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By John Kilroy on August 11, 2011

Earl Gaerte may not have been a familiar face to millions of race fans, but he was one of the most important, most talented, most respected figures in the US racing industry during my time here at PRI, which has now passed the two-decade mark.

Years ago, Earl would hold an event called the Gaerte Gathering at his Gaerte Engines shop in Rochester, Indiana. He would invite vendors for his engines, and it would end up being a folksy, friendly business gathering with some serious movers and shakers in racing when it came to oval track parts. A man of few words, Earl always had that kind of drawing power in the racing industry.

When I arrived at PRI, Earl had THE engine for midgets. Through Steve Lewis’ Nine Racing...

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By John Kilroy on August 9, 2011

Here’s a fun, behind-the-scenes moment at PRI: Michael Lewis, Steve and Loretta’s son, won today at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium where he competes in the Formula 3 Italia Championship Series. It was his first win in the series. (See photos below)

Driving his K&N Eibach sponsored Prema PowerTeam Dallara, Michael came to Spa-Francorchamps with high expectations for the next round of the Formula 3 Italia Championship Series.

He qualified Friday on the pole, which put him in the P1 position on the starting grid for the Saturday afternoon race at Spa-Francorchamps.

The race started today at 4 p.m. Belgium time in pouring rain wet conditions. Michael got a good launch from the start and led every lap...

By John Kilroy on August 6, 2011

A cool thing for an editor in producing daily news on the internet is that we can verify if we’re hitting the mark with our readers. Google Analytics, available at no charge to anybody who wants it, can give you many, many reports on how people are utilizing your website.

And we’re happy to tell you that the new ‘front page’ of the PRI website, with daily racing industry news throughout the week, is catching fire.

The page is already running 170% higher in unique views than a year ago, and we’re increasing that number of unique viewers by roughly 10% each week.

Thank you all for joining us each day (Just bookmark the page or make us...

By John Kilroy on August 5, 2011

We received a very nice note from Tim Frost, publisher of the National Speedway Directory, a valuable resource around the PRI editorial offices, about our new ‘front page’ of the PRI website. Tim was at the same MIA House of Lords reception attended by PRI’s Arianna Maugeri in the UK, as you can see in the photo below. Tim and Margo Frost visit with Arianna (center).

The Frosts with Arianna

The Speedway Directory is a paperback book of nearly 600 pages that describes all the race tracks in the US and Canada, with full contact information and...

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