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Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske Win GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

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Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprises Chevrolet team dropped the hammer this past weekend in a convincing victory at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, securing the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship while highlighting Team Penske’s 50th anniversary season.

“It’s unbelievable,” Pagenaud said. “What a race! So much emotion right now to be honest it’s hard to find the words. My whole career has been about this, about today and getting to this point, getting to this level… It’s such a great feeling.” (Read more here.)

It was all Pagenaud, all day, as the Frenchman led 76 of 85 laps for his fifth win of the season and his first Verizon IndyCar Series title, permanently etching his name in the history books as a champion. His win marked Team Penske’s 14th Indy car championship and the organization’s 187th victory in an Indy car competition— the most of any team in history.

“Obviously when you join a team like Team Penske, they deliver the best cars,” Pagenaud said. “They provide you the best equipment out there. As a driver, it’s your job to do the best job possible. When you’re (competing) against Power, Castroneves and Montoya, these guys are the benchmark. It’s about getting the most out of yourself because obviously we all have the same cars.” (Read more here.)

Heading into the race, Pagenaud held a 44-point advantage over teammate Will Power, the only other driver eligible for the 2016 title. Power ran second to Pagenaud for much of the race until a clutch malfunction slowed his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet on lap 36, knocking the Australian driver eight laps off pace while repairs were completed. Power finished 20th, earning him second place in the championship, 124 points behind Pagenaud. Other Team Penske teammate, Helio Castroneves, finished the race seventh, which allowed him to secure third place in the championship.

The results gave Team Penske its second 1 -2 -3 championship finish, the first coming in 1994 with Al Unser Jr., Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy. Pagenaud is the ninth Penske driver to be crowned champion and the second in three years (Power took the title in 2014). Team Penske’s landmark 50th anniversary season featured an impressive 10 wins, 11 poles and 22 podiums in 16 races in 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series competition. The team continues its pursuit of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship with both Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano competing in the Chase this fall.

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Jaguar Land Rover Darien Grand Opening

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On July 1, 2016, after almost 30 years at their location in Darien, CT, Land Rover Darien moved to a brand new, 36,600 sq. ft. facility and, for the first time, added the Jaguar brand to become the first Jaguar Land Rover retailer in the U.S. Jaguar Land Rover Darien, located off exit 11 on I95 (North and South) at 1335 Post Rd, Darien, CT, combines two storied and growing brands – Jaguar and Land Rover. The dealership first opened on July 1 but recently celebrated their Grand Opening Event on September 15.
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Guests entered the Jaguar Land Rover Darien Grand Opening Event by red carpet and had a chance to mingle in the new facility that features a ten-car showroom (each brand having their own showroom), a 25 bay service/detail workshop, and a drive through reception area that offers in-lane service diagnostics. Also featured, is a boutique that showcases the latest accessories, wheels and brand merchandise. During the event, several vehicles were on display including the Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar F-Type, Jaguar XE, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover Defender, and even the Jaguar XK180 concept car!

Land Rover Discovery Sport Giveaway
Land Rover Discovery Sport Giveaway

Jaguar Land Rover Darien is the first Jaguar Land Rover dealership to open in the U.S. under the new British luxury car maker’s global ARCH design standards. The ARCH design showcases a modern gray rectangular façade, clean simple lines, and elements of glass, walnut and sophisticated lighting. Visitors to Jaguar Land Rover Darien will enjoy a plush lounge filled with snacks and coffee, and peace of mind knowing there is ample parking and a fully certified team in their state-of-the-art service center.

“Our new facility offers customers a distinct and modern environment and focuses on delivering an experience that is representative of each brand,” said Roger S.
Penske, Chairman Penske Automotive Group. “We thank Joe Eberhardt and the entire team at Jaguar Land Rover North America for working hand in hand with us to create a first class dealership.”

Jaguar Land Rover Darien is excited to be the premier provider of luxury vehicles for Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Wilton, and Weston, and will continue to expand with the new facility.

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My First Car Was a ____! Sweepstakes

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The Penske Automotive Group Fall Sweepstakes has launched!

Your first car is your gateway to freedom and always a memorable experience. Penske Automotive Group wants to hear what your first one was! Entering the sweepstakes is easy. Enter with your name, email address and your first car and you have a chance to win one of four $250 Amazon Gift Cards.* All winners will be randomly selected each week, see announcement schedule below.

Winners will be announced on the Penske Automotive Group Facebook page on:

September 12, 2016

September 19, 2016

September 26, 2016

October 3, 2016

 

Enter the “My First Car Was a _____! Sweepstakes” on our Facebook page or if entering from your mobile phone, click here.

 

Penske Automotive Group tries to do one sweepstakes or giveaway each quarter. Be on the look out for our winter giveaway launching later this year! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

*Amazon is neither a sponsor nor an affiliate of the sponsor of the sweepstakes.

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Women in the Driver’s Seat

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Penske women are paving the road for future women looking to enter the automotive industry.

Long considered a male-dominated business, the automotive industry has begun to evolve into a more inclusive and equitable environment for women in recent years. Penske has been a silent leader in this progression, with more women taking on leadership positions than ever before.

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Terri Mulcahey

Terri Mulcahey, Executive Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, has been redefining what it means to be a woman in the auto industry ever since she started her career    in the parts department installing electronic parts catalogs with Reynolds and Reynolds after college.

“Those were the days when there weren’t many women in the parts area,” said Mulcahey. “I had to quickly become accustomed to that environment or I wasn’t going to last very long.”

Mulcahey, who was recently named one of the 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry, eventually went on to spearhead Penske Automotive Group’s corporate marketing department. While laying the foundation for the PAG standards used today, Mulcahey fostered a customer-first approach that has been a critical factor in the success and growth of the department.

“The first thing I did was visit the stores, because the GMs, sales managers and parts associates, those are my customers,” said Mulcahey. “That is what I try to remind the team—we work for the people that work at the dealerships. Our job is to help them be more successful.”

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Tracy Gurnett

One of the first people Mulcahey met after moving to Penske was Tracy Gurnett, General Manager at MINI of Austin. Gurnett was a receptionist at the time and worked her way up the ranks to eventually become a GM.

“Some people can be intimidated by a woman leader, but I’ve been fortunate,” said Gurnett. “My mentors—Bernie Wolfe [Executive Vice President—West Region], Roger Penske and Rob Kurnick—they leave me speechless at the opportunities I’ve been given.”

Not only is the status of women in executive and managerial positions changing, but their roles within service departments are changing as well. Penske’s Elizabeth Wintercorn, a refinish technician at Fayetteville Autopark, jumped at the opportunity to enter the automotive industry when she learned about a local technical institute with a collision repair program. She became the first woman to complete the program and graduate in collision repair.

“One of the biggest challenges was being taught by an old-school instructor who didn’t believe that women had a place outside of the kitchen,” said Wintercorn. “Every day was a struggle to be given tasks that didn’t have to do with sweeping the shop.”
However, despite the adversity she faced within the industry, Wintercorn emboldened others like her saying she would “encourage other ladies to take up the challenge of taking courses.”

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Laura Cone

Over at United BMW Roswell, Laura Cone and Staci Kenny are also breaking the traditional gender norms with their roles as technicians. When Cone and Kenny entered the auto industry years ago, both held office positions before realizing their true ambitions lay in the garage.

“As a woman in a male-dominated arena, I just wanted to be equal and considered one of the guys,” said Kenny. “It took time and experience, but I think I have [it].”

Cone echoed Kenny’s sentiments saying, “I feel like one of the guys. The guys I work with are very respectable and treat me like anybody else… If a girl is interested in this kind of job, go for it.”

In striving for equality, Cone and Kenny have achieved admiration for their skills in their work.

“Girls are very detail-oriented people,” said Cone. “You would be surprised by how much that is

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valued in this kind of work.”

Cone, Kenny and Jennifer Rodgers, a lube technician at Landers Chevrolet, each offered the same piece of advice for women interested in a career as a technician: Go for it.

“Get into it and do your best,” said Rodgers. “Don’t let anyone stop you.”

As the role of women in the auto industry continues to grow, the females at Penske provide a strong example of leadership to both men and women.

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Jennifer Rodgers

 

“We work for an organization that recognizes talent and ability based on results and dedication, not based on your sex,” said Gurnett. “There is a definite progression happening, and the leadership at PAG is helping to make that happen.”


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Penske Automotive Group at the 2016 National Veterans Wheelchair Games

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Penske Automotive Group recently attended the 2016 National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Veterans from all over the world compete for gold!

While at the games, we had the opportunity to meet one of the veterans, and executive director for Paralyzed Veterans of America, Sherman Gillums, Jr. to find out what has inspired him since his injury in 2004.

“Coming to the games was the life changing moment for me. It was the first time I was around hundreds of people just like me. The energy and rush of adrenaline of competing gave me the motivation to go back to school, go back to work and most importantly have fun.

It’s natural after a catastrophic injury to experience a period of depression. When you are [at the wheelchair games], it changes your perspective. The nurses and therapists try to keep you motivated but it isn’t the same as being with nearly six hundred other veterans facing the same challenges you are. There is no greater motivation than that.”

“In fact,” laughed Gillums, “At the games, the ‘walkers’ are the minority!”

Hearing his story and then talking with several other veterans at the games, we heard how much Gillums has helped them. He is truly paying it forward.

He is appreciative of all of the support from Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and everyone who donates and supports through their partner program.

Last year Penske Automotive Group dealerships raised $913,000 in support of Paralyzed Veterans, and we are hoping to exceed that total this year! In support of the campaign throughout 2016, Penske Automotive Group is matching each donation – up to $500,000. As of July 2016, with the Penske Automotive Group match, $668,000 has been raised toward the campaign! Thank you to everyone that has donated!

Donations can be made at any Penske Automotive Group dealership. Click here to find the dealership closest to you or you can also donate by clicking here.

 

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100 Best Dealerships to Work For 2016

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Automotive News has announced their 100 Best Dealerships To Work For 2016, recognizing thirteen Penske Automotive Group dealers. To be selected, dealerships distinguished themselves as leaders in three categories: workplace satisfaction, talent retention and excellent care of their employees..

Congratulations to the thirteen Penske Automotive Group dealers recognized as Automotive News’s 100 Best Dealerships to Work For:

Acura of Fayetteville
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Central Florida Toyota
Crevier BMW
Crevier MINI
Honda of Fayetteville
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Landers Ford
Palm Beach Toyota
Porsche of Beachwood
Royal Palm Nissan
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Spring Branch Honda

General Manager, Raymond Carrigan, of Spring Branch Honda was ecstatic when he heard the news, saying, “There is something inherently great about having happy employees. Watching our employees go out of their way to exceed the expectations of our customers pulls it all together into a full circle. Thank you to the employees of Spring Branch Honda for yet again voicing their opinions about how great it is to work for Spring Branch Honda and Penske. The reality is, it’s the employees that makes it so GREAT! “

Several of Penske Automotive Group’s dealerships making the list are repeats from last year’s top 100, including: Landers Ford, Palm Beach Toyota, Porsche of Beachwood, Royal Palm Nissan, and Spring Branch Honda. It is Penske Automotive Group’s mission to develop a great company culture at all their dealerships with an emphasis on teamwork and excellent customer service.


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Fairfield’s Virtual Bike Event Supports Paralyzed Veterans of America

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Penske Automotive Group is a proud supporter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Last month, our Fairfield, CT locations put the pedal to the metal for the organization with a virtual bike tour to help support Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Mission:ABLE campaign!

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Employees of Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield, Audi Fairfield and Porsche of Fairfield took turns riding stationary bikes while service customers came out to cheer them on and donate toward the cause. The three stores raised over $5,000 in donations and biked over 1,400 miles during the week-long event. Talk about going the extra mile for a good cause!

April is PVA Awareness Month, and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to partner with this great organization to bring our veterans the care, support, and honor they deserve.

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Last year Penske Automotive Group dealerships raised $913,000 in support of PVA, and we are hoping to exceed that total this year! In support of the campaign throughout 2016, Penske Automotive Group is matching each donation – up to $500,000. Donations can be made at any Penske Automotive Group dealership! Click here to find a dealership closest to you.

Find more photos and info about the Fairfield Bike Tour event at the dealership’s Facebook and Twitter pages:

Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield Facebook
Porsche of Fairfield Twitter
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Audi Fairfield Facebook
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Brands bring their A-Game to the New York Auto Show

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Springtime is the best time for checking out what cool new concepts auto brands have been cooking up! One of our favorite expos is the New York Auto Show, which happened this year from March 25-April 3. Here are a few of our favorite cars that made their debut!

 

  1. The Lincoln Navigator Concept

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The Lincoln Navigator was described as a “living room on wheels.” If that doesn’t sound like a comfortable ride, we don’t know what does!

 

  1. Nissan GT-R

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The new GT-R takes a fan favorite and packs in even more power.

 

  1. Audi R8 Spyder

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The convertible design of the new Audi doesn’t stop it from having impressive acceleration – it gets to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds! The R8 Spyder will go on sale later this year.

 

  1. Porsche Boxster 718 S

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The new Boxster starts out at $56,000 and will become available sometime in June.

 

  1. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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Are you a Corvette or a Camaro fan? The 640hp of the new Camaro ZL1 makes the decision a little harder.

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