Governor Holcomb Promotes Indiana’s Auto and Motorsports Industries in France
Updated June 17, 2017 2:47 PM
(LE MANS, France) – Governor Eric J. Holcomb today attended 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the world’s most prestigious auto races, to meet with global executives in the motorsports and automotive industries and discuss opportunities for future growth in Indiana.
“The Indy 500 is the greatest spectacle in racing, and Le Mans is a close second,” said Governor Holcomb. “The world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race brings together global leaders in motorsports and automotive innovation. From these meetings it was clear that Indiana – the Motorsports Capital of the World – continues to be in the pole position for these executives as they consider opportunities for continued business growth.”
After arriving in Le Mans, Governor Holcomb met with Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouset, which organizes and hosts the race. Governor Holcomb and Fillon discussed the many shared bonds between Indiana and Le Mans, as well as innovation driven by the global motorsports industry.
Indiana is globally-recognized as a leader in the motorsports and automotive industries. Motorsports-related businesses operate in all of Indiana’s 92 counties, with more than 24,000 motorsports businesses supporting more than 421,000 motorsports-related jobs across Indiana. With more than 1 million cars assembled in Indiana each year, Indiana is home to the second-largest automotive industry in the nation.
At the race, Governor Holcomb also met with executives of global motorsports and automotive companies to discuss their Indiana connections and opportunities to help them continue to grow, including:
- AJ Foyt Racing, which is based in Texas and competes in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Owner AJ Foyt is the only driver to have won the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500 and 24 Hours of Le Mans .
- Germany-based Continental Tire opened a distribution…