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By John Kilroy on January 16, 2014

In my career at PRI, it has never ceased to amaze me how the sport of auto racing is intertwined throughout American lives. In my own life, some very fun moments have occurred far away from a race track. It might have been at a back-to-school night, sitting in the grandstands for a Little League game or at a wedding reception. I am talking to a stranger or new acquaintance when the subject of what I do for a living comes up.  Next, I find the person I’m talking to runs a Winston West stock car (some time ago), or competes in Time Attack or spent years drag racing. Suddenly, we are speaking the same language. There’s a real enthusiasm in the conversation. And pretty soon, some fun stories are shared, and mutual acquaintances...

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By Dan Schechner on January 14, 2014

Daniel Alvarez, a 21-year-old Late Model driver with Hammer Time Racing out of Chappells, South Carolina, traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, in mid-December to attend the 2013 PRI Trade Show. Following is his account of what took place shortly after he arrived at the Indiana Convention Center. 

The 2013 PRI Show was the 3rd straight show I have attended. On the first day of the show, my father and I stumbled upon the RAD “Race Against Drugs” Racing Team booth, and spoke with them about their charity. RAD was there to raise awareness for their organization and promote their cause, as well as do some fundraising. They had teamed up with Mr. Brian Butler from Butler Built...

By Dan Schechner on January 2, 2014

MAVTV Lands Despain: Standing before a room full of journalists during the 2nd annual “Lunch with Lucas,” iconic motorsports journalist Dave Despain remarked, “The only way they could get rid of me was by getting rid of the whole damn network!” You’ll recall that Despain and his popular “Wind Tunnel” show were dropped last year when SPEED TV gave way to Fox Sports 1. Well, Despain’s loyal following received an early Christmas gift at the 2013 PRI Show when it was announced that he’d recently inked a two-year contract with Lucas Oil-owed MAVTV. In addition to emceeing live broadcasts of the...

By John Kilroy on January 2, 2014

I’m on the plane back from Indianapolis, with just enough time to make the deadline for my Publisher’s Page for the January 2014 issue. I’m excited to share with you the news that the 26th Annual Performance Racing Industry was a huge success in making its big return to Indianapolis! As so many people told us during that special week in December, “Indianapolis is the right place for this Show.” Yes, indeed. We experienced three days of packed exhibit aisles and brisk sales for exhibitors. Attendees saw the best the industry has to offer in new speed equipment and shop machinery all in one place, all at one time.

Over 1200 companies exhibited, offering an extraordinary array of racing technology creatively displayed. Plus, the...

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