Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Visits Formula Drift In NJ
Left photo: PRI General Manager Jim Liaw, left, and Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) at the Formula Drift event in New Jersey. Right photo: Rep. Pallone, right, met with representatives from the U.S. Air Force.
Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ)—one of the most important and influential lawmakers in Washington, DC, on the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act—showed his support for the motorsports community by attending the Formula Drift event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.
Rep. Pallone is chairman of the US House Energy & Commerce Committee (E&C), which has jurisdiction over the RPM Act. His support is critical to the motorsports industry and for efforts to pass the bill in 2022.
The RPM Act (H.R. 3281/S.2736) is bipartisan legislation that would protect the future of racing by clarifying in federal law that it is not illegal to modify and convert a street vehicle into a dedicated race vehicle. The House and Senate must pass the RPM Act by January 3, 2023, in order for it to become law during the 117th session of Congress.
During last weekend’s event, Rep. Pallone met with New Jersey-based Formula Drift PROSPEC drivers Ricky Hoffman, Alex Jagger, and Matthew Bystrak, who helped convey the importance of passing the RPM Act to their ability to compete in modified street vehicles.
The Congressman watched PRO Series drivers compete in race cars that the EPA maintains are not currently legal—the RPM Act would eliminate any uncertainty that street vehicles can be modified for track use. PRI staff and Chairman Pallone also met with track owner Mike Napp, members of the US Air Force, and racing businesses from New Jersey; the Congressman also was honored during opening ceremonies.