Mario Andretti Opens New Firestone Complete Auto Care Store In Henderson, NV Legendary race car driver greeted customers, brought racing excitement to new store grand opening

BLOOMINGDALE, Ill., April 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Racing legend Mario Andretti greeted fans and signed autographs at the grand opening of a new Firestone Complete Auto Care™ store in Henderson, NV. Firestone Complete Auto Care is a member of the Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) family of stores. BSRO owns and operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world, including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus™, ExpertTire™ and Wheel Works store locations.

"I have been part of the Firestone family for more than four decades — I'm proud to be a part of another great chapter for this company," said Mario Andretti.

Andretti, who was at the store opening to greet fans and sign autographs, is often referred to as the greatest race car driver of all time and his partnership with the Firestone brand spans four decades. As a longtime test driver for the company, he helped develop the racing tire that led to many of his most notable achievements. With Firestone tires under his car, he won the Indy 500, Daytona 500, three of his Champ Car National Championships, the Dirt Track Championship, three Sebring endurance races and several Formula One victories.

Firestone Complete Auto Care also presented a donation to the Black Mountain Senior Nutrition Program and the Green Valley High School Choir. The grand opening event began on Friday, April 27, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Andretti was joined by BSRO Western Zone New Store Expansion Coordinator Kevin Boyer, BSRO West Zone Vice President Dick Clark, Firestone Las Vegas District Manager Carl Gerhard, Store Manager Nelson Diaz, Anita Grant of the Black Mountain Senior Nutrition Program and Kimberly B. Ritzer, Director of the Green Valley High School Choir.

"Our Firestone Complete Auto Care stores are important to their communities," said Clark. "Our teammates not only care about the safety of our customers on the roads, but we care about the communities that we call home."

The Ribbon Cutting ceremony was just the beginning of a 3 day extravaganza running through Sunday, April 29th. It will feature prizes, giveaways, free lunch each day, refreshments, face painting and for the kids a bounce-house. Radio remotes are also part of the excitement featuring "92.3 The Rock Station KOMP" Friday 10am-12pm and "KXPT The Point 97.1" Saturday 12pm- 2 pm.

All event attendees have an opportunity to win dozens of prizes, including a 2012 BMW 328i Sedan or an Audi A4 Sedan or $25,000 in Cash!

"By conveniently providing a wide range of automotive services, we help ensure that our customers are able to keep their vehicles running newer longer," said Diaz. "We are committed to providing them with the best automotive service possible."

BSRO owns and operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world, including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus™, ExpertTire™ and Wheel Works store locations.

About Firestone Complete Auto Care™:
Firestone Complete Auto Care™ is owned and operated by Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO). Firestone Complete Auto Care is a leading retailer for passenger and light truck tires, where technicians perform repairs, routine maintenance and a variety of diagnostic services covering major systems within a vehicle. With locations throughout the United States, Firestone Complete Auto Care offers competitive prices on a large selection of brand name tires. To learn more about tires, vehicle maintenance, career opportunities or Firestone Complete Auto Care locations, visit www.FirestoneCompleteAutoCare.com or call 1-800-LOCATE-US.

About Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC:
Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) is headquartered in Bloomingdale, Ill., and operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world — 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers across the United States — including Firestone Complete Auto Care™, Tires Plus™, ExpertTire™ and Wheel Works store locations. Credit First National Association and Firestone Complete Fleet Care™ operations are also part of BSRO. BSRO is a member of the Bridgestone Americas family of companies.

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