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By Dan Schechner on November 21, 2013

Coinciding with the PRI Show's big return to Indy this year, several brand-new events have been planned for Race Industry Week 2013. Among them is Education Day, which takes place Wednesday, December 11—the day before the PRI Trade Show floor opens—at the Indiana Convention Center.

Patterned after the already successful Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Education Day, 15 Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) member companies will present one-hour product training presentations to PRI Trade Show attendees.

Three seminars will each run concurrently over five, one-hour time slots beginning at 9:00 am.

“The HRIA Education Day is wildly...

By John Kilroy on November 26, 2013

One of my favorite industry events outside of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show is the Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) for race engine builders.

I first attended an AETC many years ago. I remember one of my first AETC gatherings, when it was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and I found myself sitting between Grumpy Jenkins and Ryan Falconer. That informed me pretty dramatically how valuable the AETC experience had become for people in the profession of building race engines.

Some of my favorite moments during AETC conferences took place during the breaks, or during lunch. I was able to meet with race engine builders who were new to me, and get their stories. I could be part of conversations...

By Dan Schechner on November 6, 2013

A new expert presenter has been announced for PRI's special digital marketing conference, Winning the eRace, which takes place at the Indiana Convention Center on the afternoon before exhibits open for the 26th Annual PRI Trade Show.

Lorraine Ball, who is based just outside of Indianapolis, is a highly acclaimed speaker on both email marketing and social media marketing. She will be presenting as a representative of Constant Contact.

A little more background:

Lorraine Ball spent 20 years in corporate America, including with Carrier and...

By Dan Schechner on October 30, 2013

ProMedia, LLC is one of the leading producers of sportsman drag racing events in the marketplace, and is the producer of the NMRA Ford Nationals, the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, and the NMCA West Street Car Nationals series. Steve Wolcott is the CEO of ProMedia, and a member of the SEMA Board of Directors. As one of the founders of ProMedia, he has kept his finger on the pulse of changes in the racing market to maintain the success and growth of its sanctioning bodies. This is particularly challenging, given the changes in the economy and the racing industry over the past few years. Following are excerpts from a recent interview with Wolcott, conducted by Chris Vopat of the Emerging Trends & Technology Network (ETTN) Select Committee...

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