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2020 PRI Trade Show Update

An Open Letter from Dr. Jamie Meyer, PRI President

Dear PRI Exhibitors and Attendees,

Thank you for your continued interest and support of the PRI Trade Show. I have been attending the PRI Show for over 20 years, but there has never been a year like this. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit all aspects of American life, including the racing industry. This letter is intended to help inform you of the latest news on the 2020 PRI Trade Show, as well as to help you understand what the PRI team is working on to ensure that the Show can go on. Above all, I want you to know that we will do what is right for the industry.

I know that you have a lot of questions and concerns right now, and I want to help answer those. To be clear, at this moment, the 2020 PRI Trade Show will be held at the Indiana Convention Center on December 10-12 as scheduled. We have over 940 exhibitors who have registered in anticipation of displaying their racing products. We are working closely with the Visit Indy team, the Indiana Convention Center staff, and other Indianapolis officials including the Office of the Mayor of Indianapolis to ensure that we can offer you a safe and productive Trade Show.

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PRI’s New Ambassador Program Helps Race Tracks Remain Open

— Program ambassadors Gene Bergstrom, Tom Deery, and Frank Hawley are actively reaching out to track operators who need assistance —
— Webinar series highlighting the latest information and resources available to track promoters will launch July 28 —

ALISO VIEJO, CA – Performance Racing Industry (PRI) has launched a new program to help track promoters navigate evolving and often confusing local, state, and federal rules that will allow them to keep their tracks running. Through the Ambassador Program, PRI is actively reaching out to track operators throughout the country to help them reopen and host events.

“Race tracks play a vital role within the industry, so it’s imperative that we help them reopen as soon as possible,” said PRI President Dr. Jamie Meyer. “With the PRI Ambassador Program, we’ve teamed up with Gene Bergstrom, Tom Deery, and Frank Hawley to embark on a nationwide outreach campaign. We are committed to connecting with and helping as many tracks as possible.”

The Ambassador Program is part of PRI’s dedication to helping the racing industry return to business following the COVID-19 shutdown. Other resources, which include updated legislative advocacy and representation, updated information on guidelines and federal aide, and a list of tracks that have reopened, are available at PerformanceRacing.com. Track operators are also encouraged to contact the PRI Track Promoter Helpline (202-794-8279; racinghelp@performanceracing.com) for help in keeping their race tracks open.

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PRI Relaunches Website To Better Serve Racing Industry Ahead of 2020 Trade Show

Improved user experience enables visitors to easily navigate site and access resources.

ALISO VIEJO, CA – Performance Racing Industry (PRI) has relaunched its website, PerformanceRacing.com, to better serve the racing industry. The new site enables visitors to easily access information about PRI’s latest industry efforts and resources, the annual PRI Trade Show, and its monthly publication PRI Magazine.

“It was critical for us to update the PRI website in order to improve the user experience and to allow all users to more easily access the specific tools and resources they need to do business,” said PRI Marketing Manager Jon Shakill. “Making the site easier to navigate and optimized for mobile helps extend the PRI brand as a key industry resource whether at home, at the track, or at the Show.”

The website relaunch is part of PRI’s efforts to help the racing industry remain open and return to business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the resources available to the racing community at PerformanceRacing.com are legislative advocacy and representation information, updated information on guidelines and federal aid, a list of tracks that have reopened, and information on the PRI Track Promoter Helpline.

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Rockingham Dragway Announces Transition To New Owners

Current track owner and operator Steve Earwood has entered an agreement with Al Gennarelli and Dan VanHorn to take over the track, which opened in 1968.

The iconic Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina will transition to new owners over a two-year period, according to track officials.

Current track owner and operator Steve Earwood has entered an agreement with Al Gennarelli and Dan VanHorn to take over the track, which opened in 1968 and was one of the first drag strips to feature amenities like permanent restrooms, concrete grandstands, and corporate suites.

The pair will take the next two years to observe and learn about the race facility before assuming full ownership in October 2022.

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Dr. Jamie Meyer To Lead The Performance Racing Industry As President Of PRI

Indiannapolis, IN – Meyer, who has a long and storied history in motorsports and racing, will lead the PRI team in increasing engagement and support for the industry through enhanced programs and services for the motorsports community.

Dr. Jamie Meyer has taken the role of President of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show and media company, effective this week. Meyer, who has a long and storied history in motorsports and racing, will lead the PRI team in increasing engagement and support for the industry through enhanced programs and services for the motorsports community.

“In addition to providing the industry with world-class trade events and publications, PRI is committed to enhancing resources, advocacy and representation for the motorsports industry,” said Chris Kersting, president and CEO of SEMA. “Dr. Jamie Meyer will be instrumental in leading the team. He has great knowledge and understanding of racing businesses, teams and drivers, and he will be a valued leader to help motorsports and the industry grow.”

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Nitrous Supply Acquires Edelbrock’s Nitrous Line

Hungton Beach, CA – Nitrous Supply, owned by Mike Thermos and based in Huntington Beach, California, is the manufacturer of nitrous oxide parts and accessories. The company also provides custom plumbing, system testing, and bottle refills.

Mike Thermos, the co-founder of NOS and owner of Nitrous Supply, has acquired the complete inventory of nitrous oxide-related components from Edelbrock.

Edelbrock offers nitrous oxide kits, accessories, controllers, bottles, jets, nozzles, and more.

“Back some twenty years ago when we sold NOS to Holley, Vic Edelbrock, Jr. saw an opportunity and expanded his company into nitrous oxide…which included hiring some of our former employees who did not want to relocate.

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FORGELINE’S NEW FORGED MONOBLOCK BEADLOCK AND ‘SKINNY’ DRAG RACING WHEELS CAPTURE GLOBAL MEDIA AWARDS AT 2019 PRI SHOW

DAYTON, OH – Forgeline’s new Forged Monoblock Single Beadlock and 18 x 5.0 Forged Monoblock “Skinnies” wheels earned Global Media Awards at the 2019 PRI Show.

Developed for drag racing applications, the wheels offer strong, lightweight construction and, in the case of the new Forged Monoblock Single Beadlock wheel, the assurance of positive wheel-and-tire engagement in extreme-performance conditions.

“We are extremely proud that both of these new, innovative wheel designs have been recognized for Global Media Awards at the PRI Show,” said Forgeline president Dave Schardt. “Our Forgeline team continues to demonstrate that everything is possible through dedication and a commitment to innovation.”

PRI’s Global Media Awards program recognizes products for their likely interest by a worldwide motorsports audience, as determined by a panel of racing and performance journalists from around the world. Forgeline’s new wheels were highlighted for the contribution to drag racing performance.

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