One of the most extraordinary things to happen during PRI's exhibit at the Autosport Engineering Show earlier this year in Birmingham, England, was how very normal it was for this American company to be exhibiting there. It didn't feel foreign at all. I note this because I remember a time when it was, more or less, a shocking new thought to promote PRI overseas. Throughout much of the racing industry a dozen years or so ago, not much consideration was given to the racing market outside of national borders, although Australia has always been a strong international market for US racing products, and Canada, of course. There were the complications of currencies, language, customs, shipping, marketing, selling and more. The US market is...
By John Kilroy on March 11, 2016
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By Dan Schechner on February 29, 2016
* Fighting Back: An industry-wide firestorm erupted February in response to proposed regulations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that threaten to ban the conversion of street-legal vehicles into race cars. As written, it would also outlaw the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles. The provision was inserted into a 629-page proposal, published back in July, called “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2” that essentially covered fuel standards for commercial trucks. And while the Clean Air Act indeed prohibits certain modifications to street cars, it’s clear that race cars represent a completely different type of “motor...
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By Christine Corelli on February 22, 2016
(Editor’s note: The following three leadership tips originally appeared in a recent eNewsletter distributed by author, speaker and consultant Christine Corelli.)
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By Dan Schechner on February 5, 2016
* CSI: IUPUI: A new study out of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) exploring the use of illicit chemicals on racing tires has revealed a potential game-changer in the pursuit of fair play.
The report, released last month by the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program at IUPUI, examined the use of tire-softening compounds—many of them readily available—that are typically applied days ahead of time in order to avoid detection during race-day tech inspection. It determined that 10 out of 70 (nearly 15 percent) tires on midget cars that finished among the top three in USAC-sanctioned races over a one-year period had been treated with some type of...
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