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TORC racing at Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

October 19, 2011 4:36 PM- Ricky Johnson helped lead the way for Mopar® and Ram in the Traxxas TORC (The Off-Road Championship) Series that finished Oct. 16, 2011, at Cycle Ranch MX in Floresville, Texas.

Johnson captured the title in PRO 4 in his Red Bull Mopar Ram, after starting in the sixth position. He quickly moved up to fourth and battled rival Johnny Greaves for third. The pair had a great duel for the lead on the seventh lap, with Johnson taking the top spot.

The multi-time AMA champion was out front on the eighth lap when the mandatory competition caution flew. He led on the restart and began to pull away as the laps wound down. Johnson would pace the remainder of the distance to record his sixth win of the season and wrap up the PRO 4 title.

“It was an amazing weekend and season for that matter,” said Johnson. “We fought our way back. We had some DNFs (did not finish) and shortcomings earlier this year and everyone kept pushing me and stuck behind me.”

TORC racing at Red Bud

TORC racing at Red Bud

“With Bryce Menzies, my teammate, winning the title in PRO 2 (Oct. 15), I didn’t want to let anyone down today. It’s great to win a title for Red Bull, Ram, Mopar and everyone that helps us out. The best off-road racers in the world compete in the TORC Series, so it means a lot to win this championship.” (See more from Johnson in the video below.)

In addition to Johnson’s PRO 4 championship, Menzies captured the PRO 2 title, and Andrew Caddell brought home the PRO Light title.

In the race among the truck makers, Ram Truck won the Manufacturer’s Championship in the PRO 2 and PRO Light categories, and finshed second in the PRO 4 category.

“Mopar and Ram simply dominated the inaugural TORC season, with 27 wins and all three championships during our 2011 campaign,” said Mopar President/CEO Pietro Gorlier.

“We more than doubled the amount of wins recorded by the next-closest manufacturer. Congratulations to Ricky Johnson, Bryce Menzies and Andrew Caddell on bringing home championships for Mopar and Ram.”

Check out the video below. As always, click on any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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May 25, 2011 12:13 AM- Mike Driehorst- It’s a day 23 months in the making, six years ahead of schedule, and a day during which Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke both praise and caution.

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

And, the highlight transpired at 10:13 a.m. when Marchionne received confirmation from Citigroup that company’s wire and bank transfer of payments to the U.S., Canada and Ontario governments were received and Chrysler Group’s $6.7 billion loan was paid in full, with interest.

Marchionne spoke to Chrysler Group employees at the company’s headquarters at noon (above), and then headed to the Sterling Heights (MI) Assembly Plant for the 2 p.m. public portion of what he called the company’s “Independence Day.”

Sergio Marchionne with Ron A. Bloom and Brian Deese

Sergio Marchionne with Ron A. Bloom and Brian Deese

He was joined there by Assistant to President Obama for Manufacturing Policy Ron Bloom, and Vice President and Director, UAW Chrysler Department General Holiefield. Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding made opening remarks.

During his comments, Marchionne said the “joy” of June 10, 2009, when the loan were made, “was conditioned by the sense of responsibility we all shared.

Sergio Marchionne with General Holiefield and Bill Parker

Sergio Marchionne with General Holiefield and Bill Parker

“Not just for the privilege we had been given of helping get an American icon back on its feet, but more importantly for our moral obligation to justify the support that American and Canadian taxpayers had given us.

“We knew we had to live up to the expectations of those who had made sacrifices on our behalf.”

As he has done so in the past, Marchionne cautioned about celebrating too much:

Sergio Marchionne with Tony Al-Abawi, SHAP Team Leader

Sergio Marchionne with Tony Al-Abawi, SHAP Team Leader

“Today is a major milestone for Chrysler Group, but our work is by no means finished….

“Repayment of the government loans closes an important chapter in our history, but we still have a great deal left to accomplish before regaining our rightful place in the automotive landscape.”

Sergio Marchionne and others tour SHAP

Sergio Marchionne and others tour SHAP

ChryslerPayback facts

  • Chrysler Group made final payments Tuesday of $7.6 billion for the outstanding loans from U.S. and Canadian taxpayers (via their respective governments).
  • Payments consisted of $5.9 billion to the U.S. Treasury and $1.7 billion to Export Development Canada
  • In total, Chrysler Group paid U.S. Treasury $6.5 billion and the Export Development Canada $2.0 billion, including interest and additional consideration
  • Total loan pay off was $6.7 billion plus $1.8 billion of interest and other considerations. That’s a loan + interest totalling $8.5 billion.
  • U.S. and Canada governments made $1.8 billion on the deal
  • Paid in full more than six years ahead of payment schedule
  • Loans by U.S. and Canadian governments combined with strategic alliance with Fiat leads to:
  • 16 all-new or significantly refreshed vehicles currently in dealerships;
  • more than $3 billion in facility upgrades; and
  • increased employment with the hiring of 6,000 Chrysler Group employees
  • The new financing will save Chrysler Group an estimated $350 million a year in interest expenses.
  • In June 2009, Chrysler Group borrowed $5.1 billion from the U.S. Treasury and $1.6 billion from Export Development Canada.
  • $2.6 billion from the original loan facilities was undrawn and the facilities will be cancelled
Check out the videos below to see some of the speeches from yesterday. As always, click any of the images in the post to see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram vehicles. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!

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