Governor Eric Holcomb spent the weekend promoting Indiana’s motorsports, aviation and aerospace industries to an international audience. The governor attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans race Saturday in France before kicking off the 2017 International Paris Air Show on Sunday.
The governor met with Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouset, which organizes the Le Mans race. He also met with representatives from companies with Indiana ties, including Germany-based Continental Tire, which opened a distribution center in Lebanon last year, and Italy-based Dallara, which opened its Dallara IndyCar Factory in downtown Speedway in 2012.
Holcomb’s office says the governor touted the state’s motorsports and automotive strengths, including more than 24,000 businesses supporting more than 421,000 jobs throughout the state.
As for being one of the greatest spectacles in racing, Holcomb called Le Mans "a close second."
The governor’s delegation is more than halfway through his first international trade mission since taking office. The trip also included a visit to Hungary, where Holcomb signed a memorandum of understanding with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen economic collaboration between the state and nation.