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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...

By John Kilroy on October 18, 2011

Just wanted to report that I had a blast serving as a concours judge at the Kumho Tires Presents the Grassroots Motorsports $2011 Challenge Powered by RacingJunk.com. The task was to build a car for $2011 that could compete in a concours judging, autocross and drag race. Great fun, and pretty spectacular DIY innovation. (See photos at bottom)

Here's an example: Andrew Nelson’s entry came in second overall, but it represents the 'go for it' approach by the 50 contestants. He installed a Volkswagen Beetle body on a Nova subframe, then jammed a Chevy 350 under the front hood. He ran 10:58 in the quarter mile, and placed second in the autocross. Pretty damn impressive. Nelson also competes in landspeed racing in...

By John Kilroy on October 13, 2011

Just returned last night from Florida for the Kumho Tires Grassroots Motorsports 2011 Challenge Powered by RacingJunk.com, where competitors must build a race car for $2011 and compete in three categories: concours, autocross and drag racing. I had a blast. Truly memorable. Virtually every car had its own unique story, and some were pretty  wild.

I’ll cover the event in another blog this week, because I wanted to preface it with my visit to the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing in Ocala, Florida. I stopped there on the way up to Gainesville for the Challenge.

I highly recommend a visit to the Museum for attendees of the PRI Trade Show. It’s worth arriving a day early...

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By John Kilroy on October 4, 2011

We're working on the November Show Issue right now, preparing it for the printer, and a thought that's in my brain and I can't get it out is the fact that it's 386 pages. It may be a misuse of blogging etiquette, but I have a real sense of pride right now in the accomplishments of PRI, and the way the racing industry is pulling together in these challenging times.

Last year's Show Issue was 306 pages. This year's Show Issue will be 80 pages larger. About half of that is from our decision to insert the Guide To Orlando, but another 40 pages comes from the increased activity of racing marketers in advertising in the Show Issue.

It seems much more than a matter of revenue for PRI. It took a heck...

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