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Courtney Hansen is the star and host of a new show on Spike TV named “Great Builds,” which premieres on August 17. Hansen will review the best custom cars, hot rods and truck builds in the country and interview builders and other experts about the custom rides. Hansen currently hosts Spike TV’s “Power Block,” a two-hour block of automotive-related programming featuring hot cars and trucks and the latest industry news.

Courtney Hansen

TEN Media LLC hired Kathryn Wakeford as media planning specialist to lead client/media services, which was officially launched in 2008 when Internet Pioneering Inc. acquired the assets of The Enthusiast Network. She was the previous company’s director of client services and media planning for three years, which included managing pre- and post-sales activities. She managed all aspects of media planning, including forecasting, flighting and reporting, on client campaigns across the TEN Media websites.

Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. promoted Dan MacDonald, currently director of media relations, to executive director of communications. MacDonald is in charge of managing internal and external corporate communications and is responsible for ensuring that all information regarding the company is clear and consistent. He will also manage the company’s corporate image advertising efforts.

Fidanza announced that it is an in-game sponsor of the video game "GRID," which is available now for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS video game systems. Fidanza’s logo is prominent throughout the game on car liveries and trackside. For more information about "GRID," visit

Fidanza is an in-game sponsor of the video game "GRID."

The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) announced that for the third consecutive season, advance ticket sales are setting records for the CARS RV & Marine & Motorsport Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by Torco Racing Fuels. Set for the Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, the nationals begin on July 4 with professional and sportsman qualifying. More information is available at

Eastern Catalytic was ranked 77 in the top 100 automotive aftermarket suppliers for 2008 in a study conducted by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and sponsored by Ernst & Young. According to George Schafer, President of Eastern Manufacturing, “We are delighted to be a part of such a prestigious group and proud to be a member of AASA. Over the past few years, Eastern has experienced dramatic growth, despite a very challenging marketplace. We have also expanded our presence globally with a thriving export business. Our major investments in manufacturing and R&D, along with our steadfast commitment to quality and innovation, have truly paid off.”