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This Week In Motorsports

This Week In Motorsports

April 16, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – This Week in Motorsports is a video recap of weekend motor sports events in NASCAR, the Nationwide series and other competitions under the Chrysler Group LLC banner. This week, As Penske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and A.J. Allmendinger compete in the season-long Sprint Cup Series Points standings, other drivers under the Penske umbrella continue to show progress on the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series circuits, as well as the NHRA and Viper Cup Series.

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December 29th, 2011 | Ram Zone – No group of people knows Cummins-powered Ram Trucks better than the over 400 attendees of the 2011 Turbo Diesel Register (TDR) Rally at the Cummins MidRange Engine Plant in Walesboro, Indiana.

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  • Celebrity race features talented collection of drivers from across the spectrum of Dodge Motorsports’ disciplines competing in identical Dodge Viper ACR-X spec cars
  • Event at Utah’s Miller Motorsports Park raises $18,000 for various charities
  • One-hour special race broadcast kicks off 11 straight weeks of 2011 Dodge Viper Cup series action on Versus

October 5, 2011 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge Motorsports is offering race fans an exciting change of pace during the prime Sunday mid-afternoon viewing slot.

Airing at 3 pm (EDT) Sunday, Oct. 9, on Versus is the first-ever “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge.” The unique one-race event was held April 13 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, and featured an impressive lineup of competitors from numerous forms of racing – all united under the Dodge Motorsports and Mopar® banners.

Leading the list of participating drivers was automotive legend and Penske Racing team owner Roger Penske, making a rare appearance behind the wheel. Penske hasn’t driven competitively since the mid-1960s following his being named the Sports Car Club of America Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated. Joining their team owner in the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” were Penske Racing and NASCAR superstars Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr.

Also participating were Robbie Gordon, driver and team owner of Speed Energy Racing; NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson; Hart and Huntington Racing team owner Carey Hart and his AMA Supercross rider Ivan Tedesco; Formula Drifter and TORC driver Samuel Hubinette; Viper factory driver Kuno Wittmer; Viper road-course racing driver/instructor Cindi Lux; monster truck pilot Mark Hall; and ARCA Series racer Maryeve Dufault.

Filling out the racing field were event host Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT® and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC; Dodge Motorsports engineer Matt Bejnarowicz and Viper Cup series drivers Connie Bogan, Jeff Courtney, Jason Daskalos, Eric Galerne, Brad Gorrondona, Billy Gropp, Ted Hughes, Todd Nelson and Fred Roberts.

“This was truly a once in-a-lifetime collaboration for us at Dodge Motorsports and Mopar,” Gilles said. “Seeing the diverse driving talent on the track was incredible and showed the passion and dedication our group of drivers has for the Chrysler Group and our various racing efforts.”

The 24 participants for the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” were divided into 12 two-person teams. Single qualifying lap times by each of the two drivers were averaged together to determine the order for the standing start.

Teams then plotted their best driver rotation for the 50-minute timed race.

Once the green flag waved, the on-track competition was intense as 12 identically prepared, 640-horsepower Dodge Viper ACR-X spec cars began to speed around the 2.24-mile Miller Motorsports Park layout.

Halfway through the 50-minute race, each team conducted a mandatory timed pit stop and driver change.

“I can’t say enough about the generosity and mutual respect shown by each and every participant in the ‘Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge,’ Gilles added. “I’m proud to share the same common thread of being racers at heart that can take the time out to not only come together and compete on the same stage, but also raise money for worthy charity causes.”

The following charitable donations were made by the top-three finishing teams:

  • Haiti Rescue Effort – $5,000
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition – $5,000
  • Shriners Hospital – $3,000
  • Tarrant Area Foodbank, Fort Worth, Texas – $3,000
  • Children’s Rare Disease Network – $1,000
  • National Breast Cancer Foundation – $1,000
  • The airing of the “Dodge Viper Celebrity Challenge” on Oct. 9 kicks off 11 straight weeks (through Dec. 18) of Dodge Viper Cup series coverage on Versus. All broadcasts begin on the subsequent Sundays at 3 p.m. Eastern.

“Under the Pentastar” is a quick video recapping important happenings around the company over the past week. This week’s stories include:

And in other news, straight from the mouth of Chrysler themselves:

“Some people say that size doesn’t matter. Through most of its history, Chrysler Group (and its previous iterations) has rarely been the biggest automaker.

That’s okay because as CEO Sergio Marchionne said May 24 at our Sterling Heights (MI) Assembly Plant, the company’s vision and aspiration is not to be the biggest automaker, “just the best.”

Sergio Marchionne announcing Chrysler's Pay Back

Sergio Marchionne at Sterling Heights on May 24th, 2011

Still, it was nice to hear all the good noise made in the May sales stories last week about our fantastic sales for May — when practically every other OEM declined or was flat. We were among the Big 3 again. While we don’t know what the future holds, all of Chrysler Group is hard at work to continue the growth we’ve seen the past year.

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

And, that growth — looking at gains, not raw numbers — is where Chrysler Group is leading the industry in a handful of segments. Those segments are:

Through the end of May, we’ve been growing and improving — faster than the U.S. auto industry has combined. And, in cases like Compact SUVs, Jeep® brand is driving the growth.

The two tables below look at the five segments noted above. The first table compares May 2011 to May 2010, and the second one compares the first five months of 2011 to the first five months of 2010. The data is from our Demand & Order Management group. You can find similar information at places like the Wall Street Journal’s Market Data Center.”

To see more photos of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, simply click any of the images in the post. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!


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May 19, 2011 12:23 PM- Chrysler Brand definitely made an in-your-face statement during Super Bowl XLV with its two-minute, Imported From Detroit TV commercial, featuring Detroit native, Eminem.

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

Chrysler Brand is not backing off from that approach by daring you to

“The new website is designed for consumers who are considering Chrysler Brand vehicles for the first time, or for the first time in a long time. The site offers third-party reviews and comments, and directly compares our lineup to competitors.”

-Tim Kuniskis.
Head of Chrysler Brand

2011 Chrysler 300 BM at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

The new website gives visitors the opportunity to:

  • See how other customers who have never owned or considered a Chrysler Brand vehicle react to the new 2011 models
  • See professional drivers’ impressions of how Chrysler Brand cars and minivans handle vs competitive products in real driving situations
  • Compare key features of Chrysler models vs competitors
  • See for themselves the value proposition Chrysler offers with its higher level of standard content vs competitors
  • Review articles and quotes from third-party journalists on the new 2011 models
2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

2011 Chrysler 300 at Brandl Motors

It looks like Chrysler is continuing it’s path towards providing an excellent experience for their customers. Be sure to check out today to see  all of your favorite Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles! I’ve also included a quick little ad spot from the 2011 Chrysler 200 below. To see more images of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Vehicles, click on any of the pictures in the post. Thanks again for checking out Chrysler Catchall!
2011 Dodge Durango R/T Chicago Auto Show World Debut

2011 Dodge Durango R/T Chicago Auto Show World Debut

The all-new Dodge Durango is a shared winner of MotorWeek’s 2011 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Large Utility. The award was given to both the Durango and the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Every year for the last 30 years, MotorWeek has reviewed the state of the automotive business and judged the best new trucks of the year. Dodge Brand President and CEO accepted the award for the new Durango at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.

“The Dodge team is truly honored that MotorWeek has selected the Dodge Durango for a Drivers’ Choice Award,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO—Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Durango represents where the Dodge brand is going with its six new or refreshed products for 2011 — striking vehicles that are thoroughly engineered and fun to drive. It’s always rewarding when third party sources recognize that we’re creating quality products that will delight our customers.”

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

2011 Dodge Durango Crew

The annual Drivers’ Choice Awards looks at vehicles from a buyer’s point of view. Scoring takes into account trends, innovations, value and reliability to produce a list of winners that makes sense and can be used as a practical guide for car shopping.

“The team that worked on Durango really put their hearts into creating an SUV with a soul,” Gilles added. “When consumers get behind the wheel, they’ll experience a performance-tuned SUV that has the interior spaciousness of a crossover, still delivers best-in-class towing and starts under than $30,000. It’s a tremendous package.”

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

2011 Dodge Durango R/T

Dodge Durango

With its sleek exterior design, modern, spacious interior, world-class suspension dynamics and intelligent and fuel-efficient and powerful powertrain options, the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango delivers driving excitement and refinement combined with the interior flexibility of a three-row SUV. The Durango’s new unibody structure is more than 25 percent stiffer than the vehicle it replaces, making it a driver’s SUV that delivers impressive on-road handling. The new Durango also delivers best-in-class towing capability of 6,200 lbs. with the V-6 engine and 7,400 lbs. with the V-8 engine.

2011 Dodge Durango Interior

2011 Dodge Durango Interior

The starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, Express model, is $29,195 for the rear-wheel-drive and $31,195 for the all-wheel-drive (excluding an $850 destination charge).

To see more pictures of the 2011 Dodge Durango, click any of the images in this post. Thanks for checking our Chrysler Catchall!

2011 Dodge Durango R/T Interior

2011 Dodge Durango R/T Interior

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