Michelin North America and Road Atlanta have expanded their existing partnership to rename the iconic Georgia road course as “Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta” for 2019. The tire manufacturer becomes the first-ever entitlement partner of the track and will lend its name to a racetrack for the first time.
Currently, Michelin North America serves as the Official Tire Partner at Road Atlanta. The front straight bridge is branded with the tire company’s iconic Michelin Man, as are many other signs throughout the 750-acre property.
“Michelin has been racing for more than 125 years as a way to improve tire performance, discover new technologies and bring the highest quality tires to our vehicle manufacturer partners and consumers,” said Scott Clark, chairman and president of Michelin North America. “This is the first time globally that Michelin will have naming rights with a race circuit. Road Atlanta, as an iconic racetrack with a rich history and a natural link to the Michelin heritage of global endurance racing, provides us with a tremendous opportunity to engage with our partners and consumers.”
In addition to renaming the facility, the Michelin partnership will serve as the cornerstone for the new Michelin Tower to be constructed in place of the existing control tower along the front straight. Demolition of the current control tower will begin as teams move out of the paddock following this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans. Crews are set to work around the clock for the next year to complete construction of the state-of-the-art four-story building in time for an expected grand opening at next year’s Motul Petit Le Mans.
Plans for the new building include a 300-person hospitality/event space on the first floor, a media center and broadcast booths on the second floor, six hospitality suites on the third floor, and four hospitality suites and Race Control on the fourth floor. There will also be a rooftop viewing deck and a fully-equipped catering kitchen built into the structure.
“Michelin’s legacy at Road Atlanta runs deep, and these moves will, without question, drive that legacy even further,” said Geoff Lee, president and general manager at Road Atlanta. “Michelin and Road Atlanta’s histories intersect at so many points that it would be impossible to separate them, and this partnership will solidify that bond. This venue entitlement and the new building are something that we’ve been working towards for a very long time, so it can’t be over-stated how monumental it is as this finally comes to fruition. To have such a forward-thinking partner in Michelin has afforded even more stability to this top-rated international destination – stability that will be noticeable to fans, teams, clients and more. To say that we are beyond thrilled to become Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in 2019 would be radically understating our position.”
Michelin’s current involvement as the Official Tire Partner of Road Atlanta will continue into the new partnership in 2019, giving total naming rights of the facility, the new tower and the tire category to the Greenville, S.C.-based company.