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Vehicle technologies continue to shape the specialty-equipment industry with the breakthrough of advanced products. SEMA’s most recent completed webinar, “Telematics: Vehicle Technology That Will Impact Your Business,” presented by Derek Kaufman, president of C3 Network Inc., explores telematics and how it could affect the way your business moves forward in a technologically advancing industry.
Brenda Priddy & Co. photographer Brian Williams recently caught the forthcoming Ford Taurus shuttling between Ford buildings. Unlike past photos that showed the Taurus wrapped in yards of vinyl, these photos finally show all the sheetmetal, marred only by the funky mitochondrial wrap job.
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The 2010 Mustang is one of several vehicles available in Ford's Project Vehicle Program.
SETTLEMENT: NASCAR reached a settlement with former series official Mauricia Grant in her discrimination lawsuit against the sanctioning body. The arrangements of the December 18 settlement were not released.
NO GO: The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix has been canceled for the 2009 season because of the Michigan economy. The event featuring the IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series was scheduled for Labor Day weekend.
DIXON TO DRIVE ALAN JOHNSON TOP FUEL DRAGSTER IN 2009: Two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Larry Dixon will climb into the seat as the driver of the Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel dragster for the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle season, with Jason McCulloch as the team’s crew chief. Dixon, who won world championships in 2002 and 2003, will make the move to the new team after a 20-year career with Don Prudhomme Racing, which saw Dixon start out as a crewmember in 1988 and work his way into the cockpit in 1995.
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The Yokohama Tire Corp. named Jim MacMaster as its COO. In addition to the responsibility of Yokohama’s daily business operations, MacMaster will also retain his current title of executive vice president, business division. The company also promoted Jim Quinn from director of operations to vice president of operations.