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PRI Exhibitor News: Racers, Teams & 30 Under 30
December 8, 2017
Among the day's news, Michael Shank Racing (pictured) announced its season plans for 2018, which includes managing its largest racing program to date with a dual campaign in the Verizon IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
PRI Exhibitor News: Racers, Teams & 30 Under 30

The second day of the 30th Anniversary Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show was highlighted by teams and exhibitors making special announcements throughout the day.

Michael Shank Racing announced its season plans for 2018, which includes managing its largest racing program to date with a dual campaign in the Verizon IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

As part of a multi-race program with commercial sponsors SiriusXM and AutoNation, MSR will utilize a technical partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) to field a car with driver Jack Harvey at select IndyCar events.

“Everyone at SPM is really excited for this partnership with Mike Shank, his team and, of course, Jack Harvey,” said Sam Schmidt. “We’re really looking forward to working with AutoNation and SiriusXM again as well. We continue to look for ways to strengthen our team and improve our core operations, and we think this multi-year partnership will do just that.”

Additionally, MSR's Acura IMSA team will transition to a customer-based operation for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with one full-time GTD class entry and a second campaign that will contest the IMSA endurance championship as well as potentially making additional IMSA race outings.

Meantime, Drag Illustrated magazine revealed the members of its third annual 30 Under 30 list, which seeks to shine a light on 30 of drag racing's youngest and brightest stars.

Among this year's honorees are NHRA pro racers LE Tonglet and Courtney Force, Sportsman stars Justin Ashley and Austin Williams, PDRA standouts Tylor Miller and Michael Recchia Jr., drag radial drivers Lyle Barnett and Jamie Hancock, and chassis builders Chase Copeland and Blake Housley.

“We’re always eager to take on the challenge of identifying 30 young drivers, crew members, fabricators, promoters and drag racing industry insiders through our 30 Under 30 list,” said Wes Buck, Drag Illustrated Editor-in-Chief. “The 30 Under 30 list is our way of showing our appreciation for the efforts and achievements of our 30 honorees, but also inspiring the next generation.”

Earlier in the day, PRI exhibitor PFC Brakes announced the launch of its annual #SponsorMePFC18 campaign, which includes locating 10 circle track drivers to add to its team for 2018. Those selected will receive PFC products and trackside support, and will be able to tap into the company's marketing channels to boost exposure.

Among other announcements were MPT Industries' partnership with the North American Formula 1000 Championship; Mr. Race Oil's introduction of racing oils for drag, oval track, road course and performance/powerboat racing; and Honda Performance Development's F4 U.S. Championship schedule. For more news and information from the 2017 PRI Trade Show, visit PRI's Exhibitor Press Release page.