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By John Kilroy on July 7, 2011

Here’s a quick behind-the-scenes moment at PRI: Greg Zyla, senior editor of Performance Racing magazine, has been a cornerstone piece of the publication’s strong editorial foundation for more than two decades. Greg writes our monthly Industry Insights feature, where he creates an in-depth Q&A with virtually all of the leading figures in the racing industry. Greg has a unique gift of being able to establish a friendly, down-home tone in the interviews while also getting the news like the experienced journalist that he is. Plus, Greg’s personal history as a racer, in addition to being a newspaper publisher, keeps the focus on the racer’s point of view regarding current events in racing.

The results...

By John Kilroy on July 7, 2011

We at PRI have always believed that the racing aftermarket is one of the strongest allies a professional race team can have, especially teams that don’t have the biggest budget in a particular series.

In these especially challenging times, the smaller professional race team still needs the innovations necessary to win this year, but they also need to stretch their budgets. It’s our belief that the kinds of innovations and savings they seek are all on display at every PRI Trade Show.

With 1100 exhibiting companies displaying the latest advances in racing equipment and machinery in 3200 booths, it only takes a few strategic deals on new components to make a difference in the following race season’s...

By John Kilroy on July 6, 2011

Sometimes the 'people' aspect of running a racing business is the toughest part. We received some good advice about handling common 'people' problems in excerpts from the book, "The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit Your Competition." It's written by Michael Feuer, cofounder of OfficeMax. We thought you'd enjoy reviewing them for any new solutions to an age old problem:

“Once you identify an employee who is good, but whose personality or habits might present a problem, you have two choices,” stated author Feuer. “You can simply get rid of the troublesome employee and risk the consequences of lost productivity. Or you can take the...

By John Kilroy on July 1, 2011

With news all over the website now about the Red Bull Kart Fight at PRI, Sponsored by Rotax event coming to this year’s PRI Trade Show, I’m happy to report that PRI is back in the business of promoting a race. And that’s triggered a couple thoughts about promoting races.

First, no one knows what it’s like to be a promoter until you’ve done it. We learned that with our Twin 25 USAC midget races that we promoted. We think it’s great fun to promote a race, but we’ve only done, at most, three races in a year. It’s a tricky business as you work your way through the challenges of getting enough people in the grandstands, enough cars on the track and enough revenue in to have the whole...

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