During his tour of Chrysler Headquarters & Technology Center, five-time NHRA Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr., left, met with Chrysler President/CEO Pietro Gorlier.
JEGS.com/Mopar driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. was invited last week on a private tour of Chrysler Headquarters & Technology Center, where he met with a handful of key executives and numerous members of the SRT group.
"It was quite a privilege to be invited up there and pretty darn exciting to see all the things going on at Chrysler," said Coughlin, a five-time champion in NHRA's Pro Stock class. "Not many people get an all-access, behind-the-scenes tour like this, so I was honored to have the chance."
The highlight of the visit was lunch with Chrysler President and CEO Pietro Gorlier in the executive dining room. Afterward, Gorlier presented Coughlin with a special shadow box to commemorate Coughlin's 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock world championship.
"To be recognized for what we do out there on the NHRA trail and know that people like Pietro are watching drag racing gives you a real sense of pride," Coughlin said. "I was thrilled to talk about our championship and how we got there together as a team, and of course we spoke at length about Mopar winning two titles in a row and how we plan to keep the momentum going forward in 2014."
Coughlin started his day visiting the SRT garages and got a sneak peek at some special future production cars as well as other unique vehicles still in the design phase.
There, he met with Russ Ruedisueli, head of SRT and motorsports engineering; Dave Bailey, senior manager of motorsports engineering; and Pat Baer, motorsports engine development.
"To have the support of these talented folks is really the difference between winning and losing," Coughlin said. "Their expertise and the facilities they have up there let you realize very quickly how serious they are about being No. 1. I'm blown away by the commitment every person on that staff has to our program."
The affable Ohioan then signed autographs for associates at CTC before his lunch with Gorlier.
After lunch, he met with Skip Olson, senior manager, accessory & performance portfolio, and Kathy Wideman, senior manager, repair portfolio, before speaking to the accessory & performance parts team.
Other Mopar executives with whom Coughlin met were Patrick Dougherty, vice president, parts sales & field operations; Tricia Hecker, director of marketing; and Frank Donnelly, senior manager, maintenance portfolio & Magneti Marelli.
"I tried to thank as many people as I could, and I let them all know how appreciative we are to have their support," Coughlin said. "They are just a wonderful group up there, and my spirit and drive for winning has definitely been bolstered."
Coughlin drove his JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger to the 2013 Pro Stock championship, a year after returning to NHRA with Mopar.