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By Dan Schechner on August 3, 2017

A short time ago a column appeared in the “Gear & Gadgets” section of The Wall Street Journal that raised some eyebrows here at PRI. The piece, written by Dan Neil and titled “Le Mans: A Race for the Future of the Automobile,” paid homage to the famed endurance road race as a testbed of advanced technology and a wellspring of competitive drama.

Unfortunately, however, Mr. Neil chose to set the tone for his article by opening with the following: “In my opinion, 99% of motorsports competition is a pointless, brainless waste of time and gasoline.” Peppered amongst his praise for Le Mans were unflattering characterizations of nearly...

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By Dan Schechner on July 24, 2017

Late last week—July 20, to be precise—PRI founder Steve Lewis was inducted into the United States Auto Club (USAC) Hall of Fame alongside fellow 2017 honorees Donald Davidson, Frankie DelRoy, Gene Hartley, Howard Linne, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp, Johnny Thomson, Chuck Gurney, Lloyd Ruby, Ken Schrader and Bob East.

Lewis, who established the venerable Nine Racing team in the late 1970s, would go on to record 133 national wins and 10 USAC National Midget Series championships over a dominant 25-year span that brought top drivers like Mike Bliss, Dave Darland, Bobby East, Joe Gaerte, Tracy Hines, Kenny Irwin Jr., Kasey Kahne, Jason Leffler, Stevie Reeves, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and others into victory lane time and...

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By Laura Pitts on July 18, 2017

After an early-season shakeup, Tennessee National Raceway appears to be back on track. Officials at the dirt oval in Hohenwald, Tennessee, had announced earlier this year that the remainder of its 2017 racing season would be canceled on account of management troubles.

Upon hearing the news, however, local stock car drivers Wayne Smith and Leroy Holloway quickly rose to the occasion and threw their hats into the 3/8-mile ring, ultimately agreeing to manage the track for the remainder of the season; they have since enlisted the help of new officials, including a flag waver and tech.

When we contacted her late last month, scorekeeper Sarah Dubraba, who is also track owner William Hibbits...

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By Laura Pitts on June 29, 2017

Despite having to cancel its inaugural June 28 event at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan, due to rain, Lane Automotive’s $30,000 No-Prep Triple Crown Series is still turning heads.

The appeal of no prep, of course, lies in its great equalizer—a surface with little to no preparation or treatment that’s about as close as it gets to side-by-side racing on city streets—along with big purses like those offered at the Triple Crown.

According to organizers, full-bodied race cars must have factory quarters and a roof, as well as a factory VIN, and weigh at least 2750 lbs. Drag slicks are allowed, but traction compounds are not, and entry fees are $100 per event.

“No-prep, up until recently, is probably the most...

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