PFC. "We are excited and honored that this long-awaited partnership is now a reality. PFC is committed to providing the best-performing package for the car and is thankful for the opportunity INDYCAR has given us to exceed their expectations."
PFC has a successful motorsports heritage and has been a longtime brake supplier in stock car and sports car competition. Previously, the company was an Indy car supplier in the Champ Car World Series and currently is the brake supplier to all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy development series sanctioned by INDYCAR.
For information on the Verizon IndyCar Series and its 16-race schedule, visit www.indycar.com