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By Dan Schechner on October 9, 2019

What are you most looking forward to about this year’s Performance Racing Industry Trade Show?

Tough question, I know—it’s like asking, “What’s the best Led Zeppelin song?” or “What do you enjoy most about bacon cheeseburgers?”

That’s OK, you don’t have to respond right away.

(For the record, the correct answers are “Good Times Bad Times” and, of course, bacon.)

But back to the matter at hand, which happens to be the most important event of the year for motorsports professionals from coast to coast and around the world. Set for December 12–14 at the Indiana Convention Center (ICC) in downtown Indianapolis, this year’s PRI Show promises to deliver countless race-winning parts and solutions from well over 1100...

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By Dan Schechner on September 4, 2019

What’s the climate like where you work?

Not whether it’s hot, or rains a lot, or snows too much.

No, I’m curious about the overall business climate there. Is yours the only racing company in the area, or are there others nearby that play in the same sandbox? And how does that square with your local government and/or chamber of commerce? Are they supportive? Do they take an active interest in what you do?

Do you get the feeling they’re happy you’re around, or does it seem like they’d rather have another CVS there instead?   

These were some of the questions we set out to answer in this month’s...

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By Dan Schechner on August 12, 2019

They say the first step in solving a problem is recognizing you have one. So let’s start here: We need to do more to engage the next generation of racing enthusiasts.

Oh, you’ve heard this before? Me too. Repeatedly. For as long as I’ve been at PRI.

Okay then, problem acknowledged. Which means we’re able to move past step one.

Now come the harder questions: As an industry, what are we doing about it? Or, to put a finer point on it, how are we working to get young people excited and passionate about motorsports—either as a pastime, a hobby, or, ideally, as a career?

And that, in a nutshell, was what we sought to uncover in our report on the Youth Racing Market, which begins on page 66 of this month’s PRI...

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By Dan Schechner on July 5, 2019

Alas, the 2019 PRI Trade Show floor plan has been buttoned up, posted online, and is now open for business!

In fact, before you proceed any further I suggest you visit prishow.com/floorplan19 and have a quick look around. I’ll wait…

As you may have noticed by the 1100-plus motorsports parts and service providers already slotted into the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium (LOS), this year’s Show, set for December 12-14, is shaping up to be one spectacular event!

Why the extra shot of optimism? Five points immediately come to mind:

1. More exhibiting companies and confirmed booth space (as of early June) than last year’s Show

2. More net square...

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