By Dan Schechner on August 31, 2015

Local motorsports professionals and those in town for last month’s Knoxville Nationals joined PRI at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday, August 14, for our annual Manufacturers Luncheon. Dozens of race industry members enjoyed a festive atmosphere on the second floor of the Hall of Fame facility, where they were treated to a catered BBQ lunch supplied by local favorite The Rib Shack. In attendance were representatives from World Racing Group, EMI, Rod End Supply, Speedway Motors, Pro Shocks, MAVTV, HMS, CHE Precision, Kear’s Speed Shop, Pro Shocks, National Speedway Directory SuperFlow,, Weld Racing Wheels, Xtreme Racing Products, MagTech, and more. As always, we’d like to extend a special thank...

By Louise Ann Noeth on August 26, 2015

Dirt racing and sportsman-level drag racing are relatively free from spec restrictions, whereas road racing, by comparison, can have a crushing burden of rules.
In some sanctions, in fact, brake “specs” not only dictate what specific part may be used, but also might limit where they can be purchased.
Every winning spec bid to a venue should be done to benefit the series participants, as opposed to decisions made on price alone, the prevailing opinion holds. The critical point is that if the spec is wrong it can put all racers at risk, because brakes are safety specific. Racers are urged to speak up if they see a problem with the spec.
Nonetheless, several brake suppliers believe...

By Dan Schechner on August 7, 2015

* A Force For Good: An early summer swing through the South brought yours truly to the doorstep of one of PRI’s staunchest supporters: leading safety equipment manufacturer G-Force Racing Gear. A tour of the company’s Roswell, Georgia, facility revealed a tightly run shop. And my host, Jeremy Curtis, shared some valuable insights into where G-Force is headed. For one, Curtis was quite high on the performance thus far of his one- and two-piece GF 745 racing suits, which debuted at last year’s PRI Trade Show. He also noted the popularity of newly released accessory products for racing crews, including backpacks and helmet bags. Curtis felt confident that 2015–16 would pay dividends...

By Annamarie Malfitana-Strawhand on August 19, 2015

I am usually on the other end of the spectrum when it comes to sponsorship, working with race drivers and teams on how to properly prepare, attract and manage sponsors. But many of you may not know that I have quite a bit of experience working on the other side of sponsorship—as the “sponsor” or representative of the “sponsor/company” in the motorsports and performance industry.  I have assisted many companies in choosing the right team/driver to sponsor, and also helped them create marketing programs around their sponsorships to make sure they get a good return on their investment.

As a company owner myself for many years, especially when I owned a web development and graphic design firm, I was constantly approached by...

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