"Parents and teens rightfully spend a lot of time thinking about the safety of their cars and driving behaviors," said Jessica Egerton, Cooper's Director of Brand Development. "But, they don't always give the same level of attention to their tires. Your tires are the only thing connecting your car to the road, and that's why proper tire selection, care and maintenance are so critical for safe driving. Cooper is committed to tire safety and to reaching out in our communities to inform and educate," she added."I often feel safer when I'm on the race track than when I'm driving on the highway," Nunez said. "Race car drivers are highly focused on safety and operating our vehicles with the utmost care, which is critical at the speeds we run. Yet, on the streets every day, there is much less attention to safe driving and there are so many distractions. New drivers are especially vulnerable to these distractions and they are also generally less knowledgeable about aspects such as tire safety. I'm excited to connect with the kids who will attend the Teen Safe Driving Summit because they'll go back and spread what they have learned, helping to keep their friends safe on the road." About NOYS and the Teen Safe Driving Summit The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) is a national coalition that works to promote youth safety across the country. From injury prevention to substance abuse and violence prevention, NOYS promotes safe and healthy lifestyles while encouraging youth empowerment and leadership. NOYS member organizations include federal government agencies, business and industry, nonprofits, and youth-participating organizations, with a collective reach of over seven million youth. The national Teen Safe Driving Summit has been one of NOYS' signature events for over five years. Local outreach activities, led by youth participants of the national summit, reach tens of thousands of students with messages about safe driving. Learn more at NOYS.org. About Tristan Nunez and Dnt txt n drV Tristan Nunez is a 19-year-old professional auto racing driver who competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series as a MAZDA factory driver for SpeedSource. Nunez became the youngest class winner in GRAND-AM and American Le Mans Series history in 2013, and became the youngest SportsCar champion in 2012, when he captured the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda Series championship. Born to a now-retired professional tennis player, Nunez began his racing career at the age of 11 while his twin brother continuing to pursue tennis. Nunez advanced his racing career with multiple karting championships and then transitioned to Skip Barber formula cars, where he was named 2010 Rookie of the Year in the Skip Barber Southern Series and won the Skip Barber Summer Series overall points championship. The teen also won the 2012 Team USA Scholarship and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone, and was named by Sports Illustrated as a "Face in the Crowd". The young Floridian stays active on and off the racetrack as the face of his Dnt txt n drV Foundation, where he serves as an advocate for the prevention of distracted driving. For more information, visit http://www.tristannunez.com, http://www.DnttxtndrVFoundation.org, http://www.twitter.com/tristannunez, or http://www.facebook.com/TristanNunezRacing. About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper and its subsidiaries also sell medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design operations within its family of companies located in more than one dozen countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.