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By John Kilroy on November 2, 2011

The impact of the the annual Industry Roundtable at the PRI Trade Show is such that every year, it seems, a major story breaks as part of the discussion. For those of us in the audience, we don't always know what the big story will be coming out of the Roundtable. It's two hours of pretty mesmerizing talk by people in the racing business who really know their stuff.

Last year, there was a re-occurring theme by several of the panel members that racing may have lost a generation...especially a generation of young men who might have become ardent fans, and racers themselves. The thought was that iPhones, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes and the entire digital world may have overpowered their lives. As unbelievable as it sounds...

By John Kilroy on October 31, 2011

Here's a sneak peek at the "State of the Racing Market" report we're publishing in the November Show Issue.

Innovative changes in auto racing are creating new opportunities for racing entrepreneurs throughout the sport. Please note that there will be some of this copy cut to fit the report into the available...

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By John Kilroy on October 24, 2011

It was interesting talking to John Godfrey, owner of Spike Chassis, in Brownsburg, Indiana, the other day, when I called him for an article in the November issue on the State of the Racing Market. I just wanted to get John's viewpoint on where racing is right now, especially short track open wheel racing.

John's initial answer was simple, direct, and probably spoke for a lot of people in racing when he frankly acknowledged, "I don't know." It's a tough question to answer these days. As John said, "It's very unpredictable at the moment.

"We've actually been busy the whole summer," said John. However, he said there appears to...

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By John Kilroy on October 20, 2011

Here's a nice bit of new from behnd the scenes here at PRI: Michael Lewis, son of Steve and Loretta Lewis, won Saturday's race at Monza in the Formula 3 Italia series, earning him the Rookie of the Year title.

As part of being Rookie of the Year in the series, Michael earned a test drive with the Ferrari F1 team in November.

Michael won three races in the series this year, and came in second place in the overall championship. He drives for the PREMA Powerteam.

“It was a great feeling to win here at Monza as it is such a famous track with such wonderful history,” said Michael. “I made a great launch at the start of the race and was able to clear the first chicane without a problem so...

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