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Movers & Shakers: The Wheel Group Appoints Dean Rossi as CFO

By SEMA Editors

The Wheel Group (TWG), the Ontario, California-based global aftermarket wheel, tireTWG, Dean Rossi and automotive accessory supplier, has announced Dean Rossi as its new CFO. 

Rossi's career began at Arthur Andersen in New York City and continued at Deloitte. He later transitioned to IBM, where he served in a technical accounting role and specialized in acquisition diligence and business model evaluation, leading to his relocation to California. Rossi later moved to 4Over, a private founder-led printing distribution business where he built and led finance and accounting teams, successfully orchestrated acquisitions and ultimately facilitated the sale of the business.

"Dean's appointment marks an exciting new chapter for The Wheel Group. We're confident that his expertise will set the stage for unprecedented organic growth and supercharge our acquisition efforts. Together, we're poised to achieve remarkable success in our industry," said Wade Kawasaki, executive chairman of TWG.

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Ford Announces New Track School for Owners of the Seventh-Generation Mustang

Owners of the all-new, seventh-generation Ford Mustang will be able to enjoy a range of new experiences in 2024, from on-track driving courses led by some of the world's best high-performance driving instructors to new lifestyle events and an online portal to connect with Mustang owners from across the country.

"The Ford Mustang is all about two things: its community of passionate fans and racing. We're combining those qualities and giving owners the opportunity to learn some of the same skills our racing drivers will take to Daytona and Le Mans next year," said Matt Simpson, general manager for Enthusiast Vehicles. "And they'll do so alongside their fellow enthusiasts."

Mustang Dark Horse Track Attack at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be offered to owners of Mustang Dark Horse--the most track-capable and powerful 5.0 L V8 street-legal Mustang ever.

Boasting a near 3:1 attendee-to-instructor ratio, Mustang Dark Horse owners will receive personal attention on the skid pad, autocross and Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, and the experience comes included with the purchase of the Mustang Dark Horse (not including transportation and lodging).

In addition, Ford is offering a driving event at the Ford Performance Racing School at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will give Mustang EcoBoost and Mustang GT owners the option to select from drift instruction, track driving, line-lock burnout classes, and more.

A new digital portal creates an online point of entry to the Mustang fandom, allowing owners to learn, engage and interact with fellow fans. A series of roving, cross-country events in 10 U.S. markets will include on major automotive, lifestyle and motorsports events. This will provide owners with an in-person opportunity to interact with other Mustang fans.

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