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By Dan Schechner on September 25, 2017

Our hats off to officials at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas, who recently decided to suspend the track’s remaining 2017 race activities to assist in post-Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. This couldn’t have been an easy call for VP/General Manager Seth Angel and his team—canceled events include the Import Face Off (Oct. 22), October Truck Madness (Oct. 29) and the Light the Sky Festival (Nov. 11)—but “we are confident we are doing the right thing,” Angel said.

Meantime, a number of race venues across the Southeast opened their facilities to evacuees of Hurricane Irma, which tracked a destructive path through the region in early September. Ahead of the storm, scores of campers and RVs had already settled into the...

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By Dan Schechner on August 16, 2017

It’s been 40 years since AJ Foyt recorded his record-setting fourth Indianapolis 500 win, and Performance Racing Industry is honoring the occasion with a special display at the 2017 PRI Trade Show.

AJ Foyt: A Legendary Exhibition traces the icon’s rise from the dirt tracks of Texas to the apex of auto racing, and pays tribute to one of the most diverse and successful careers in motorsports history. Lest we forget, Foyt is still IndyCar’s most prolific driver, with 65 career victories, and he remains the only competitor ever to take top honors at the Indy 500, the Daytona 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In addition to rare...

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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