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By John Kilroy on January 9, 2012

We gained additional insights recently on the use of a spec tire in a racing series when we visited with Jim Scarborough, customer development manager for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and Gustavo Menezes, who will be competing in the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear again in 2012.

The occasion was a small gathering of journalists for lunch at the Goodyear North American Airship Operations in Gardena, California. If you’ve ever been driving south of Los Angeles on the 405 freeway right around where it intersects with the 110 freeway, and glimpsed the Goodyear blimp tethered to a mast, that’s where we met. It was the idea of Dean Case, communications officers for MAZDASPEED Motorsports. A one-hour ride in...

By Steve Lewis on December 13, 2011

Taken from the Publisher's Page in January 2012:

I just arrived back to Laguna Beach after spending a week in Orlando, Florida, along with 38,000 racing industry members, for the 24th Annual PERFORMANCE RACING INDUSTRY Trade Show. First, I must thank each and every one of the 1037 exhibitors that brought their products to the Trade Show and built magnificent displays that showcased these products to the thousands upon thousands of attendee “buyers” who came from 72 countries. The exhibitors are the “magnet” that draws the attendees and the magnetic attraction of this year’s Show was outstanding. In fact, we had a slight increase of exhibitors from the 2010 Trade Show and we were pleased that 138 companies that were either new to...

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By John Kilroy on December 13, 2011

We at PRI are very proud of what took place at the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI Powered by Rotax. We wanted to present karting to members of the racing industry who may have never experienced a kart race packed with talented drivers, and we wanted to present exhibitors and attendees with a great evening's entertainment for Thursday night. We wanted to deliver a big dose of racing action, but we wanted to clock it in by 8:30 p.m., recognizing that everybody had a big work day on Friday at the PRI Trade Show.

We had a ton of help from all the sponsors, kart suppliers, teams, drivers, the WKA, the IKF, eKartingNews.com, the Convention Center, Masters Entertainment, and others. It was a pretty amazing night of racing.

Red Bull...

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By John Kilroy on December 13, 2011

It’s the third and final day of the PRI Trade Show, and this editor will likely leave the Orange County Convention Center at the end of the day just like so many racing industry buyers here with more left to do.

The three days goes by fast! No matter what’s on your agenda  each day, important conversation pop up in the middle of the exhibit aisles or in an exhibit. You learn a lot. Make decisions. Then get back to your own goals for the Show, appreciative of the value of these spontaneous meetings with racing professionals throughout the exhibit hall.

I wish to thank everyone for making the trip to Orlando for the three biggest business days in racing. It’s the world’s largest gathering of racers. A lot of business...

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