MCG Executive Briefing for March 17, 2014

Goodyear BlimpGoodyear has unveiled a larger and faster new blimp and is asking the public to help name the advanced machine. Get all the latest car biz news in the Executive Briefing. 



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+   EcoMotors, Inc. of Allen Park, MI has acquired the famed engine development company Katech, Inc. in Clinton Township for an undisclosed price. More at

+   Chrysler Group LLC has officially started production of the Alfa-based 2015 Chrysler 200 at its Sterling Heights, MI plant. More at The Detroit News.

+   Veteran Indy 500 and USAC driver Gary Bettenhausen has passed away at age 72. More from Robin Miller at Racer. 

+   Racing a Riley-Ford, Chip Ganassi Racing won the Sebring 12 Hours in its first attempt with drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, and Marino Franchitti. More at USA Today.

+   Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has unveiled a new, larger, and faster Goodyear Blimp with advanced technology and capabilities. More at Motor Trend.

+   Jack Trepanier, general manager of Rad Rides by Troy in Manteno, IL and father of noted car builder Troy Trepanier, has passed away at 70. More at Goodguys News.

+   Alex Tagliani has joined Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing to drive in the Indianapolis 500 in May. More at National Speed Sport News.

+   Nissan and Daimler AG have agreed on a 50/50 joint venture to build Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz branded vehicles in Mexico. More at Reuters.

+   Ferrari plans to open a second theme park called Ferrari Land at the PortAventura resort destination just outside Barelona, Spain. More at

+   At the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified when his Red Bull F1 racer was determined to have exceeded fuel-flow regulations. More at The Sydney Morning Herald.

For the previous Executive Briefing from March 14, click here.

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2 thoughts on “MCG Executive Briefing for March 17, 2014

  1. The new Goodyear Blimp flew over my shop this morning. It kinda’ snuck up on us as it seems more quiet than the previous generation. Kudos to Goodyear for carrying on the tradition.

  2. I’m sorry to hear of the death of Gary B. When I first started following Indy 500 he was my favorite.

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