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By John Kilroy on October 13, 2011

Just returned last night from Florida for the Kumho Tires Grassroots Motorsports 2011 Challenge Powered by, 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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By John Kilroy on October 4, 2011

Here's a nice 'behind the scenes' note about PRI: Michael Lewis, son of PRI's Steve and Loretta Lewis, won his second Formula 3 Italia race of the season at Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in Mugello, Italy.

Congratulations, Michael.

Michael Lewis at Mugelo

By Christen D'Alessandro on October 4, 2011

This week, I visited Mazda R&D in Irvine, California, and had the rare opportunity, along with a handful of other motorsports journalists, to sit down with CJ Wilson, starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers, and discuss his baseball career and, more importantly, his racing aspirations.

I was especially intrigued with how Wilson’s baseball career plays a big part in making his racing dreams come true. As a young boy he knew he wanted to be a race car driver before he even started playing baseball, but he also learned that the sport of racing has a hefty price tag attached to it. Wilson’s dad told him that if he wanted to get a race car he’d have to get a “cool” job to be able to afford it....

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